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Contents aug/sept 2012
FEATURES 16 THIS ROBOT’S HOT
why is the latest surgical system a big advance over earlier robotics? Four surgeons who use the da Vinci hd3d explain.
18 SURGERY ON A TINY SCALE
a baby born with congenital defects is put on the path to normal development by an amazingly intricate procedure.
For 12-year-old Jacqueline stack of mahopac, a long battle with cystic fibrosis seems to have ended in victory.
22 HOw SCANS REPLACE CATHETERS a sophisticated new imaging device offers a safer way for doctors to check for blocked arteries.
32 COLOR THERAPY i n e v ery i s s ue
6 w e Lc o m e L e t t e r 8 e d i to r’s n ot e 46 w h e r e to e at 48 t h i n g s to d o
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36 A ‘GARDEN’ Of THE ARTS
Learn about westchester’s vibrant arts scene— and the people who make it so.
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20 THE GIfT Of mORE TOmORROwS
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Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in Westchester
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For us, advanced care is not a goal. It’s a responsibility. The new 3D high definition da Vinci® surgical robot is used by our expert surgeons to perform minimally invasive, highly complex procedures providing better results for our patients. Just one of the $130 million of capital investments across our campus within the last two years. And that’s just the beginning. Westchester Medical Center is making groundbreaking investments to ensure the highest level of care for the 3 million residents of the Hudson Valley...so we’re ready when you need us most.
Westchester Medical Center’s Robotic Specialists: Dr. Arash Rahi, Urogynecology; Dr. John Phillips, Urology; Dr. Tarah Pua, Gynecologic Oncology; Dr. Sean Tedjarati, Gynecologic Oncology
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital • Westchester Heart & Vascular • Cancer Center • Transplant Center Neuroscience Center • Joel A. Halpern Regional Trauma Center • Burn Center Behavioral Health Center • Advanced Imaging Center • Advanced OB/GYN
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providing advanced medical care to the residents of the hudson valley is not a goal at westchester medical center; it’s a responsibility—one that we, as a lifeline to the 3 million people in the region, take seriously. we owe it to them to be ready with the latest technology, superior clinical staff and stateof-the-art facilities to meet the most challenging healthcare needs. every day we work to fulfill our mission in thousands of ways, some small, some large and some very dramatic. on page 18 of this issue of Westchester Health & Life, you’ll read about a truly groundbreaking surgical procedure per formed on one of our tiniest patients at our maria Fareri children’s hospital. then, on page 20, meet Jacqueline stack, a girl whose treatment for cystic fibrosis—including a key breakthrough drug for which we participated in clinical trials—has transformed her young life into one of limitless promise. of course, our continued commitment to the region requires that we offer the finest in advanced technology. on page 22 you’ll read about an important example: a new, non-invasive scanning tool that can be used, in many cases, instead of catheterization to check for blocked arteries and other signs of heart disease. and on page 16, see what four of our surgeons have to say about the newest incarnation of robotic surgery, the da vinci hd3d. at westchester medical center, we remain committed to delivering advanced healthcare and to our responsibility to grow and refine our ser vices, adding more highly skilled specialists as needed to support the health and well-being of those who live and work in the hudson valley and beyond. as always, we thank our donors, colleagues, partners and friends for their continued support of westchester medical center. we hope you are able to find time to enjoy summer’s remaining warm days, and we invite you to check out a list of activities (see page 49) in support of the medical center and our maria Fareri children’s hospital that you won’t want to miss. sincerely,
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DiD you know? t h e o r i g i n of Westchester Medical Center dates back to 1917, when the u.s. army established a hospital for treating returning World War I troops affected by the spanish influenza epidemic. a few years later, the army returned the buildings to Westchester County as a fully equipped hospital. Ever since, our campus has been used to care for the critically ill and injured in our region.
in a p ril, Westchester medical center launched the 1917 Society, honoring the generosity of contributors who make noteworthy annual gifts to the foundations in support of Westchester medical center, maria fareri children’s hospital and the behavioral health center. These friends enable us to serve the more than 3 million people who are directly covered by our services in new york’s hudson valley region, connecticut’s fairfield county and beyond. “membership in the 1917 Society is a meaningful way for us to recognize the incredible generosity of our supporters,” said michael d. israel, President and ceo of Westchester medical center. “as the medical center continues its mission of providing premier advanced medical care throughout the region, gifts from 1917 Society members help to ensure that we are able to realize the initiatives that make Westchester medical center the world-class organization that it is. it is an honor for us to welcome these remarkable individuals to the 1917 Society.”
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Bathing suits, bugs and BBQs are some things that come to mind when you think about summer. But I’m sure you’ll agree it also invites us to “get out”—not only outdoors, to enjoy the warm weather and longer days, but also out of our comfort zones to try something new. For example, what about checking out an unfamiliar arts venue (see page 36), trying a new steak recipe (page 44) or perhaps camping under the stars? For me, growing up in the Midwest, summer meant camping. Every weekend my family and I would head to the lake. It was like living off the grid! No cars, phones, electricity, running water or any of the other comforts we take for granted—absolutely liberating! So in the spirit of summer and that irreverent, youthful impulse we all feel in different ways, we’ve devoted this issue to many of the wonderful things we love about this season. You’ll find the perfect beach bag (page 26), seaworthy baubles (page 28), chic poolside and patio furniture (page 30), a gorgeous beach house (page 32) and much more! And for you planners who are starting to think about fall, we’ve got some back-to-school savings tips (page 47) and an article about a local caterer providing healthy school lunches (page 13). Enjoy!
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indie indulgence For a quick breakfast or a healthy afternoon snack, pick up a Lola Granola Bar (lolagranolabar.net). These treats, available in five flavors and made with organic ingredients, flaxseed meal and locally sourced honey, are as homemade as you can get—in fact, owner Mary Molina whips them up in her own kitchen in Croton Falls. The bars, named after Molina’s children (Lola, Ruby, Enzo and Ellie), are wheat- and soy-free and contain omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Visit the website to find a retail location or come tr y the product on August 31 at Whole Foods in White Plains from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when Molina will of fer samples.
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The location of Green Earth Design (914.835.6500, greenearthdesignco.com)— overlooking the Mamaroneck harbor—seems perfectly natural. “Much of our product comes from the sea, and we wanted to be close to the water,” says owner Mitchell Siegel, who opened the Mamaroneck-based lifestyle gallery in May 2010. More than just a furniture and home accessories store, Green Earth Design combines Siegel’s passion for nature with art and function. Products represent a commitment to environmental awareness and artful living—they are sourced from independent artisans in Asia. Sculptural wood tables and benches, hand-laid mosaic tile chairs, banana husks housed in vases, candle holders wrapped in onion skin, seashell lighting fixtures, resin Buddha figures and many other one-of-a kind treasures fill the 5,000-square-foot studio. Along with providing personalized service to clients, Siegel takes great satisfaction in knowing that his business “directly impacts the lives of many underprivileged artisans throughout Asia.” —Brooke Bizzell stachyra of 914mom.com.
beyond the brown bag Getting kids to eat their vegetables is no easy task, but to New Rochelle–based caterer Mayan Axelrod, who provides healthy meals for several private schools in Westchester, the secret’s in the sauce—or actually, the puree. Through his company Mayan Woods Catering (917.412.6876, mwkids.com), Axelrod prepares familiar comfort foods (e.g., mac ’n’ cheese and chicken fingers) with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and adds purees of vegetables like carrots, cauliflower and broccoli by mixing them into the egg wash used to coat the chicken fingers (which are then breaded with panko crumbs and baked) or into the mac ’n’ cheese. “I’m not reinventing the wheel,” he says. “I’m making foods that kids already love but that are better for them than processed food.” If you are interested in learning how your school can provide Mayan Woods Catering meals, talk to your school administrator or contact Axelrod directly.
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Parents of troubled teens can often find themselves feeling they have nowhere to turn. But now there’s Parents Helping Parents (845.230.8045, parents-helpingparents.org), a nonprofit support group that meets on Wednesday nights from 7:15 to 9:15 at Leo Mintzer community center in West Harrison. Joe and Janet Rivera started the group after a similar, now-defunct program helped them work through defiance issues with their daughter. “our daughter is very healthy now,” says Joe. “We started this program because we don’t want anyone to have to go through a crisis by themselves.” Parents Helping Parents offers couples and single parents a forum to learn to “set reasonable limits for children, stick to those limits, get help from other parents and resources within the community and learn to regain control of their home and life,” explains Janet. Rather than focusing on how to “fix” the child’s behavior, the group helps parents learn to change the way they respond to their child’s actions. “changing your own behavior can often alter the dynamic of the relationship,” says Janet, who adds that parents usually begin to see results within six weeks. Any parent can attend the meeting, and advance notice is not required. donations are welcome.
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counter revolution While you’ve been thinking about world affairs, your kitchen counter has been looking more and more 1986. Just in case it’s time for an update, we asked Richard Brooks, owner of manufacturing company Brooks Custom in Mount Kisco, (914.666.2029, brookscustom.com), for the lowdown on the latest trends in kitchen countertop design, and he offered two: Live edge Wood: Made by preserving slabs of tree with the bark attached and air-drying them over two-and-a-half years, these rustic countertops appeal to those who want to feel more connected to nature. “They’re like collectors’ pieces,” says Brooks. “The trees used for this process are outstanding examples of wood, and each has a different grain pattern and set of knots.” Zinc: This whitish-blue material is gaining popularity because of its availability—it’s one of the planet’s most plentiful metals—and its natural anti-bacterial surface. “it’s a traditional metal that is only now becoming more prominent in design, but that 100 years ago would have been seen in an estate in newport, Rhode island,” says Brooks, who adds that the material is a “living metal” and will age into a darker, pewter-like color over time.
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in the background here is the da Vinci hd3d, a robotic surgical system that also aids in training surgeons who are new to robotics. this advanced new model relies on the skills of the surgeons who operate it: from left, arash rahi, m.d., tarah Pua, m.d., john Phillips, m.d., and sean tedjarati, m.d.
da Vinci robotic surgical systems have been transforming key surgical procedures, particularly in urology and gynecology, affording surgeons more precise visualization and making movements smoother than those of any human hand. now the robotic surgery revolution has reached a new stage at westchester medical center with its acquisition of the da Vinci hd3d, which offers surgeons
and their patients an even more advanced technology. the new da Vinci comes with the same high-definition, three-dimensional views and fingertip controls as previous models. But this machine is smaller, more efficiently designed and easier to use safely. Itâ€™s also equipped with a second console that allows surgeons to work in tandem and lets experienced robotic surgeons at academic medical centers like westches-
ter medical center train other doctors on the systemâ€™s operation. technical manuals and marketing websites wax eloquent about the wonders of the new hd3d. But Westchester Health & Life turned instead to four practicing westchester medical center surgeons to learn how they describe the advantages this machine brings to the medical centerâ€”and, through it, to patients in the lower hudson Valley:
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IN GOOD HEALTH JOHN PHILLIPS, M.D., CHIEF, LAPAROSCOPIC AND ROBOTIC UROLOGY: “I use the da Vinci for surgeries of the adrenal glands, kidney, bladder, prostate, lymph nodes and female pelvic reconstruction. I welcome the new model’s smaller footprint. The patient-side cart, which holds the robotic arms, takes up less space, giving the bedside assistants and nurses more room to maneuver. The endoscopic camera is better-designed as well. The fiber-optic cables are lighter and fewer in number, increasing safety. “The dual console of the new da Vinci is truly unique and is the model’s most important new feature. We’re dedicated to the highest-quality minimally invasive surgery possible, and also to training, not just of surgeons-to-be but also of those with years of surgical experience but no robotic experience. The dual console allows us to sit side-by-side with any surgeon and instruct him or her in the real-time nuances and advantages of robotic surgery.”
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SEAN TEDJARATI, M.D., CHIEF OF GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY: “The da Vinci robotic system has been a great enhancement in our surgical management of gynecologic cancers, including those of the uterus, cervix and ovaries, and a valuable tool in performing complex pelvic surgeries such as hysterectomy as part of the management of uterine fibroids or endometriosis.
The previous da Vinci model had a single surgical console to control the surgical arms, but this one has two—a tremendous advantage that allows surgeons in different departments, such as urology and gynecology, to work together if needed, enabling us to provide more effective care in complex cases. “The new system also allows for assisting other surgeons as they develop further proficiency in robotic surgery, and it will accommodate new instruments, including new vessel sealing devices, staplers for bowel surgery and suction and irrigation devices that can fit into the robotic surgical arms. These can now be controlled by the surgeon at the console. “The robot also has the capability to be used in other areas, such as head and neck surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, and it’s being used currently in pediatric urology at our center. We look forward to expanding the robotic technology to other service lines.” TARAH PUA, M.D., GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGIST: “I use the HD3D to treat cancers of the uterus, ovaries and cervix and endometriosis, and to perform hysterectomies and remove fibroid tumors as well. This robot, like its predecessors, makes it possible to perform procedures with less pain and blood loss, fewer complications and quicker recovery times than with traditional surgery. Most of the operations require just an overnight stay in the hospital instead of the two or three nights associated with open surgery. “This new model is smaller than the
earlier da Vinci robots, and I find it easier to maneuver. I also appreciate the second console, which gives me the ability to work with another physician. The new model includes an advanced simulator, so surgeons can train on ‘virtual’ operations much as pilots do before they take flight. New surgeons first train on a simulator, then come to learn on the second console in live cases with an experienced surgeon.” ARASH RAHI, M.D., UROGYNECOLOGIST: “The da Vinci robot allows surgeons to do things we can’t do in other laparoscopic surgery [surgery employing rigid instruments with a video camera]. For instance, in a large-uterus hysterectomy it’s almost impossible to reach the top of the uterus to disconnect the ligaments with either open or conventional laparoscopic surgery. But the robot lets me reach around obstructions and get to what I need to get to. Its range of motion is much more extensive than that of any other method. “The anatomy of the lower abdomen makes the new robot’s dual-console technology a key advantage. Multiple organ systems come together in the pelvis—digestive, reproductive, urinary— and occasionally problems involve more than just one. Now specialists from two fields can work side by side—an oncologist can go after the cancer, for example, while I restore the anatomy. In the past we’d have to open the patient, or one of us would sit at the console and wait till the other was finished. It’s now more seamless.” —DAVID LEVINE
“THE DUAL CONSOLE OF THE NEW DA VINCI IS THE MODEL’S MOST IMPORTANT NEW FEATURE. WE’RE DEDICATED TO THE HIGHESTQUALIT Y MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY POSSIBLE, AND ALSO TO TRAINING, NOT JUST OF SURGEONS-TO-BE BUT ALSO OF THOSE WITH YEARS OF SURGICAL EXPERIENCE.” — JOHN PHILLIPS, M.D. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SERVICES AVAIL ABLE AT WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER, PLEASE CALL 877.WMC.DOCS OR VISIT WESTCHESTERMEDICALCENTER.COM. TO SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH A FRIEND OR TO RECOMMEND IT ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE, VISIT WESTCHESTERHEALTHANDLIFE.COM.
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Pictured here is Zoey eckert, born nine weeks premature last december with a number of serious birth defects. thanks to incredibly precise minimally invasive surgery, she is thriving today.
Surgery on a tiny Scale “DiD you hear what Dr. PanDya did?” staffers asked each other last December at Maria Fareri Children’s hospital at westchester Medical Center. From their awed tones you’d have thought pediatric surgeon Samir Pandya, M.D., had accomplished something
big. instead, he’d done something very, very small. he had performed an operation to correct a serious birth defect in a baby girl, an operation that required a level of intricate precision that almost takes the breath away. the story began last fall in the
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A remArkAbly precise procedure corrects A bAby’s congenitAl defect
orange County town of walden, where william and Jennifer eckert were expecting their second child. william, 29, was an operations supervisor at a power plant. Jennifer, 26, was home with their son, Liam, who will turn 2 in January. at 27 weeks’ gestation, Jen-
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“THIS KIND OF HIGH-LEVEL CARE COULD ONLY HAPPEN AT MAYBE 15 MEDICAL CENTERS IN THE COUNTRY. AND IT ALL CAME TOGETHER VERY WELL HERE AT MARIA FARERI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.” —SAMIR PANDYA, M.D. nifer’s water broke. She spent the next three and a half weeks in Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, where their daughter, Zoey, was born by Cesarean section December 4. Nine weeks premature, Zoey weighed just 2 pounds, 13 ounces, and had several special problems. The most serious was a birth defect called esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula. “That means her esophagus [food pipe] was not connected as one continuous tube,” explains Dr. Pandya. Her esophagus was divided, and part of it connected to her trachea (windpipe). “Every time she breathed, some air went into her stomach,” he says. This life-threatening problem could cause severe stomach bloating, and the child could aspirate (breathe in) saliva, causing choking or lung infections. It also would make it impossible to swallow and digest food. And while some air continued to get to the lungs, there was a danger that bloating caused by the air in the stomach would press on the lungs, with possibly fatal results. The nurses brought Zoey into her mom’s room at Vassar Brothers for a quick look, then rushed her to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “They wrapped her up right after her birth, and I only saw a bit of her head,” says Jennifer Eckert. “I couldn’t even tell if she had hair or not. To see her all hooked up to everything was scary.” Eckert was supposed to stay at Vassar Brothers another day to recover from
her own surgery. “But I said, ‘No way, I’m going with my baby!’” she recalls. She was at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital when Zoey had her surgery. Although this rare anomaly occurs in just 1 of 4,000 to 5,000 live births, Dr. Pandya has successfully corrected it about 40 times. It has traditionally been fixed through open surgery, but for the past decade surgeons have been performing the procedure with minimally invasive techniques. Still, Dr. Pandya had never done it on a baby as tiny as Zoey. “I usually use this technique on bigger babies who weigh about 3 kilograms [roughly 6.5 pounds],” he says, adding that “at just 1.3 kilograms, Zoey is one of the smallest kids ever to have the operation performed this way.” He chose to use the minimally invasive approach with Zoey because open surgery would have left more scarring and posed a greater risk of complications. “I told the parents I was very comfortable with this option, and they were on board,” the surgeon recalls. Dr. Pandya needed to make three small incisions of less than ¼-inch each to insert his tools into the baby’s chest and perform the surgery. One of the tools was a special magnifying camera that let him view the structures at about 20 times their normal size. The diameter of Zoey’s esophagus was only about 4 millimeters, or about 1/6 inch—thinner than a beverage straw. To connect tubes of that size with stitches was daunting. “I had to be very meticulous and work
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gingerly with such fragile tissue,” Dr. Pandya says. The surgery took two and a half hours—and was completely successful. Zoey still faced other challenges, however. During postoperative care in Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, doctors noticed Zoey had a problem with her heart. She also had defects in her skull and spine. All of these issues required corrective surgery, which was performed over the course of a few months at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Now, despite having to wear a protective helmet while her skull heals, Zoey is doing very well. Her mom reports that she is hitting all her developmental milestones, adding that “she’s very active and a bit fussy, probably from all her health issues and pain.” Nevertheless, Zoey started eating baby food in June. “Only time will tell how she does, but after this procedure most babies grow up without major eating-related issues,” Dr. Pandya says. “If she has problems, we may have to modify her diet.” Other than that, she should have no lasting problems from any of her birth anomalies. Dr. Pandya is quick to share credit with other members of his team, particularly his fellow surgeon Whitney McBride, M.D. “This kind of high-level care could only happen at maybe 15 medical centers across the country,” Dr. Pandya says. “And it all came together very well here at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.” —D.L.
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Even before taking a breakthrough medication, cystic fibrosis patient Jacqueline Stack of Mahopac was an active youngster. Today she’s unstoppable.
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THANKS PARTLY TO A NE W MEDICATION, A GIRL WITH A HISTORY OF CYSTIC FIBROSIS NOW FACE S A BRIGHTER— AND LONGER— FUTURE
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with cystic fibrosis (CF), 12-year-old Jacqueline Stack of Mahopac may not be the picture that comes to mind. She’s an active, athletic pre-teen who plays competitive soccer and runs distance races for fitness and fun. Still, she has lived with a shadow over her. Jacqueline was diagnosed as a baby with CF, a genetic disease that affects 30,000 Americans, disrupting the ability of cells in their bodies to regulate salt and fluids. The median predicted lifespan of CF patients today is just 38, and even that is a big improvement over a few decades ago. But following treatment by the doctors at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Jacqueline can now expect someday to have to find a good retirement savings plan. Her father, Thomas, 46, who works in construction, and her mother, Christine, 45, a stay-at-home mom to her and 15-year-old twin sisters Gabriella and Julia, have seen Jacqueline through the persistent lung infections that characterize CF. The disease makes mucus thick and sticky, which clogs the lungs, causing breathing problems and enabling the growth of bacteria that can lead to progressively disabling lung damage. Fortunately, prospects for young people with this very serious illness have brightened in recent years thanks to improving treatments. Lung transplants are an option for some, and both length and quality of life can often be improved by effective CF management—including antibiotic medications to treat infections, enzyme therapy and regular aerobic COURTESY OF WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER
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exercise to loosen mucus in the lungs and vitamin supplements and pancreatic enzymes to address associated bowel and nutritional problems. And for a small minority of CF patients, there’s a new medication, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in January, that is called ivacaftor—brand name Kalydeco. Jacqueline is one of the lucky ones for whom Kalydeco has made a dramatic difference. According to its manufacturer, Kalydeco is the first CF medication to address not the symptoms but the underlying cause of the disease. It targets a genetic mutation called G551D. In people with this mutation, Kalydeco improves the function of a defective protein, known as the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, or CFTR. The protein moves to the right place at the surface of the cell, but instead of regulating salt and fluids, it actually prevents their proper flow in and out of the cell. Kalydeco prompts the protein to work as it should, allowing salt and fluids to flow in and out properly. This helps to thin the sticky mucus that builds up in the lungs of CF patients. “I never thought I’d see results like this in my life,” says Allen J. Dozor, M.D., the hospital’s Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine, whose team has participated in clinical trials testing the new medication. “For 50 years survival rates for CF patients have continued to improve. Now, for the first time, we may be able to give some patients a normal life expectancy.” He stresses that there is still no actual cure for CF. But for about 4 percent of CF patients, he adds, “this drug is one step removed from that.” And another drug currently in trials, used in conjunction with Kalydeco,
offers promise for more CF sufferers. The Stacks had known that Kalydeco was being tested at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, but Jacqueline had been too young to participate. “We heard from other families that it’s even better than you expect,” Christina Stack says. Once Kalydeco was FDA-approved, Jacqueline started the two-pills-a-day routine in March. CF is diagnosed by a “sweat test” that measures sodium levels in perspiration. “Within six days of starting Kalydeco, her sweat test number went from 99, which is full-blown CF, to 59, which is borderline,” says Stack. And in May her number was 39—below the threshold that marks a person as even having CF. “The same lab technician who had helped to diagnose Jacqueline in 2001 also administered the test in 2012,” Stack recalls. “When it came back negative, she said, ‘I never thought I’d see that!’” Today Jacqueline not only “feels great and looks great,” her mother says, but her body is also able to fight off respiratory infections that previously would have kept her feeling ill longer and required antibiotics. “Over Memorial Day weekend she had a nasal infection, and we thought we would need to see the doctor, but by Tuesday it started to dry up,” Stack says. “For her, things like that normally didn’t get better by themselves. We keep getting pleasant surprises.” The family knows that the change is still brand-new and that they need to “wait and see” how the treatment plays out long-term. “But my outlook is that she is going to be fine,” Stack says. “For the first time it is not the ‘gloom and doom’ of CF. Jacqueline has a good chance of living a long life, and what else can a parent ask for?” —D.L.
“NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE MAY BE ABLE TO GIVE SOME PATIENTS A NORMAL LIFE EXPECTANCY.” —ALLEN J. DOZOR, M.D.
Alllen J. Dozor, M.D.
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replace catheters With a neW machine, imaging can check for blocked cardiac arteries non-invasively one of the goals
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By comparing two images of the heart and its arteries, one at rest and one during exertion, the spect/ ct efficiently highlights stress perfusion—blood flow through the coronary arteries—and thus helps spot potentially dangerous blockages without the risks of catheterization.
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in medicine’s advance is to reduce the risks of procedures—even tiny risks—by using new tools that can perform non-invasively procedures that were once invasive. that’s why the sPect/ct—a single-photon emission computed tomography combined with a computed tomography scanner—is a vital new addition to the medical toolbox at westchester medical center, which is the only hospital in the region to feature it. Its name is a mouthful, and its operation is complex. But what’s important to understand about the sPect/ct is that it can be used to determine noninvasively whether or not coronary arteries are blocked, in many cases
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“THE CAMERA ROTATES AROUND THE PATIENT TO TAKE PICTURES FROM ALL ANGLES, AND THE RESULTS ARE PROCESSED BY THE COMPUTER TO CREATE A 3-D IMAGE.” —DIWAKAR JAIN, M.D.
making catheterization unnecessary. Cardiac catheterization, a technique first developed back in the 1950s and ’60s, involves the introduction of a thin tube into the body—usually through an opening in the groin—that travels through the arterial system to the heart. It can be employed to open blocked arteries as well as to assess them, and over the years it has greatly reduced recovery times, hospital stays and pain as an alternative to surgery. Catheterization remains an important tool, but while it’s a low-risk procedure, it isn’t risk-free, says Diwakar Jain, M.D., Director of Nuclear Cardiology at the Medical Center. So an opportunity to replace it in some instances with a non-invasive test is an important advance in safety. “All invasive procedures carry some risk,��� says Dr. Jain. “With catheterization, you do have to insert a catheter into the arterial system and inject a dye into the body. There is a very small chance of complications.” For this reason, he says, catheterization should be performed “only in patients with a very high probability of coronary artery disease. If we are just looking to rule out or confirm a blocked artery, it’s better to do simple, non-invasive tests, and nuclear imaging of the heart is one of those tests.” If the imaging reveals a blockage, he explains, the patient can undergo cardiac catheterization to open the affected artery. The new scanner detects gamma rays that come from the patient after a radiotracer is injected into his or her body. It produces three-dimensional images of the SHUTTERSTCOK
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Diwakar Jain, M.D.
heart. “While the technology isn’t brand new, with this camera the manufacturer has addressed some of the issues that were associated with earlier models,” says Dr. Jain. “It produces images that are more accurate and more reliable.” The test actually requires two separate images, each of which takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The first is taken while the patient is at rest, lying on a table. “The camera rotates around the patient’s body to take pictures from all different angles, and the results are processed by the computer to create a 3-D image,” the doctor says. Then, about 60 minutes later, a “stress test” image is taken after the patient undergoes a treadmill exercise. Stress tests compare blood circulation while the patient is at rest with the same patient’s circulation during maximum physical exertion. Comparing the two images will reveal differences in what’s called “stress perfusion”—the amount of blood that flows through the heart’s
arteries. “If the heart is normal, the two images will appear very similar,” Dr. Jain says. “If there is a blockage, they will look different.” For patients who cannot exercise on a treadmill for reasons of age, infirmity or other medical conditions, Dr. Jain can inject a chemical that mimics exercise stress, he says. The scanner is also used for followup surveillance with heart-transplant patients. One of the possible side effects of antirejection medications is an arterial blockage, Dr. Jain explains. So it makes sense to use the SPECT/CT scanner to look for blockages as part of the regular post-transplant follow-up routine, he says. The new SPECT/CT scanner is “among the most sophisticated gamma cameras in the region,” Dr. Jain says. “Westchester Medical Center was visionary in opting for this camera. It helps us meet our goal of providing the best possible care to patients in the region.” —D.L.
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shop local leader
Book Buyer’s friend In the age of ama zon and e-readers, the proprIetor of rye’s only Independent bookstore marks 30 years of personal servIce When patricK corcoran Bought a bookstore in the historic hamlet of rye, it was 1982 and small businesses were booming—two out of every three new retail jobs were in independent stores. But fast-forward three decades: online shopping is king and there are dozens of electronic readers on the market. in spite of all this, corcoran—a jazz guitarist and one-third of the local music group arcadia Jazz trio—has found that passion and a supportive community can give a shop staying power.
ge t tIng there arcade BooKsellers 15 purchase st. rye, 914.967.0966 arcadebooks.com
did you always want to own and run a
When i bought the place all i wanted was a job, really. i was naïve about the world of small-business ownership, but a thriving store was for sale, and i saw an opportunity. wHy tHe name arcade books? When i bought the bookstore it had already been around for 37 years and was actually called lighthouse Bookstore. over time, the name “lighthouse” had come to suggest either a christian focus or one on the sight-impaired, and i found myself constantly explaining to people exactly what we were. so in ’96 i changed the name to arcade Books in honor of the architectural arcade—a series of arched columns—on the exterior of the building. [laughs.] But now i get people calling and asking about video games. wHat is it like owning a store in rye? i couldn’t really imagine my shop being anywhere else. rye is a charming town and a great community that truly embraces local businesses. i feel lucky to be here and to be my own boss, which is the best part of being an independent storeowner. not being part of a chain means a lot more work, and it can be a real struggle, but i think the reward of running the show is worth it. and i think most business owners would agree. bookstore?
that is a tough question for anyone, isn’t it? i guess i would have to say that i tend to lean toward history books and nonfiction. i always prefer a real story to a made-up one. But in the end a good book is a good book.
at first i was very concerned about how it would affect us because we are a little store and even a big chain like Borders was going out of business. But what i found was that people were staying loyal to the tradition of a paperback book—they still wanted to stop into a bookstore. there is obviously a market that appreciates the benefits of the Kindle or nook, but there are also people who want the experience of roaming the stacks and putting their hands on a book. affected your sales?
clockwise from top left: Patrick
Corcoran among the stacks at Arcade; the shop’s window sits inside one of the architectural surrounds that inspired its name; Corcoran stocks his shelves with current bestsellers, brand-new titles and timeless classics.
wHat do you offer tHat online or cHain bookstores can’t? i know most of the people who come in on a first-name basis. i have a relationship with them. that allows me to provide knowledgeable service and a hands-on experience that is hard to find at a Barnes & noble. the personal touch goes a long way; it is what has kept me in business. people tend to have a real passion for what they read and they want service that reflects that. Most of the time, customers come in with just a hint of what they’re looking for, and my experience allows me to help them figure it out. do you cater to people wHo are searcHing for rare finds?
We don’t stock rare
or used books because our inventory is based on customer demand and we are a small space. so i stock tried-and-true classics—titles that will always be popular—as well as bestsellers and other newly published books. But we make a promise to customers: if we don’t have what you want, we will help you find it. i am constantly searching for out-of-print books for customers who can’t seem to find them anywhere else. and nine times out of 10, i find them. —Maureen Scully
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How Has tHe advent of electronic readers
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7 8 easy sophistication. Oasiq, New York, 212.355.0625. 6 Adjust with the sun, your mood or the occasion. The Henry Hall Designs Serene Two-Way Chaise Sofa, $4,300, adapts to fit your needs while looking sleek and refined. Walters Wicker, New York, 212.758.0472. 7 Light and airy yet almost 40˝ square, the Cloud Table from Gloster, $3,050, provides a gorgeous quartz surface for summer entertaining. Leisure Living, Mt. Kisco, 914.241.2787. 8 A little bit of maritime charm on a modern and airy teak base, the Hamilton Ottoman by Oasiq,
$1,700, is the ideal place to rest bare toes this summer. Oasiq, New York, 212.355.0625. 9 Beautifully simple, this Lloyd Flanders Elements Cocktail Table, $857.50, recalls a straw hat on a sunny day. Add a tray and some fresh flowers, and voilà! Harrow’s, Hartsdale, 914.358.9770.10 A cozier version of the traditional porch swing with high sides and an ample cushion, the Kettal Bitta Swing is perfect for a nap in the shade or relaxing with a friend. Price upon request. Karkula, New York, 212.645.2216. —NICOLE PIETRANDREA HOUGH
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A bright, sunny beAch house uplifts with A pAlette thAt pops written By marisa sandora 路 interiors By mona ross Berman 路 PhotograPhy By Jonny Valiant
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Family photos are hung against grasscloth above the wet bar in a corner of the living room. The white furniture and woven vinyl rug provide a neutral base for brightly colored pillow and curtain fabrics. Benjamin Moore’s Fresno enlivens the mudroom.
s the owner of two high-end women’s clothing stores, Maureen Doron is surrounded by color. Her stores, called Skirt, carry lines like Milly, Trina Turk, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch—classics with a modern twist that deliver vibrant hues and interesting patterns. When one of Doron’s best customers “who always purchased my own personal favorites” mentioned one day that she was an interior designer, Doron knew they were drawn to the same colors and styles. That customer was Philadelphia-based designer Mona Ross Berman. “I had never used an interior designer before,” says Doron, “but I knew that we had the same taste and that I liked her.” Berman eased Doron into decorating, helping her with her home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and some remodeling of one of her stores. When Doron and her husband decided to build an East Coast beach house, Doron commissioned Berman to decorate it “soup to nuts,” Doron explains. “Mona says it was fun because I let her run with it.” And run she did, with a high-energy palette of orange, yellow and turquoise against a white background, a design based on a 1960s table
The custom-made dining table is fashioned after a vintage one that Berman spotted in Miami, providing the color inspiration for the entire house.
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clockwise from left: The homeowner’s love of fashion inspired the Yves Saint Laurent posters in the master bedroom; geometric wallpaper (Recessed from Studio Printworks) adds zing to the powder room; Fermob’s Costa extension table brings a turquoise touch to the deck outside.
that Berman found on a trip to Miami. “When she showed me a picture of the table, she had me hook, line and sinker,” says Doron. Berman’s plan was to give the home a “1960s California-surfer-chic vibe,” she explains. “I wanted to do something fresh and different and show that there was more than one way to do a beach house. Even though this home is on the East Coast, it feels like it could be in Malibu or somewhere else.” And thankfully, Berman’s client was the sort who is willing to take risks. “I love color,” says Doron. “I own a women’s clothing store. I’m not afraid of it. But Mona was smart in that if you really look at the house, the base pieces are all white or neutral. We layered on the color with fabrics and accessories so in case I get sick of it, I’m not locked into it for 30 years.” But for now, Berman’s dynamic design is perfect for this active young family. “I have three kids who get up at the crack of dawn, and I’m always tired,” says Doron. “But when I walk up the stairs to the kitchen and living room in the morning all bleary-eyed and I see the light streaming in and all the color, I instantly feel uplifted, and a smile breaks out on my face. It’s a fun house to be in.”
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“i love color. i’m not afraid of it. but mona was smart in that if you really look at the house, the base pieces are all white or neutral. we layered on the color with fabrics and accessories.” —homeowner maureen Doron
“A beach house is fun to do because people tend to take themselves less seriously,” says Berman. The zigzag, Missoni-esque pattern on the floor of the master bedroom was painted with Salmon Berry and White Dove, both by Benjamin Moore. The headboard is upholstered in Henry in Rose by Raoul Textiles.
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Guitarist Jason Vieaux appeared in last summer’s “Guitar in the Garden” series at the caramoor festival in Katonah.
A ‘GARDEN’ of thE ARts that famous city south of us still exerts the strongest pull—and most likely always will. But for westchester residents these days, excitement in the arts isn’t just about what’s near. It’s about what’s here. the county is abuzz with entertainment and exhibitions that rival the best in the world, from headliners like Grammy award–winning music legend dionne warwick, who will appear at the tarrytown music hall on september 29, to homegrown talent like artist and musician christopher Brown of mamaroneck. “twenty years ago, westchester was known mostly as a bedroom community for new York city, but that’s changed,” says Janet langsam, ceo of the white Plains–based arts-promoting organization artswestchester. “the arts in westchester are now a robust enterprise, responsible for an economic impact of $156 million and more than 4,800 jobs.” name your plea-
sure, and on any given evening you’re apt to find something doing in just about every corner of the county: festivals, film showings, art exhibitions, poetry readings and music, theater and dance events, many of them free. For music lovers, there’s caramoor in Katonah, host to an international music festival every year. the Jacob Burns Film center in Pleasantville is a hub for international films and film education. the state University of new York Performing arts center in Purchase stages top-quality musicals and plays. catch the best of Broadway close to home at the white Plains Performing arts center or at the westchester Broadway theater in elmsford. Venues like the Peekskill center for Performing arts and the emelin theater in mamaroneck each offer year-round, star-studded lineups of theater, comedy, film and music performances for adults and families. In april, artswestchester hosted its
annual arts awards ceremony honoring seven organizations and individuals for contributions to the arts in the county. an enthusiastic crowd of 300 guests, including local and state government officials and business leaders, came to honor this year’s recipients. among the winners was dan montez, ceo of the taconic state opera, who noted proudly that a few years ago his was the lowest-budget U.s. opera company to receive a national endowment for the arts (nea) grant. the nea “couldn’t believe the level of quality produced by our company, considering its budget at the time,” he said, remarking that he had staffed his orchestra from westchester’s only musicians’ union “to make sure we have the best-quality musicians and orchestra the county has to offer.” another winner was Katrina rhein, curator of the castle Gallery at the college of new rochelle, which presents exhibitions of work by professional artists. “access is
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extremely important,” she said, “and our exhibits have always had free admission.” Westchester’s very own Christopher Brown (not to be confused with rapper Chris Brown) uses various artistic media to express himself. His latest CD, Characterist, showcases his talents not only as a singer/songwriter, but also as an artist and illustrator who can capture a subject’s essence through caricature. With a few strokes, he reveals hints of a character’s nature or temperament. He does the same with lyrics and melody, outlining and shading characters and moments, even yearnings and states of mind. “I am a storyteller using alternate art forms,” says Brown, “and it’s what I’ve wanted to do from day one. The great thing about having Westchester roots is that there’s a sense of family here. The local proprietors believed in me and gave me a break, booking me in their venues, and over the years I’ve developed a following. It’s great to see familiar faces in the crowd, people who come to see me perform time and time again—all over the county.” Brown’s upcoming performances include Thursday, August 30, with The Bookends Trio at Gus’s Franklin Park in Harrison. (More information can be found at cbonline.net.) Indeed, one of art’s chief joys is the emotional connection between artist and audience. And this connection can sometimes be most intimate in smaller settings in one’s own suburban community. “Manhattan is a special place—the arts there are encyclopedic,” says Langsam, noting the beneficial influences of having that mecca nearby. “But the arts scene in Westchester is like a garden in which each art form is selected or curated for its beauty, quality and significance. What we have here is a diverse collection of all fine and popular cultural offerings that are of high quality, affordable and close to home.” For a calendar of upcoming art events, visit the website artswestchester.org.
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The Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs at Caramoor’s Venetian Theater; a bronze sculpture called “Annunciation” by former Westchester County resident Amy Bright Unfried; ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam, center, with (from left) artists Mike Childs, Donna Sharrett and Henry Mandell, curator Dara Meyers-Kingsley and artist Tom Sarver from the 2010 exhibition “AbstrACTION”; Taconic Opera’s recent production of the Italian opera Mefistofele; multimedia artist Christopher Brown demonstrating the caricatures he combines with music and narrative
CULTURE CHAMPION Helping to encourage—and sometimes fund—cultural endeavors as ArtsWestchester CEO, Janet Langsam is dedicated to promoting the arts in all their forms from Yonkers to Yorktown. During her time at the helm, ArtsWestchester, formerly known as the Westchester Arts Council, has grown from a $1 million to a $4.5 million agency and has made art in the county more visible, accessible and diverse. A former journalist and a painter, Langsam previously served as deputy commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City and president and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts. From these stints, she says, she learned “the importance of connecting with communities at all levels.” Now she’s leading the crusade to connect Westchester’s arts scene with the community—by organizing fundraisers, hosting exhibitions and giving artists a forum to work and network with each other. Langsam
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Antonietta- the Color Director at Static Hair Salon in White Plains and Elizabeth- a Senior stylist also at Static, broke into the Westchester hair scene in 2007 and have never looked back. After working in the acclaimed AKS Salon in Manhattan for years these two talented artists joined the team at Static because it had the energy and atmosphere of NYC without the commute.
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You might have seen one of the hottest trends in hair color, Ombre, on celebrities and Victoria’s Secret models in which darker hair originates from the roots, with the shade getting progressively lighter to the tips. It can be beautiful, natural and bohemian but Antonietta has perfected the technique to counter the potential “harsh line” that is noticeable. “Some women ask if they have to wear it wavy all the time to hide the line” says Antonietta. “My method softens the ombre effect and will allow you to wear it wavy or straight.” I witnessed her stunning results on women of varying ages and hair color and I’m now a huge fan.
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long live the From the plump black kalamata oF Greek cuisine to the petite Green picholine perFect For snackinG, this Fruit is as versatile as it is tasty DiD you know? A symbol of peace for thousands of years, the olive branch owes its lofty position to its fruit—it takes decades to cultivate olives for consumption, and it was said that anyone who took on this task would be rewarded with a long, peaceful life. it was the Assyrians more than 7,000 years ago who first decided to cultivate olive trees, which thrive in the hot climate of their native Mediterranean region. And they indeed thrive: Some trees have been producing fruit for more than 1,000 years.
PowerS olives owe much of their nutritional power to the unique antioxidant oleuropein, the same phytonutrient that gives them their distinct bitter flavor when they’re just picked but not yet cured. Found exclusively in olives, it provides a host of health benefits, promoting lower cholesterol and protecting cells from damaging free radicals. The fruit also contains the phytonutrient hydroxytyrosol, which has long been known to help prevent cancer and has recently been shown to help stave off bone loss too. what’s more, olives are rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that protects against cardiovascular disease.
either way, most olives are too bitter to eat straight off the vine and thus undergo brining. in the store, look for olives still covered in brine to ensure freshness, and store in the refrigerator up to two weeks. while olive trees don’t grow in new york’s climate (most u.S. olives are grown in California), you can find fresh olives and cure them on your own. Simply score the skin, then cover them with a brine of 1 part salt to 10 parts water; shake daily and replace the brine once a week. Start tasting for doneness after three weeks, though it can take up to six to achieve optimal flavor. one way to enjoy olives is in tapenade: Combine 1 cup pitted, chopped olives with 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with garlic and lemon juice to taste. —AMAnDA ProST
reCiPe CHiCken, kALAMATA oLiVe AnD roASTeD reD PePPer TArT Courtesy of whole Foods Market inGreDienTS 1 sheet frozen puff pastry 1 egg, beaten
2 cups shredded chicken, white or dark meat 1 cup sliced roasted red peppers ½ cup chopped kalamata olives 1 Tbs. chopped fresh, or 2 tsp. dried, tarragon 1 cup shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper PrePArATion Preheat oven to 400° F. Thaw puff pastry completely and unfold. Slice in half lengthwise to make two long rectangles. Place on a large, parchment-covered baking sheet, leaving at least an inch of space between rectangles. use two baking sheets if needed to avoid overcrowding. with a paring knife, score a ½-inch margin around each rectangle. Take care not to cut all the way through the pastry. Brush both rectangles with beaten egg. Arrange chicken, peppers, olives and tarragon on the pastry, keeping toppings inside the border. Sprinkle with cheese and black pepper. Place in hot oven and bake for 15 minutes until edges of pastry are golden brown and cheese is melted. Cut each rectangle into three pieces and serve hot.
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The difference between green and black olives? Green olives are picked unripe, while black ones are harvested ripe.
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Westchester county’s steak Joints: Augie’s Prime Cut 3436 Lexington ave. Mohegan Lake 914.743.1357 augiesprimecut.com BenjAmin steAkhouse 610 W. hartsdale ave. White Plains 914.428.6868 benjaminsteakhouse.com BLt steAk the ritz-carlton, Westchester 221 Main st. White Plains 914.467.5500 bltsteak.com Croton Creek steAkhouse 4 W. cross st. croton Falls 914.276.0437 crotoncreek.com
Enjoy succulEnt stEaks from thE grill this summEr—and bEyond nothing coMPares With the buttery, fork-tender meat found at your favorite local steak house. as most chefs would attest, a perfect steak starts with quality and cut, requiring the simplest seasonings and cooking. When shopping for meat to cook at home, freshness is key. go to a butcher shop or have the butcher at your favorite supermarket cut meat to order. For sumptuous fare, choose wellmarbled cuts like a new york strip or rib eye. eating healthier? opt for a cut that has less saturated fat but is super-tender, like the tenderloin. a serving of lean beef is an excellent source of protein, zinc, phosphorus, iron and B-complex vitamins. Just remember to balance
your plate with vegetables and whole grains. now, get grilling!
utes, turning every minute. take the steak off the grill and place on a flame-resistant ceramic plate. using a finely serrated sharpened short knife, slice the steak, separating it from the bone. Make your cut reCiPe chef arturo McLeod of White Plains’ Benjamin as close to the bone as possible. starting at the inside corner of the bone, cut both steakhouse shares his secrets for perfectly sides of the porterhouse (filet mignon on cooking and slicing the restaurant’s poputhe left and new york strip sirloin on the lar—and sumptuous—Porterhouse for two: right) into ½-inch thick slices at a 45-degree BenJaMin ste akhouse angle. as you are cutting the steak, try to apply the whole length of the knife across Porterhouse the surface in single draw cuts rather than For t Wo sawing the steak with a repetitive motion. serves 2 the proper slicing will result in clean, even slices rather than rough-edged, uneven ingredients pieces. keep all the pieces, as well as the 1 porterhouse steak bone, in their original positions and place 2 tsp. kosher salt, divided them tightly together in the center of the heat-resistant ceramic platter. using a glazPrePArAtion ing brush, coat the top of the steak with a heat the grill to high and the oven to 550 bit of melted sweet butter. Place the platter degrees F. rub 1 tsp. kosher salt evenly across the entire surface of a trimmed por- with the meat on it inside the 550-degree terhouse steak. Flip and repeat on the other oven. cook to desired temperature, about 4 minutes for medium rare, 10 minutes for side with another 1 tsp. salt. Let the steak medium and about 15 minutes for medium sit and absorb the salt for about 5 minutes. Place the whole steak on your grill for 5 min- well. enjoy your “Meal of the kings.”
FrAnkie & johnnie’s 77 Purchase st. rye 914.925.3900 frankieandjohnnies.com hArry’s 230 e. hartsdale ave. hartsdale 914.472.8777 harrysofhartsdale.com mArC ChArLes steAkhouse 94 Business Park Dr. armonk 914.273.2700 marccharlessteakhouse.com morton’s the steAkhouse 9 Maple ave. White Plains 914.683.6101 mortons.com ruth’s Chris steAkhouse 670 White Plains rd. tarrytown 914.631.3311 ruthschris.com tony’s steAk & seAFood 524 Warburton ave. hastings-on-hudson 914.478.2260 tonyssteakandseafoodrestaurant.com the WiLLett house 20 Willett ave. Port chester 914.939.7500 thewilletthouse.com
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Grass-FeD BeeF: the 411 not too long ago consumers asked, “Where’s the beef?” now public scrutiny has turned toward what’s in our beef and how is it being raised, and people are asking if grass-fed beef is really worth the price. spokeswoman Marilyn noble of the american Grassfed association (aGa), a producers’ organization, answers questions: What is grass-fed beef? the aGa defines grass-fed products as those from animals (including cattle, bison, goats and sheep) that have eaten nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from birth to harvest—all their lives. What are the flavor, texture and health benefits of grass-fed beef steaks as compared With organiclabeled steaks*, grain-fed and/or “regular” store-
Grass-fed steaks have a meatier flavor than their grain-fed counterparts, and that flavor depends upon the breed of the animal as well as the types of grasses in the diet. it’s a bit like the concept of terroir in wine: Different places and different pastures will create different flavors in the meat. Grass-fed meat should never taste gamey or “off”—if it does, it may have something to do with the age of the animal and/or the handling of the meat during processing. the texture will be firm and perhaps a little chewier than a grain-fed steak, but with proper cooking, it shouldn’t be tough or dry. as far as health benefits go, grass-fed beef is considerably leaner than grain-fed, and the fat it does have is higher in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (cLa), which research shows helps combat certain cancerous growths, insulin resistance and inflammation. Grass-fed beef is also lower in saturated fats and contains higher percentages of vitamin e, beta-carotene, riboflavin and thiamine and the minerals calcium, potassium and magnesium. in addition, grass-fed cattle are never fed antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products such as chicken feathers and manure. bought steaks?
done, use a different cut, like a sirloin roast, and a slower cooking method, like braising. the most tender cuts are the best for grilling: tenderloin, rib eye, strips and top sirloin. have you seen an increase in people buying grass-fed beef? While no one tracks grass-fed statistics as a separate category, it seems the industry has hit the tipping point with consumers. the hartman Group, a market research firm concentrating on health, wellness, food and sustainability, noted that grass-fed meats, along with boutique butchers and heirloom pork, are among the top food trends in 2012. anecdotally, there seems to be increasing interest from the media and from chefs, restaurateurs and consumers over even a year ago. you see grass-fed noted on menus more often, and it’s easier to find in higher-end grocery stores and butcher shops. so Why does grass-fed meat cost more? it takes longer to produce grass-fed meats, so the cost on a retail level will generally be higher than commodity beef, which is raised to be brought to market quickly. People who are committed to grass-fed are dedicated to creating the highest-quality, healthiest and most environmentally sustainable product they can achieve, all while making a modest profit. consumers can save money on grass-fed meats by buying in bulk from a rancher, farmer or purveyor they know and trust (see “Where to Buy” at right). Buying a half or quarter of a beef brings the cost way down. —Kathleen Keating
*organic steaks must adhere to the usDa national organic Program’s standards for livestock, which include ensuring that the cattle are antibiotic- and growthhormone-free and 100 percent organic-feed-fed and have access to grazing outdoors.
Where to Buy
For more information on where to buy grass-fed beef, log on to american grassfed.org for a list of producers. alternatively, visit a store or buy online from these fine purveyors: Cherry LAWn FArm mArket 815 Weaver st. new rochelle 914.632.1850 CrisFieLd’s meAt mArket 61 Purchase st. #3 rye 914.967.0152 hemLoCk hiLL FArm 500 croton ave. cortlandt Manor 914.737.2810 hemlockhillfarm.com the hudson miLk ComPAny 3651 Barger st. shrub oak 914.245.0409 hudsonmilk.com Lord’s FArm inC. 1120 e. Boston Post rd. Mamaroneck 914.777.1108
What should one look for When buying grass-fed-beef steaks? in general, grass-fed cuts may be a little smaller, and the meat will be a darker red than grainfed due to higher percentage of pigments in the naturally lean, athletic cattle. you won’t see as much fat, and the fat you do see may be a little bit on the yellowish side, again from the beta-carotene and other pigments in the grass-fed diet.
What is the best Way to grill grass-fed beef and What
if you’re grilling a steak, let it come to room temperature, then sprinkle liberally with salt about 15 minutes before it goes on the heat. Grill over high heat for about three minutes per side for a oneinch-thick steak. that will give you a medium-rare result. if you want it medium, move it to a cooler part of the grill and cover for another couple of minutes. after the steak comes off the heat, let it sit for about 10 minutes so that the juices move back through the meat. i would never recommend cooking a grass-fed steak to well done—you’ll cook the moisture right out of it and it won’t be good. if you prefer your meat well are the best cuts?
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PUMPERNICKEL RESTAURANT Pub-style American fare featuring locally brewed root beer, 925 Saw Mill River Rd., 914.479.5370 THAI HOUSE Thai cuisine with vegetarian options, 466 Ashford Ave., 914.674.6633
MARC CHARLES STEAKHOUSE Steak house known for customizable steaks, 94 Business Park Dr., 914.273.2700 ROUTE 22 RESTAURANT & BAR American cuisine in a 1930s ambience, 55 Old Route 22, 914.765.0022
BISTRO 22 American and French cuisine, 391 Old Post Rd., 914.234.7333 FARMHOUSE AT BEDFORD POST Contemporar y American cuisine with seasonal ingredients, 954 Old Post Rd., 914.234.7800
AMALFI RESTAURANT Homemade Italian fare, 1112 Pleasantville Rd., 914.762.9200 GUADALAJARA Festive Mexican including favorites like fajitas, 2 Union St., 914.944.4380
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MP TAvERNA Authentic, reasonably priced Greek cuisine, 1 Bridge St., 914.231.7854
MIMA Home-cooked Italian fare with a wine bar, 63 Main St., 914.591.1300
BLUE DOLPHIN RISTORANTE Fine Italian dining, 175 Katonah Ave., 914.232.4791
LARCHMONT TAvERN Pub fare in a casual setting, 104 Chatsworth Ave., 914.834.9821 LUSARDI’S Authentic, fine Mediterranean cuisine, 1885 Palmer Ave., 914.834.5555
LE PROvENÇAL BISTRO Mediterranean and French fare, 436 Mamaroneck Ave., 914.777.2324 ZITOUNE Festive Moroccan eatery, 1127 W. Boston Post Rd., 914.835.8350
POUR CAFÉ & WINE BAR Boutique wines and spirits from around the world, cheese and tapas, 241 Main St., 914.864.0606
HAIKU ASIAN BISTRO Sushi and a variety of pan-Asian dishes, 56 Pondfield Rd., 914.337.5601 SAMMY’S DOWNTOWN BISTRO & BAR Continental cuisine, 124 Pondfield Rd., 914.337.3200
CRABTREE’S KITTLE HOUSE American fare with an expansive wine cellar, 11 Kittle Rd., 914.666.8044 GRAPPOLO LOCANDA Fine regional Italian cuisine, 76 King St., 914.238.5950
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CORTLANDT COLONIAL RESTAURANT Traditional and New American cuisine, 714 Old Albany Post Rd., 914.739.3900 LITTLE SORRENTO Homestyle Italian food, Parkside Plz., 3565 Crompond Rd., 914.736.6767
MEMPHIS MAE’S Authentic Southern BBQ and comfort food, 173 S. Riverside Ave., 914.271.0125 ÜMAMI CAFÉ Creative, eclectic cuisine, 325 S. Riverside Ave., 914.271.5555
THE COOKERY Fine Italian comfort food in a relaxed setting, 39 Chestnut St., 914.305.2336
TOSCANA RISTORANTE Authentic Italian cuisine, 214 Main St., 914.361.1119
PETE’S SALOON & RESTAURANT Casual bar and eater y with live entertainment, 8 W. Main St., 914.592.9849
THE BAYOU Cajun cuisine with live blues and zydeco music, 580 Gramatan Ave., 914.668.2634 BUONA SERA Fine Italian fare in a Tuscan-style atmosphere, 546 Gramatan Ave., 914.665.9800
DON COQUI Authentic Puerto Rican dishes, 115 Cedar St., 914.637.3737 THE GNARLY vINE Tapas and wine bar, 501 E. Main St., 914.355.2541
JOHN-MICHAEL’S AT PURDY’S HOMESTEAD Modern fare set in a Colonial home, 100 Titicus Rd., 914.277.2301 vOX Contemporary French and American cuisine, 721 Titicus Rd., 914.669.5450
BRASSERIE SWISS Authentic Swiss cuisine, 118 Croton Ave., 914.941.0319
NORTH STAR American-fusion cuisine with live music every Thursday, 85 Westchester Ave., 914.764.0200 FRANKIE & JOHNNIE’S Traditional steak house with an extensive wine list, 77 Purchase St., 914.925.3900 LA PANETIÈRE Contemporary French cuisine, 530 Milton Rd., 914.967.8140
CHAT AMERICAN GRILL Steaks, seafood and sandwiches, 1 Christie Pl., 914.722.4000 ZAZA Traditional Italian fare, 753 Central Ave., 914.472.4005
BANGKOK SPICE Fine Thai and Asian cuisine, 1161 E. Main St., 914.245.3690
BRIDGE vIEW TAvERN Comforting pub fare, 226 Beekman Ave., 914.332.0078 T YRYNDA THAI Thai cuisine in a soothing atmosphere, 128 Cortlandt St., 914.524.5003
IL FORNO Traditional Italian trattoria using fresh, local ingredients, 343 Route 202, 914.277.7575 TRADITIONS 118 Gourmet American cuisine with Italian influences, 11 Old Tomahawk St., 914.248.7200
EQUUS RESTAURANT French fare ser ved at Castle on the Hudson, 400 Benedict Ave., 914.631.3646 SWEET GRASS GRILL Creative local fare, 24 W. Main St., 914.631.0000
ABIS JAPANESE RESTAURANT Traditional Japanese cuisine and steak house hibachi, 14 Marble Ave., 914.741.5100 JOHNNY’S BAR & GRILL A variety of American favorites, 665 Commerce St., 914.773.5982
WOBBLE CAFE Kid-friendly American restaurant, 21 Campwoods Rd. #102, 914.762.3459
AN AMERICAN BISTRO Bright eater y featuring quesadillas, lamb and chicken, 296 Columbus Ave., 914.793.0807
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BISTRO ROLLIN French bistro cuisine, 142 Fifth Ave., 914.633.0780 LOLA’S TEA HOUSE Comfortable spot for tea and lunch or dessert, 130 Fifth Ave., 914.738.2100
ASIAN TEMPTATION Modern Japanese and Asian cuisine, 23 Mamaroneck Ave., 914.328.5151 EMMA’S ALE HOUSE Traditional Irish pub fare, 68 Gedney Way, 914.683.3662 42 Elegant American eater y, 1 Renaissance Sq., 914.761.4242 MULINO’S Traditional northern Italian cuisine, 99 Court St., 914.761.1818
IRON HORSE GRILL Contemporary American cuisine in an intimate setting, 20 Wheeler Ave., 914.741.0717
SUSHI NANSE Traditional sushi dining, 522 Mamaroneck Ave., 914.285.5351
BUFFET DE LA GARE Romantic French dining, 155 Southside Ave., 914.478.1671
2 BROADWAY Casual contemporary American/Italian fusion dining, 2 Broadway, 914.747.1000
FRANK PEPE Tile-oven pizzeria with authentic Italian dishes, 1955 Central Park Ave., 914.961.8284
GASHO OF JAPAN Hibachi steak house, 6 Saw Mill River Rd., 914.592.5900
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10 t i ps fo r bu y i ng w h at you r k i ds n eed w i t h ou t b r e a k i ng t h e ba n k MoMs aNd dads across aMerica speNT Nearly $70 BillioN—ThaT’s billion—oN Their childreN’s school supplies last fall, according to estimates from the National retail foundation. The average tab for a k-12 kid: $600-plus. so what do you do af ter you’ve already sif ted through your kids’ clothes for keepers and hand-me-downs, organized a supply swap with your neighbors and scoured junk drawers for per fectly good pencils, rulers and the like? use this intel to score the stuf f your kids still need for a whole lot less!
Make social Media work for you. whatever your retailers of choice—old Navy, Target, striderite—like ’em on facebook and follow ’em on Twitter to get coupons and discounts. and sign up for their e-newsletters too, advises stephanie Nelson, a.k.a. coupon Mom (couponmom.com), whose blog boasts 6 million followers. don’t forget to follow the practice with shoe brands like New Balance, she adds: “you may get an e-mail coupon for $5 to $15 off a pair!”
Give kids a say. They want to wear a new outfit on their first day, and that’s ok. But limit them to two or three items. since it’s still warm out when school starts, steer them to the sales racks of summer clothes. if they need a bigger wardrobe boost, wait at least two weeks after school starts, says Nelson, who’s a mom of two boys. “By then, they’ll know what they want to wear, and
those clothes will already have been marked down.” another tip: consider carrying envelopes with all the moolah you budgeted for each child in cash. when the bills are depleted, shopping is done—a concept the kids will grasp easily.
fiNd deals NearBy. want to know what deals are on tap at stores near you—without spending precious minutes scouring paper ads, making calls or even surfing the web? check out salescircular.com and saleslocator.com. The sites list all the sales in your area in one place.
score rock-BoTToM prices. done scrounging around the house for school supplies like folders, binders and paper? Try classroom direct.com—an online clearinghouse that boasts some of the cheapest prices around, says Nelson. Best of all? free shipping on any order!
visiT The Mall weBsiTes. you might find coupons you can print out or special promotions that will help you save 30 to 40 percent off your bottom line, says Nelson, who’s a mother of two boys. example: search for The westchester at simon. com and click on “deals.” while you’re at it, visit websites of individual stores (like kohl’s, lord & Taylor, etc.) and type “coupons” into the search box. also, don’t forget about outlet malls. sure, you know you can buy that $5 coupon booklet at the information kiosk once you get there, but Nelson says you can get that booklet free by signing up on the outlet’s website: “you can just go pick it up when you arrive.”
Take advaNTaGe of The coMpeTiTioN. “walmart and Target are competing at backto-school time,” says Nelson. That means they each have stationery items—notebooks,
pens, folders—that are loss leaders (items sold at a loss just to lure consumers into the store). Nelson’s strategy? she scours their ads for the deeply discounted items, and because walmart and Target will pricematch, she heads to one of the retailers to get the lowest prices on whatever she needs for the whole year—often at 80 to 90 percent off! That means you could possibly get everything at one store instead of doing a parking-lot crawl.
BaG freeBies aT office-supply sTores. here’s how it works: sign up for a loyalty program at stores like office depot or staples. for every purchase, you’ll earn reward points. Then once a quarter you’ll get a gift card in the mail for what you’ve accumulated. “That’s how i stock my business with supplies,” says Nelson. “i get free binders and free pens! and at backto-school time there are lots of deals.”
TurN haNd-Me-dowNs iNTo MusT-haves. capitalize on kids’ desire to be older. show them a photo of their big brother or sister wearing the same outfit they’re about to get. suddenly that plaid hoodie will seem really cool.
kNow wheN To iNvesT. when kids are little, $5 backpacks are fine, says Nelson. But as they hit high school, a new strategy is in order: “rather than buying cheap backpacks each year, invest in something better-quality,” she says. “My son has had the same l.l. Bean backpack for five years. Get it with free shipping and a coupon code—and it may have a lifetime guarantee!”
GeT The lowesT price oN The Go. have a smartphone? check out redlaser, shopsavvy and pushpins, apps that enable you to scan or photograph items for instant price comparisons. —Maria LissandreLLo
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take to the air at the new york State fair, aug. 23 to Sept. 3.
AUG 23–SEPT 3
Food tents, live performances and carnival rides are just some of the activities to enjoy at the annual new york STATe FAir at the Fairgrounds in syracuse. the 12-day fair will include the traditional fixings like cotton candy stands and face-painting artists as well as cooking competitions, animal shows and art exhibits. Gov. andrew cuomo will host the opening ceremony on aug. 23. daily admission: $10 adults, free for children. call 315.487.7711 or visit nysfair.org to find out more.
AUG 23 BlueS TrAveler, a
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player John Popper, will promote its new album, Suzie Cracks the Whip, at the Paramount center for the arts in Peekskill, 8 p.m. the band gained popularity in the ’90s for its hits “run-around” and “hook.” tickets: $30–$50 . call 914.739.2333 or go to paramountcenter. org for tickets.
SEPT 3 Find a treasure from the
past at the 28th annual lABor DAy AnTiqueS FAir at Lasdon Park in Katonah, 10 a.m. the event will feature live entertainment, a plant sale and fair food. also, attendees will be able to receive verbal appraisals on their own items ($5 for three pieces) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Glass house Fund at Lasdon. admission: $7 adults, free for children. For further information, call 914.273.4667 or visit cordshows.com
see rare footage of televised 1960s performances by motown artists in The moTown revue, a film presentation by music archivist Bill shelley at the Picture house in Pelham, 7:30 p.m. highlights include otis redding’s 1966 performance in europe, Ike and tina turner bringing
down the house in a 1969 Las Vegas show and a tribute to michael Jackson and the Jackson Five. tickets: $9 (adults, in advance), $12 (adults, at door), $8 (senior or student, advance), $10 (senior or student, at door). Visit thepicturehouse.org for details.
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enjoying the beautiful fall weather at the will2loSe ouTDoor FiTneSS jAm at Immaculate conception school in tuckahoe, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Visit will2lose. com for more information.
SEPT 29 Famed singer
Dionne wArwiCk returns to the tri-state area to perform at tarrytown music hall, 8 p.m. warwick, known for her soulful r&B tracks, is a five-time Grammy-winning artist and has served as a goodwill ambassador for the United nations. tickets: $48–$105 . For details, visit tarrytownmusichall.org. send event listings to: Westchester Health & Life, 110 summit avenue, montvale, nJ 07645; or reach us by e-mail at thingstodo@wain scotmedia.com. Listings must be received two months in advance of the event and must include a phone number that will be published.
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enjoy a dinnertheater production of The 25Th AnnuAl PuTnAm CounTy SPelling Bee at the westchester Broadway theatre in elmsford. this one-act musical comedy focuses on the eccentric six finalists of the bee and the equally peculiar adults running it. traditionally, four audience members are invited on stage to be part of the show. tickets: $80–$115 . For details, call 914.592.2222 or visit broadway theatre.com.
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See actress and comedienne Whoopi goldberg, Sept. 14.
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THINGSTODO AT WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER SPECIAL EVENTS
Learn more about our 2012 events at westchestermedicalcenter.com/events. THE EVAN LIEBERMAN WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER TRAUMA RUN Sunday, September 23 Westchester Medical Center This second annual run will benefit the Medical Center’s Joel A. Halpern Regional Trauma Center. It spans three miles of the Valhalla campus and includes 15 challenging obstacles. Visit westchestermedicalcenter.com/traumarun to register, learn more and watch our event video. Race heat times begin at 8 a.m. For more details, contact the Westchester Medical Center Foundation at 914.493.2575. 13TH ANNUAL WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday, September 24 Winged Foot Golf Club Mamaroneck This tournament brings together 200 corporate executives and community
leaders, Medical Center board members and directors, foundation trustees and donors and supporters for a day of golf on two of the world’s greatest golf courses. For ticket and sponsorship details, contact the Westchester Medical Center Foundation at 914.493.2575. 8TH ANNUAL 100.7 WHUD CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK RADIOTHON Wednesday to Friday, October 17–19 Listen as your favorite on-air personalities broadcast live from the lobby of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in a radiothon held to support the hospital that features inspirational stories from local families. For more information, call 914.493.6176 or visit westchestermedi calcenter.com/radiothon.
LEARNING FOR LIFE
Learning for Life is Westchester Medical Center’s series of free educational seminars on topics relating to your health. To learn more or to register, please visit westchestermedi calcenter.com or call 877.WMC.DOCS.
WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY SEMINARS August 9 and 23, September 13 and 27. 4:30 p.m., Conference Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Surgeons explain surgical weight-loss procedures.
SUPPORT GROUPS HEPATITIS C SUPPORT GROUP Meets alternate Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m., in Cedarwood Hall’s first-floor Conference Room. Call 914.493.7641. LIVING WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS For information about the group, call the Behavioral Health Center Outpatient Department at 914.493.2621. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 6–7:30 p.m. To learn more, visit westchestermedicalcenter. com/stroke or call 914.493.1573. TRANSPLANT LIFE SUPPORT GROUP Open to all pre- and post-transplant patients. For more information, contact Mimi Greenman at 914.493.7641.
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Get out on the golf course for Westchester Medical Center’s annual tournament, Sept. 24.
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