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Whitley told those of us in his fourth period Theater Arts class that he had written the play because drama was in his goddamned blood. But we all knew that he had only slapped it together over the Columbus Day weekend in order to assuage accusations made by the PTA that he was unqualified to teach drama. For those of us in his class, participation in the play was mandatory. Titled Death Mansion, the flyers made by Whitley had promoted it as “a story of international intrigue” – whereas the script itself had my classmates and me attempting to solve a murder mystery while unwittingly espousing Whitley’s shockingly intolerant worldview. My character was named Louis the Frenchman. My costume consisted of a pencil thin moustache, candy cigarette, loud pink scarf, and matching beret. Whenever there was talk

product of a joyful ignorance. Next to me in the picture is a girl in a conical hat, who is looking off uncertainly into the audience. The headline reads: Sacrebleu! Teacher Fired Over Hate Play. Tony Goldman’s family ended up filing a lawsuit against the school district. Tony had played the part of Jerome, and his appearance in black face had been one of the lightning rod issues surrounding the play. Susan Wilson’s family filed a similar suit. She was the girl standing next to me on the front page of The Hancock Evening News. Drawing on Whitley’s confused understanding of the Far East, Susan had been given the costume of a Cambodian farmer, and yet her character was referred to in the script several times as “but a lowly geisha.” After both the Goldmans and the Wilsons won their suits, the parents of al-

my adlibbing alone, the play overshot the runtime estimated in the program by twenty minutes. Apropos of nothing, I would announce to the other characters on stage, “Een Pair-ee we dance like zis!” Then I would launch into a paroxysm of dance that, in the infinite silence of that auditorium, must have seemed to last forever. I was so caught up in the ecstasy of my ridiculous performance that I failed to notice that there was no applause during the curtain call. As the event broke up and parents began to escort their children home, I noticed Susan Wilson crying in the arms of her mother. At the time, I assumed that this was a response to Susan feeling the same overwhelming sensation of catharsis that I felt after having given so much of myself on the stage. As I searched for my parents in the school’s

I’m standing at center stage with my arms thrown out like a French Al Jolson. My beret is pushed back at a jaunty angle on my head, and my face is contorted in such a way as to telegraph to the viewer that the accent I am affecting is the product of a joyful ignorance. of the murderer striking again, the script had me duck behind Jerome the Former Slave and shout “I surren-dare!” At other times, I was to leer dramatically at Consuela el Tapas, the fiery Spanish maiden. I was to grab at her waist and pretend to drool. In what was intended to be the first big laugh of the night, when Fräulein Deutchstrudel asked her guests whether she could get them anything, the script had me leap up and shout, “I want more wiiiiiiiiiiiine!” Instead of laughter, this line was greeted with the sound of the parents in the audience shifting in their seats, fidgeting in collective discomfort. In the public outrage that followed our class’s one and only performance of Death Mansion, the front page of The Hancock Evening News featured a picture of me at that very moment. In the photograph, I’m standing at center stage with my arms thrown out like a French Al Jolson. My beret is pushed back at a jaunty angle on my head, and my face is contorted in such a way as to telegraph to the viewer that the accent I am affecting is the

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most every student involved in the play began meeting with attorneys regarding the psychological damage that had been done to their children by being forced to take part in it. However, my parents were among the few not to do so. They found my participation in Death Mansion to be so humiliating that it never occurred to them to pursue the issue publicly. All of us in Whitley’s play were too young and too uninformed to know how offensive any of it was. In rehearsals, we had all been equally amused by the play. But while we were on stage, the other students began to notice the stony reception that we were receiving. After awhile, they gradually toned their performances down and began to deliver their lines in an embarrassed, perfunctory fashion. There was an untaught decency in them which allowed them to understand that something about what was happening on stage was unacceptable. I, on the other hand, remained completely oblivious, and spent the duration of Death Mansion chewing the scenery. Due to

auditorium, it was difficult for me to imagine the amount of praise that my performance would inspire in them. They were notoriously easy to please. When I was nine-years-old, I wore jean shorts to a family function and accidentally had explosive diarrhea on my Aunt Rebecca’s kitchen floor. Later that day, my parents had complimented me – in earnest – on having had the presence of mind to do it in a room with a linoleum floor. But when I found my parents in the crowd after Whitley’s play, they didn’t say a word. My mother threw her coat over me while my father lifted me over his shoulder and carried me out to the parking lot in a nervous half run. As we drove off, my mother regarded the school as if it were on fire. Once we were home, my father told me that I was to never bring up Whitley’s play again under pain of being disowned. He made me throw out my Louis the Frenchman costume, and for at least that first night I fought back tears over the bitter knowledge that my parents


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were insane. It wasn’t until Whitley was fired that I began to realize just how universal their reaction was. There were several other photographs on page six of The Hancock Evening News in which I was shown cowering in an exaggeratedly comic fashion behind Tony Goldman in blackface. Another showed me addressing Susan Wilson’s Asian character while pulling at my eyes in imitation of an epicanthic fold. In yet another, I was goose-stepping behind Fräulein Deutchstrudel. The other students looked frightened in the photographs, whereas I looked completely at ease with everything I was doing. Looking at those pictures, it was as if the entire play had been my idea. Though my parents refused to take part in the legal circus that followed the play, my father did place a few angry phone calls to the editor of The Hancock Evening News warning him not to print any more photographs of me. But by then the damage had been done. Everyone in-

point I would laugh and apologize for whatever offense had revived the old joke. There was no way for him to know how much it actually bothered me to be reminded of Louis the Frenchman, or how much I wished that we had stayed true to his original decree that we never mention Whitley’s play again. Even now, I am often afraid that those photographs from The Hancock Evening News will somehow re-surface in my adult life, and I will be forced to answer for them. Of course, this fear is irrational. Those pictures are now almost two decades old. No one would even be able recognize me as that twelve-year-old boy, dressed as a flamboyant Frenchman. But the small chance that someone could recognize me is enough to keep that fear alive. Perhaps my biggest concern is that my wife would find out about it. She’s originally from the Netherlands, and though the entirety of Dutch culture somehow managed to remain safely off of Whitley’s radar during the writing of Death Man-

eluding her. In these episodes, she is addressing dry cleaners and asking strangers for directions – all those nerve-racking first interactions. Her voice is always apologetic and full of unease. If I can anticipate one of these episodes coming on, I will wake her in order to spare her the anxiety. But if I don’t pay attention, I might be startled by the sudden sound of my wife trying to remember how to say dinner roll in English, as she relives some incident in a restaurant seven years ago. Hearing her like this, I tend to think back on Louis the Frenchman and feel the pangs of that old shame. The notion that anyone would make a person as intelligent and kind and generous of spirit as my wife feel unwelcome or out of place fills me with an outrage that is directed only at myself. Though, there are also certain moments of grace. When I wake her, she always knows that she has been talking in her sleep. She will ask me what it was this time, and I will explain that she was trying to get the waiter to bring her more

The memory of the play itself faded within a few weeks, but the stigma of it remained attached to me for years. From that point on, my life became defined by a stubborn and overwhelming sense of shame. volved agreed that it was unreasonable to blame a child for the faults of a forty-seven-year-old gym teacher. Nevertheless, the idiotic verve with which I had carried out my role had been hard to ignore. In the faces of my teachers and classmates, I saw that the ignorance I had inadvertently expressed on stage was now being regarded as an immutable part of who I was. After Whitley’s play, even the younger, more willfully optimistic teachers were reluctant to call on me. Even the students who enjoyed telling racist jokes in the cafeteria understood that, because they had never had an example of their bigotry published in a newspaper, they therefore occupied the moral high ground. The memory of the play itself faded within a few weeks, but the stigma of it remained attached to me for years. From that point on, my life became defined by a stubborn and overwhelming sense of shame. My father eventually lifted his prohibition against mentioning the play. Throughout high school, it was even a running joke between us. Whenever I did something particularly thoughtless he would call me Louis, at which

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sion, I would still be humiliated to have her learn about my participation in a play that so willfully misunderstood other peoples. After all, I’ve seen waiters furrow their brows at my wife’s accent, as if they’re owed an explanation. I’ve seen grocery store clerks make her feel stupid on the rare occasion that she flubs her English. I’ve seen television commercials and children’s shows portray the country where her grandparents are buried as a cartoon landscape of windmills and wooden shoes. And while she is too even-tempered and reflexively happy to let these images bother her for long, I can still recognize that for a moment they do, that it frustrates her to see that place – filled with all the indescribable memories of her youth – reduced to something offensively cute. There are times when these different forms of insensitivity pile up one after the other, so that by the end of the day it is clear that she is struggling with a deep sense of exclusion. On such nights, I’ll often hear her talk in her sleep. These are short episodes – memories of when she first began to live in the states – in which she is attempting to remember a word in English that is constantly

rolls. Then she will say the word triumphantly – rolls! – before promptly falling back to sleep. In moments like that – my wife having been comforted by the knowledge that she is in bed with her husband – I ask myself: When did I start to know better? When did I start to become the man who deserves her? When did the massive shortcomings of my youth become a door that I walked through? In my mind, I see that photograph on the front page of The Hancock Evening News, my arms outspread in the full flower of my stupidity. I try to tell myself that it was happening in that instant, even before I understood. Seth Fried’s short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Tin House, One Story, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and Vice, and have been anthologized in The Better of McSweeney’s, Volume 2 and The Pushcart Prize XXXV: The Best of the Small Presses. This excerpt from The Great Frustration was printed exclusively by The Weston Magazine Group with permission from Soft Skull Press.

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Speaker’s Corner by Katharine Weber We Saw The Sea

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School Road The Ross School presents “Peter Pan”

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Fiction The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club by Julia Slavin The East End Itch

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Hamptons Gallery The International Film Festival; Authors Night at the East Hampton Library


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WE SAW THE SEA By Katharine Weber

WE ARE WALKING  into the ocean. He is holding me in the crook of his left arm and I cling awkwardly to the soft expanse of his chest where I am squashed against his cold skin and his perturbing chest hair. He wades deeper into the black water that laps against my thighs, and I am afraid, afraid of him and afraid of the ocean. He strides through the waves, a father going into the ocean with his little girl, and over his shoulder I see my mother in her blue seersucker shorts and her blue sleeveless shirt standing on the wet sand at the hem of the tide, taking photographs, her face masked by her perpetual Leica as she frames her picture of a devoted father holding his happy child. She takes the picture of her husband and her little girl, the devoted father and his happy child enjoying this moment of going into the ocean on this perfect summer day. This is a day we won’t forget, a moment we have not forgotten, because she is taking, she has taken, this photograph,

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the evidence of this afternoon, this spot of time in one of many summer days spent in the funny rented house on Luchon Street at the end of the block facing the dunes. Remember that summer, she will ask me from time to time for the next forty years, remember that summer, the one after the summer of John’s heart, the summer we rented the Lido Beach house with the kitchen upstairs, remember the lady across the street who put polish on the nails of her brown standard poodles? What were their names? Coco and Chanel. You remember everything, don’t you? He strides purposefully away from the shore, his enormous black swim trunks billowing under me like seaweed. He is as purposeful as the polar bears I have seen at the zoo, the ones who dip into the water, swim in a circle and clamber out, only to repeat the activity relentlessly. They have to do it. They don’t know what else to do. He is wading deeper into the ocean, turning momentarily sideways to brace against the occasional wave that breaks against us, as if this slow march towards the horizon is a requirement, as if he doesn’t know any other way to be at the beach with his child, any other way to go into the water with his little girl. He doesn’t know what else to do. I have never seen my father run, I have never seen him throw a ball, I have never seen him sit on the ground, I have never seen him in a bathing suit before, and now he is carrying me into the ocean, and I am seven years old and he is 52, and this is the summer we are renting the beach


We Saw the Sea won first place in the 2010 Writers and Artists Collective memoir contest produced by the Westport Arts Center in conjunction with Ina Chadwick’s Mousemuse Productions.

house at the end of Luchon Street. My father is working at his office in the city and is only here on weekends, like a guest, and he sleeps in the room we call the guest room. We are wading deeper into the ocean and a wave smacks me in the face and I am afraid and I cling more tightly to his unfamiliar arms and chest, and he says Oh ho, are you afraid? Do you want to go out? I say Yes, I want to go out, looking over his shoulder at the beach, where my mother is now sitting on the blanket beside my brother, who wears a pith helmet and digs in the sand between his spindly legs. It is the summer after the summer of his heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic,

someone’s back. I am ashamed that boasting about how my brother has a hole in his heart is like twisting a knife in his back, making another hole in him, because it feels like she knows this about me, that I, her six-year-old daughter who cannot bring herself to ask for clarification on the Mayo issue, am capable of stabbing people in the back with a knife, and not just stabbing them, but twisting the knife. Maybe I am. I had not known it was supposed to be a secret, but now I have learned that when somebody has a hole in his heart, it is always a secret. I say Yes, I want to go out. He lunges forward, deeper into the ocean, triumphantly crying, as if

swallowing sea water by mistake, and closing my eyes doesn’t make anything different. I cling to him but I am afraid of him. I am afraid we will drown before he understands me, and he jumps up so we are lifted with the next swell and he asks me again, Do you want to go out now?, and I say Yes! Yes! I want to go out! And like a crazy person, he answers merrily Then out to sea we will go! Now we go even deeper, and he is treading water, and I don’t know how we will ever get out of the ocean. We will drown, I will drown in his arms, we will drown together, the devoted father with his child in his arms frolicking happily at the seashore on this perfect sum-

I AM SUPPOSED TO ACT AS IF IT ISN’T THERE, EVEN THOUGH IT IS DISTURBING AND IRRESISTIBLE TO LOOK AT, EVEN WHEN SHE CALLS IT HIS ZIPPER, WHICH MAKES ME WORRY THAT HE COULD COME UNZIPPED. and everyone says he is fine now, but where they cut open his skinny chest is a long red caterpillar of an incision which my mother gaily calls his zipper, but I am never supposed to bring it up at all. I am supposed to act as if it isn’t there, even though it is disturbing and irresistible to look at, even when she calls it his zipper, which makes me worry that he could come unzipped. The week before we go, I tell the girl next door that we are driving to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota because my brother has a hole in his heart. I am embarrassed about being slightly confused about whether this Mayo has anything to do with the other mayo, mayonnaise (which my brother likes very much, and so I will not taste it until I am 22 years old), the way I am slightly confused about whether Castro Convertibles, which are advertised with a catchy jingle on the radio, have anything to do with Fidel Castro and Cuba. Who was the first to conquer space? It’s incontrovertible! The first to conquer living space is Castro Convertible! This conquering space, does this have to do with the space race, and Sputnik? Aren’t the Russians friends with Castro? After a neighbor telephones in concern, my mother informs me that what I have done, this terrible deed of telling our neighbors about the hole in his heart, is just like twisting a knife in

this is all my idea, as if he is catering to my whims, Okay then, we will go out, out to sea! He slides us toward the horizon into deeper water, and I am not sure he is even standing on the bottom any more, because it feels as if we are being lifted by the swells. A small airplane dragging a banner chugs across the sky, from the direction of Point Lookout. Who was the first to conquer space? It’s incontrovertible! A second airplane follows, dragging another banner. The advertising planes always fly from Point Lookout, past Lido Beach, past Long Beach, and then where do they go? I never see these airplanes fly back the way they came. They are forever flying from left to right. The first to conquer living space is Castro Convertible! I try to convey the urgency of my desire, try once more to correct this misunderstanding, No, no, I want to go in! And he says Fine, if you insist, we will go in, in to the sea! And he moves us into even deeper water, and he begins to sing in his tuneless way about how we joined the Navy to see the world but what did we see? We saw the sea. The Atlantic isn’t romantic and the Pacific isn’t terrific, my father hums under his breath as the unromantic Atlantic laps at my chin and gets in my mouth each time I open it to try to speak. I keep getting slapped in the face by waves. My eyes are stinging, and I keep

mer day, a day we will never forget, a moment nobody will ever forget, because this spot of time is captured in the photograph my mother has just taken of the two of us, the devoted father and his happy child enjoying this moment of going into the ocean on this perfect summer day. The dogs were named Coco and Chanel. Coco had blue toenail polish and Chanel had pink toenail polish. I have no memory of the moment we turned back, no memory of the relief of being put down to stand dripping on the sand, no recollection whatsoever of not drowning. Katharine Weber is the author of five novels, most recently True Confections (2010). Her previous novel, Triangle (2006), won the Connecticut Book Award and was a Finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award and the Paterson Fiction Prize. Her other novels are The Little Women, The Music Lesson, and Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, all New York Times Notable Books. Her latest book, The Memory of All That, a memoir, was published by Crown in July. Katharine has taught fiction writing at Connecticut College, the Paris Writers Workshop, Goucher College, and Yale (for eight years); she is currently a graduate thesis advisor for the Columbia University MFA creative writing program. www.katharineweber.com.

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THE 16TH ANNUAL ELLEN’S RUN AUGUST 21, 2011

and raised more than $62,000—an ELLEN’S RUN IS participants astonishing success for a first-time event. By the

both the fundraising vehicle for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation and an annual 5k (3.1-mile) race.

the broad range of issues facing breast cancer patients, survivors, spouses, families, and third year, the amount of money raised had more friends; and °research on improving understanding of pain than doubled. By its fourth year, Ellen’s Run had become the largest race on the South Fork, with management and methods for treating pain. nearly 900 registered participants. It raised more The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is unique in than $160,000. In our 16th year, we have grown to over 1,000 participants and have awarded ap- its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the changing nature of proximately $2.7 million in grants. Congratulations to Nicholas Ellenoff of New the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer. York, NY, Winner of the 16th Annual Ellen’s Run with a time of 17:27, Jessica Van Binsber- BOARD OF DIRECTORS Patti Kenner gen of East Hampton, NY, first place female Hope Klein Langer with a time of 19:36, and our breast cancer sur- Emily Levin, Vice Chair vivor winners Karen McGlade of Amagansett, Hugo Moreno NY with a time of 21:58, and Jimmy Perreca of Julie Ratner, Chair Iris Shokoff Staten Island, NY with a time of 23:25. The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was estab- Cathy Tweedy lished in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Her- Rivalyn Zweig manson and carry on the important work to which MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD she devoted so much of her time and energy. An • Louis Avento, M.D., medical oncologist, activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her jour- Eastern Long Island Hematology and Oncology • Deborah Axelrod, M.D., Director of Clinical nalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast Breast Services and Breast Surgery and Medical cancer patients and their families. She educated her Director of Community Cancer Outreach at readers about the importance of early detection, NYU’s Clinical Cancer Center the challenges of living with breast cancer, the very • William Brancaccio, M.D., Chairman of real, but little-discussed or understood issue of pain Radiology, Southampton Hospital management, and the debilitating effects of breast • Kathleen Foley, M.D., Attending Neurologist in the Pain and Palliative Care Service at cancer on the entire family. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is con• Juan Gargiulo, M.D., President of Pain tinuing Ellen’s work by focusing on three ar- Management and Vice President of Anesthesia, eas, primarily to serve breast cancer patients Southampton Hospital on the East End of Long Island: • Larry Norton, M.D., Deputy Physician-in-Chief

An innovative, grassroots event, the Run has gone far toward meeting the Foundation’s goals. Held on the East End of Long Island, where breast cancer diagnosis and mortality rates are among the highest in the state, Ellen’s Run draws on the strength of the local community and gives back to the community, in the form of local projects. Proceeds from Ellen’s Run support the new Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital. The Foundation has also funded much state-of-the-art technology at Southampton Hospital, such as digital mammography equipment. Ellen’s Run also supports Ellen’s Well, a program that since May 2000 has provided psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors on Long Island’s East End under the leadership of a specially trained certified social worker. The race itself is a family event, aimed at both serious runners—women and men alike—and casual runners, as well as walkers and supporters of all ages. It engenders camaraderie and community as participants support or memorialize a loved one. Breast cancer survivors are recognized and applauded for their courage. A special prize is awarded to the first breast can° Educational outreach about the importance cer survivor to finish the race. Those who have been touched by the disease or the specter of the of mammography and early detection to medidisease have the chance to take a positive step. cally under-served communities of women ° psychosocial support services that address The first Ellen’s Run attracted more than 500

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and Director of Breast Center Programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center • Karrie Zampini, M.S.W., Director of Post-Treatment Resource Program of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Emerita)

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and varied ways in which artists approach portraiture. Students View American Portraits December 4, 2011–January 15, 2012 As an extension of the Parrish’s longstanding School Art Festival, two student exhibitions will be presented this winter. Pre-K through 8th grade students from neighboring schools will respond to the Parrish’s fall 2011 exhibition American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum. This exhibition is open to public and private schools in the townships of Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton, and Southold. High School students from Brookhaven, Riverhead, East Hampton and Southampton townships will be featured in separate exhibition, which will include a competition for high school seniors. For further information call the CONQUISTA DE LA SOLEDAD Education Department at 631/283-2118 ext. 21 [THE CONQUEST OF SOLITUDE], 1990-91 or e-mail wingfieldc@parrishart.org. OIL ON CANVAS, 60 X 72 INCHES, COLLECTION OF FRANCOISE FERRER Museum Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday 1 to 5 pm.Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. October 29 - January 16 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY. UÊ-iiV̈œ˜ÃÊvÀœ“Ê̅iÊ*iÀ“>˜i˜ÌÊ œiV̈œ˜°Ê˜Ê 631/283-2118; www.parrishart.org. exhibition highlighting works from the Pop Art Movement. UÊ ÀiÜÊ -…ˆvyiÌÌÊ ‡Ê 7ˆ˜˜iÀÊ œvÊ Ì…iÊ Óää™Ê ˜˜Õ>Ê BAY STREET THEATRE Guild Hall Members Exhibition. November 4-26 UÊ,>v>iÊiÀÀiÀÊ Ý…ˆLˆÌˆœ˜ LITERATURE LIVE! brings the power of the Friday & Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm. word from the page to the stage. Using curricu158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY. 631/324-0806 lum-based literature, Bay Street Theatre creates www.guildhall.org. a unique learning experience by bringing professional theatre artists together to present first class productions. Designed specifically with middle PARRISH ART MUSEUM and high school age students, their teachers and American Portraits: Treasures from administrators in mind. the Parrish Art Museum Literature Live presents TO KILL A MOCKThrough November 27, 2011 The fourth in a series of special exhibitions INGBIRD, live on stage for schools, groups and drawn exclusively from the Parrish’s collection, the public from November 4-26.The Long Wharf, American Portraits will showcase some of the Sag Harbor, NY. Box Office: 631/725-9500 www.baystreet.org. exceptional works of art that illustrate the many East Hampton Guild Hall Presents The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season October 19 - April 14 $22/$20 members per live screening; $20/$18 per encore screening; $209 for entire series of 11 screenings. Call 631/324-4050 or visit the Box Office 3 hours prior to curtain.

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STUDENT ARTWORK FROM THE 2007 STUDENT EXHIBITION. PHOTO BY GINGER PROPPER


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fiction By Julia Slavin

THE WOMAN WHO CUT OFF HER LEG AT THE MAIDSTONE CLUB WORD SPREADdown

East Beach that a woman had cut off her foot in front of the Maidstone Club. None of the club members budged from their chaises, or stepped out from under their candystriped umbrellas. They assumed that the woman was a day visitor who’d ridden in on the back of a motorcycle, or a renter who’d wandered over burnt and bewildered from West Beach. But then, to their astonishment, word spread that the woman was Maisie Haselkorn of the Eastport Haselkorns. With that dispatch, the entire East Beach population migrated toward Maidstone, nonchalantly, so as not to appear too impressed. But the news was wrong. She hadn’t severed her foot. Not yet. Rather, using a pen knife, she’d carved a broken line into the skin below the left ankle like a doctor preparing for surgery, and tied an Hermes scarf around her calf as a tourniquet. The foot was buried under a mosaic of mosquito bites, which Maisie’d rubbed raw with sand and salt water, unable to stop the violent itching. Club members did not get mosquito bites. The skin and blood of families like the Plughs, the Pim-

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scotts, the Haselkorns, and the Trums, didn’t appeal to the local insect life. Instead they fed on the imported flesh of renters like the Newmans, the Nathans, the Fussellis, and the Golds. Or the leather of day visitors like — does it matter? But Maisie Haselkorn, daughter of Electra von Hardweger Haselkorn and the late F. Whitmire “Fuzzy” Haselkorn, was so infused with Ben Loeb, the West Beach land developer’s bodily fluids, that her genetic resistance to bugs had been dulled. And now they swarmed around her, hovered overhead, legions of mosquitoes probing her with their blood sucking proboscises. “I knew it would lead to a bad end,” Skimpy told Mim Trum. Isn’t there something I can do?” Pasty Plugh asked Maisie, swatting the insects away with her hand. “Oh no, Pasty,” Maisie said, scratching and gnawing and slapping. “It’s just that the itching is so... annoying.” Scraping her foot with the sharp edge of a broken clam shell and oblivious of the crowd, Maisie looked out over the Sound toward Haselkorn Island, a place she’d never been, where all morning, ferries had delivered land moving equipment to break ground for the new condominiums, hotels and restaurants. From here it was only a dollop of green in an aluminum sea.


Ben Loeb slapped a mosquito on his arm and followed Maisie Haselkorn out of Mim Trum’s dinner honoring Lizzy Mann, who’d sung a benefit for children with AIDS at East Town Hall. She’d been just out of his grasp at all the parties that season but tonight, she’d asked him to hold her drink while she showed Chrispo Pimscott how to use the indoor rubberized rock climber. Ben had to jog to keep up with Maisie’s stride. “Mim’s going to ask Lizzy to sing,” Ben said. “I don’t like entertainment at parties.” Maisie swung her arms with clenched fists. “And I have no interest in hearing Lizzie Mann sing.” Ben looked at this graceful woman in the cool moonlight. She was tallish and thin with the skin and nose of good breeding. Hers were the choice chromosomes, encoded with healthy hair, good nails, straight teeth and athletic ability. She’d been star pentathlete at Grangerville. Her Grangerville yearbook, “The Golden Nut,” captured her personality and athletic prowess in a photograph mid-hurdle with a caption that read: “She throws, she jumps, that winning attitude — MAISIE!” “I’m Ben Loeb. I met you at the Clayborns’ dinner for that artist.” “Ramsey Angus Hunter. I didn’t like him or his guillotine imagery. And I know who you are, Mr. Loeb.” “Call me Ben.” “You built the new strip mall in North East.” “We prefer ‘convenience center.’ The industry considers Loeb Commons to be architecturally significant.” He thought she’d be impressed. “I like the older buildings, myself,” Maisie said. “I don’t like all those implied lines and oddly shaped rooms. And I don’t like new architecture that tries to look like old architecture.” “Why don’t we just stop all building all together?” He was becoming aroused by this young woman, so fiercely certain of her opinions. “Yes, why don’t we.” Ben was getting winded. “Why don’t you have a car like everyone else?” “I do,” she said. “I told him to leave. And what about you Mr. Loeb? Where’s your car?” “I’ll get it in the morning,” Ben said. Maisie looked at him, perplexed. Ben noticed one of her eyes was higher on her face than the other. “I’m spending the night with you.” “Don’t think I don’t know what you’re after, Mr. Loeb.” Maisie leaned back luxuriously on a pale chintz fainting couch. 44

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Ben lifted his head from between her thighs. “Please, call me Ben.” “You want Haselkorn Island,” she said. “But you’re wasting your time with me. I’m an Eastport Haselkorn, not an Island Haselkorn. The Eastport Haselkorns split from the Island Haselkorns in 1650 and the two sides haven’t spoken since. You’ll have to build your hotels and condominiums elsewhere.” Haselkorn Island. Four square miles of undeveloped land. The island had been part of a royal grant over three hundred years ago. The sight of it, made Ben drool like an infant. Word had it the heirless and ancient Lord Cotton Haselkorn of the Island Haselkorns was considering its disposition. “Make me ambassador of good will.” Ben moved Maisie’s knees further apart with his chin. “It’s time you kissed and made up.” Electra Haselkorn kept a sharp eye on her daughter and the West Beach developer who came as Maisie’s date to all the parties now, suspicious of the intentions of a newcomer. But seeing the telltale insect bites on Maisie’s ankles, and the bottles of Calamine, Bactine, Off and other foul smelling potions Maisie kept hidden in her closets, Electra knew it was too late. The Ben Loeb virus would have to run its course. She knew from her own love affair thirty-two years prior with Gus Ottominelli, the contractor Luciano Ottominelli’s son, that love, true love, enters the blood like barbiturate and once you’ve had it, you can’t do without. Watching Maisie bend to scratch a welt behind her knee, just as she had scratched thirty-two years before, Electra knew Ben Loeb was all through her daughter like an infection. Denied their petition to enjoin office furniture king Al Rodman and his wife Carol from building an ocean-front temple substantially resembling the Pan Am terminal at Kennedy, Skimpy and Chrispo Pimscott decided to throw the royal couple a Bastille Day party. On the day of the event, Maisie leaned back dreamily against the Pimscott’s superior Weeping English Beech, the majestic pendulous-branched tree for which the office furniture king had offered $80,000 for the rights to uproot and replant on his own property: an increasingly common practice of the island’s newcomers, to transform terra nova to terra antiqua. Chrispo had refused the gruesome tender and would not even entertain sponsoring the arriviste’s membership at Maidstone. When Maisie opened her eyes, Ben was ducking under the tree’s thick leafy canopy. He took her arm and led her up to the Pimscotts’ roof where he made love to

her as guests arrived below. Maisie gripped her feet against two window cornices to brace herself. “Darling, would you like me to take the slate?” Ben offered. Maisie considered his kind proposal to be on the bottom, then decided it was better to have a scraped back than an exposed backside. Just as Ben promised, no one looked up, except the driver of one of the catering trucks. And when one of Maisie’s sandals slipped off the roof and hit Lord Cotton Haselkorn’s man Nils on the shoulder as he was rolling the Lord up the makeshift ramp to the Pimscotts, Nils gently tucked the shoe into the veteran turtle-shaped boxwood by the entrance. “Maisie, your back,” Electra Haselkorn said of the slate roof indentations pressed into her daughter’s skin. “Those awful new chaises at Maidstone, Mother.” “I’ll talk to Gerard first thing tomorrow,” Electra said. “Do that, Mother.” Maisie crossed the room to say hello to Mim Trum. Electra noticed she was missing a shoe. As the first course was cleared and the main course was served, Ben manipulated Maisie under the table with his foot while carrying on a discussion with Pasty Plugh about the challenge of fishing for fluke. “I never have any luck fluking,” Pasty said breezily. “There’s a trick,” Ben said. Maisie pressed down on his big toe. “A trick?” Pasty puckered her forehead. “A secret,” Ben said. “A secret!” Pasty flushed ruby as though it were her own pants being moved aside by the toes of a hairy land developer. Ben moved in close to Pasty’s ear, his salmon Wellington breath hot on her neck. “Let the sinker bounce on the bottom.” His breathy voice sent an electric shock down Pasty’s viscera. “Isn’t that fascinating,” Pasty’s voice quivered. “Pinky,” she called in a loud whisper to Mr. Plugh, swallowing his fifth Glenlivet at a nearby table. “Pinky,” she called again through closed teeth. Pinky Plugh, red-faced and spider-veined, had heard his wife the first time and hoped his selective deafness would make her retreat. “PINKY!” The room went quiet. “Yes, Pasty,” Pinky said, with resignation, as though Mrs. Plugh’s summons were the last torment he could bear. “Mr. Stein here says...”


“That’s Loeb actually,” Ben interrupted. “Mr. Loeb here says to let the sinker bounce on the bottom.” The room became quiet enough to hear the gentle popping of Ben’s toe joint. And then, one by one, at each table throughout the grand dining room, living room and side parlor, they began to consider Ben’s fluking technique. “Let the sinker bounce on the bottom...” “The sinker...” “...bounce on the bottom.” “Of course...” “It fools the fluke, you see.” “We’ll take out the Ebb Tide tomorrow.” “...charter the Catch As Catch Cannes tomorrow.” Pinky slammed his fist on his table. “Non-

ing technique and engaged by Ben’s stories of birding in Gabon and womanizing among the Yanomami Indians in Brazil, that by the time the sun would drop behind West Beach, Lord Haselkorn would bequeath his island and all of its treasures to Ben Loeb. But now the crowd was closing in on Ben. “Save the fluke!” “Save the Sound!” “If those West Beach developers have their way,” Matilda Serk shouted. “They’ll landfill the entire Sound for more condominiums and hotels!” Then came a climaxing groan from Maisie. Not the feminine sigh of ecstasy, but the sorrowful moan of a woman who knows she’s not needed anymore, desired anymore, knows she will

lus with a pen knife from Cartier. The crowd had long since dispersed: the renters, tired of waiting for her to finish the job, went back to their cottages, the day-visitors rode back to wherever they came from, and the club members rushed home to scratch the Eastport Haselkorns off their guest lists. Carlsbad peered over Maisie’s athletic shoulders, rocked up onto his toes and tried to look down her thin cotton top. Then, seeing that Maisie was not in a talkative mood, he scooped up his ball as the tide brought it back and trudged back over the sand to the links. It was late in the day when Maisie balanced herself like a gymnast and flipped her left leg into the ocean. Why stop at the foot, she’d said, slicing into the deep fascia of her tan thigh. The leg skipped across the surface and tumbled

MAISIE CONSIDERED HIS KIND PROPOSAL TO BE ON THE BOTTOM, THEN DECIDED IT WAS BETTER TO HAVE A SCRAPED BACK THAN AN EXPOSED BACKSIDE. sense,” he bellowed. “Preposterous.” Again the guests became quiet. Pinky Plugh wasn’t going to listen to the nouveau fishing advice of a West Beacher. “Next you’ll be proselytizing plastic bait and treble hooks. Why not just dredge the Sound?” Battle lines were drawn throughout the party with Pinky and Pasty as opposing generals. “I’ll have you know, young man,” Pinky pointed at Ben. “That I was Fluke champion, 1962, Newport Beach.” “Oh shut up, Pinky,” Pasty said. As the crowd one by one joined forces with Pinky and bore down on Ben, Lord Cotton Haselkorn, the last of the Island Haselkorns, had his man Nils roll him to Ben’s table. Most East Beachers were too young to remember that Lord Haselkorn was Champion Bottom Fisher for 1926, ‘27 and ‘32, back when the Sound was filled with flounder, fluke, and sweet sole, long before regulation lengths and Fish & Game wardens. “I fluked the same way.” Lord Haselkorn smiled toothlessly. “I know,” Ben said. “I read an interview in the East Ledger.” “My boy, that was sixty-years ago.” So taken was Lord Haselkorn with Ben, that he invited him aboard the Hi C’s for an in-shore fishing tour around Haselkorn Island. So impressed would the Lord be by Ben’s troll-

never be made love to this way again. It is a cry that cannot be mistaken for anything other than the death song of a woman who knows the end of the greatest love affair of her life. The shouting in the rooms died to a drone which seemed to mirror Maisie’s cry. It was a cry that Pasty Plugh knew so well that she clasped her throat with her hands and felt she would choke from the lump gathering there. The Countess Loretta Mach, in white tulle and the Mach jewels, recognized that cry from the night she gave up Robert, her Corsican lover, for this life of parties, pools, Faberge, and furniture. Mim Trum covered her face and wept for Tony Donnatuci, and Skimpy called out for Shecky Moskowitz. “So it’s a date?” Lord Haselkorn held out a gnarled hand. “It’s a date,” Ben said and slipped his busy toe and foot back into his Top-Sider.

Carlsbad Trum, crow-faced and cadaverous, drove a ball so far off the links at Maidstone, he’d been wandering the beach a half-hour. Searching here and there, using his hand as a visor, resting his driver on his shoulder, he spotted the ball rolling to and fro at the water’s edge. “Worse even than I feared,” he said. “Talk about hitting into the rough.” Carlsbad noticed Maisie as he bent to pick up his ball which the tide took out of reach. “Hello, Maisie, cutting off your foot I see?” Maisie was sawing through her slender ta-

into a beach break. The Pimscotts’ Golden, Pal, small-brained, but fiercely loyal, did what any champion retriever would do. He sprung from the hole he’d been digging all afternoon and dove into the surf to fetch. “Oh Pal,” Maisie said, disgusted, as the immaculate pedigree dropped the leg and jumped deliriously in anticipation of his next fetch. “You overbred idiot.” Pal chased his tail and shook his long wet fur. Remember all your strength from pentathlon, Maisie thought. On her remaining leg, Maisie hopped around in a circle, faster and faster, pirouetting; swinging the leg by the toes, she flung it to the sea. Way beyond the break the leg flew, end over end, foot over thigh. Even the idiot dog Pal knew it was outside his range. And now Maisie, free of itching at last, fell in the sand, craned her neck back and looked into the mango sun that was sinking upside down behind Maidstone. “That’s better,” she sighed, wiggling her fresh stump. “That’s much better.” Julia Slavin is the author of The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at The Maidstone Club and Other Stories and the novel, Carnivore Diet. Excerpted from The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at The Maidstone Club and Other Stories by Julia Slavin, published in paperback by Picador USA. Copyright © 1999 by Julia Slavin. Reprinted by arrangement with Henry Holt and Company,LLC. All rights reserved.

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Literary luminaries and bold-faced names came out in force to support the East Hampton Library’s 7th Annual Authors Night event on Saturday August 13th. Co-Founding Chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith, and Honorary Co-Chairs Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Nelson DeMille and Michael Connelly, were joined by more than 170 authors who signed their latest tomes for the enthusiastic throng of 1,300 event attendees. Featured authors included legendary soap star Susan Lucci, best-selling authors Michael Connelly and Gretchen Morgensen, British novelist Martin Amis, actor and writer Robert Klein, vegan guru Kathy Freston, TV and film critic Jeffrey Lyons, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Philip Schultz, Bravo TV star and decorator Mary McDonald, foodie-turned-fiction writer Katie Lee, Beth Ostrosky Stern, and many more! New York State Senator Charles Schumer stopped in to lend support to the event. He commented, “I was amazed at the list of people who were there. Libraries are one of the most important things we have. Libraries throughout New York and throughout the country are crowded, and that’s a good sign for our future so we have to support them.” Immediately following the Authors Reception on the Library grounds, over 500 guests sat down to more than 25 separate dinner parties across the region, all featuring one or more of the guest authors. Dinner party hosts included John Randolph Hearst, Jr. who hosted Susan Lucci and Nelson DeMille; Jane Friedman, who hosted thriller writer Michael Connelly; and Tom Twomey and Judith Hope, who hosted Alec Baldwin and Dick Cavett. This year’s event raised more than $200,000 for the East Hampton Library. East Hampton Library Director Dennis Fabiszak stated, “This year’s gathering of writers is the largest we’ve ever had. To have over one thousand people show up to support the Library on a busy August night, talk to authors and buy their books, is a real statement.”

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ey, where are all the protest songs? For nearly a decade, the United States has been in two declared wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and — count ‘em — as many as seven undeclared military conflicts overseas. On many levels, the loss of blood and treasure in Iraq-Afghanistan is as egregious as the horrific Vietnam War of the 1960s. But there is a distinct difference between the two decade-long conflicts. In its time, the Vietnam conflict galvanized and energized an entire generation. Hundreds of thousands of young people took to the streets, to the college campuses, passionately protesting the unpopular war that was sending tens of thousands of American soldiers home in body bags. The radio was brimming with classic protest songs that captured the revolutionary fervor of the moment — John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance,” Edwin Starr’s “War,” Sgt. Barry McGuire’s “The Eve of Destruction,” “One Tin Soldier,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Big Yellow Taxi”… So, again, I ask... a decade on with all the bloodshed on the killing fields of the Middle East — where are all the protest songs? There are none. Nada. Zippo. Yeah, there’s a catchy new Rhianna song on the Billboard

charts, but there hasn’t been a single anti-war protest song in all these years. Why not? In search of an answer, I approached a few college kids who happened to be hanging out in the local Fairfield Starbucks. They only had a few weeks before returning to college and were dissecting the news of Snooki’s latest arrest for drunken behavior on the Jersey Shore. I had this burning desire to know, so I simply disrupted their conversation. “Hey, college kids,” I said. “From the Civil rights Movement to ending the Vietnam War, history demonstrates that peaceful youth uprisings are the true agents of social change in America. Given everything that’s happening right now, why aren’t you guys marching down to Washington, D.C. by the millions?” Most of the kids exchanged highly annoyed looks and were just about to mock me scornfully, when one of them shrugged and said, “Dude, there’s no mandatory draft.” “No draft?” “We don’t have any skin in the game,” he shrugged. “It may sound kind of insensitive, but it’s the way it is. Reality bites.” This exchange caused another student — a studious-looking redhead with pink cat’s-eye glasses — to speak up. “Let me guess — this is all about you calling our generation ‘apathetic,’ right?” I guess it kind of was. “Okay, let’s talk,” she said, directing me to

a seat in the corner. Courtney kicked off our conversation by noting that many of today’s youth bristle at the accusation that the so-called “Boom Echo Generation” is afflicted by apathy. First off, this generation hates being labeled anything. All their lives, they’ve been analyzed, labeled and pigeon-holed. Big mistake. But more to the point, the generalization is intellectually deficient. She pointed out, hey, was it not the energy of millions of college kids who were the catalyst that propelled the first African-American presidential candidate to the highest office in the country? And isn’t this generation demonstrably more dedicated to global charities and the Peace Corps than any generation since the Sixties? Katrina was, for many, the first opportunity to demonstrate the power of the younger segment to be something bigger than themselves. And as a generation expected to respond dramatically to “Global Warming,” well, most teenagers can recite every statistic Al Gore lectured them on in his documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” In short, they do care. At the same time, Courtney sighed, dropping her voice a bit lower, there were troubling characteristics of today’s youth — a collective experience that had resulted in what she rhymingly called the “whatever-dude attitude” syndrome. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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1. This is the most overanalyzed, overmedicated generation in history. For the last several decades, American youth has been under the social-engineering microscope. Perhaps it’s the ‘Oprah Effect’, but in modern day uber-psychoanalyzed culture, it seems no one is responsible for anything. You say you have A.D.D.? No problem, Little Jimmy, you just got yourself an extra 50% of time to take your SAT exam. Of course, you have to take this mandatory, experimental psychotropic medication, but hey, both Little Timmy and Little Johnny are on it, so join the crowd. As a society, our educational system has trended into a zone where every kid is “unique,” “gifted” and/or “special.” If your kid is failing to pay attention in class, don’t worry, she’s so bored because — she’s so smart! A college professor at SUNY Stony Brook has been complaining

to me about what he calls the “Mister Rogers Syndrome.” Nearly every student comes up to him after class to renegotiate his grade, feeling a sense of entitlement that he is “more special” than his classmates. No one is special, of course, if everyone gets an “A” regardless of the effort and achievement. (Or, alternatively, everyone is “special.”) They say we’re now entering a nanny-state where adults can’t smoke cigarettes, restaurants can’t add salt or the wrong types of fat to their food, and, most alarmingly, where we exist in an if-you-see-something-say-somethingand-rat-out-your-neighbors culture. Same thing goes for the kids these days. Now there’s nut-free zones, anti-bullying programs, sexual harassment awareness seminars, and global warming indoctrination (“What’s Your Carbon Footprint?”). True, much of this can be called progress — unless it results in unrealistic ex-

pectations that fail to prepare kids for the Real World. In Brookline, Massachusetts, for example, one of the youth baseball programs calls an end to the game when the score is tied. Hey, that’s a great life lesson for the kids! In real life, nobody either wins or loses. They tie! Just like in the adult world! Not.

2. It sucks to have so much mind-numbing technology at your fingertips. Video games… iPads and iPhones... Facebook and Twitter... the vast, time-sucking data-rich vortex known as the Internet. As Courtney reminds me, “Your generation didn’t have any of this addictive technology when you were kids.” (So, true. I was thrilled to be the first in my neighborhood to have a Commodore Amiga 1000 computer in 1985, which is likely less powerful than today’s average $15.99 Casio calculator.)

THE MOST RECENT SEASON PREMIERE OF “JERSEY SHORE” ATTRACTED THE GREATEST AUDIENCE IN THE HISTORY OF CABLE TELEVISION. The academic studies are coming out fast and furious concerning youth addiction to the Internet. Above all, studies show Facebook is likely to be the most addictive brain drain available to kids without a prescription. It sucks its users into a virtual world that sure feels like a network with real social interaction. There are snarky instant messages, pictures of friends getting wasted at last night’s grain-alcohol party, and updates on what skanky food was consumed just six minutes ago. But some forward-thinking sociologist suddenly realized that Facebook just might be an evil intimacy-destroying apparatus: “If you are so busy in your virtual life that you forget about your real life, if you spend even more and more time online, and start to neglect yourself and the people around you — then, it is time that you started seriously thinking twice about Facebook.” No kidding, Sherlock. High school administrators around the country are constantly griping about the student body’s obsession with texting... and even worse, the growing phenomenon of “sexting.” Recently, a Fairfield County school had to undergo sensitivity training when a 14-year-

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old sent a topless picture of herself to her socalled boyfriend. Said photo, of course, subsequently was forwarded to dozens of other 14-year-old students. These kids apparently didn’t realize it was a serious felony crime to distribute graphically nude photographs of underage kids. They do now. And consider this: isn’t an Apple iPhone a more powerful computer than what they had available when the Apollo 11 mission landed men on the moon in 1969? This mechanism is now in the hands of the average 12-year-old. Imagine how that kind of computing power in the palm of her hand would re-wire her brain. Coming of age in the information age: it’s no Sunday walk in the park.

3. Pop culture in the new millennium: Stupid is as stupid does. Is there anyone out there who would deny that pop culture seems to be intentionally dumbing down American society? Oh, wait. I see a hand defiantly raised by one reader over there. Well, here’s a fun fact for you, dear reader. The most recent season premiere of “Jersey Shore” attracted the greatest audience in the history of cable television. ‘Nuff said. The paradoxically-named “reality show” is a pop-culture monstrosity spawned as a response to a Hollywood writers’ strike more than a decade ago. Now, with the wacky exploits of the Kardashians, those kooky Housewives of Orange County, the kiss-andtell promiscuity of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette... why, everyone’s average daily life could be repackaged by Ryan Seacrest into a half-way decent reality show formula. Hell, yeah, everyone is a star! With the right musical soundtrack and special audio effects, that finger-in-the-face screaming match you had with your mom over your whereabouts last night can be turned into an amusing video vignette! Upload it to YouTube, dude, it’ll score a million hits! Far more aggravating to the older generation, however, is the nails-against-chalkboard crap that radio stations now spew out for the young generation as Top 40 hits. Almost every chorus of today’s rap classics have the same hook: “Hey, ho, hey, ho.” Sure, some of the more ambitious songs toss in an edgy “where’s all my bitches and ho’s?” just to be innovative. Many of us who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s fondly remember listening to Motown 45s with the clever, romantic lyrics of Smokey Robinson. Flash forward

to the present: instead of wistful songs of young love, the protagonists of most rap songs these days appear to be content to “get shorty on the dance flo’” with “stacks of cash money” and a “bottle of bub at the club.” I picture Bob Dylan dying a slow death of jealousy every time he turns on the radio and hears a Li’l Wayne tune — Man, how does that guy manage so effortlessly to come up with such clever lyrics? He’s the voice of a generation I never was.

4. Today’s generation is smarter than we are because they know you can’t change diddly-squat. Courtney then proceeded to smack me right upside the head with the logic of her closing argument. “Tell me, who are the people who draw the conclusion that our generation is apathetic? And on what basis?” She referred to a 2007 column by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who wrote that he was “baffled” that the Boom Echo generation was far less politically engaged than they should be. She mocked Friedman for being so out of touch. After all, the world that this generation is inheriting from Friedman’s generation is, by many measures, imploding. To recent college grads, the crushing burden of student loans that may never be repaid is a woeful byproduct of an American society that has irresponsibly permitted the cost of college to exceed the means of most kids to afford higher education (or at least to have a decent chance to get a decent return on investment, given Congress’ sycophantic efforts to transfer American jobs to China and India over the last two decades). Also, the relentless propaganda on “global warming” is beginning to wear thin on this generation. If things are as bad as Al Gore claims they are, then how the &%$@# did the previous generations allow it to become such a disaster and dump the entire responsibility on us? Even worse, however, is the fact that many youths are starting to wonder aloud whether “global warming” might not be some sort of tax scam designed to enrich Generation Investment Management, LLC, a private equity company partially owned by Al Gore that holds a vast portfolio of emerging “green” companies. After the “inconvenient truth” of last year’s brutally frigid winter and record cold temperatures, it seems that the rebranding of the “global warming” movement as one of “climate change” is little more than a cyni-

cal ploy. The heads-I-win, tails-you-lose nature of the green debate is causing this generation to go, “heyyyy, wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute —” Then there’s the Obama phenomenon. The emphatically pro-peace presidential candidate who promised hope and change to a war-weary nation rode a wave of disaffected and energized youth to historic victory. The youth voters collectively launched an internet revolution, funding Barack Obama’s stunning ascendancy to the highest office in the land one $20 internet donation at a time. Together, they raised Obama up to greatness — his destiny was to be The Man who would bring an end to the endless wars; who would close Guantanamo Bay’s nefarious black prison within 100 days of being elected. And yet… in a stunning buzz kill, Obama has done nothing remotely close to what he’s promised. He has, in fact, amped up America’s involvement in even more overseas military conflicts with dubious relevance to its national security. At best, Courtney tells me, Obama is a starry-eyed optimist who is too hamstrung by Beltway gamesmanship to get anything meaningful accomplished or — more likely — is yet another repackaged establishment figurehead with a cynically calculated promise of “hope and change” that got flushed down a White House toilet the day immediately following the Inauguration. “In the scheme of things, we believe, nothing’s going to change, so why bother with the previous generation’s rigged system?” Courtney shrugs. “We’re just, hey... ‘Whatever, dude.’” Whatever, dude, indeed. I’m quiet for a moment, digesting it all. Then I ask, “So, what happens now? What are you going to do?” Courtney sips her perfect $3.75 grande mocha latte and smiles. She pulls her iPad from her backpack. “Dude, have you ever played ‘Angry Birds?’” Hell, yeah. With that, we played for the next ten minutes. And at some point during the game while she was kicking my ass, it all comes together for me... if there were ever a perfect analogy for this generation, Angry Birds would have to be it. Kevin Corcoran is an award-winning writer and essayist from Westport, CT whose many talents include being really, really good at “Angry Birds.” Unfortunately, being so good at “Angry Birds” has also caused his creative output to taper off by about 90%. He has no regrets.

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THE CAUSE-MINDED CAPITALISTS HOW FOR-PROFIT SOCIAL VENTURES ARE TRANSFORMING THE WAY WE VIEW POVERTY, AND HOW WE CAN SOLVE IT. BY JONATHAN KALAN

As countless nonprofits find themselves all to often

falling short of addressing the critical and core issues of poverty, a new generation is changing the game. They are building a new economy, a new model of capitalism and a new way to view poverty, by turning a global narrative of “pity” towards the poor into vast economic, social and innovative potential. These social entrepreneurs, a new breed of cause-minded capitalists, are establishing profitable social ventures around the globe by carefully balancing social and economic profit. For one year, as founder of The (BoP) Project, I have traversed East Africa uncovering these stories, and I continue to be astounded by their potential. Behind that veil of poverty, behind the images cast to the western world of poor, helpless people in need of your charity, there is an incredible potential waiting to be unlocked. Finally, there are people, and companies, willing to unlock it.

JONATHAN KALAN, founder of The (BoP) Project, is an internationally published journalist, photojournalist, and blogger spe-

cializing in social business & innovation in emerging markets. A graduate of Weston High School (2005) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (2009), in just 24 years he has traveled to over 33 countries, worked in South Asia and Africa, and collaborated with NGO’s, social enterprises, technology start ups, and media companies. Jonathan is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, freelancing for various media outlets. He is a Staff Writer for NextBillion.net, a regular contributor to Dowser.org, and a Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards 2011 Finalist. www.puravidaphotos.com.

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Barefoot Power Ltd Ronald, one of Barefoot Power’s first and most successful “Solar Entrepreneurs,” gives a nighttime solar demonstration, or “activation,” to the villagers of Musubiro Village, Uganda. Ronald earns his income on commission from selling small, affordable solar solutions to families in off-grid villages like Musubiro. Barefoot Power, the East African-based social enterprise that designs, produces, and sells these products through traditional retailers and a network of solar entrepreneurs across the continent, has sold over 200,000 Fireflys in Uganda alone. www.barefootpower.com.

Indego Africa Jeanne (Jane) Ugirimbabazi sews a bag for Indego Africa at Cocoki, a women’s cooperative in Kigali, Rwanda. Indego Africa, a social enterprise based in New York City and Kigali, Rwanda, gives women artisans in Rwanda new opportunities through fair trade partnerships. Run by two young, ex-corporate finance lawyers from New York City, Indego partners with small, all-women cooperatives in Rwanda, helping them access global retail markets while funneling 100% of profits back into essential business, literacy, English, and computer skills training for the women. www.indegoafrica.org. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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Inzozi Nziza Inzozi Nziza, or “Sweet Dreams” in Kinyarwanda, is Rwanda’s first and only local ice cream shop, started by Brooklyn-based Blue Marble Ice Cream. Launched just over a year ago, Inzozi Nziza was established as a sustainable business opportunity for the women of Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first ever women’s drumming group, that could also bring hope and happiness to a country going through a difficult post-genocide period. Above, Muhrakeye Seraphine, one of Inzozi Nziza’s first employees, dances while preparing a fresh banana smoothie for customers. www.bluemarbledreams.org.

Wonder Welders Wonder Welders Workshop, nestled in Tanzania’s bustling ocean-side city of Dar es Salaam, gives employment and opportunity to some of Tanzania’s most disadvantaged citizens. Founded by UK-born photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, Wonder Welders trains and employs 35 physically disabled individuals — mostly victims of polio — to make “Hip, Recycled Art” out of scrap metal, glass, paper, cans, pineapple tops, and other donated items. Above, a Wonder Welders employee puts the finishing touches on a metal pig. www.wonderwelders.org.

Honey Care Africa Joyce Kavinya Motunga, of rural Kitui district, Kenya, is one of Honey Care Africa’s 15,000 bee farmers in East Africa. Honey Care Africa, a Kenyan based social enterprise, has for ten years helped rural farmers to start small, income-generating bee farms, which then make up 100% of Honey Care’s supply of raw honey for sale across the region. In 2005, Joyce won Honey Care Africa’s “Beekeeper of the Year” Award, and now helps train other women in the area on the art of beekeeping. www.honeycareafrica.com.

Rwanda Ventures Started by Dr. Josh Ruxin, founder of the “Access Project” in Rwanda, an initiative of the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at Columbia University, Rwanda Ventures seeks profitable ways to reduce malnutrition in Rwanda. Their first venture, Kivu Dairy, is hoping to modernize Rwanda’s fractured dairy production industry while producing more nutritious and affordable milk for the country’s roughly 11 million citizens. They work directly with farmers to increase the quality of their milk, and provide a guaranteed market, at a premium price, for the nutrientrich milk. Above, a worker at Antoine Uwiman’s farm, Kivu Dairy’s biggest supplier in Gisenyi, Northwestern Rwanda, milks one of the farm’s 50 cows. www.rwandaworks.com/prosperityoverview.php.

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Chic, Sheik, or Cheeky? By Charles Moseley

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ost everyone is appalled at conspicuous consumption, especially in times of heightened economic tension such as these. But what exactly constitutes the outrageous flamboyancy that may send the Sans Culottes to storm the Bastille is an open question (apart from large powdered wigs and ruminating on cake, of course). While the desire to ‘not be taken notice of ’ has existed forever amongst a certain subset of humanity, it appears we are undergoing another cycle of extreme Puritanism and conformity. Automobile manufacturers are well aware of this, and have been proactively providing the market with beige, jelly-bean shaped anonymizers for years. But what of those brands of whom the mere mention of their name casts images of ostentation? Yes, we’re looking at you Rolls Royce. I dropped by the Rolls Royce booth at the New York Auto Show this past spring and put this very question to them, rather inartfully I admit. “Your problem,” I said, “is that most people imagine that your customer base is

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made up of Arab Sheiks and pretentious rock stars.” The response, which should have been along the lines of “What an astonishingly uninformed and bigoted statement, you silly little man,” was much more diplomatic. Apparently, while both China and the ‘music community’ are important markets for the company, the majority of Rolls Royce motorcars are sold to Americans. Very wealthy Amer-

icans, granted, but not the unstable megalomaniacs portrayed in Hollywood movies. And to prove their point they offered to let me borrow a 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost for a week. So it was with no small amount of trepidation that I found myself driving across the George Washington Bridge in a $300,000 car. The interior was as luxurious as one would expect, with lambswool carpets an inch thick,


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beautifully polished wood everywhere, and the exquisite silence of the V12 engine. Of course nothing the driver touches is fake – it is all leather, wood and metal. And the exterior was very subdued and elegant – and surprisingly quite pretty. I confess to watching all the other drivers

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to see if this car would generate some sort of reaction. I expected everyone to be straining at the neck to see what famous celebrity was driving this exceptional vehicle, but I got nary a glance. Hmmm, that was slightly disappointing. But people must have at least been noticing the car as they all moved over

to let me pass. On the Merrit Parkway that is unheard of. As you can imagine, having a clear passing lane is worth the purchase price alone. But perhaps it wasn’t the car. It could be that my rate of approach was higher due to the lack of a sense of speed in the Ghost – it is a big, fast car – and instead I was just scaring the bejeezus out of the people in the left lane. This may in fact be a more reasonable assumption, given my driving technique. But regardless, it was a wonderful experience. And when I stopped in Manhattan another amazing aspect of Rolls Royce ownership was made clear to me: Parking attendants refuse to touch your car. Have you ever wondered why parking garages and fancy restaurants put the expensive, fancy cars out in front? One reason is that having the Ferraris, Maseratis and, yes, Rolls Royces out in front impresses people. But, in parking garages at least, the main reason is liability. The owners of the garages cannot afford any damages their employees may create. So they ask the owners to park the cars themselves – right out in front. Apart from getting conspicuous parking spots, there is little recognition for the Rolls owner. There is very little to outwardly distinguish the car. The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and reverse rear doors (allowing excellent ingress into the back seat) being the only obvious clues. As the week wore on I began to actually regret this as, to be honest, I wanted to show off a little. It’s a Rolls Royce for goodness sakes, and part of the experience should be to stand out, even if just a little. One does feel special driving – or being driven in – the car, the interior is really that wonderful. But it would also be nice to stand outside the vehicle and look at it lustfully. As for the concern that, regardless of appearance, any vehicle of such expense is by itself vulgar and reason enough to justify red revolution, I can only say this – during the entire week I spent with the car I did not receive, or even hear of, one negative comment. Not one opprobrious remark. In fact the one comment that will stay with me for a long time came from one of the parking garage attendants, a recent immigrant from Venezuela. He said “Man, I hope I can afford one of those one day.” I hope so too. Charles Moseley has worked at ESPN and Skip Barber and has been a ‘car guy’ since the age of two. He lives in Weston, CT with his wife Molly and their two sons, Charley and Max.

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grown up playing PingPong with priests in the backyard. My parents, two rather sociable people, are probably acquainted with more priests than they can count on two clasped hands. I don’t find it that strange, though my friends often do when I tell them that most of the priests I know have wicked competitive streaks, because men of the cloth have always surrounded me. They laugh loudly, take their tea with milk and honey, and do pretty much everything regular people do, which amazed me at first. Discussing the merits of “Of Montreal’s” latest album with a clergyman is comparable to reading US Weekly’s “Stars: They’re Just Like Us!” section and realizing that Cameron Diaz pumps her OWN GASOLINE—the feeling is one of acute surrealism. Are they allowed to do that, one might ask? The answer is a resounding and bizarre yes. Priests are more like us than we know and perhaps the strangest part of the whole equation is that when priests come to the Lazar household, the dinner parties are infinitely more fun. I have pictures in a milk crate of a six-year-old version of myself leaning into the black pant leg of an unbothered looking Father Leo as he is encircled by guests, roaring at a “so this priest and a rabbi walk into a bar” joke. Priests, as I have learned, are very into being the life of the party. The most memorable instance of a dinner party made livelier by the

and making sounds like furious nuclear popcorn. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such fury in a priest’s face. To be honest, it was pretty scary to see this docile man spring to life in such a way that I assumed priests were incapable of. In a deliciously dramatic turn of events, the score was 13 to 13 and before the game point was served, it was so silent among those watching that you could practically hear the bones in the players’ hands curling and unfurling in preparation of a blistering final point. My aunt served the ball as if in slow motion and as we watched the small white orb in its arc across the table, we all could see where it was headed. The ball hit Father John squarely in his velvet cheek, red and slick with perspiration, a minislap to his person. The stillness was unbearable, I remember covering my ears to try and keep the silence out. Father John looked up after the longest moment I’ve experienced and smirked at my aunt, saying, “So I guess I’ll be seeing you in confession, then?” The laughter was blindingly loud, like rolling storms or snapping metal springs on a trampoline, and it was good. I tend to forget that priests are real people with real interests outside of the church. They aren’t all cut from the same cloth. One priest might be a shy, avid gardener while another may possess a biting wit that he uses to teach

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priests in attendance was the Great Ping-Pong Show Down of 2006. Father John (whose full name will forever be abbreviated to FJC for swift and efficient game-commentating purposes) showed up with a gleam in his eye one spring evening. My mother, on an ingenious whim, pulled out the Ping-Pong table in the hopes that all of the children would busy themselves with it while the adults chattered and drank their amber drinks. She never could have predicted how powerfully the fate of the evening was affected by this action. Father John, a man in his mid-thirties, walked by the table, picking up one of the wooden paddles and bouncing a ping-pong ball on it. I remember my aunt coming over and jokingly challenging Father to a quick game, first to fourteen points wins. Without missing a beat, Father John whipped the tiny ball cleanly over the net, smugness radiating from him like waves of heat. This is when all of the fun, all of the lightheartedness, evaporated immediately from the air. Every single guest gathered to watch as the two battled it out, slamming their paddles against the ball

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philosophy at a local university. It is an amazing thing to watch a priest fall down the stairs (which, I must tell you, is markedly less hilarious than watching nuns run in habits. YouTube it, I dare you) or drop a coin-sized dollop of hummus on his starched pants. To see a priest blowing bubbles in your backyard or crying quietly into a handkerchief. To see a priest shouting at another person or smacking a little celluloid ball so hard that you think the paddle might have splintered. Seeing priests as humans is something that I learned to do and though the collar has always seemed to me like less of a cleric uniform and more a trendy type of formal wear that only certain people at the party are allowed to wear, appreciating priests as people with feelings and bodies and interests and lives is something that continues to strike me every time I am offered the chance to compete in a rousing match of Ping-Pong. Caroline Lazar hails from Greenwich, Connecticut and is a freshman at Connecticut College. She writes a column for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. ‘A Little Priest’ was originally published on www.mcsweeneys.net.

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Beaton (1904-1980) arrived in New York City in 1928, having achieved early success in his homeland. Trans-Atlantic connections resulted in his near-instant introduction to New York City’s elite, including Elsie de Wolfe and Edna Woolman Chase, the editor of Vogue magazine at the time. What followed is the stuff of legend: a remarkably agile career which spanned fifty years and as many visionary works in which Beaton brought his rarefied vision to bear on fashion photography, illustration and caricature, portraiture (in drawings and photographs), and set and costume design for stage and film. Cecil Beaton’s stratospheric ambition was nurtured and sustained by mid-20th– century New York, where his career was able to maintain a feverishly high pitch. Society figures, media giants, impresarios, celebrities, actors, artists, writers, and the merely famous passed in front of his camera in an endless parade of glamour and style. The pages of Condé Nast publications—most notably, Vogue magazine—showcased his elaborately staged photo shoots, in which his eye for opulence and drama animated such sitters as Fred (and his wife, Adele) Astaire, Maria Callas, Greta Garbo, Martha Graham, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, and the woman who would become the ultimate 20th-century icon: Marilyn Monroe. He enlivened his photographs with sets in which he borrowed liberally and extravagantly from European art forms, incorporating formal elements of modern (and classical) painting and sculpture

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into his work, and bringing elements of such major aesthetic movements as impressionism, surrealism, and others into the homes of magazine readers nationwide. In the 1960s Beaton turned his lens on Andy Warhol and the Factory. Like Beaton and his close friend and confidante (and subject of numerous photographs), Truman Capote,

Warhol moved easily both within New York society (where each found artistic inspiration) and outside of it (where each was able to work obsessively). Unlike Beaton, Warhol had publicly expressed his belief that art and commerce were inextricably linked. Unlike Warhol however, Beaton was criticized—by Hilton Kramer in The New York Times—for his proximity to society’s

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riches. Possibly inspired by, or recognizing a kindred spirit in Warhol, Beaton pursued a new, young generation of the rich or famous, including a study of Factory members Candy Darling and Ultra Violet, as well as others, such as Mick Jagger and Tom Wolfe. Photographs of Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Mick Jagger, Marilyn Monroe, Wallis Simpson (the Duchess of Windsor), and Andy Warhol, among many other 20th-century icons, taken by a man who made himself iconic— the legendary Cecil Beaton—is on view at the Museum of the City of New York from October 25, 2011 through February 20, 2012. Cecil Beaton: the New York Years features vintage fashion photographs and celebrity portraits, awardwinning set and costume designs for celebrated stage productions, original drawings, and other ephemera. A book, entitled Cecil Beaton: the New York Years, accompanies the exhibition; featuring 200 stunning images, it is published by Skira Rizzoli and is available in the Museum’s Shop and elsewhere ($65, hardcover only). Donald Albrecht, curator of architecture and design at the Museum, organizer of the exhibition and the author of the accompanying book, said: “Cecil Beaton and his photographs were criticized in their day for their too-close connection to society, fashion, and celebrity. Today, however, Beaton seems remarkably prescient: in a post-Warhol world, artists Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and others, actively work simultaneously in art and commerce, autobiography and celebrity.” “In reality,” Albrecht continued, “Beaton, like any other great artist, was ahead of his time.”

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An excerpt from HOOKED by John Franc. Copyright © 2011 by John Franc. Reprinted by permission of Tin House Books, LLC.

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Oh boy, where to start.

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We were all long-married men with families in a city that we’d recently learned housed ninety-eight brothels, and of course it changed our lives. We were a captain of the merger industry, a medical professional, a biochemist, an accountant, a lawyer, a financier, an internet advertising wizard, a political advisor, a redistributor. We were every kind of man and apparently we were all monsters. We loved our wives, hated our wives, doted on our wives, ignored them, treasured them, pleasured them and ultimately betrayed and defiled them. We had sons, daughters, house pets, favorite charities, long-term interests, avocations, home improvement projects, abstinences and addictions. We loved each other, hated each other, cheated each other, belittled each other, questioned each other, taunted each other and of course by absolute necessity trusted each other. One May evening we were sitting in one of our favorite haunts, a large rectangular room with a large rectangular bar bordered by shiny red leather bar stools, the walls lined with red-cushioned banks. We huddled close as the women approached in groups of threes and fours, most of them in their twenties but some in their thirties and a particularly dangerously alluring one clearly in her forties with the telltale crinkling of her skin. They had ten minutes to persuade us and some of them touched and felt us and some of them made us touch and feel them, and some of them did both, prodding their butts between our legs and working

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to find our apparent purpose. Everyone knows that there are several kinds of men, and we all knew which kind we were. Is there no way to begin in a neutral light? Imagine a June birthday celebration at a parkside restaurant, six or eight families, the mothers situated at one table with bottles of wine and napkins on their laps, talking pleasantly, perhaps sometimes even excitedly, their hands for once free of sippy cups and plastic spoons and chocolate-coated grasping clutching fingers, while at a table across the terrace, at a considerable remove, the husbands lunched with the children, their ages three, four, five, six, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, and sixteen. Imagine that not only had the fathers agreed to this, but they’d asked for this—we’d asked for this—for the whole purpose and reward of fatherhood was to revel in it, to let it drown you. Now imagine a night or an evening or an afternoon or even a morning two weeks earlier, and two or four or five of us slinking into a ground-floor apartment in a tony neighborhood of our gleaming city, and descending further, below ground, into a warren of rooms and corridors, packed off first to one chamber for the parade of the available and then, once our choices had been made—you go first; no, after you, I insist; actually it is your turn to lead off

and we need to be fair about this—separated into different rooms, each with a king bed and steps leading up to a whirlpool bath. How ever did this all start? We met on the fields of our children’s soccer league. We met at our children’s birthday parties. We met at a gala dinner for women’s rights. We met in church. Who can recall what our first words were—hi, how are you, what is it that you do again, which child is yours, how long have you lived here, are you meeting a lot of people, which one is your wife, what is it that she does, would you like a drink, where do you live in the city, what kind of car do you drive, do you follow football, do you play much basketball, how far do you bike every day, do you have a favorite restaurant, do you want to meet for lunch sometime, let’s do dinner, how about a game of poker—but no one suspected where these words would lead us. First, a brief survey. In your opinion, which of the following forms of marital infidelity is most objectionable? 1. A solely physical tryst 2. A physical and emotional tryst 3. A paid-for tryst 4. All of the above 5. None of the above


Please return this response with your signed nondisclosure agreement. All results remain confidential. We understand that we are male and you might not be. We recognize that we are ruthless and evil and immoral and indefensible, and you might not be. We admit that we are leading secret second lives and perhaps you are not, but certainly there are shades of you that you’d like no one to see. How— if ever— did you come to deny the existence of a divine creator? What is the worst thing you have ever done to another person? As a child, did you ever shoplift or cheat on a test or steal money from your father’s wallet or your mother’s purse or that envelope they kept in the kitchen pantry on the third shelf behind the ostensibly inexhaustible box of shredded wheat? Have you ever worn a new garment once and tried to return it to the shop? Have you knowingly accepted too much change from the cashier at the supermarket? Have you closed out a bill at a hotel without including items you have consumed from the minibar? Please conduct a quick inventory of all the pens, notepads, magazines, books, bath towels, and individual containers of soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, body lotion, and bath gel in your home. Are they all truly yours? Of course we can’t confide specifically who we

ment? What are the most significant “values” that all of us share? Do you believe in the possibility of moral rehabilitation? What, in your opinion, is the correct morality of our time? How ironic is it that so many of the faces that populate our currency and so many of the names that grace our most substantial institutions are those of philanderers? Out of the following four philanderers, which is your favorite American President: ______, _______, ________, _______? We’d dispensed with our first hand and were on our third or fourth pitcher of beer. With nine of us present, that seemed about right, don’t you think? Most of us were nibbling at sandwiches. Most of us exercised regularly; none of us were smokers though some of us did smoke. Rarely. Okay, occasionally. Okay, frequently, but that wasn’t what we told our life insurance providers. “I can’t believe you went alone.” “I had to. It had been at least nine days and I was curious about the place.” “Was it any good?” “Fantastic. One of the best so far!” “Oh, dude, we’ve got to go. How many were there?” “Just three. But one was good and she was mine. We even cuddled afterward.”

How ironic is it that so many of the faces that populate our currency and so many of the names that grace our most substantial institutions are those of philanderers? are or where we live now because that would ruin everything, as if everything weren’t already ruined. No doubt you would prefer our story to take a more conventional form. That spring we were playing poker at a bar perhaps not too far from where you live. And who specifically are you? Not all of us were there, but most of us were— A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and most important I. Our names cannot be released at this time due to personal or professional reasons or both. Most of our particular details have been altered or omitted to protect our true identities. Why is it that our culture doesn’t tolerate or accept what is tolerated and accepted by other cultures? Do you think perhaps that some or all of us were born in the wrong state or even the wrong country? Do Nevadans feel differently than the inhabitants of other states about the exposed peccadilloes of their politicians, movie stars, professional athletes, and numerous private citizens? Why is it that so many people not only rush to judgment but enjoy rushing to judg-

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“GFE?” “Pretty close to it.” We played quickly. Girlfriend Experience was our common goal. “She said I looked so serious.” “They always say that about you.” “He is serious.” We were trying to get to all ninety-eight. One of us kept a list but no one would admit to tracking it too closely. We’d looked in on maybe fifteen and closed at maybe seven or eight though frequently returning to the better places. Some of the others, it was true, were so vile and obviously unhygienic that we would never want to close there. We weren’t that type of guy. Every place had the same sign on the wall, which we all respected. The women here work of their own free volition and have the right to deny the client anything. In turn, depending on the circumstances, the client has the right to seek partial or full restitution. Some of the places on our country’s other coast were dinner clubs where the girls wore dresses with bows and picked you more than

you picked them, and every tête-à-tête involved a careful mutual examination even prior to negotiation, and even then everyone’s price was different. Those were complicated nights right out of a high school dance or a summer camp social. “Why are you so serious, man?” we asked over the cards. That was a good question, but it wasn’t going to get answered. The point is not to be shocking, but to be as truthful as we can be. Perhaps you want to see us more clearly. Perhaps you don’t want to see us at all. The waiter, thank god, came with more beer. We all tried to meet for poker regularly—say, once every three weeks— but otherwise we were fragments of two and three and four and five guys who ricocheted around the city in taxis and on the metro and on foot, entering by night the more obviously exposed red light establishments and by day discovering the relatively discreet non-neon locales with their coy names: The Sky Hotel, Between Sun and Sea, Duty Free, and, our favorite, The Pink Pearl. The rule was we tried never to go alone. The code was that should one of us ever be discovered, he would sink alone. We can each remember our first time, whether it occurred years ago or months ago or sometime in between. A European city, an Asian island, a trailer outside of Vegas. A three-day “love you long time” bender, a thirty-minute escapade, a ten second fiasco. The smell on our hands afterward, a lingering sentimentality, shock, the slow acceptance of the realization that it actually meant nothing to her, that we were forgotten as soon as we walked out the door, that it was the next customer’s turn, and the next one after that, and the next one, and the next one. The gift of anonymity and the reward of unilateral gratification balanced by the fact that we gave up something physical and monetary and ultimately who could know what was ever given up in return? It was all slightly ambiguous and yet there was nothing mysterious about it. The next hands were dealt and some of us examined the cards and some of us played blind. Every player placed a bet, every player upped the ante. After we played ourselves out, a fraction would return to work, a fraction would head to the next place on the list, and a fraction would head off with no declaration as to their respective destinations. Some of us held secrets larger and more dangerous than this, and for some of us this was our only secret. Some of us slept soundly at night and some of us could not sleep at all. We were all quite different. John Franc lives in North America with his wife and family. He has traveled extensively.

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Urchin #2 By Elizabeth Crane

CHARLOTTE ANNE BYERS, age eight, gets off the 104 at 63rd and Broadway at dusk and descends the cement stairs to the stage entrance of the New York State Theater like she knows what she’s doing, which she does, but only marginally, and any appearance of deliberation is only a lucky coincidence. 120

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Charlotte Anne does know where she’s going, but at this point, why is of no great concern. (Why being ostensibly due to her employment but motivated by other things entirely, some of which she’s aware of and some of which it only looks like she’s aware of.) Charlotte Anne Byers is in the children’s chorus in New York City Opera’s fall production of La Bohème, for which she has been required to audition in spite of the fact that her mother is featured in the role of Musetta, the saucy tart who dares to remove her shoe out of doors at a crowded café on the Left Bank of Paris. (Any speculation about her mother’s typecasting can be put to rest, which is not to say that Charlotte Anne’s mother is or is not saucy and/or a tart, but that unlike other theatrical fields of entertainment where one’s apparent individual qualities such as saucy tartness might aid in their casting, in opera it helps to come to the table with some level of skill, and so if her mother were let’s say of any formidable size, which she isn’t, but for the sake of making this clear, if she were, it would not


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prevent her from being cast as a saucy tart if she could sing well enough, or possibly if she had modest talents, say if she had some training and maybe sang out of tune occasionally [in spite of the training] but slept with the right person, which her mother never does, sleep with people for that purpose, and which, in any case, could just as easily result in her casting in some nontarty role even though, clearly, a tartiness would be perpetuating itself in order to obtain the possibly nontarty role.) It happens that Charlotte Anne can also sing, and so impressed Miss Homan, the director of the children’s chorus, with her rendition of “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” that she was cast as Urchin #2 and fitted for the green velvet costume, which she loved because

course always called her Charlotte Anne (leaving her mother no recourse, in the event of misbehavior, but to add “Byers” at the end, seeing as how the already formal-sounding “Charlotte Anne” had the potential, every time, to inspire worry, in and of itself without the “Byers” at the end, although it wasn’t too often that the full Charlotte Anne Byers combination was necessary, which tended to be for situations in which Charlotte Anne maybe spaced out [leaving something in something else for too long/doing some thing without doing some other thing/leaving something on/off/open/out/somewhere], or acted like an eight-year-old [touching/watching/seeing/looking at/saying/doing something she

might like to go see Love Story with me sometime,” which movie choice he would also have to have psychically intuited, seeing as how this is also a favorite of hers, even though she is, still, eight. Eight-year-old opera-singing Gone With the Wind/Love Story–watching Charlotte Anne Byers may have a certain sophistication slightly above the average eight-year-old’s, but that may have no bearing on whether she is going to think through what might happen to a chocolate-covered thin mint situated between the waistbands of her three petticoats, and as such, this chocolate-covered thin mint is promptly forgotten about for the duration of her appearance in the second act, largely because of Dante DiMedici being the cutest

…even though she wouldn’t know that Dante DiMedici, at twelve, is thinking more about a sandwich than anything else right now (and is not yet thinking even in broad terms about his preference in gender, let alone one specific person)… it reminded her of Scarlett O’Hara’s curtain dress. She had already seen Gone With the Wind three times, at the movies. If there is any suspicion of dubiousness regarding the matter of Charlotte Anne’s casting, it is not recognized by anyone as nepotism, more like a sort of carnival thing where the bearded lady’s kids end up in the show because they have beards too. Urchins #3, 4, and 6 are also children of those in the company, competent singers all. A gift box of thin mints is passed around in the dressing room, let’s say they’re from the suitor of an attractive chorister, and tonight for some reason, Charlotte Anne, who would eat sugar with a spoon if there were nothing else, doesn’t feel like eating her chocolatecovered thin mint and decides to save it for later in between the waistbands of her three petticoats. Charlotte Anne Byers, still eight, is right this minute thinking she maybe doesn’t want to add the extra calories on account of Dante DiMedici, the boys’ soloist, having said, “Hi, Charlie,” at yesterday’s rehearsal, not knowing that no one called her that ever, not having any way of knowing that she would occasionally ask to be called Charlie (like the perfume, signed with a squiggle under it) to no avail, particularly by her mother, who of

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wasn’t supposed to touch/watch/see/look at/ say/do], which, don’t forget she is, eight), and even though she wouldn’t know that Dante DiMedici, at twelve, is thinking more about a sandwich than anything else right now (and is not yet thinking even in broad terms about his preference in gender, let alone one specific person), such as expressing something above and beyond a greeting when he said the words “Hi, Charlie,” and although she suspects otherwise, Dante DiMedici is probably not at all meaning to convey any type of psychic connection by way of his calling her Charlie without having been asked, and by extension, via the psychic connection, saying to Charlotte Anne/Charlie anything like “I care about you enough to psychically intuit your wish to be called Charlie and maybe you

thing ever, in spite of his undetermined gender preferences, the age difference, or the difference in their heights, which is not in his favor, which lack of height Charlotte Anne’s mother explains by way of saying that Dante had been castrated by his own mother (in order to preserve his glorious soprano), and even though Charlotte Anne doesn’t know what castrated is, and even though she would have no reason, even if she did, to rethink her crush on the basis of this information, seeing as how (one would hope) eight-year-old Charlotte Anne would have no particular use for/ cause to see/need to see such parts at this time. Charlotte Anne has only a peripheral awareness, at this time, that her mother is given to drama (and therefore lending a lack of credibility to the castration theory, which Char-


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ness for her, and that the audience present at the New York State Theater tonight is able to perceive this subtle message of love and therefore collectively experiences this performance of La Bohème as having particular depth and significance. At no time during this solo does Dante DiMedici actually look at Charlotte Anne, but due to her growing certainty about their psychic connection, she does not find

(she knows what a dry cleaner is, to be sure, but will grow up and still never find out what “Martinizing” means) even to Gone With the Wind/Love Story– watching, public-transportation-taking Charlotte Anne, is disturbing, naturally, since this explanation comes not very long at all after she finds out what balls even are, and at eight, with only a slightly more developed awareness of her mother’s tendency toward drama, is still likely to believe what her mother tells her.) Also, tonight is Charlotte Anne’s turn to exit the stage in the actual horse-drawn carriage with her mother, the Rodolfo, and Dante DiMedici in it, this combination of the short-statured, non-gender-choosing, possibly psychic DiMedici and the carriage ride (chaperoned and public as it was) being more than enough to distract her from the covert and irrevocable meltdown taking place in her bodice. Onstage, Dante DiMedici pushes his way upstage through the Urchins (ever so slightly brushing against Charlotte Anne in the process, which brushing she will interpret through the end of fourth grade) for his solo. Charlotte Anne imagines that Dante DiMedici is dedicating his solo to her (“Vo’ la tromba, il cavallin!” Roughly: “Want a trumpet, want a horse!”), that he may be expressing, via the superficial desire of his character (Ragazzo), his own secret passion for Charlotte Anne, that he is, in a way, publicly acknowledging his tender-

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this troubling. As they exit in the carriage, Charlotte Anne pictures around her a sea of bleeding soldiers amid the burning of Atlanta as she descends the buggy, nobly tearing off her green velvet costume and its petticoats to fashion into bandages (in this fantasy there is of course no chocolate-covered thin-mint stain, or if there is, the bleeding soldiers seem to pay it no mind) and therefore making more than a good impression upon Dante DiMedici, still in the carriage in imaginary war-torn Atlanta, awestruck at her Scarlett O’Hara–like heroic actions. In reality, what happens with Charlotte Anne’s petticoats is that they spill over into Dante DiMedici’s lap, and as she tries to contain the wayward garments into her own lap (even though it’s a small carriage and Charlotte Anne, her mother, the Rodolfo, and Dante DiMedici are squeezed together in a way that certainly doesn’t trouble her at all [and seems not to be troubling to the Rodolfo either, similarly pressed against her mother] even though she cannot actually feel the contact between Dante and herself, the knowledge of the contact is enough for her), Dante whispers to Charlotte Anne, “It’s okay,” as the carriage moves offstage, confirming in her mind all earlier suspicions as to any possible feelings/psychic connection taking place.

The melted thin mint is finally discovered, of course, as Charlotte Anne changes back into her own dress, and an attempt is made to wash off the offending deep brown stain with cold water and a gooey, gray, communal bar of soap, to little avail, so the soiled undergarments are hung folded underneath the remaining stain-free slip and left next to a brown velvet costume on the rack in the hope that it might be associated with the brownvelvetwearing urchin (#5) and not herself. (Charlotte Anne has no particular bad feelings for Urchin #5 or anyone, really, for that matter, but is so unprepared for any possible consequences of having stained the petticoats, having an exaggerated fear of getting in trouble wildly disproportionate to the amount of trouble she actually gets in, ever, causing her to worry less about any possible trouble brought about by getting someone else in trouble, in the hope that that person does not have any similarly overexaggerated fear of getting, or being, in trouble, and of course also, that the extent of the trouble would be limited to some appropriate punishment here at the opera house and not both here at the opera house and at home; it’s a long way from her mind to think of suggesting that she dry-clean something [she knows what a dry cleaner is, to be sure, but will grow up and still never find out what “Martinizing” means], because, again, she’s eight, and this is the sort of logical thing that you figure out with time and experience, and think is an unsolvable problem when you are only eight.) The dresser will make a disdainful comment at a later performance upon noticing the stain, but as it turns out, accusations are never made because of the rotating casts and also the rotating petticoats. Charlotte Anne, age eight, concerned about castration, thumbs through a tattered Good Housekeeping during the brief speculation about the chocolate-covered-thin-mint stain, and the speculation turns to boisterous gossip about “someone’s” mother “getting it on” with the Rodolfo, which thankfully goes far and above over her head, not only because she’s eight but because she’s still thinking about Dante and the chocolate-covered thin mint. Elizabeth Crane is the author of When the Messenger is Hot, All This Heavenly Glory and You Must Be This Happy to Enter. Excerpted from the book All This Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane. Copyright ©2005 by Elizabeth Crane. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company. All rights reserved.

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By Laurie Griffith / Photos by Ayala Gazit time, she is calling out orders and marking up tickets with a big fat red marker. Two hours later I’m uptown at Columbus Circle for the dinner service and it starts all over again – except that the uptown kitchen is completely different and she must readjust to the setting. This kitchen is more spacious, with the bonus of a marvelous city view. But the heat is the same! Missy laughs at my obvious fatigue, and my shock and awe about all it takes to put on this show twice a day – and I am just watching. She lives it everyday. She says that everybody in New York wants to eat between 7 and 8:30 p.m. and that it is about to get very, very busy – again. In the midst of it all, at the height of the dinner rush, Missy is trying to fix the order machine which has broken and is now shooting out orders from lunch, six hours earlier. She does not flinch. There are a lot of balls in the air – but she catches them.

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rural palates Working Her Way Up Missy was born in Washington D.C., but her family moved to North Haven, a suburban town on the outskirts of New Haven, when she was a year old. She attended The Hopkins School, a New Haven prep school, and then went on to Georgetown University to study art history, which might explain her food artistry. After graduating, having moonlighted a couple of semesters at the Georgetown institution, 1789, she had one of those “Hey, I can do this!” moments. She did a stint at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now known as the Institute of Culinary Education). She honed her skills working for several well-known New York City chefs – Anne Rosenzweig, Wayne Nish, and John DeLucie, who recognized the girl had guts and style. Working several months in restaurants in Northern Italy, she learned ‘la cucina Italiana’ and brought those skills back home. I just love her pasta dishes – my litmus test for sniffing out a good cook. It’s not so easy to find a properly sauced plate of pasta. Missy gets it just right, a bit of the pasta cooking water melded with just the right amount of sauce so that the noodles are perfectly coated. She loves making pasta and would be happy doing it all day long. She remembers her parents bringing home a pasta machine when she was ten and it has been a source of pleasure to this day. Her dishes are clean, simple, and amazingly appetizing. Before joining A Voce in 2008 as Executive Chef, Missy spent five years at Chicago’s acclaimed four-star restaurant, Spiaggia, cooking under Tony Mantuano (and, by the by, famously cooking for the Obamas on several occasions). “I learned the cooking basics from Tony. The food at A Voce is obviously more casual, in between the elegance of Spiaggia and its more casual café. I came to A Voce to do something different. During my five years at Spiaggia, it was a collaboration between Tony and me. My cooking developed. After three years I became much more confident. At Spiaggia, I cooked through Tony’s vision. Now I’ve come full circle.” On the continuum, her two loyal chefs de cuisine at A Voce, Hillary Sterling and Adam Nadel, have earned her respect and are enormously capable in interpreting her vision at the restaurants, manning the stoves when Missy’s at the other kitchen. She can’t be in two places at once but with these two on her team, it’s as if she is. They all speak the same language and can

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interpret her style perfectly. In addition, there is a different regional menu at A Voce every three weeks, allowing the three of them to collaborate on exciting, changing menus that keeps the interest of diners piqued.

dinners at the New Haven Italian staple, Leon’s, where my dad was a regular. It’s hard to believe but I was a picky eater in those days and basically existed on baked ziti, but some Fettuccine Alfredo and Caesar Salad could occasionally make it onto my plate. Summer was about ice cream at home and on trips The Girl Likes Her Pie Like most New Haven folk, she is serious about to the Dairy Queen. Shucking fresh ears of her pizza. A die-hard Sally’s fan, Missy told Connecticut corn on the back porch of our me she’s also been enjoying Modern Apizza, home was my job.” “awesome pizza with hot cherry peppers.” So enthusiastic is she about New Haven pizza that Connecticut Bound she even hired up a pizza truck for her Mom’s Missy never had much of a garden as 70th birthday. I like her style! a kid, but the Robbins’ did have a small patch Missy was an early gourmet and has fond of chives, among other things. She says, “I childhood food memories (in addition to her early have a ten-year plan which includes an A attachment to her parents’ pasta machine). “My Voce garden somewhere in Connecticut. The mom was a good Jewish cook – brisket and matzo bounty will go into farmhouse dinners. My ball soup – but she was a first-class hostess who dream is to have a weekend house in set beautiful tables with perfect flowers and china. Connecticut.” I’m glad staying in the state I don’t know that I’d attribute my talents in the is on the menu. For now she satisfies her green thumb with kitchen to someone in my family – I have no Italian heritage – but supposedly my father’s the broccoli that she planted in pots outside the Flatiron restaurant. Missy laughs goodmom was an awesome cook from Poland.” The Robbins’ loved to travel when Missy was naturedly, “ By the end of summer there might growing up. “I was fascinated by fancy restaurants be just enough broccoli for one order!” Like every pro, Missy keeps challenging herself. when I was young and remember every detail. Memories from these meals have always been my “I want to take some cheese making classes.” As if favorite souvenirs of family vacations. I remember she hasn’t got enough to do. A Voce Madison, 41 Madison Avenue a luxurious dinner at Le Gavroche in London, as well as simple things like the little glasses of orange (at 26th Street), New York City, Tel: (212) 545 8555 juice and the cornflakes served at a breakfast on a A Voce Columbus, 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor, hotel terrace in Los Angeles.” New York City, Tel: (212) 823 2523 Laurie Griffith is a New York City-based freelance culinary and travel consultant. The Food at Home in Connecticut Dining out as a family in Connecticut was promise of interesting food and adventure lure her all about Italian-American food.“I remember to the four corners of the world.

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jalapeno and chilli sauce; or a Coconut Salmon roll of salmon tempura and spicy salmon with onion, mayo and coconut flakes. Entrees such as rack of lamb, Grand Marnier prawns, and pan seared duck breast show the range of chef Kenny He’s

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capabilities. And, for the really adventurous, there is the chef’s special “omakase” — meaning inspiration. Using the freshest catch of the day, chef He prepares a tasting menu extraordinaire. Live music plays Monday nights and Tuesday is ladies night, with the first drink free for all ladies. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday; 4pm to 10pm Sundays. 390 Post Road, Darien. 203/655-4999 www.matsuricuisine.com. CHINA WHITE

C CAFÉ D’ Darien, CT “Mediterranean” can span a wide and interesting territory, as we see with the variety of offerings at the new Café D’Azur, Mediterranean Bistro and Creperie in Darien. Those seeking classic French bistro fare will enjoy well prepared selections such as escargot, bouillabaisse or boeuf bourguignon, followed by dessert crepe, while those leaning toward a more middle eastern meal will want to try the crispy falafel, hummus, and kebab platters. Of course, the most fun is had by mixing it up. On the lighter side, start with a frisée salad garnished with crispy bacon, goat cheese in puff pastry, and tomato confit in a house vinaigrette; or a citrus salad of oranges, lemons, grapefruit, onions, kalmatta olives, topped with greens in an orange blossom vinaigrette. Broiled sardines over crusty focaccia with eggplant caviar, sweet bell pepper coulis and micro greens are pungent, while the lamb sausage sautéed in lemon juice is an excellent meat starter. For entrees, try a beautifully crisp, individually filleted bronzino (sea bass) over greens; pan-seared scallops over chickpea purée, sautéed vegetables and fried basil; or breaded veal scallopini topped with arugula salad. Warm dessert crepes can be shared, as can Katayef ashta — delicate mini pancakes rolled with ricotta cheese and topped with crushed pistachio and honey. The café is intimate and attractive, with warm, welcoming service and a full bar. 980 Post Road, Darien, CT. 203/202-9520. www.cafedazur.com.


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CHINA CHINA NA A WHITE Greenwich, CT Purchase, NY Offering a twist on everything from the restaurants’ name to their take out packaging, cool white jump suit uniforms to smooth stone chop stick holders, China White, with recently opened locations in Greenwich, CT and Purchase, NY, is a restaurant concept for good food and fun.

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sauce; pan-fried vegetable dumplings, and honey glazed spare ribs are comfortable noodle house offerings. More refined is the white salad of pear, tofu, cashews, and bok choy with a sherry vinaigrette; or crispy Peking duck with fresh cucumber, scallions and pancakes. House made organic sodas — ginger, green tea, pink grapefruit and mandarin orange — are light, mildly sweet, and fruity. Iced white ginger-peach tea is presented in a lovely and elaborate service. Exotic cocktails and a full bar are available. Desserts are real novelties: crispy chocolate wontons; coconut rice pudding with mango and almond-vanilla cream; honey buns with sweet cream dipping sauce; and seasonal fruit platter with a white chocolate hot pot. Always followed by cb5’s signature cotton candy — here in a ginger flavor! 578 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. 249 Railroad Ave., Greenwich, CT. www.chinawhiteusa.com.

shrimp bruschetta and clams oreganato, with the same great view. If all goes well and the city of Yonkers delivers on its promise, diners will be able to arrive by boat as well as car, as boat slips are in the plans for the continued enhancement of the waterfront. 1 Van Der Donck Street, Yonkers, NY. 914/751-8170; www.dolphinrbl.com.

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DO N DOLPHIN Yonkers, NY This new restaurant, bar, and lounge on the waterfront in Yonkers is sure to be a hit, and anchor of the hip redeveloped waterfront area. Views of the Palisades and Hudson River are stunning, but a well-executed menu, centered around but not exclusively seafood, delivers the reason to make a jaunt to this up and coming locale. To start, try the tuna tartar over soba noodles with avocado, scallions and cucumber in a luscious thai-chili, teriyaki glaze; or cevapas — housemade, chargrilled beef, lamb and veal sausages served with a tomato and feta salad and a dollop of tzatziki. Pasta with wild mushrooms in a truffle cream sauce is excellent as either a starter or entree. Other entrees worth noting are the grilled bronzino filleted tableside and marinated Argentinean skirt steak with chimichurri. Desserts include hot bourbon bread pudding, chocolate lava cake and gluten-free cheesecake. The restaurant has several handsome indoor dining and private party rooms, as well as an outdoor seating area that can accommodate seasonal crowds. Arrive early for a happy hour offering reduced price drinks and appetizers such as

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Built in 1846 at the height of the whaling era, the hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The outdoor veranda is absolutely charming, a coveted spot for a drink or lunch on Sag Harbor’s Main Street. The interior hasn’t changed and you’ll find the same wonderful waiters you remember from ten years ago, ready to please. The restaurant is open year round for breakfast, lunch and dinner. FrenchAmerican cuisine is the fare and heavy cream is used with pride. The American Hotel is one of those special occasion destinations perfect for an anniversary dinner or holiday celebration. In the off season, the hotel offers a fabulous mid-week getaway package including hotel, dinner and continental breakfast. 49 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY. 631/725-3535; www.theamericanhotel.com. P HA RESTAURANT T PHAO Sag Harbor, NY A few doors from the iconic American Hotel is Phao. serving Thai with a twist. Grilled lamb lollipops served over baby spinach with a spicy lamb and cilantro reduction is a delicious beginning. The salads are winners: a crispy duck salad served with a jalapeno-citrus vinaigrette and a Thai steak salad with lime, sriracha chili and cilantro dressing. Entrées include green

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mussels and garlic bok choy over red rice with a lemongrass coconut ginger sauce. Phao’s lounge takes center stage from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. with drink specials every night and special guest DJs on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and Project Vibe every Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. 29 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY. 631/725-0101 www.phaorestaurant.com.

Cornell’s Hog Neck Bay oysters on the half shell with mignonette sauce; Salmon Pastrami with mustard crème fraiche, frisée, picked red onion and gruyerecaraway crisp. Entrée’s include a marvelous sautéed local monkfish with wilted pea tendrils, lemon-potato emulsion and chorizo; a grilled heirloom Duroc pork chop with roasted corn, oyster mushrooms and hoison glaze; a seared LI duck breast with toasted almonds-wild rice, baby bok choy and mango-pekoe tea sauce; and grilled filet mignon with mashed potatoes, asparagus, Roquefort and port wine reduction. Room for dessert, or not, experience the signature profiteroles with vanilla ice cream, bittersweet chocolate sauce, toasted almonds, and a sinful butterscotch pot de crème with mini almond biscotti. 210 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY. 631/283-0704. www.redbarbrasserie.com.


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POWERFUL FORCES TRUMP SOHO NY TRUMPS THE REST Just a little over a year old, the new 46-story Trump SoHo New York hotel, with 391 rooms outfitted by Fendi Casa, presents a long-awaited hotel option in SoHo. Located on Spring Street, Trump SoHo stands out from its boutique hotel neighbors: it has larger suites, an authentic Turkish Hammam spa, amazing views, and personalized service through its Trump Attaché™ program, which transcends the traditional concierge or butler. The attention to detail and warm—yet modern—décor offer guests an intimate boutique experience with world-class amenities and services. For an over-the-top experience, guests can stay in one of the hotel’s 11 penthouse suites with expansive square footage and luxury amenities, such as powder rooms, free-standing tubs, and Subzero fridges. These suites rise from the 42nd floor, offering guests floor-to-ceiling windows in the living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. The largest is the Duplex Penthouse on the 43rd and 44th floors. It’s perfect for entertaining, as it boasts an in-room “wine cellar” stocked with premium vintages, a dining room, two living rooms, and a 400-squarefoot outdoor terrace.

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Travelers eager to begin holiday shopping should book the Retail Therapy package, which offers guests discounts at chic boutiques and big name designers in SoHo and includes a foot massage at the hotel’s spa. In need of extra relaxation and pampering? The new Spa Suites collection on the 8th floor allows guests to check into the spa and stay all night. These three suites feature private treatment rooms, hydrotherapy showers, a customized mini bar with healthy snacks, and a Technogym Wellness Rack with a yoga kit. Suite 807 even has a sauna for two— perfect for couples on a romantic getaway. Plus, all Spa Suite bookings include a $200 spa credit per night. The hotel’s signature Trump Attaché™ attendants provide each guest with uncompromising service throughout his or her stay. Families can request special kid-friendly amenities from the Trump® Kids program, and for guests who like to travel with their dog, the Trump Pets® program will keep Fido happy. Also, if you love your room, you can buy it, as the hotel is also a condominium! 212/842-5500; www.trumpsohohotel.com.


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Lychee Zenzai, a sweet red bean paste dotted with lychees, mochi (crusted ice cream balls) and topped with brandy cream. 1674 Broadway (at 52nd Street). Open daily from noon to 3am. 212/757-1030; www.mrrobata.com.

Named for a rustic grilling technic used in Japan, (and a play on the hit song of the ‘80’s, “Domo Todd English’s Crossbar at Limelight Arigato Mr. Roboto,”) this robata grill and sushi How many ways can you squeeze a “Limelight?” Start with a deconsecrated Gothic MR. ROBATA church in Chelsea, reinvented in 1982 as “The Limelight” disco. In 2010, transformed into “Limelight Marketplace” — a three-floor festival of shops à la Henri Bendel. And last month, reintroduced as “Limelight,” a three-story department store. This summer, celebrity chef Todd English opened Crossbar – a sexy, casual 99 seat bi-level space with dining room and bar seating on both floors, as well as an intimate private dining room equipped with two high-definition flat bar combines rustic simplicity with haute TODD ENGLISH’S CROSSBAR AT LIMELITE creativity. From the robata come expertly grilled skewers of vegetables, chicken, pork belly or filet mignon, salmon or sea bass. These are accompanied by housemade dipping sauces of passion fruit, wasabi cream cheese, ginger teriyaki and remoulade. Spectacular tapas range from Duck Breast and Foie Gras—layers of seared foie gras atop Asian-style roasted duck breast, caramelized apples and a signature strawberry sauce; to Spicy Tuna Escargot — homemade choux pastry topped with spicy tuna and escargot in herb-butter. Exquisite. Spicy “Japanese French Fries” are golden crispy fries dusted with pepper and served with a side of spicy sauce; Wagyu sliders are miniature, tender ground beef burgers served with guacamole and sautéed mushrooms. Special Maki include a nod to the restaurant’s location in the theater district with the screen TVs. It’s an ever-so-funky re-imagining of New York, New York roll: Spicy tuna rolled in the former church: a custom onyx and cast iron macadamia nuts, scallion and avocado, wrapped cross-shaped communal table, wood church pew in seared tuna and topped with wasabi cream banquettes paired with cast iron and oak tables cheese, eel sauce and a rice cracker. in the dining areas. Premium spirits are served in Originality and flavor don’t stop at the des- the form of “Sips,” “Slams,” or “Sinful” tasting serts. Eggplant Compote is a sweetened, car- flights; there’s an eclectic selection of bottled, keg damom-flavored Japanese eggplant jam, served and cask beers, plus “New Testament,” and “Old over lychee sorbet with a sesame coulis and pink Testament” wines by the glass. Crossbar’s outdoor peppercorns; but a hands down favorite is the patio is quite the lively bar scene, complete with

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sultans’ tent seating. Check out www.crossbarny.com for weekly events like Backyard Barbecue Pig Roast; Confessions After Dark, 11pm-2 a.m.; Sunday Service Brunch Party. CrossBar is located at 47 West 20th Street, on the northeast corner of 20th and Sixth Avenue. Open daily for Lunch from 11AM-3:30PM; Dinner 5PM till 11PM Sunday through Thursday and 12AM Friday and Saturday. 212/359-5550.

Eighty Four on Seventh Eighty Four on Seventh is a fantastic restaurant and an active looking glass into the West Village. European food enthusiast and owner Natalie Maroufi

creates an intimate dining experience with warm candle lighting, attentive service and plenty of new flavors. The menu consists of modern European-inspired dishes featuring delicate ingredients like zucchini flowers stuffed with goat cheese; crispy sweet breads with warm bacon dressing; and fennel gnocchi with chanterelle mushrooms, pistachio pesto, and whipped ricotta. Sip on cocktail creations with modern infusions like fruit purees, fresh herbs, and cucumber. A fantastic meal is followed by original


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Daniele prosciutto, parmeggiano cheese, fennel, mayonnaise, and truffle oil. We appreciated the stronger flavors of the San Daniele, anticipating the truffle oil with every bite. Pair these Panini with Italian wine and beer offerings. Finish with a variety of homemade Italian desserts complemented by Italy’s famous Illy coffee. Though they were out of the acclaimed Chocolate Salame, which does not

contain any actual meat, but rather melted chocolate and cookie bits molded into a salame shape, we were able to sample the Alba Toast, a toasted sandwich filled with hot Nutella and bananas. Seemingly simple, we’d never tasted better. 330 W Broadway (between Canal St & Grand St). 212/226-8111; www.salumenewyork.com. Simone Meadow and Samantha Rothberg

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Salumè Italian Michele Colombo creates panino perfection with authenticity and sophistication. Salumè, the little sandwich shop with a lot of flavor, located on Grand Street in NYC, offers traditional Italian delicacies in the form of hand picked cured meats and delicate cheeses. Unlike most panini offered in the US, Salumè’s panini are not pressed. Instead, they are served on incredibly fresh, crispy Italian bread, topped with the appropriate balance of sliced to order ingredients. The menu presents a wide range of cured meats and cheeses, from the sharp speck ham and piccante salami, to the savory and sometimes sweet prosciutto. After trying two prosciutto panini from the Salumè menu, we noticed the contrast in flavors Mr. Colombo attempts to instill in his menu. The Langhirano Panino, a light choice, consists of parma prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, tomato, and extra virgin olive oil. A classic sandwich, and absolutely delicious, it differed drastically from the San Daniele, which consists of San

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FUERZA BRUTA It’s not just a show, it’s an experience. Fuerza Bruta translates to Brute Force, and boy is it overwhelming. Your attention is locked on the performers, you’re in awe, and the next moment you’re jumping up and down dancing. The live DJ spins expertly to manipulate the energy within the crowd, the music builds until it bursts and the entire audience feels it. This is an event that keeps you on your toes (literally); the staff moves the audience around as the stage/attractions shift. This is a show where you can touch girls swimming in a pool above your head, smash a confetti palette over your neighbors head, and dance in the pouring rain. The performers focus on the audience while they dance/perform/move. Their expressive faces and eye contact bring you into the action. Fuerza Bruta is brilliant and attractive to all ages. The audience is made up of families with children, couples, foreigners, and friends, all sharing this one of a kind experience together. With attractive performers and a killer music score (the soundtrack is spectacular), Fuerza Bruta is not to be missed. Daryl Roth Theater, 101 East 15th Street. Tickets: $79 - $89. LookUpNYC.com. Wednesday - Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 7pm & 10pm, Sunday @ 7pm. On sale through November 27. –Simone Meadow

Annual Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair Located in the historic 12,000 square foot Vanderbilt Hall, the Annual Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair will run from November 14 through December 24, 2011. (Closed Thanksgiving Day.)Dozens of vendors featuring unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise, from jewelry to apparel, hand-made crafts to home décor, will be presenting their wares.  Whether you’re a regular commuter or visitor in transit, enjoy the festive atmosphere and eclectic mix of gifts for adults, children and significant others.


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South Africa: Cape Town Luxury and a Visionary Game Reserve By Bruce Koffsky SHAMWARI

Shamwari Game Reserve South Africa Move an African safari to the top of your travel wish list as the ultimate wildlife adventure awaits you at Shamwari Game Reserve. More than just a Big Five Game Reserve, the story behind Shamwari makes the African safari experience a true inspiration. Twenty years ago, South African businessman, Adrian Gardner, had a dream that the overgrazed and abused farmland near his home on the Eastern Cape in Port Elizabeth could be rehabilitated into its former natural wildlife habitat. Animals that had once thrived on the now untilled farmland had been hunted to near extinction and fences impeded ready access to water. Paradoxically, farming on the Cape was not even profitable due to long periods of drought and the inability of imported dairy animals to adapt to the climate. But in 1992 Adrian met like-minded environmental conservationist, Ian Player, the founder of the

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World Wilderness Congress. Together, the two attempted the insane; bring back the indigenous vegetation and wild animals of the Eastern Cape. After all, a lion hadn’t been seen on the Eastern Cape since 1890. Yet the two succeeded. Today, Shamwari is home to five of South Africa’s seven biomes or natural communities, on a Game Reserve

that spans 150 square miles. Additionally, due to Adrian’s pioneering vision, South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape Province is home to sixteen other private game reserves. Shamwari Game Reserve has been hailed worldwide as an outstanding example of wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, and sustainable eco-tourism. In those early days, Adrian and his crew


camped in the bush, taking turns as the rifletoting night watch, making sure no man-eaters came too close to camp. Today guests sleep in five-star luxury comfort with a choice of seven unique lodges and villas. Riverdene Family Lodge is designed for families with children of all ages, offering connecting rooms and play areas. Riverdene’s ‘Kids on Safari’ program is staffed by fresh-faced naturalists who keep the younger kids engaged in educational activities, such as African styled arts-n-crafts and casting animal footprints. Long Lee Manor is a beautifully

Land Cruiser, pours you a glass of Cabernet and fills your hands with snacks as the sky turns the color of burnt sienna and the sun fades in the west. A herd of elephants lumber beneath you and the cry of a jackal moans in the distance. And you think to yourself, this is why I came. Shamwari cuisine is some of the best you’ll ever eat, both wholesome and delicious. The most fun are the Bar-B-Qs, a generous spread of beef, chicken and kudu (specialty of the bush) with plentiful side dishes, succulent and South African home-style. The Shamwari

to preserving responsible stewardship of the environment while providing top quality luxury accommodations. Shamwari Game Reserve Port Elizabeth, South Africa www.mantiscollection.com.

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Hop On, Hop Off Tour Bus Cape Town is famous for its active harbor and its spectacular mountain and coastal vistas. It is home to famous landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point and acclaimed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Hop On, Hop Off tour bus is an excellent way to see Cape Town at your own pace. The two tours available include: The Red City Tour, which stops at 17 historic and cultural spots in Cape Town, and the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, which includes the city tour and a side trip to two Constantia Valley wineries. Tourists listen to the audio tour through individual headsets, allowing for the option of a quiet ride while taking in the beautiful scenery. www.citysightseeing.co.za BAYETHE TENTED CAMP

South African Airways restored 100-year-old Edwardian manor house where Adrian housed his first guests. Beautiful fountains and gardens decorate the paths that lead to the five luxury rooms and ten suites. Bayethe Tented Camp is where five star luxury meets “Out of Africa.” Though not for the faint hearted, sleeping in the bush allows guests the opportunity to hear the roar of a lion at night. The Sarili Lodge is a private luxury villa with its own cook, staff and game ranger. The lodge is the first totally green lodge in South Africa. Game drives take place twice a day, just after sun-up and late in the day when the wildlife is likely to be in action. The landscape is lush, varied and the animals are plentiful, with many up-close and person encounters. Here is your chance to observe the “big five.” But this is a spiritual experience, not a day at the zoo. You’ve rumbled over the grasslands and the day is getting late. Your ranger stops at a dramatic lookout point, coaxes you out of your armored

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staff exudes South African hospitality and graciousness, which makes the journey even more outstanding. Our guide, Ndodana, who as a young boy was sent into the bush for an extended stay like his father and grandfather before him, studied at a ranger school. His knowledge of conservation and animal behavior seemed to rival that of a Yale doctorate. He taught us how to interpret tracks, listen, smell and closely observe the wildlife in his beloved bush. His endless knowledge and good humor proved to be a continual source of delight and interest for all throughout our stay. I knew my safari trip would be an exciting adventure, but I couldn’t foresee how much the experience would capture my heart. Shamwari Game Reserve is part of the Mantis Group family of fine boutique hotels, game reserves, luxury yachts and private residences. The Mantis group has won many accolades and awards in recognition of the commitment

South African Airways has long been recognized for its exceptional level of comfort and in-flight service, and now offers non-stop service between Johannesburg and New York’s JFK airport. South African Airways Vacations has launched a venture with American’s favorite zookeeper, conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer, Jack Hanna. Developed in partnership with the Mantis Collection, the Jack Hanna Safari follows the South African adventures chronicled on Hanna’s Emmy award-winning “Into the Wild” television series. The package includes SAA international and African domestic flights, a 3-night stay at either Shamwari Game Reserve or Sanbona, game drives with private “Jack Hannah” guide, white rhino tracking and cheetah tracking on foot, leopard, white lion and cheetah telemetric tracking and equipment demo, ranger training, meals, and transfers. South African Airways Reservations: 800/722-9675 www.flysaa.com.


Rome and Florence: From an Ancient Garden to a Medieval Tower By Paula Koffsky wrought iron balconies overlook either the interior courtyard and ancient ruins or the famous via Veneto and Villa Borghese. For those seeking the ultimate indulgence, The Royal Suite includes two bedrooms and three bathrooms, original sculptures and a Turkish marble Hammam (bath) and chromotherapy, a therapy using color and light for optimal health. The terrace offers a spectacular panorama of Rome. There is also a 250 square foot GRAND HOTEL VIA VENETO Hydro-massage, fully stocked wine refrigerator, and personal butler. Grand Hotel Via Veneto The hotel recently launched its rooftop Rome AQVA City-Spa, offering a spectacular All over Rome, the venerable past lends its array of services. The spa offers cutting edge signifcance to the present, perhaps no more so aromatherapy and chromotherapy treatments than at the site of The Grand Hotel Via Veneto. for the ultimate in stress relief. The “Vichy In 34 B.C. this spot was an ancient garden and Shower with Shea Butter” involves lying home to emperors. Over the centuries, kings and on a water mattress where a series of cardinals resided there, one king died there, and another used the LA TERRASSE CUISINE & LOUNGE abode for his lover. Today, the Grand Hotel via Veneto marks the noteworthy address, and after a decade-long renovation, is a stunning architectural masterpiece that blends modern standards with an Art Deco sensibility. The hotel has the feeling of an exclusive private mansion with oil paintings and lithographs by greats such as Picasso, Dalì and de Chirico adorning the walls and custommade furniture by art deco icon E.J. Ruhlmann. Guests don’t have to go far for food fit for a king; Time Seafood Café and Wine Bar is located in the therapeutic showers wash over you while lobby and serves up fresh seafood and more vodka infrared therapy enhances the massage effects. choices than a Russian distillery. A local hot spot, The anti-aging beauty treatments include a Romans and tourists alike gather for cocktails and private polychrome shower and an ergonomic treatment bed. A delicious breakfast buffet at dinner, spilling out onto the sidewalk tables. The soundproof rooms range in size from 300 Magnolia’s offers a great start to your ultimate to 5,000 square feet and feature Carrara marble Roman holiday. Via Vittorio Veneto, 155, Rome. www.ghvv.it bathrooms with Bulgari products. Handsome

Sofitel Rome Vila Borghese Located in the heart of Rome near some of the most famous sights and fashionable shopping in the city, the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese offers five star luxury and comfort in an intimate setting. The elegant Neo-Classical lobby sets a relaxed, yet sophisticated tone, with an inviting fireplace situated between deep lush sofas. The mahogany library is stocked with art and travel books, and an English style bar offers superb drinks and light meals. Hand stuccoed walls known as Spatolato, fine antique furnishings and original paintings help guests feel they are in a luxurious, private villa. In fact, the nineteenth century historic building was originally a guest house that belonged to the aristocratic Ludovisi Bonsompagni family. The building is listed among the 190 “Historical premises of Italy.” Famed guests such as Federico Fellini, Nicolas Sarkozy, Bill Gates, and Sting have all enjoyed this intimate hotel. The Sofitel Villa Borghese is part of the French Sofitel hotel group, and the combination of French hospitality and Italian Neoclassical style makes this boutique hotel a winning choice in Rome. Unobtrusive, personalized service, scented candles, and fresh flowers are some of the special touches Sofitel offers its guests. Each room is decorated in luxurious fabrics, with custom bed options, green marble bathrooms, and Hermès toiletries. The top floor has three suites with private terraces and wonderful views. The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is within walking distance of the Villa Borghese, the Galleria Borghese, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and luxury boutiques. Restaurant Le 49 prepares French and Italian delicacies for a memorable breakfast buffet which fortifies each guest for the day ahead in Rome. The restaurant is WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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defined by graceful arched, vaulted ceilings, contemporary art and mosaic floors — a dramatic space that used to be the villa’s stables and where famous Renaissance painter, Caravaggio, found refuge. On the hotel’s top floor, La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge is a newly renovated roof terrace and restaurant where guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Villa Borghese Gardens while dining on gourmet Mediterranean cuisine. Via Lombardia 47, Rome. www.sofitel.com

InterContinental De La Ville Roma A member of the prestigious InterContinental Hotels & Resorts since 1982, the InterContinental De La Ville Roma is located at the top of the Spanish Steps, with fashionable shopping on Via Condotti, Villa Borghese, and Piazza del Popolo a stone’s throw away. This landmark property is an ideal choice for travelers looking for luxury accommodations, an excellent location, fine cuisine and sweeping views of this ancient city. Bedecked in the style of the grand Palladian villas, the hotel is elegant yet comfortable. Over the years, the hotel has been a favorite among celebrities and politicians; Sophia Loren celebrated many birthdays in the hotel’s stylish Rotunda Room and Leonard Bernstein called the eighth floor penthouse his home for an extended three-month stay. (Out of gratitude to the hotel, he bestowed the suite his white baby grand Steinway.) The Emperor Terrace, located on the sixth floor, offers a magnificent view of some of Rome’s top highlights: The Pantheon, Saint Peter’s Square, and Piazza Venezia. Visit the piano bar, I Due Murano, for live music and Antonio’s house special cocktail. The hotel restaurant, La Piazzetta de la Ville, serves Italian regional specialties and a beautiful breakfast. The morning of our departure, the staff made sure the breakfast spread was set up earlier than usual, to accommodate our early flight, denoting the kind of personal service upon which the hotel prides itself. Weather permitting, meals can be enjoyed at La Piazzetta Courtyard, a lush, startlingly beautiful garden in the middle of the bustling city. Excellent service, authentic Italian cuisine, elegant surroundings and breathtaking views —what more could you ask for in The Eternal City? Via Sistina, 67-71, Rome. www.intercontinental.com.

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Torre di Bellosguardo Florence No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. For an unforgettable Florentine experience, venture into the hills on the southern side of Florence to Torre di Bellosguardo. Set amidst comfortable homes and olive orchards, Torre di Bellosguardo is, quite simply, a world unto itself. The history of this intriguing hotel began in the fourteenth century when Dante’s friend, poet and nobleman Guido Cavalcanti, built the original tower as a refuge and a hunting lodge. In the late 1500s, famous Renaissance sculptor and architect, Michelozzi, renovated the tower and built the grand villa. Michelozzi commissioned frescos to be painted on the vaulted, carved ceilings and sculptures to embellish his magnificent Renaissance villa.

Later, the property was owned by the powerful Medici family. In 1912, the villa was purchased by the Baroness Marion Hornstein Franchetti, whose great grandson, Giovanni Franchetti, has lovingly transformed the historic villa into a warm and unique hotel. Although updated with the modern comforts of a four star hotel, the romance and authentic ambiance remain the overwhelming sensibility. The grand ballroom is now the hotel reception room; a dramatic fireplace, ceiling frescos, antique tapestries and a friendly parrot set the tone for what you know will be an extraordinary stay. Off of the reception area is the limonaia, a beautiful solarium with potted lemon trees. Each of the unique sixteen rooms and suites are decorated with precious antiques. Bellosguardo means beautiful view, and true to its name, the view of Florence from the hotel is quite possibly


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respite from shopping or sightseeing. At the helm is Chef Enzo Petté, who prepares authentic Tuscan favorites. The menu includes homemade ravioli with zucchini sauce and lamb; and mouth-watering T-bone steak, Florentine style. Chef Enzo is famous for his signature homemade products which may be purchased in the restaurant, such as acaciablossom honey and leek jam, and sweet black olive patè. Chef Enzo also offers classes on techniques and recipes which have been passed the best panoramic sight in all of Tuscany. Breakfast is a classic Italian spread of local down for generations. After class, settle into cheeses, savory meats, and fresh fruit from the gardens. The extensive villa grounds HOSTARIA ANTICA ROMA are an inspiration for any naturalist. Take a swim in the pool, which overlooks Florence, For an extraordinary dining experience, and then peruse the formal gardens and follow the ancient cobbled Appian Way herbal courtyard with its marble fountain. — often called the Queen of all roads of Meander over to the recently built stream, the Roman Empire — to the Hostaria which feeds into water iris and lotus ponds; Antica Roma, a simple 15-minute drive there you will find an English greenhouse from Rome. The road to this delightful where many of the plants on the property restaurant is lined with a canopy of are cultivated. In the rear of Bellosgurado is old umbrella pine trees, and winds its the fruit and vegetable garden, which supply way through Rome’s Archeological the hotel with fresh produce. A small farm Park, with its ancient monuments and of donkeys, a Shetland pony, goats, ducks, catacombs. Travelers pass through old rabbits and chickens and an aviary complete olive orchards and rich farmland as they this enchanted landscape. Although Torre come upon the Hostaria. di Bellosguardo is a mere ten minutes drive The tavern is set in an ancient from the center of Florence, it feels like you columbarium, which was originally are miles away, in the perfect refuge for any built by Emporer Augustus for the devotee of art, history and nature. slaves he freed. For the last 25 years, the Via Roti Mechelozzi, 2, Florence. Magnanimi family has greeted and tended www.torrebellosguardo.com.

H&B Hostaria Bibendum Bar and Restaurant Florence The Hotel Helvetia and Bristol, a Florentine landmark hotel, has been host to scores of dignitaries, monarchs and Noble Prize winners over the centuries. Located in the heart of this Renaissance city, the hotel is graced by fine antiques and seventeenth century works of art, as well as an elegant eatery, H & B Hostaria Bibendum Bar and Restaurant. Located around the corner from the magnificent Duomo and glamorous shops, the hostaria offers the perfect

to guests as if they were welcoming friends into their own home. Patrons, including a cadre of artists and actors, return again and again for the authentic cuisine, casual atmosphere, and superb wines. Signature dishes include the pollo oxizomum, chicken baked in a fish sauce; carbonara made with their own eggs and fresh herbs; a heavenly lasagna made with a first century recipe; and, last but not least, the house tiramisu. Via Appia Antica 87, Rome. www.anticaroma.it.

the luxuriously appointed dining room for a relaxing aperitif with your culinary coach before enjoying the fruits of your labor. Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, Via dei Pescioni, 2, Florence. www.helvetiabristol.warwickhotels.com.

Rome Sightseeing Enjoy Rome offers guided bus, walking and museum tours throughout the city. Guides are university educated with teaching backgrounds. The Ancient and Old Rome Tour is a threeHOSTARIA ANTICA ROMA

hour walking tour offered daily, which includes overviews of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Pantheon, in addition to Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona. www.enjoyrome.com. Viatour offers a thorough tour of the Vatican, on its Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica. An expert guide illuminates the fascinating history, politics, art, and architecture of this unique city and museum. The fee for the Vatican Museum is separate, but you still don’t have to wait on line. www.viator.com Roma Pass is a three day pass which entitles holders to free admission to two museums and/ or archaeological sites, discounts on entrance to several additional museums, cultural events and historic sites. Includes access to public transportation. The Roma Pass comes with a map of Rome, museum guides, and information on current events and exhibits. Adults: $25. www.romapass.it. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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France Cruises Caroline Enjoy the novelty and serenity of barge cruising in the south of France on a trip along the Canal du Midi arranged through France Cruises®. Constructed in the 1600’s during the reign of the Sun King, the Canal du Midi is an engineering masterpiece designed to connect the Mediterranean to the Atlantic as a means of transporting people, goods, and the mail. Used until the 1960’s for commercial purposes, today the canal is plied by barges leisurely transporting families on vacations and wide-eyed visitors. The Caroline, an utterly charming barge/hotel with captain Uli Weber at the helm and wife Ute as crew/chef, provides a wonderful experience of this mode of travel from yesteryear. A 90-foot, six passenger retrofitted cargo barge, the Caroline boasts three guest cabins with private baths, salon with wood burning stove, and a flower strewn sundeck with space for outdoor dining, lounging and spectating. On board bicycles can be used on the adjacent tow path, along which oxen or horses used to tow the barges. This path is maintained in excellent condition, and is used today only for walking and biking. Half board is offered on the barge (all breakfasts plus lunch or dinner) and Ute is an exellent cook. Drawing from her travels throughout Europe, she prepares continental

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cuisine using fresh local ingredients. On a hot day it may be a cool gazpacho served with fresh salads and warm quiche; when the barge nears her favorite fishmarket it is a bouillabaisse laden with seafood and a dollop of homemade garlic mayonnaise. All meals are accompanied by a selection of wines and always include a cheese course and dessert. The half board option also THE CAROLINE

allows guests to enjoy one meal each day at the wonderful restaurants along the route. Travel on the canal moves at a leisurely pace, with daily stops at locks and small villages. The medieval villages, vineyards and countryside of this region of France are exquisite. Excursions can be taken on foot, bike or in the Caroline’s air-conditioned minivan. Captain Weber escorts guests to wine tastings, the food halls of Narbonne (and a wonderful meal of steak frites at his favorite stall), and the magnificent, hilltop, walled city of Carcassone. He is a delightful tour guide and history buff, and all excursions are included. France Cruises: 866/498-3920 www.FranceCruises.com. Barge Caroline: Ute and Uli Weber, Port Guery, 34310 Capestang, Canal du Midi, France. www.Peniche-Caroline.biz.

Le Negresco Nice One of the few remaining privately owned grand hotels, Le Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice continues to wow with its lavish interiors, exemplary service, refined dining and wonderful accommodations. The hotel overflows with art and objets, a juxtaposition of contemporary elements within classic design. An automated


period elevator lifts guests to guestrooms and suites that have been individually decorated and updated with modern amenities. Marble baths, luxurious linens, sumptuous furnishings and stellar views over the Bay of Angels commingle with wifi, flat screen TVs, 24-hour room service and energy efficient lighting. The recently renovated Executive floor, privately accessed by key only, offers a complimentary bar lounge. Dining at le Chantecler, the hotel’s Michelinrated gastronomic restaurant, is an event in itself. Dress to the nines and enjoy a multicourse gourmet meal over three to four hours. Superb service accompanies every dish. The restaurant la Rotonde, an informal, carousel-inspired room sure to delight visitors young and old, serves bistro fare for lunch and dinner, as well as a lavish buffet breakfast, indoors or on the terrace overlooking the bay. {Nice in fine weather is awash in entertainments, all within walking distance of the hotel: pedestrian

thoroughfares crowded with outdoor cafes and attractive boutiques, fine museums, public and private beaches, and evening street life. 37, Promenade des Anglais, Nice. Member, Leading Hotels of the World: www.lhw.com; www.lenegresco.com.

Hotel Belle Rives Juan les Pins Once home to F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, a site of extravagant parties and glittering figures of arts and letters, the Hotel Belle Rives on the French Riviera is still imbued with the aura of glamour and excitement from this decadent earlier age. Live music plays nightly in the Fitzgerald piano bar, where tall cocktails are sipped by well-heeled guests while watching the sun set over the Esterel mountains or late into the night. La Passagere, with a heart-breakingly beautiful terrace overlooking the sea, serves creative nouvelle cuisine on custom made Bernardaud porcelain displaying the original 1929 Belles Rives

theme of the wave. Preserving its 1930’s style of clean lines and jewel-like colors, the hotel has been renovated and updated to the highest standards of comfort. 42 rooms and suites, eclectic, intimate and elegant, overlook the Mediterranean or the Cap d’Antibes. A period elevator, marine-inspired lighting and carpets, and hand blown chandeliers all enhance the sense of well being that the hotel has embodied for nearly a century. At the foot of the hotel, down an outdoor seaside stairway, lies the Restaurant Plage, the hotel’s casually chic beach restaurant and private beach. Here guests may indulge in a light, international and varied cuisine, sunbathing, swimming, waterskiing and a sensational weekly (Thursday night) dance party with DJ by the beach. Step back into the roaring ‘20s with a stay at the Belle Rives. 33, Boulevard Edouard Baudoin, Juan Les Pins. www.bellesrives.com.

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the expedition ship Prince Albert II, Silversea Cruises’ itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America, Asia, Africa and both Polar Regions. Typically, if a resort or cruise has allinclusive dining the cuisine is passable. Certainly, not exceptional. Aboard Silversea, pasta at La Terrazza will be as memorable as exploring one of the many ports along the route. La Collection du Monde are exclusive Silversea signature dishes presented in culinary partnership with Relais & Châteaux. Years of epicurean experience is brought to the table with dishes such as roasted wild boar with porcini mushrooms and baby turbot cooked in Madras curry and coconut milk with fresh coriander.

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Imagine…. Tagliatelle Mare e Monti — Fresh ribbon pasta with clams and porcini mushrooms in a white wine sauce. Filet Mignon with foie gras, poached potatoes and shallot jam. Pappardelle al Ragu d’Anatra — pappardelle with duck ragout. Don’t let me interrupt your culinary swoon, but imagine that you’re on an Italian-owned small luxury cruise savoring each strand of

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pasta with a glass of Prosecco. And it’s allinclusive. And you have a personal butler. And your ocean view suite has a marble bathroom with a whirlpool tub, a walk in closet, a veranda and a fridge filled with champagne, imported beers and mineral and still water. Welcome to Silversea cruises! Six intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit are the fleet that makes up the award-winning luxury line. Along with

La Terrazza A divine selection of Italy’s best cuisine. Authentic recipes and the freshest ingredients come together with flair and passion – a flavorful expression of Silversea’s Italian heritage. Le Champagne The only Wine Restaurant by Relais & Châteaux at sea can be found aboard the ships of Silversea. It’s an exceptional evening when the world’s rarest vintages are complemented by a set tasting menu of regionally inspired dishes. Per guest reservation fee. The Restaurant A dining room sparkling with silver, crystal and candlelight; contemporary, international cuisine featuring a series of signature dishes created exclusively for Silversea by Relais & Châteaux. The Grill Dining poolside under the stars. Grill your own seafood and prime meats tableside on a heated volcanic rock plate (the tiger prawns are outstanding). Seishin (Silver Spirit) Asian fusion with sake pairings served a la carte or with a nine-course degustation. Per guest reservation fee. Stars Supper Club (Silver Spirit) Inspired by the glamour of the Rainbow Room. Silversea has a new collection of 10 Culinary Arts enrichment voyages featuring some of the world’s most celebrated chefs and rising stars. Guests can join the Grands Chefs of Relais &


Châteaux, embodying the finest gastronomic traditions, for entertaining demonstrations, lectures and a five-course grand gourmet dinner. On each culinary sailing, the distinguished guest chefs display their epicurean artistry during informative and entertaining cooking demonstrations. Through its exclusive partnership with Relais & Châteaux, Silversea enjoys the privilege of featuring the only Relais & Châteaux L’École des Chefs cooking school at sea. The innovative program offers guests a special culinary curriculum and entertaining events hosted by Silversea culinary trainer David Bilsland. The curriculum for each of these cruises is carefully designed to celebrate the cultural flavor of the ship’s itinerary. Highlights include specialized workshops covering a range of topics from basic knife skills and kitchen terminology to sauces and baking; cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive Q&A sessions; lively cooking competitions between Chef Bilsland and the ship’s own culinary team; a “Lunch and Learn” event offering small groups of guests a chance to sample a delicious meal of specially prepared dishes; and inspired “Take It Home” recipes that will give guests an edge when entertaining at home. Also offered on certain voyages, when the

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itinerary permits, is a “Market to the Plate” excursion to a local restaurant, hotel or experience that provides an escorted tour of a other venue where guests can enjoy a unique local market followed by a cooking class, and culinary exploration. www.silversea.com. a “Culinary Outing,” an instructor-escorted WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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Island Hopping Ladera St. Lucia Carved into cliffs above the Caribbean Sea in St Lucia, Ladera, the West Indies’ crown jewel, advertises itself as a “View with a Room”— and what a view it is! Located between the two

with local herbs and grenadine, giving the shrimp a touch of sweetness. Other entrees to try include a lamb curry, traditional St. Lucian stews, and ‘Rhythm of Rasta’ Pasta. Even the breakfast is a memorable presentation of local fruits and juices and delicious pastries and jams. While Ladera towers over the Caribbean, shuttles travel multiple times daily between the resort and the Jalousie Beach, where visitors can enjoy sun, sand, and perfect water for snorkeling. The resort also runs shuttles to Anse Chastanet, a black sand beach. Additionally, Ladera schedules hikes up Gros Piton, the

rainforest, they may suggest a stop for a slice of hearty cassava bread, one of St. Lucia’s specialties, or perhaps a photo opportunity with a local snake handler and his boa constrictor. Whatever your destination, St. Lucia Airport Shuttle will give you a personalized introduction to the island at affordable rates. www.stluciaairportshuttle.com.

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tallest mountains on the island, virtually the entire resort is outdoors. Rooms are built with only three walls, offering unobstructed views of the twin peaks and Caribbean Sea. From the spectacular view to private plunge pools in every room, one can see why Ladera is a coveted location for a destination wedding. After settling in to this paradise of “barefoot luxury,” wind your way to the resort’s restaurant, Dasheene. Named after a local root vegetable, Dasheene crafts a fascinating fusion of European and Caribbean foods under the tutelage of Executive Chef Oliver Satchell. Satchell, (who bills himself as the ‘Share the Love Chef’) emphasizes locally-grown and sustainably-sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s signature dish, Shrimp Dasheene, is seasoned

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island’s tallest mountain, and tours of Soufrière, the nearby town, and its drive-in volcano and mineral baths. After your local adventures, whether in surf, sand, or seaport, enjoy a relaxing treatment at Ladera’s Ti Kai Posé Spa, such as the “Rainforest Massage,” which takes a typical indoor treatment outside into the natural beauty of St. Lucia. For more on this breathtaking hotel, check out www.ladera.com. St. Lucia Airport Shuttle is a terrific transportation service that offers first class doorto-door shuttle service to St. Lucia’s hotels, resorts and residences from both St. Lucia airports. Their drivers are knowledgeable tour guides, eager to introduce you to their island. Alex, Janus and the entire team are awardwinning guides who know the island like the back of their hands. As you drive through the

behold: Cap Maison. Situated on the pristine 1500-acre Cap Estate, a former sugar plantation, Cap Maison boasts all the seclusion of an island bungalow with the amenities of a world-class resort. The décor in each room reflects the timeless elegance of St. Lucia. The Oceanview Villa Suites, at over 3,000 square feet, feature a private pool and gazebo, as well as a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. The spacious Courtyard Villa Suites come with fully equipped kitchens and lovely garden views, and even the Junior Suites have an ocean view and a private veranda. Spend the day at Smuggler’s Beach, a secluded inlet with some of the best snorkeling on St. Lucia, or relax poolside by one of Cap Maison’s series of infinity pools. Be sure to check out Spa Maison, with its plethora of relaxing treatment options, perhaps after a day of swinging irons on an 18-


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hole championship course at the nearby St. Lucia Golf and Country Club. Dinner is served at the Cliff at Cap, the resort’s renowned restaurant. Savor the risotto, made from with St. Lucian market vegetables and garden herbs. If you are a sea-foodie, the caramelized scallops are wonderful, as is the Chilean Sea Bass served with shrimp ravioli, a butter-roasted spiny lobster and the lobster macaroni and cheese. To satiate your sweet tooth there’s a decadent hot chocolate fondant, complete with vanilla pod ice cream. www.capmaison.com; Member of Preferred Boutique Hotels.

Eden Rock– St. Barths Saint Barthelemy Located on a rocky promontory surrounded by white coral, sandy beaches and a coral reef in St. Jean Bay, Eden Rock – St Barths is another fabulous warm weather escape. With world-class service within the island’s most enviable setting, guests are pampered from the moment they check-in (complimentary glass of champagne? You got it!) It’s no surprise that the rich and famous have made St Barths their playground year after year… from musicians like P. Diddy to all-star athletes a la Derek Jeter. But paradise isn’t only reserved for the A-listers and multi-millionaires. Those seeking a getaway this season can do so—at a fraction of the typical cost. Eden Rock – St Barths is offering a “Pick Me Up” package, available October 16-November 14, 2011. This threenight package includes the following: UÊ/…Àiiʘˆ}…ÌÃÊ>VVœ““œ`>̈œ˜ÃÊ UÊ*ÀˆÛ>ÌiÊ>ˆÀ«œÀÌÊÌÀ>˜ÃviÀÃÊ̜Ê>˜`ÊvÀœ“Ê…œÌiÊ on St Barths UÊÊÀi˜Ì>ÊV>ÀÊ̜ÊiÝ«œÀiÊ̅iʈÏ>˜`Ê UÊ …>“«>}˜iʜ˜Ê>ÀÀˆÛ>Êˆ˜‡Àœœ“Ê UÊ >ˆÞÊ}œÕÀ“iÌÊLÀi>Žv>ÃÌÊLÕvviÌÊ UÊ 1ÃiÊ œvÊ >Ê ÀiÜÀÌÊ v>VˆˆÌˆiÃÊ ˆ˜VÕ`ˆ˜}Ê luxurious beach loungers, kayak and snorkeling equipment and a full gym

Rates start at 1,215 Euros per couple (approximately $1,631.) The Eden Rock was built 50 years ago as a private home by Remy de Haenen, the first mayor of the island of St. Barths. Mr. de Haenen, a wellknown local eccentric, was a lover of all things adventurous and had a contagious enthusiasm for life. During this time, Mr. de Haenen formed a close friendship with Greta Garbo, Howard Hughes, Robert Mitchum, and many other American and European celebrities of the day, and entertained frequently in his home. In 1995, David and Jane Matthews along with their children bought the home and undertook the job of restoring the original buildings, and in the process added new structures that complimented the style and spirit of Mr. de Haenen. Jane’s sister Pamela Parker joined the group, and together the family has created a chic hotel that carries on Mr. De Haenen’s charming eccentricity and enthusiasm for living life to its fullest. www.edenrockhotel.com. HOTEL ISLE DE FRANCE

What a way to spend the day! The ultra-chic island of Saint Barthelemy is a longtime favorite destination and Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France is one of its most exclusive resorts. Located on a lovely beach in Flamands Bay, the Isle de France is beloved by jet setters with children who want to play in the surf, as well as couples seeking an intimate getaway. Relaxed sophistication is the order of the day. The Isle de France staff (with their charming French accents) welcome guests to unwind on sumptuous lounge chairs atop the pristine white sand. An attentive beach waiter instantly appears to discern your beverage preferences and within minutes delivers a refreshing cocktail. Spending time at Isle de France evokes the sights, sounds and views of the idyllic south of France, making it so unique for the Caribbean. Here tranquility, refined service, elegant environs and exquisite food and wine are considered the everyday. Lunch is served at the hotel’s Beach Restaurant — a lovely area of canopy-covered tables set at the top of the beach. The cuisine is outstanding, in particular a simple tuna tartar with ginger and avocado and the local mahi-mahi. La Case de l’Ilse, the hotel’s al fresco restaurant, is excellent, widely known to be one of the most romantic dining spots on St Barth. The open-air restaurant overlooks Flamands Bay and serves a perfectly appointed menu of French fusion fare and grilled fish. Crisp and refreshing white and rosé wines are served at lunch and dinner, or guests can select one of the hotel’s frozen fruit


cocktails or custom-made cocktail creations. The hotel has just launched a spa partnership with Spanish-based Natura Bissé, which, along with Intraceuticals, brings a selection of handcrafted treatments and programs to cater to even the most discerning spa enthusiast. Isle de France is irresistible; add it to the top of your Caribbean wish list. www.isle-de-france.com

Caneel Bay St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Envisioning the Caribbean usually means images of white sandy beaches and crystal blue

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water, but at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, honey is the latest buzz. The exclusive resort, set on 170 acres in Virgin Islands National Park, now has an on-property beekeeper harvesting the defining ingredient for honey-themed cuisine, cocktails and spa treatments. Honey production is in full flight in the U.S.V.I.’s these days. Elmo Rabsatt, Sr., a licensed local honey supplier, tends 70 hives. The hives are tucked away from public areas but close enough to assure the resort leaves no carbon footprint while collecting the honey. The entire operation is organic, in keeping with the eco-focus that has guided the resort since its founding by philanthropist Laurance S. Rockefeller. Since honey is an effective skin moisturizer rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, new spa treatments are available incorporating the ingredient. Experience the organic benefits of honey with two new honey-based spa treatments while in the cabanas overlooking Hawksnest Beach. The Bee-utiful Facial restores vibrancy to sun-drained skin through the natural healing properties of honey (50 minutes, $145) and the Bee-utiful Massage includes a honey foot wrap during the massage (50 minutes, $145). Sample both treatments with the Bee-utiful

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Combination (110 minutes, $270). In the kitchen at Turtle Bay Estate House, Executive Chef Anthony Dawodu uses resort honey as the prime ingredient in a variety of Caribbean dishes. Try Tuna Tartare with Arugula and Honey Vinaigrette as a starter; Miso, Sake and Honey Glazed Sea Bass for dinner; and Coral Bay Lemon Panna Cotta with Elmo Honey Syrup for dessert. Sip on the Air Mail signature honey-laced cocktail at the Beach Terrace or Caneel Beach Bar and Grill featuring local rum, organic honey, lime juice and a splash of Champagne. Guests who want to take home the sweet vacation memories will soon be able to purchase the private-label resort honey at Caneel Bay. www.caneelbay.com.

Jumby Bay Antigua Located on a 300-acre private island twomiles off the coast of Antigua, the all-inclusive Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, is a perfect destination for the ultimate luxury retreat. There’s plenty to experience, whether it’s sunning on the magnificent beaches, swimming in the Caribbean Sea, lounging in the new infinity pool or exploring the sights on your

complimentary bicycle. This tropical haven is at the height of perfection after recently completing a $28 million renovation. Here are some recommendations for the “not to be missed” when visiting the island: Amazing Accommodations – There are 40 beautifully refurbished suites in addition to luxury Estate Homes and villa rentals spread across nearly a third of this private Caribbean island; this includes 28 new suites, half with private swimming pools, located just steps from the beach. The Spa – The new open-air SENSE®, A Rosewood Spa (the first on the island) offers relaxation with island-inspired treatments amid breathtaking sea views. Must try treatments include the lush Jumby Signature Island Experience with massage and facial and the West Indies Signature Massage with warm bamboo rods to melt knotted muscles. Cooking Classes – Foodies will love the creative culinary experiences offered with the new Verandah Kitchen’s cooking classes. The intimate classes, led by Executive Chef Yann Giacomoni, provide the opportunity to create some of the resort’s Caribbean specialties. Class participants are invited to a private dinner at the Chef’s table. White Night Parties – Don’t forget to pack your whites for Jumby Bay’s ultimate beach party. The weekly “White Night” beach barbeque is a festive al fresco event featuring inspired takes on fresh seafood from across the region and marinated grilled selections, salads, vegetables and desserts. Dressed all in white, guests enjoy on-the-beach dining, bonfires, live steel band music and dancing. Beachside Service – Looking for the best in pampering? Jumby Bay’s beach attendants cater to every need so you’ll never have to leave your chair. Enjoy unlimited “beach treats,” from refreshing drinks to frozen grapes, fresh fruit popsicles to frozen mini cheesecake bites. www.JumbyBayResort.com.


SLOPESIDE “THE GREATEST SNOW ON EARTH”

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It’s no wonder skiers flock to Utah — the incredible beauty of the Wasatch mountains, close to 500 inches of average annual snowfall and the easy accessibility of eleven world class ski resorts less than one hour from Salt Lake City International Airport. Challenge the steeps of Alta and Snowbird, pamper yourself at Deer Valley and Snowbasin, enjoy the family atmosphere of Park City Mountain and Solitude, explore the ever expanding terrain at The Canyons, or ski like a local at Brighton or Powder Mountain. However formidable the skiing, what gives Utah mountains its soul are the people who’ve come from near and far to make it their home. Almost everyone you meet has an interesting story to tell. They were planning on ski bumming THE HIGH WEST DISTILLERY

for just a year, but fell in love with the mountains and never left. They’ve embraced the mountain lifestyle and are eager to share it with all who visit. Coming from the east coast 30 plus years ago, with NYU graduate degrees in Law and Urban Planning, Myles Rademan and his wife, Joy, decided the east coast pace wasn’t for them. Tirelessly, and with good humor, Myles has helped shape the town of Park City into the

wonderful place it is today. He has always been deeply involved, serving on various boards, as Director of Information for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and has been instrumental in the success of The Sundance Film Festival.The Park City Chamber of Commerce has named their annual ‘Spirit of Hospitality Award’ in his honor. David Perkins had a passion to make great Rocky Mountain whiskey. He brought his background as a biochemist and his love for bourbon and cooking to historic Park City and opened The High West Distillery. Located at the base of the town lift in a restored historic building, the High West Distillery is a ski in-ski out distillery and gastro- saloon. It’s a celebration of Park City’s colorful mining history with a handsome handmade bar, general store, and a superb menu of food and whiskey. www.highwest.com And what about man’s best friend? Skiing is made safer with the help of Zeke and the team of avalanche rescue dogs at Park City Mountain Resort.Trained with love and dedication by specially selected ski patrol members, these dogs are skilled at helping locate skiers and hikers in trouble. Brighton, known as “the locals ski resort” is one of the oldest in America. It started in 1936, when members of The Alpine Ski Club fashioned a makeshift rope tow and ran it on weekends. Randy Doyle’s family were the original owners and he’s been working there since 1973. Although Brighton was sold in 1986, Randy still runs the

resort in a very hands-on manner. He cheerfully greets all the employees by first name and happily takes guests on his favorite runs through the trees, in one of four terrain parks or down the powdery Brighton Bowl. Craig Gordon is well known around the mountains as a key man at the Utah Avalanche Center. Exploring the mountains with a pro like Craig, you know you’re in good hands, even in extreme backcountry conditions. Craig has recently developed the “Know Before You Go” avalanche education program, which has reached over 100,000 students to date. www.utahavalanchecenter.org. ZEKE

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resource, providing free skiing tips and techniques, equipment recommendations, and ski stretching and exercise programs geared toward safe and fun skiing for life. www.bumpsforboomers.com.

at www.snowbird.com and on his own site www.gurudavepowers.com. His reports reflect a lifetime of experience in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Slightly eccentric, but brilliant and lovable, ‘The Goo’ considers himself ”the foremost authority on nothing and things that don’t matter.” You can meet ‘The Goo’ any day of the week (except Saturday) at his ‘planetary office’ at the Fork Lift restaurant near the tram at Snowbird Center. As head of the Snowbird Ski Patrol and president of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (www.wbrescue.org), it would appear that Dean Cardinale wouldn’t have time for anything else. Dean is also the founder of World Wide Trekking (www.wwtrek.com) and its non-profit arm, The Human Outreach Project. Dean runs treks to Nepal, Africa, South America and Russia and he facilitates an aspect of each trek where participants give back to the area through community projects. His latest project is creating an orphanage for local kids on property he purchased in Tanzania, adjacent to Mt. Kilimanjaro. For help with hotels, dining, transportation, equipment and lift tickets visit: UÊÜÜܰۈÈÌÃ>Ì>Ži°Vœ“Ê UÊÜÜܰΈÕÌ>…°Vœ“Ê UÊÜÜÜ°«>ÀŽVˆÌވ˜vœ°Vœ“Ê UÊÜÜܰ؜ÜLˆÀ`°Vœ“ UÊÜÜܰ̅i‡V…>Ìi>ÕÝ°Vœ“ For rental equipment and gear – with 9 locations around Salt Lake City: UÊÜÜܰΈ˜Ãii°Vœ“

a complimentary professionally guided tour of Aspen/Snowmass’ sensational ski terrain. Upon return, soak in the outdoor pool and hot tubs or grab a comfy spot by the fire for the lively après ski scene featuring live music in the ‘living room’ lobby. The Limelight offers complimentary airport transfers and inThe Limelight Lodge CRASH!... not on the slopes, but at the town shuttle service. www.limelightlodge.com. Limelight Lodge located right in downtown Aspen. With its contemporary comforts and warmly furnished guestrooms, the Limelight Gisella is the perfect base for your Aspen adventure. For a small town, Aspen has an impressive THE LIMELIGHT LODGE

This Winter in Aspen, Get Your MBA... In Skiing Aspen Locals, Joe and Nancy Nevin, have created a sequel to their successful ‘Bumps For Boomers’ GISELLA ski clinic. The ‘Masters of Bumps Academy’ program in Aspen is geared to ‘Boomers’ who want to learn to ski And don’t forget to bring Fido; the Limelight in control and avoid injury, while skiing more is pet-friendly. Start the day with a hearty challenging terrain. Move from a ‘stuck in the continental breakfast while the Ski Valet rut” intermediate skier, to a confident, elegant prepares you and your equipment for the free and efficient all-mountain skier in just four ski shuttle to any of Aspen’s four mountains. days. The program’s website is a wonderful The hotel’s ‘Inside Tracks’ program provides

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selection of excellent restaurants and Gisella has already become the new favorite. If you have a chance to meet Elizabeth Giordani, one of the owners, you’ll see how Gisella mirrors her. It’s a beautiful restaurant, elegant, yet casual and welcoming. The light jazz adds just the right vibe. A red and golden organic beet salad is a wonderful introduction, served with arugula and avalanche goat cheese, olive oil and lemon. The gargenelli pasta with porcini, wild mushrooms, sweet onion, Italian sausage and fresh basil is a winner. A Colorado rack of lamb is impressive, paired with Yukon-gold mashed potatoes and a mission fig-balsamic sauce. Gisella offers an excellent bar menu as well as seasonal outdoor dining. 415 E. Main Street Aspen, Colorado. 970/925-8222; www.gisellaaspen.com.


IN THE CITY Hermitage Hotel Nashville, TN

How to describe a flawless hotel? An unqualified pleasure? What is billed as the best luxury hotel experience in Nashville, may well be one of the best luxury hotel experiences you will have in the States. “Easy going elegance” combines with Southern charm, five star amenities, stunning décor, spacious accommodations and fine dining to leave a lingering aura of well being that surpasses even that created by the live music and buzz of Nashville. Service is warm, attentive and personalized. Get your shoes shined or stop for complimentary homemade cookies in the lobby. Rooms and suites are enormous, with views of the historic state capitol or downtown Nashville, and offer plush linens and towels, state of the art technology (great sound system, of course) fresh flowers, glossy magazines and newspapers. Be sure to visit the Men’s Washroom on the ground floor, with its original 1930’s decor in lime green, and practically a historic landmark in its own right.

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downtown Nashville, convenient to honkytonks, the business district and Vanderbilt U. ÓÎ£Ê -ˆÝÌ…Ê Ûi˜ÕiÊ œÀ̅]Ê >Åۈi]Ê / °Ê 888/888-9414; www.thehermitagehotel.com.

Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, DC You’ll find the luxurious Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington DC tucked in the scenic and

eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood. Rare for a city hotel, the Omni Shoreham’s grounds feature floral landscaping, lots of grass and trees, a sunny hammock lounge garden, a crystal fire pit, and an outdoor pool with plenty of lounge chairs and gym access. One block from the hotel entrance lie dozens of Adams Morgan restaurants, bars, and cafés. DC is famous for its diverse ethnic food options; you have to try the authentic Ethiopian food here at least once. The Omni Shoreham will not disappoint. This is a great location for business and/or leisure travel to DC. The metro stop is only a three-block walk from the hotel and provides easy transport to Capital Hill and all of the National Monuments. The Smithsonian Zoo is also within walking distance and provides hours of free entertainment for the entire family: lions, elephants, and even panda bears. The hotel staff is diligent and well prepared to handle large groups as well as individual needs. In the grand dining room, Robert’s Restaurant offers elegant fare. Locally sourced appetizers include Maryland Crab Cakes with watermelon salsa, and the restaurant offers wonderful seared steaks, beer battered stuffed mushrooms, and several decadent homemade desserts. The dramatic dining room also serves a full breakfast with buffet, a la carte menu, and omelet station, to make sure you’re well stoked for a busy day in historic DC. 2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Ave.) Washington, DC. 202/ 234-0700; www.omnihotels.com. –Simone Meadow

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Beating the Invisible Shark The Story of the WAHOOO® Swim Monitor System By Dave Cutler

LIKE ANY KID would during a hot sticky summer, my two children – a nine-year-old girl and a twelve-year-old boy – wanted to bike around the corner with their friends and go swimming at a park here in Redding, CT. But the summer of 2006 was different from previous years: my wife was laid up in bed with a broken leg, and I was busy driving back and forth to NJ to visit my ailing mother. That meant neither of us could be there to watch our children swim. My wife was not at all comfortable with the notion of the kids going without us, but I was on the fence. The pond was

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guarded by several lifeguards, after all, and kids riding their bikes to the local swimming hole was a summertime right of passage. After some discussion, we acquiesced. At my wife’s request though, I stopped by the park before leaving for NJ. I walked up to the sunny beach to the sounds of laughing and splashing. As expected, the lifeguards seemed to be everywhere. Everyone appeared to be having a great time, and so I called my wife to let her know that all was well. I got back in my car and continued on with my drive. I had no idea that my life would never be the same. Later that day, in that pond, a nine-year-old boy nearly drowned. He was believed to be underwater for five minutes before his body was discovered. Five minutes. This tragedy occurred despite several lifeguards and the addition of afternoon camp counselors watching the swimmers. Although the boy miraculously survived, he will have to deal with neurological impairment for the rest of his life.


This needless tragedy had an intense impact on the entire community. You have most likely heard the old saying, “There before the grace of God go I.” Well, this saying had a lot of meaning that day. It could have been any one of our children who went under that dark blanket, unnoticed and all alone. And of all days, the near drowning occurred the first time my wife and I let our children go swimming without us there to supervise. (Even now, I still get chills thinking about it.) Like most people, I had naively believed that because lifeguards were watching the water, my kids were safe. I was terribly wrong. I scoured the

murky, shallow or deep. There can be one guard on duty, or ten. Simply put, drowning– like a hungry shark– doesn’t care who you are. My mind began racing. I have always been passionate about technology and inventing solutions to address problems. Surely, I thought, there had to be a practical way to utilize technology to detect drowning. Research uncovered some drowning detection products out there, but they were cost-prohibitive and had limitations. Days and nights passed. I spent hours researching, contacting aquatic safety experts, and creating drawings to come up with a practical solution. Unbeknownst to me, a friend and neighbor, Tom Healy, along with another Reddingite, Paul Taylor, had been thinking along the same lines. Also impacted by the tragedy, the two had begun discussions about using technology to detect and prevent drowning. As autumn approached, Tom called. He knew I enjoyed technology, and both of us shared a passion for entrepreneurial ideas. We met later that day and took turns revealing our ideas. Within a

tem if there is a risk of drowning. While we acknowledge that wearing a Swimband requires a behavioral change, we often liken it to wearing a helmet during bicycling or skiing, but without the messy hair issues. That, and the fact that a person is 2.5 times more at risk of death while swimming than while riding a bicycle, or 12 times more likely to die while swimming than up on those cold slippery slopes. Over the years, as we learned of more painful stories, witnessed chilling videos of actual drownings, and met with parents who have lost a child, we realized that this endeavor was more than just an opportunity to build a successful legacy company. It became clear that our path was truly about making a difference in people’s lives; to be part of something that would prevent tragedies from devastating families, facilities, and communities. How often in a lifetime is one afforded this opportunity? My children are older now, and Wahooo has become part of our daily life. My daughter, now fourteen, asks how the injection molding is going as casually as a child might ask what’s for dinner. Our

Like most people, I had naively believed that because lifeguards were watching the water, my kids were safe. internet for information and quickly learned that drowning in the U.S. – and the world — is in fact a silent and growing epidemic. Truth is, if the frequency of deaths and injuries from drowning were instead a result of bee stings or shark attacks, it would be headline news. On average, 11 people drown in the U.S. every day. In eighteen states, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death of children, exceeding automobile accidents. In the rest of the country, it is the second leading cause. In almost 90% of these incidents, there was supervision present. That means that in most instances, those drownings were needless and preventable. Had it been identified and supervisors notified in time, intervention would have most likely prevented that event from escalating into a fatality. The problem is that detecting a drowning is extremely difficult. It happens in seconds, and often, silently– not at all the way it is usually depicted in movies and on TV. In fact, there are many misconceptions about drowning. For instance, swimming or athletic ability does not preclude one from the risk of drowning. Nor does one’s age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, or education. Even with diligent, well-trained supervisors watching the water, drownings occur, and at alarming rates. The water can be clear or

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few days, along with Paul, we decided to form an alliance with the purpose of creating a practical, reliable and affordable solution to reduce the risk of preventable drowning. Within weeks, that alliance turned into Aquatic Safety Concepts, LLC. We were hooked; there was no turning back. Since that summer, ASC and its three founders have been on a challenging and undulating path of discovery. Enlisting the collective expertise of professionals from several disciplines, we envisioned, developed and patented the Wahooo® Swim Monitor System (SMS). A revolution in aquatics, the Wahooo SMS is the world’s first drowning detection technology that works in both clear-water pools and dark-water bodies like lakes and ponds. Also revolutionary is that the Wahooo SMS enables guards to quickly find submerged swimmers, even in dark, murky water. It works on the simple premise that if a swimmer is submerged continuously for a dangerous period of time, guards need to know immediately so that they can intervene before the situation escalates into an emergency. The system requires that each swimmer wear a device, a “Swimband,” which can be worn as either a lightweight headband or as a simple goggle attachment. The Swimband determines the duration of facial submersion, (i.e. the swimmer is unable to breathe) and transmits a signal to the sys-

kids have tolerated being photographed wearing prototype after prototype, and jumping into cold water when they’d much rather be doing something else. My patient wife has had to endure hours listening to me rant about technology or manufacturing hurdles. She has sat right next to me, riding the roller coaster that is starting a company. My friends have watched the roller coaster, too, cheering from afar or consoling me as needed. Each of the co-founders has similar stories to tell. Exhilaration tempered by exhaustion. Momentum tempered by stagnation. Sacrifices made. The risk of capital and of reputation. Yet all of this has led us to where we now stand: we’ve just installed our first Wahooo SMS at the Wilton, CT Family Y 25 meter pool, with plans to install the system at their swimming pond and 50 meter pool as well. There are about 25 facilities that are making arrangements to have the system installed, and hundreds that have expressed serious interest. Five years after that fateful summer day, we are finally making a real impact so that no parent, facility or community will need to face the anguish that is the result of a needless and preventable drowning. To learn more about the Wahooo Swim Monitor System, please visit www.WahoooSMS.com. Dave Cutler is an award-winning illustrator, author, inventor and serial entrepreneur.

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procedures such as toxins or fillers as well as non-invasive technology-based devices incorporating light, ultrasound and radio frequency. Competition has driven down the prices, allowing mainstream access to virtually all of these modalities. Remember, however, that access is not synonymous with an aesthetic outcome. These injectables and devices are only as good as the physician who drives them. Surgically, virtually all facial rejuvenation procedures also require a restoration of youthful facial volume. Fat grafting, a hallmark of my practice for 20 years, enhances perceived youthfulness while reducing the rate at which you age. A unique aspect of fat grafting is that your surgical procedure doesn’t end in the recovery room because stem cells in the fat graft continue to do their job long afterwards. Patients look dramatically younger five years later and may require no significant touch up for ten years. Alternatively, I use Ulthera with my own protocol not only to shrink and rejuvenate the skin but to help deliver a youthful facial contour. Patients look natural and require less volume enhancement due to the reduced amount of skin excess, making fillers less necessary. In contrast to the notion of the “liquid facelift,” Ulthera has absolutely no downtime. Filling procedures can entail significant swelling and bruising lasting days or up to a week or more of recovery. This, however, is usually the case only for the first filling procedure. Toxins are required for dynamic wrinkles or those associated with facial movement. But some patients opt for a procedure where the muscles targeted by Botox are permanently removed thru an upper eyelid incision preserving full facial animation but saving them the cost of injectables every 4-6 months. Whether you are a candidate for surgical intervention or something less invasive, choices can be confusing and unfulfilled promises abound. I consider it my responsibility to educate patients about the ramifications of all the options, helping them make the best choice for themselves. Andrew N. Kornstein, MD, FACS, is a fellowship trained, board certified plastic surgeon. Widely recognized as having reached the highest levels of surgical training and clinical experience, Dr. Kornstein values the artistry and aesthetic judgment inherent in every procedure he performs. His offices are located in Manhattan and Fairfield, where he specializes in a full range of surgical and non surgical aesthetic treatments. Inquiries welcome: askdrkornstein@kornstein.com.

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third of parents are concerned that their children will be unprepared to manage their money on their own. However, the same percentage of parents believes that sharing their own financial experiences with their children can help them learn and improve their chances of success.[1] So, when should they start, and what’s the most effective way to do it? As the Chinese proverb says, “Tell me, and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”[2] William L.Anthes, Ph.D., former president and CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®), says there’s no such thing as “too soon” when it comes to teaching children how to manage money. According to Anthes, “by starting early and introducing the most basic ideas, you can help your child develop financial skills that will last a lifetime.”[3] He says that “even toddlers can handle the concept of coins and currency. With ongoing reinforcement and information, children develop a strong sense of confidence in handling money, which can be invaluable in the long term.” Trent Hamm, author of The Simple Dollar, suggests that parents introduce “real-world” money lessons to their child early, repeat them frequently, and grow them to maturity… while they still have the chance. [4] The financial issues a child should learn include: earning money, goalsetting, budgeting, saving and investing, using credit, and asset protection. Anthes notes that some parents are hesitant to teach these concepts because they may not understand them or do them well themselves. But Anthes suggests that parents should consider themselves more as a coach than an expert. He says that parents should talk to their kids about the money-management skills they do well, and discuss the areas where they could do better. In the National Endowment for Financial Education article, “Money Night” with Kids Instills Smart Financial Habits,[5] Anthes offers some kid-friendly family activities. He suggests scheduling a “Family Finance Night” on a regular basis, where the family gets together to talk about how money is earned, saved and spent. He encourages parents to make the gatherings fun and keep them relatively short (to accommodate a child’s short attention span.) Among the various activities are: · Set a savings goal. · Separate wants and needs. · Pay bills. · Brainstorm on how to cut back on spending. · Plan a garage sale. · Play a money-related board game, such as Monopoly, The Game of Life, and Payday. · Support a charity.

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Anthes suggests involving children in various exercises as they move from early childhood to adolescence. For instance, young children enjoy saving coins in containers. He recommends that parents use a transparent container, since children can’t understand what they can’t see. Susan Beacham’s Money Savvy Generation website (www.msgen.com), offers a unique translucent piggy bank – the Money Savvy Pig – that has four coin slots/chambers instead of just one. There is one slot/chamber for each of the four money management choices a child should learn: SAVE, SPEND, DONATE, and INVEST. (It even comes with a helpful workbook!) According to Anthes, as children approach school age (ages 5-7), they should be allowed to handle money on a regular basis so they can become more comfortable handling cash. This may be a time to start an allowance as a means to teach money management. At ages 8 to 10, parents could explain how they earn money and how they spend it. This is a good age to discuss the differences between wants and needs. As soon as they understand the difference, kids can prioritize and save for the things they consider to be most important. Preteens and middle-school-aged children may be ready to create a budget. This will help to relate income with expenses. They may also be ready to learn about investment approaches. At Westport Resources, clients are encouraged to include their children in financial discussions as soon as they feel the children are ready, but definitely by the time they enter high school. Children should have a firm financial foundation before they leave for college and start experiencing independence. Westport Resources offers assistance with things such as creating budgets, explaining the pros and cons of credit, as well as introducing the various investment strategies available to them. They believe it is important to develop and nurture relationships with the “next generations.” There will come a time when they will seek the services of a trusted financial advisor, and Westport Resources will be there for them when they do. Diann McChesney is employed as a Financial Planning Specialist at Westport Resources in Westport, CT.

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neighborhood boys. Simple dolts who thought I was exciting, because I told them that my father had bodyguards, and two box seats at Yankee Stadium. One afternoon in May 1962 when I was 15, my father phoned from his office to ask me if I wanted to go with him to Madison Square Garden for JFK’s 45th birthday party. My mother was boycotting what was rumored to be the President’s blatant affair with Marilyn Monroe, and that “husband stealer” was supposedly going to sing Happy Birthday, onstage. In front of America! I was ecstatic, and determined to discuss the political importance of this much reported event with him on the way home, to make him proud of my intellect. This was to be an iconic evening with 15,000 other guests. I quickly put a peroxide streak into my beehive hairdo, and when Daddy rang the buzzer from the lobby to let me know he was waiting in the car, I teetered

was some huge divide between how a girl could both please her father by behaving demurely, and getting good grades, and how a girl had to look and act to keep the attention of real men, grown men, heroes like my father and the President. It was a confusing evening for me, and on the silent ride home I felt an insurmountable barrier growing between Daddy’s increasing significance as an important man, and my escalating anonymity as his daughter—the kind of woman men never notice. That summer I hung around our lake house, lounging on the raft with my friends— concentrating on getting the perfect tan. Daddy came up on the weekends and puttered around. We rarely spoke. The lake residents had been grappling all summer long with a festering cesspool at the back of the Chadwick’s property—a family of beavers had damned up an inlet. My father went to town

tousle my hair, as if he were going to pull me close to him, and hug me, kiss me, praise me, do it all in one gesture that would make up for my sixteen years of hunger for his sober attention. But he stopped. “Didn’t know you had it in you, kid,” was all he said as he reached to take the gun back into the house, to the rack where he kept it on display. I smiled, because I knew I should smile when I was successful, despite the fact that I wound up in front of the toilet only moments later, retching. The horror of having killed a living thing, just to show my Daddy what I could do, made me sob, made me vomit up the longing and the sorrow I’d been swallowing for too long. Made me know I would have to stop trying to be what I wasn’t or surely it would kill me. Daddy was on the dock the next afternoon— the August sun darkening his swarthy shoulders, his toolbox open as he leaned over the outboard

When Marilyn Monroe sashayed onto the stage, an hour late, my father’s jaw went slack. She appeared to be naked. She had been sewn into her flesh colored dress and was not wearing any underwear.

to the curb in four-inch heels that I had never worn before. Daddy and his union buddies were lined up in the front row of the balcony, and when Marilyn Monroe sashayed onto the stage, an hour late, my father’s jaw went slack. She appeared to be naked. She had been sewn into her flesh colored dress and was not wearing any underwear. My father leaned precariously forward over the railing. I watched Marilyn blink and flutter her exaggerated fake lashes. It startled me. “Daddy,” I wanted to cry out. “She’s pathetic. She’s a slut and depraved.” But as Marilyn breathed out the first notes of her song, every man in the audience went wild. These were important men, men with brains, and they were hypnotized by the gyrations of Marilyn Monroe. I looked around me, and for the first time I understood there

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hall for a gun permit to take out the beavers, and to clean up what was then considered an environmental hazard. While Daddy had never seen the badges I had won at camp, I was a National Riflery Association marksman. When he put the gun permit on the dining room table, I touched it and said, “ I could hit a slow, lumbering beaver with just one shot.” I didn’t think of the word “kill.” Daddy seemed amused and he offered me the first crack at shooting the beaver. Later, waiting for dusk, we stood hip to hip on the flagstone steps at the front door. I hoisted the 22 rifle onto my shoulder as soon as I saw an undulating mound of black mud at the dank end of the swamp. I don’t remember pulling the trigger. But I do remember the deafening explosion. In the silence that followed, I rested the butt of the rifle down near my feet, and Daddy reached out as if he were going to

motor. I inched up behind him to tell him that I had just heard on the radio that Marilyn Monroe was dead from an overdose. I watched as his wrench fell onto gunnels. He slumped forward to cover his face. His broad back heaved and then he was weeping. I still suffer from the after-affects of exposure to too much testosterone at JFK’s 45th birthday party. I am forever wary of macho men, of that collective maleness. That sex party held in an arena as if it were the real America, as if it were patriotic. And, of course, Daddy was dead from his overdose too—only 18 months later. Ina Chadwick is the founder of the Writers Artists Collaborative under MouseMuse Productions, which runs storytelling programs called Awake After Dark, (but home early enough in the suburbs) at many venues. Her work appears regularly on www.goodmenproject.com.

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FIAT Larchmont Return of an Italian classic By Evelyn Kanter

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE? It’s good-looking, efficient, and fun. It’s a classic that appeals to the aficionado and is attracting new devotees, too. It’s the FIAT 500, already winning awards such as “coolest new car” and “best value” car. That’s no surprise to Alfredo Gulla, who helped introduce Americans to the iconic FIAT brand in the 1960s, including the 500’s predecessor, the Cinquecento, and quickly became one of the top dealers outside Italy. His close association with Fiat was such that even when the company stopped selling its cars in the US in the ‘80s, Gulla continued to repair and restore them for enthusiasts, and never stopped being a FIAT enthusiast. So it should be no surprise that Gulla is poised once again to become a major player, as one of just 130 dealers in the USA hand-picked to re-introduce FIAT to North America. “Customers were calling him even before the first dealership was chosen,” said Laura Soave, president of FIAT USA, who shares Gulla’s confidence that FIAT of Larchmont will again be a sales leader. “He’s a great representative for the brand,” she told me.

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“Customers come in saying they bought a FIAT from me, or their father did,” he says. “We pre-sold vehicles months before our studio opened.” Another thing that’s changed is that now FIAT of Larchmont is a family affair, with two generations of the Gulla family. Daughter Silvana is the manager, daughter Eleanor manages the family’s Larchmont Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership, and son Fernando is the sales manager for both. Gulla shuttles between the two facilities, and Alfredo’s Foreign Cars, which services all Italian automobiles. Gulla started in the vehicle business buying and selling motor scooters in his native Calabria. He came to New York to visit a brother who had emigrated here, and got a job selling Vespas. Within three years, he opened a service center, and then got the call from FIAT to open a dealership. The rest, as the saying goes, is just details. On paper, the FIAT 500 competes with the VW Beetle and the Mini Cooper. On the road, there’s no competition. “The car is a celebrity,” says Silvana. “People wave and honk and give a thumbs up when they see it.” Driving with Gulla at the wheel of a bright red 500c, he’s all smiles, telling me how impressed he is about how much fun it is to drive, how much roomier it is than it looks, and how it appeals to a wide demographic of millennials, baby boomers and seniors. Enthusiasts also


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the manual and 27/34 for the automatic. There are also such must-have features as iPod integration, hands-free communication, keyless entry and a navigation system. With 14 colors and dozens of interior choices and accessories, there

are more than 500,000 ways to customize and personalize the FIAT 500, including chrome exhaust tips, a sleek two-tone dashboard, and a fixed glass sunroof. “You get lots of customization for the price,” says FIAT’s Soave. FIAT of Larchmont is as sleek and modern as the 500, more like a fashion studio than a car dealership, with a white tile “runway” to showcase the cars, and a display of FIAT branded clothing and other merchandise, including key covers to match the cars’ colors. Soave plans to bring a wider merchandise line from Europe, including a FIAT bicycle that folds up to fit in the trunk of a 500. Gulla hopes future plans include additional FIAT models, including the rumored Abarth and a limited Ferrari model, and even the return of FIAT-family brands Lancia and Alfa Romeo to North America. Despite Alfredo Gulla’s pride in his historic relationship with FIAT, he’s shy about showing it off. When you visit, ask him to show you the photos of delivering a car to Groucho Marx, or with racing legends, Sir Stirling Moss and Mario Andretti. FIAT of Larchmont: 2050 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY. 914/341-1600 www.FIATUSAofLarchmont.com.


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bike is nearly free,” he states. And most of all, he’ll tell you how much fun it is to ride, and the feeling of freedom being on a bike gives you, even if you’re just commuting to work. “Motorcycles change your outlook. They are very empowering,” whether you are a man or woman, including riding as a passenger. Part of NewRoc’s success is its location. “We are in the middle of everything here, drawing customers from Long Island to New York City, Westchester and Fairfield County.” He long ago gave up trying to predict who would buy what. “One customer walked in looking for sunglasses and bought a bike instead. He came back a couple of days later for the sunglasses.” He says customers don’t fit any neat stereotype, such as

the 65-year-old woman buying a large touring bike for a trip to Yosemite. “Touring bikes make you feel like riding a long way, not just to the corner bar,” he says. Bikes used to come almost exclusively in black (Harley) and red (Ducati). Now, even new lime green, iridescent copper and other colors are selling. NewRoc stocks models pre-accessorized with the most popular add-ons, so customers can “leave in one hour on a new bike with license plates and insurance.” NewRoc enjoys what Meskunas describes as a loyal customer base, and says much of his business is from referrals. “No business can survive without referrals.” He has loaned bikes to “Gossip Girl” and other TV shows and to Ralph Lauren for window displays, and says actor Bradley Cooper came to the dealership recently to learn how to ride. “Very nice guy” is all he will say about this or other celebrity customers. A bigger part of NewRoc’s success is that everybody on staff is a skilled rider and technician. Meskunas has raced in Italy on the same track Ferrari uses, and can help in the repair shop if needed. Many of his employees have ridden on coast-to-coast bike trips. “We know our stuff,” he says, simply. And he enjoys sharing it with the community. NewRoc sponsors dozens of community events each year, many of them charity fund-raisers, including for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and regional police departments. The dealership was the only regional start-off point for the recent Dream Ride fund-raiser for the Special Olympics. And he hosts weekend barbeques in the dealership parking lot in warm weather months. “When you bring people together for a good cause, it makes you feel better about yourself,” he smiles. Meskunas explains, “I love bikes and they’ll always be part of my life. Don’t stop doing what you love when you get older, because stopping will make you old.” That sounds like something Confucius might have said. Newroc Harley-Davidson: 8 Industrial Lane, New Rochelle, NY. 914/632-6743;Toll Free: 866/632-NRHD; www.nrhd.com. Evelyn Kanter is a Manhattan writer and photographer specializing in automotive, travel and the environment.

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enthusiasm for being a part of the Aspetuck team. Carolyn, a “huge golfer,” as she relates, lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Despite that proximity, Aspetuck was unknown to her for years until a friend invited her to golf there. For Carolyn, it became impossible to enjoy a relaxing day of golf without putting on her businesswoman’s hat for a moment to survey the surroundings. She quickly took note of the golf course layout and conditions. She was immediately impressed. Later, she learned that the course had just undergone a major renovation and a brand new pool complex had just opened. Her trained-eye’s first reaction? ”Why don’t more people know about this place?” It became her mission to put Aspetuck on the map. With that in mind, I began my own first look at Aspetuck. My rich experience included meeting with the club’s celebrated chef, Gerard Clinton, and tasting first-hand some of his trademark dishes. It was an I-love-my-job circumstance — Clinton has created a menu

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ing members are on the lookout for what Chef Gerard brings forth each week. Chef Gerard likes to “put his own spin on food, while looking at the quality of the product, always bringing out the texture and color of the dish.” One of his signature dishes, ”Deconstructed Spicy Tuna and Shrimp Tempura” is a club favorite, along with the delectable fried baby artichokes and sweet corn risotto, crispy chicken under brick, and the perfectly balanced parmesan-encrusted soft shell crabs. “Food has inherent logic,” explains Gerard, “each chef infuses his own thoughts into that logic.” When diners develop a relationship of trust with a chef, “that’s the best,” he says, with a huge smile. He particularly enjoys sharing the fruits of his labor with the many members whom he knows to be “foodies” like himself – those with an ardent and refined passion for food. The members are “food educated, so they appreciate fine food.” Chef Gerard focuses on Aspetuck as a restaurant, taking advantage of the bounty of fresh local produce, as well as many seasonal specialties. Social dining experiences are an important feature of Aspetuck, from family events like summer barbecues, to holiday celebrations and adult-only fabulous wine dinners, guest chef nights and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Chef

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Clinton aims to “exceed the expectations of the membership,” and members enthusiastically report that he does. JC Mejia, the clubhouse manager, only enhances Chef Gerard’s menu with the highest level of service standards, overseeing the dining experience at Aspetuck. After my memorable and all-too-brief introduction to the culinary scene at Aspetuck, next up was Juan Martinez Arraya, the Director of Raquet Sports. The USA’s #3 ranked platform tennis player oversees a thriving program at Aspetuck, as evidenced by the whites-clad young members of the club’s camp program who came striding past with their juniorsized racquets, on their way to the courts for their lesson time. Juan discussed the revitalization of the tennis program at Aspetuck, which prior to his

kids, and cardio tennis. Juan is very excited about the junior program at Aspetuck, as well as the success of the newly-created platform tennis. The platform tennis “hut,” with its cozy fireplace, big screen TV, and room for parties, now has 150 players and participates in county team activities. Another passionate and dedicated professional at Aspetuck is Jack Powers, PGA, Head Golf Pro, who relates that, after all these years (sixteen in his case), he still loves getting up every morning and coming to work. Jack and his staff are committed to providing an exceptional golfing experience – behind-the-scenes perfectionists who make it all look seamless and sublime for the golfers. “Golfers can come without tee times and get a game,” assures Jack, ever-flexible in accommodating the needs of the members. “The golf program has something for everyone and is very active,” he adds. Aspetuck hosts numerous tournaments monthly for every skill level, from ladies 9 and 18 hole games, private and semi-private instruction, group clinics, as well as many other events. The club is rightfully proud of its junior golf program, with Gerard

arrival in 2007 was mainly a golf club. Juan set out to make tennis an integral part of club life. There are four ladies tennis teams that play in the Fairfield County Tennis League, clinics, and three men’s interclub teams. Juan also runs a junior program that participates in interclub matches. Aspetuck and its tennis staff are also host to many social events, such as member-guest, pizza nights for

J. Scheer, Jr., PGA, working with seventy to eighty youngsters each day. The physical beauty of the challenging golf course is at the center of Aspetuck. It is a certified Audubon Sanctuary Program, one of only 15 or 16 in the area. Rick Schock, the property manager, tells me that the course is well-conditioned for year-round play. Members of Aspetuck are enjoying life – in-


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cluding the youngest members of the club. The summer camp, for children between the ages of 3 and 11, is licensed by the State of Connecticut. The swimming pool is a splashing scene of smiling youngsters and attentive instructors. Children eat a healthy lunch and snack at the poolside grille. There are “action packed theme weeks,” arts and crafts, golf and tennis lessons given by the pro staff, and many games and activities. Even the dolphin swim and dive teams

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compete in the Fairfield County Swim League in the summer — and are the 2011 Divisional 3 Champions! Aspetuck offers a taste of the good life yearround. Many members’ social lives happily revolve around the club. Families have grown up here. George Damman, a founding member since 1967, recalls that the idea for the club came about because golfers were tired of waiting around for tee times, long rounds of golf and average

playing conditions. They wanted a golf club with no tee times and a limited membership. Now the next generation of the family, George’s daughter and her family, belongs to the club. George and other founding members are thrilled to watch their club thrive with future generations, as new and younger faces dot the landscape. He laughingly says that he is reminded of himself when he first joined Aspetuck. Aspetuck President Joe Jordan has been a member for 23 years, and takes equal pride in seeing the club thrive and improve for the new members. “They will be the lifeline of the club going forward into the future,” says Joe, who, along with his wife Peg, has seen changes along the way – but only the kind that help the club to improve with age without losing what has always made Aspetuck a special place. My day ends with a stroll back to the beautiful clubhouse to end my tour of Aspetuck and bid a fond goodbye to Carolyn Kepcher. It is clear that the treasures of the Aspetuck Valley Country Club will not stay hidden for long. Aspetuck Valley Country Club, 67 Old Redding Road, Weston, CT. 203/226-4701 aspetuck@aspetuckvalley.com. Arian West Modansky taught in Rye City Schools for 33 years. At present, she is a Reading Specialist for the Fairfield Public Schools. She and her husband, Michael, live in Weston, CT.

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THERE ARE  many reasons to get married. Getting a jump on an apartment can head the list when you live in Manhattan. The story begins when my son Sean met Terri when both of them were working at the Guggenheim. At the time Sean was trying to break into the film industry and in between shoots, found odd jobs as an electrician, a carpenter, stagehand, and sound engineer. Terri was a registrar at the museum and Sean had been hired to help install a major exhibition. The installation was complicated – it involved three-channel cameras, video, sound, lasers, water, mirrors and metal structures. Sean and Terri met often to discuss the plans. Work progressed slowly. Love, I am told, did not immediately take flight. It took Terri some

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time to get past Sean’s ripped jeans and paint-splattered sneakers before accepting his invitation to go out for drinks after work. As a struggling artist Sean courted Terri on the cheap: lunch hour falafel at the corner stand, Frisbee on the Great Lawn; twilight strolls with Terri’s arthritic lab, Barrister, in tow. When Sean had a shoot, two a.m. beer bashes with his raucous production crew. Three months into the relationship, Sean moved in with Terri. Despite the fact his East Village pad was larger, Terri’s apartment was within walking distance of the museum, and Barrister could not manage a fourth floor walkup. In August, the compressor blew in Terri’s air conditioner. The couple packed their kits and headed for Connecticut. Throughout the years, my husband and I have cycled through a series of Sean’s girlfriends. I never looked back when Sean moved on. Like my son, I too had fallen in love. I looked forward to their visits and decided Terri was a keeper. In late September, Sean called to tell me he and Terri were looking for another apartment. “Terri’s lease is up and we’ve decided our relationship has progressed beyond renting,” he explained.


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“Really?” I said. “Actually, we’re thinking about buying an apartment.” I suggested using a Manhattan rental agent I knew. Millie was a middle-aged matron who had a son Sean’s age. After meeting the kids, Millie called to thank me for the referral. “I already have a line on the perfect apartment.” she reported. Millie located an “affordable” one-bedroom condo in a pre-war building on Lexington in the 80s. She explained the apartment needed a bit of work. But the location was ideal. “Oh, Sean is very handy,” I responded. ”That won’t be a problem.” One walk-through is all it took. Sean and Terri were ready to sign on the dotted line. Millie presented their offer to the owners. In anticipation of the acceptance, my husband and I took Sean and Terri to a neighborhood restaurant to celebrate their good fortune. Throughout dinner, Terri gushed about the apartment’s appointments – the crown moldings, the French doors leading to the bedroom, the view of the courtyard atrium from their bedroom window, etc., etc. Sean said the storage bin was big enough to keep his bicycle and all his camera equipment. We crossed our fingers waiting to hear back from Millie. The next day, storm clouds gathered. “Millie thinks there might be problems getting approval from the Condo Board since we’d be buying the apartment jointly and my income is kinda unpredictable.” He sounded devastated when he reported Millie’s conversation with the Board. “Terri and I can cover the down payment, but there’s the question whether either one of us could individually cover the maintenance if we split since we’re not married.” “I see.” My husband and I played it cool. “Yes, it does sound like a dilemma.” Sean promised to call us back as soon as he and Terri

reached a decision. I had a pretty good idea what they would be discussing. And I was right. Some couples hitch their wagons to a star – Sean and Terri hitched their wagon to 2 C. Their wedding date coincided with the next Board meeting. That gave them five weeks to plan the big event and apply for a mortgage. Both sets of parents gave the couple money toward the down payment. My husband and I countersigned the mortgage. While the couple did the paperwork, I organized a bridal shower. Her mother and sister flew in from Minnesota

Plaster blistered where wallpaper was stripped away; electrical wires jutted menacingly from ceiling and wall apertures. There were endless delays while Sean and Terri squabbled over paint colors, lighting fixtures, and flooring. Workmen were hired and fired. The bathroom remained disemboweled; the heart of the kitchen ripped out. It came as no surprise when Sean moved in with a friend. Terri stayed in the apartment while they hammered out a divorce settlement. In the end, she quit her job and moved back to Minnesota. The condo went

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to help Terri pick out her wedding dress. Her dad, who lived in Oregon, arranged a post-wedding breakfast. Twenty-four hours after Sean and Terri took title, a tape deck seated on the floor in the empty living room played the strains of Lohengrin. Sean and Terri exchanged their vows under a makeshift chuppah that was Sean’s grandmother’s handembroidered tablecloth supported at the corners by four ladders. The tablecloth was festooned with white and pink roses hastily purchased from the corner Korean grocery. Surrounded by friends and family, the couple made their vows to love, honor and cherish one another. Uneasy, Barrister sniffed the unfamiliar corners of his new lair and bolted into the bathroom when, afterward, the champagne cork popped and we toasted the newlyweds. Sadly, two years later, the marriage disassembled. My husband and I began to notice signs of marital discord in the stalled renovations.

back on the market. Before the divorce, my husband and I talked about getting a place in Manhattan. How nice it would be to have an apartment near the kids, to be able to drop in on the grandchildren when the time came. Now that the marriage was over, the apartment would go to strangers … unless. We talked it over. Would it be wrong? Would it be awful? Would we be dancing on our children’s bones? Based on fair market value, we purchased the apartment from Sean and Terri and became the next owners of 2 C. I hired an architect and submitted new plans to the Condo Board. Then, like Sean and Terri, I began the process of refocusing and rebuilding. Reconstruction began with backward glances. There was parental guilt, anger and frustration. I wished I could have done something to help save the marriage. But I was powerless. The condo is gleaming with fresh paint. The kitchen has new cabinets, a granite counter, a new stove and sink. The floors are freshly sanded. From my desk where I sit and compose this article, I can look out the window and hear children playing in the courtyard. The cherry tree is in bloom. The tips of the branches tap the panes of glass. Goldfish, sparkling like gold coins, flit back and forth in the pool at the base of the fountain. The sunlight fills the blank spaces in the bridal bower that is now my bedroom. Marsha Sherman, author and teacher of creative writing, is now living in a two-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side. Thankfully, she did not inherit this one from another divorced child. She came by it in an estate sale.


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T H E R E H AV E been many articles and stories written over the past couple of years about people who willingly walk away from their homes, even though some may still afford to pay their mortgage payments Fannie Mae is trying to crack down on these people by instituting a policy that says if you walk away without trying to work something out with them on your mortgage (such as a short sale or loan modification), then it will be seven years before you can get another mortgage through Fannie Mae. Unfortunately, there are many homeowners who are now faced with the heavy burden of not being able to make their mortgage payments, and who are simultaneously finding they have no equity in their home. If they are in a situation of having to sell, they find themselves in the precarious position of deciding if they “Short Sale” their home or just let it go to foreclosure. Let’s look at the available options, because each situation is different. Generally speaking, foreclosure is the most harmful to your credit. A short sale is becoming increasingly popular as a means by which a homeowner, who is mired in financial problems, can sell his home with less damage to his credit. But be aware, either avenue is fraught with credit problems. HERE ARE SOME FACTS TO CONSIDER: Foreclosure or Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure UÊ ˜Ê >Ê vœÀiVœÃÕÀi]Ê Ì…iÊ …œ“iœÜ˜iÀÊ V>˜˜œÌÊ make her payment and eventually the bank takes the home back through foreclosure process. The bank then offers the home on the market, usually at a reduced price. ÊUÊ-œ“iʜvÊ̅iʘi}>̈Ûiʈ“«ˆV>̈œ˜ÃʜvÊ>ÊvœÀiclosure are that the bank generally has six years to collect the full amount you borrowed, plus fees. UÊÃÊޜÕÊÀiLՈ`ÊޜÕÀʏˆviÊ>˜`ʈ˜Vœ“i]Ê̅iÊL>˜ŽÊ

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can garnish your wages and seize money from your bank account. UÊ vÊ Ì…>ÌÊ ˆÃ˜½ÌÊ i˜œÕ}…]Ê ˜œÌÊ œ˜ÞÊ ÜˆÊ ޜÕÊ œÃiÊ your house, but the lender can get a judgment against you for the amount you owe, plus the costs of the foreclosure action, and it will remain as a public record on your personal credit history for ten years. UÊ ÞÊLiˆ˜}ÊvœÀiVœÃi`ÊÕ«œ˜]ʅœ“iœÜ˜iÀÃÊ܈Ê take a hit of at least 280 points on their credit score. This means if a homeowner’s FICO score before foreclosure was 680, it could dip as low as 400. On top of all this, the banks have the right to pursue a deficiency judgment to collect the loan balance, which may ultimately mean bankruptcy for some. UʘʓœÃÌÊV>ÃiÃ]ÊvœÀiVœÃÕÀiʈÃʘœÌʈ˜ÊޜÕÀÊLiÃÌÊ interest and should certainly be used as a last resort. Short sale UÊÊŜÀÌÊÃ>iʈÃÊ܅i˜ÊޜÕÊÃiÊޜÕÀÊ«Àœ«iÀÌÞÊvœÀÊ less than you owe the bank. UÊ/œÊ>VVœ“«ˆÃ…Ê>ÊŜÀÌÊÃ>i]Ê>ÊLœÀÀœÜiÀʓÕÃÌÊ first give all of his/her financial information to the bank before the bank will decide whether to allow the short sale to proceed. The idea is that if a person can afford to pay the mortgage, the short sale may be denied. UʘÊ>ÊŜÀÌÊÃ>i]Ê>Ê«ÀœVii`ÃÊ}œÊ̜Ê̅iÊL>˜Ž]Ê̅iÊ bank then releases you from the loan and there is no further obligation to pay the bank. UÊvÌiÀÊ>ÊŜÀÌÊÃ>iÊ]ÊޜÕÊV>˜ÊÀi«>ˆÀÊޜÕÀÊVÀi`ˆÌÊ within a year or two. The affect of a short sale on a seller’s credit report is much less damaging than a foreclosure. The ding on credit will show up as a “pre-foreclosure in redemption status,” which will result in a loss of 80 to 100 points on your credit score. This means a short sale with a previous FICO of 680 will see it fall to 580 or 600. UÊ Ý«iÀÌÃÊ>`ۈÃiÊ̅>ÌÊޜÕÊ«ÕÀÃÕiÊ̅ˆÃʜ«Ìˆœ˜Ê̅iÊ minute you realize that you are falling behind in your payments and most likely won’t be able to catch up. The longer you wait and the greater the amount you are in arrears, the less time you will have to discuss a short sale with your lender. UʏÊLÀœŽiÀ>}iÊVœ““ˆÃȜ˜ÃÊ>˜`Ê>Ì̜À˜iÞÊviiÃÊ are usually paid by the bank at the closing.

A negative to the short sale is that the bank may calculate the difference between what you owed them at the time of the sale of the property and their proceeds, and refer that amount to the IRS as income. For example, if you owed $500,000 on the property and they approved a short sale for $400,000, then you may be subject to a gain on sale for IRS purposes of $100,000. Short sales have increasingly become a significant part of the real estate market. Not all agents are conversant with the process, which can sometimes take upwards of six months, though many short sales are accomplished in a shorter period of time. Don’t just get any real estate agent to help you. If you are considering a short sale, you need to retain an agent who is experienced in this area and who has successfully handled short sales and the complexities of the situation. Your agent knowing who to talk to, when to talk to them, and how to handle all the paperwork to get the deal done within a strategic time line can make all the difference in the world. Short sales can be very stressful. I recently completed a very large and complicated short sale that took in excess of eight months to close. Along with the normal stress and tensions of keeping a willing buyer involved, it became apparent that even within the bank, where we had both a first and second mortgage involved, there are conflicting interests with the different sides of the bank. Often, much negotiation is needed to coordinate even the efforts within the bank itself. Short sales are certainly a more desirable outcome than foreclosure, but it is not for the faint of heart and will not necessarily result in a quick sale. But with a dedicated agent who is a skillful negotiator, it can often be an extremely viable solution to an otherwise insurmountable problem. Gail Lilley Zawacki, International President’s Premier, Realtor for fifteen years with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 472 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT. Member of the Westport/ Weston Board of Realtors and providing information as a Top 5 Member. You may reach her at: (203) 682-9444 Email: Gail@SouthernCT.com Website: www.SouthernCT.com.


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Getting a Foothold in a Costa Rican Lifestyle By Helen Dunn Frame

WHEN YOU search for the latest fashion in footwear that fits your preferred style you undoubtedly head for your favorite designer. Consider Costa Rica your favorite lifestyle designer because it has the right property, whether for a second or retirement home, in a location to fill your dream. Whether you envision a laidback hammock lifestyle on the beach, a mountain top retreat close to nature, or a type of city living, perhaps in a gated community, you can find it in this beautiful country. It offers pristine beaches, lush reserves, tropical weather, monkeys and other wild animals, glorious birds, fantastic tropical flowers, golf, deep sea and fresh water fishing, snorkeling, sailing, rafting and more. Dry and rainy seasons,

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both with tons of sunshine, prevail in most areas of the country. In sharp contrast, the Pacific coast in Guanacaste typically experiences temperate conditions all year with no hurricanes. Living at a slower pace, Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves, are extremely polite, valuing La Forma. For example, in many Spanish-speaking countries, in response to thank you, people respond de nada (literally of nothing). In Costa Rica, they say con mucho gusto (with much pleasure). Before entering a home, they demur, Con permiso (with permission). They have traditionally welcomed Gringos, a non-pejorative term for North Americans sometimes stretched to include all foreigners. They grin when a Gringo responds “Pura Vida” (the pure life). Property taxes are low and beachfront property is more affordable than in many other tropical countries. Foreigners are free to invest without restrictions other than in concession lands, which apply to certain beachfront property. The capital, San Jose, bustles with hordes of people most days of the week. Modern shopping centers offer renowned designer shops for high-end brands. For example, Roberto Coin, famous Florentine jewelry designer headquartered in New York, sells his creations at Joyeria Muller located in Mall San Pedro. A single person can live a simple lifestyle in Costa Rica without a car for about $1,200 a month. A couple who own their house need $2,000. This underlines that foreigners with decent incomes discover extremely comfortable lifestyles. Properties, from a small Tico house to enormous villas, exist at every price point. It makes sense to rent first in the areas in which you think you want to live. Maids, gardeners and even chefs to prepare familiar or native foods may be employed. To sample comida típica begin with Empana-

das, a pastry stuffed with meat, chicken, beans, potatoes and/or cheese, tortas de huevos con cebollines (omelet with onions), or the Tico version of the tamale. Chicaronnes, chunks of juicy fried pork, taste sinfully delicious. At special occasions, including Topes (horse shows), Ticos prepare the oft served arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) accompanied by a Russian salad made with beets, potatoes, hard boiled eggs and mayonnaise. Because the country is bordered by two oceans, fish and seafood abound. Locals eat a lot of ceviche (fish or seafood marinated in lime and seasonings). Fresh fruits and vegetables fill farmers’ markets and grocery stores year round. For dessert, Ticos recommend queque tres leches (cake made with three milks). Traditional beverages include refrescos, or frescos for short, which consist of liquefied fruits diluted either in water (potable in most areas) or milk sweetened to taste. Don’t forget Imperial and Bavaria beers and the world-renowned coffee. Beware the popular Guaro, (clear liquor made locally from sugar cane). A valid license and passport enables a visitor to drive. All tourists must have a round trip ticket in order to enter the country. A $26 departure tax is collected when exiting by plane, payable at the airport or in advance at Banco Costa Rica (BCR). The currency is called the colon. U.S. dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs dot the country’s landscape. The sales tax is currently 13% and a 10% tip is added to restaurant bills. Costa Rica stays on Central Standard Time, the same as Chicago and Dallas, all year long. For more information, contact Linda Gray Toll Free: 1-877-589-0539, Direct: 011-506-2670-0805 email linda@coldwellbankercr.com. Helen Dunn Frame is the author of Greek Ghosts and a world traveler from New York City who lives in Costa Rica.

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adults who have been constantly inquiring about the status of the college applications of me and the rest of the Class of 2012… ENOUGH ALREADY! After all, I know you have the best of intentions. But you need to put yourself in our shoes. We need reading glasses after poring through tens of thousands of pages of FiskeBarronsKaplanPrincetonReview guide books that falsely promise to pick The Right Colleges for us. We’ve stared at our naviance.com profile until we’ve gone cross-eyed. We lay awake at night terrified by traumatic experiences at endless college fairs that feel more like flea markets of so called higher education. In short, we’re all a bunch of nail biting basket cases right about now. The adults don’t even realize how intrusive they’re being with their socalled innocent questions. Their idea of small talk is only about the Most Important Decision of my life… For example, my dad’s good friend Tony patted me on the shoulder the other day and said “Hey kiddo, heard you took the SATs recently! Tell Uncle Tony how’d ya score?” Like any good SAT multiple choice question, I had four potential

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responses from which to choose. A) “Wow look at the time! Good talking to you. I have to go wash my hair.” B) “I’ll show you my SAT scores if you show me your tax returns.” C) “Didn’t your young girlfriend take them a few years ago? How’d she do?” D) All of the above. But more often than not, the well meaning adult cuts right to the chase, and asks us “So, have you chosen your school yet!” Um, hello? There are only about 4,352 colleges… Why don’t you let me sleep on it and I’ll get back to you first thing tomorrow? My friend Julia’s dad takes a different tact. He is one of those parents that love to brag about how great his alma mater was, as if my agony of choosing colleges is a time capsule for him to boringly reminisce about “the best time of his life.” The fraternities, the parties, the freedom, the girls! Ho-hum, he probably didn’t even notice when I walked out of the room while he prattled on about days gone by. What began as an annoying intrusion now just developed into an irritating story about a 50-year-old man’s glory days. Perhaps worst of all is the adult who tries to impress by suggesting he has an “in” to get me through the admissions process to his super prestigious school of choice. Two things are certain of this particular kind of adult: 1. They are making this “special offer” to every college bound teenager within the tri-state area. 2. They can’t do jack to help you. It’s an ostentatious power play meant to give a false impression of importance and influence. God forbid you should take them up on their offer, your phone calls and emails will go unreturned. Maybe I protest too much. When I really think about it, these people mean well, whether they’re sincere or not. They’re genuinely concerned about my future. Despite their good intentions, this is a road I walk alone. (Well, my parents are trailing close behind with their check books to pay those nasty tuition bills.) Believe me everyone; you’ll be the first to know when I get my acceptance letter from Harvard. Nicolette Weinbaum is the Features editor of Inklings News at Staples High School in Westport, CT. She is a member of the Class of 2012.


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and photography; private music lessons; and technology-infused learning. Athletes may try out for the 32 Upper School teams. Upper School (9 to 12) provides an outstanding college preparatory curriculum within the context of a strong liberal arts tradition. Academic excellence is promoted through independent study, colloquia, honors, and Advanced Placement courses. Sophomores are eligible for our unique Year Abroad Program in France or Spain; all seniors participate in Senior Independent Study; “self-help” is a community philosophy wherein children and adults act as stewards of the School; and 100 hours of community service are required. We have talented, professional artists and musicians who bring their passion and skills to their classrooms. Sports teams compete in a 45-member Association as well as in New England Tournaments. Experienced counselors support students in the college application process. They explore their intellectual aspirations, personal goals, and career plans. Recent graduates have attended Amherst, Bard, Barnard, Boston College, Brown, Cambridge (UK), Carnegie-Mellon, Cornell, NYU, Pratt, Princeton, RIT, RPI, Tufts, UMichigan, UPenn, Wesleyan, and Williams. 91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury, CT. 203/830-3916 www.woosterschool.org.

Laurelton Hall Milford, CT Prepares Its Students for the Rigors of College Study Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, is a Catholic college preparatory high school founded in 1905 by the Sisters of Mercy. Set on a beautiful 30-acre campus centered around a Victorian mansion built in 1864, the school prepares girls to become competent, confident and LAURELTON HALL

These are important qualities of a fine school, and Wooster is one of the finest. Since 1926, Wooster School has provided the premier educational experience in Northern Fairfield and Westchester counties. But a firstrate education is more than just the sum of its parts: Maybe what you’re really looking for is the best place for your child to grow up! Located on the Ridgefield/Danbury border, our scenic campus of over 100 acres provides a safe and peaceful environment that offers a variety of habitats for experimentation, direct study, and outdoor fun. Central to its educational mission, Wooster has maintained a longstanding commitment to diversity in its student body, staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees. We cultivate the intellectual, creative, athletic, spiritual, and ethical development of our students – for their benefit and for the good of the world. Lower School (Pre-K to 5) emphasizes the joy of learning, integrating language arts with reasoning to create lifelong readers, writers, and problem solvers. A science lab, a foreign language initiative, computer skills, thematic units, varied athletics and recreational facilities, and a myriad of innovative events and programs are just some of our unique features. Middle School (6 to 8) offers a challenging curriculum taught in small groups by dedicated teachers. Students work with their advisors to navigate through the waters of early adolescence, while preparing to become autonomous learners. We feature classes in Latin, French, and Spanish; math classes grouped by ability; hands-on science; required geography; field trips integral to the curriculum; studio art, sculpture,

compassionate women. Students are challenged to succeed in a rigorous academic program and to give of themselves — especially to those in need. The well-rounded curriculum fully prepares students for the rigors of college study, with demanding honors and advanced placement classes offered in all academic disciplines. Known for its many competitive sports teams, Lauralton also has a proud history of athletic excellence. In addition, numerous clubs and activities are offered to meet the interests of every girl. Since Lauralton believes character formation is as essential as academic achievement, WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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than four hundred students from throughout New Haven and Fairfield counties. Centrally located in historic downtown Milford and within walking distance of the train station, students arrive by train, car or bus, seeking the same rigorous preparation for college as the more than 6,000 alumnae who have passed through Lauralton’s halls for over 100 years. Lauralton Hall encourages all interested young women in grades six, seven, and eight as well as transfer students to consider the Lauralton advantage for their high school years. Students are welcome to spend a day at the school visiting classes and meeting faculty and students. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at (203) 877-2786, Ext. 144. 200 High Street Milford, CT. www.lauraltonhall.org.

Ridgefield Academy Opens New Research and Media Arts Facility Ridgefield, CT A child’s early educational experience significantly impacts the way they see themselves and the world around them. Research indicates that the critical education years from preschool through grade 8 are when skills are developed, confidence is built, character is formed, and a love of learning is instilled. For over 35 years, Ridgefield Academy, an independent coeducational day school located in Ridgefield, Conn., has helped educate children in a nurturing and supportive environment. Our teachers inspire students to

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think critically, work collaboratively and communicate effectively. RA’s curriculum combines the traditional, core subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies with a rich program of music, art, world language and drama designed to inspire students and spark their creativity. New Writing, Research and Media Arts Wing This fall, the Academy opened a 5,800 square foot writing, research and media arts facility that offers filmmaking, animation, digital art and photography courses. The writing lab is monitored by an English teacher who uses modern technology to teach writing/editing skills, as well as how best to use technology to conduct responsible and authentic research. Courses in the Media Arts enable students to expand their creative skills while learning new ways to tell a story. Teachers in all subject areas are incorporating the use of these technological tools to enhance their coursework and further engage their students. A School Built on Values The RA school community is a caring community built on a foundation of shared values. In all areas of school life, students model and reinforce the principles of respect, responsibility, fairness, and service to others. Service learning is incorporated into the curriculum to engage children in meaningful activities that reinforce the importance of service to others. Focus on Communication An important part of becoming a confident learner is mastering the tools to effectively communicate your ideas to others. At Ridgefield Academy, children are taught oral and written communication skills as early as preschool. In second grade, children engage in a formal public speaking curriculum and are given ample opportunity to practice these skills through the curriculum. Every graduate completes his or her educational journey with a personal graduation speech that highlights the success of RA’s Public Speaking Program. The Right Secondary Placement Ridgefield Academy dedicates itself to helping each student find the right secondary school for the next step of his or her educational journey. This is our commitment to every eighth grade student. The Head of School and the Head of Upper School lead each student through a sequence of steps designed to help prepare, plan, investigate and consider a wide range of high school options. Throughout the process, students and families are guided and supported. The RA Difference Many families have discovered the difference the Ridgefield Academy experience can make in their child’s confidence and development. By utilizing a comprehensive curriculum delivered in a supportive school environment, Ridgefield Academy helps students build a strong foundation for future success. For more information about Ridgefield Academy, visit www.ridgefieldacademy.org or call Libby Mattson at (203) 894-1800


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BOARDING AND DAY SCHOOLS The Storm King School: Sharing the Spark Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY Sometimes, it takes a mentor’s insight to help us see our own abilities. For Jeremy Freeman, chair of the English Department at The Storm

As a mentor to others, he gets to see people learn about themselves and their lives. He recently helped a student who was struggling with a college essay by asking her to envision a conversation with her grandmother, who had died a few years before. “The student’s eyes lit up, and she wrote beautifully. Students know everything. You just have to help them see it.” During the summer, Mr. Freeman developed two new courses, worked on his degree, tutored some students, and enjoyed the outdoors in Texas and New York. Now, he is working closely with Storm King students, helping them find their own inner sparks. The guidance he received from two mentors continues to inspire him, and his students are the beneficiaries of that energy. Visit www.sks.org or call David Flynn at (845) 534-9860. Mr. Freeman and the rest of The Storm King School community are eager to welcome you for a visit. 314 Mountain Road, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520

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King School, that happened twice. The first took place when he was a graduate student at Yale Divinity School. A professor saw the makings of an excellent teacher in Mr. Freeman and suggested pursuing a part-time teaching job. Soon after he started teaching his first class, Mr. Freeman knew that his professor had recognized a spark within him that he didn’t realize was there. The second time happened years later. After completing his Masters of Arts in Religion, Mr. Freeman moved to Colorado and immersed himself in building a house. As he worked, the idea that he should be a teacher continued to grow. Then his former high school English teacher in Texas wrote to ask if he was interested in teaching English, once again seeing a potential that might have gone unnoticed. For four years, Mr. Freeman taught English literature and Latin at his old school, and he recognized once again that his mentors had been right. Mr. Freeman moved to the Hudson River Valley, and once again he immersed himself in working with his hands. For two years he worked as a carpenter and stonemason. The seed planted by his mentors germinated some more, however, and ultimately he responded once again, teaching in Texas for a year and then joining The Storm King School faculty in 2008. Now, he is serving as a mentor himself, helping others the way he was helped. In addition to his roles as a teacher, coach, and dorm parent, Mr. Freeman is earning an L.P. (licensed psychotherapist) degree; last year he spent more than 150 hours practicing at a nearby clinic. He juggles that schedule along with all his other duties, always keeping personal connections high among his priorities. “It is important to make yourself available for impromptu chats about something bothering a student. I’ve learned to pause, slow down, and come back to the important things. All we have is the here and now.”

Rindge, NH Hampshire Country School is a small boarding school designed for boys of high ability who want to please their teachers but whose impulsivity or idiosyncrasies keep getting in the way of their good intentions. It may be a good option for the boy who has managed elementary school because of supportive teachers and a comfortable structure but who is likely to struggle with the complex demands of a large middle school. The school offers a friendly environment, a good education, a peaceful rural setting, and a wide variety of after-school and weekend activities. The best entering age is 8 to 11 years old. Students may remain into high school. The elementary education program, through 6th grade, is designed to strengthen skills and knowledge in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies while accommodating students who may be significantly advanced in some areas (perhaps, reading) and seriously deficient in others (perhaps, writing). The secondary program, beginning with 7th grade, is more traditional. Students move from one subject teacher to another for courses in English, history, science, math, and a foreign

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The Knox School: A Home by the Shore St. James, NY The Knox School was founded in 1904 in Briarcliff Manor, New York by Mary Alice Knox, the former principal of the Emma Willard School. THE KNOX SCHOOL

and earn a role in the play. And in such a warm and safe community, everything they do is geared toward helping individual students become exceptional scholars and people. Knox students thrive as they develop a strong sense of belonging to the community and become part of something bigger than themselves. It’s easy to do so with all of the varied and cherished traditions at Knox. Students love to ring the Victory Bell after athletic contests; each year the entire community, faculty and students, participate in a yearlong “Red Team vs. White Team” competition; and their Lantern Parade, annual all-school trips, and daily Morning Meetings become part of the fabric of life at Knox, leading always to a one of a kind shoreline graduation ceremony. Their academics include Advanced Placement offerings in every subject area, outstanding Visual and Performing Arts, a 5-level ESL program and a support program called BOOST for students who have mild learning differences or simply require additional support for test taking strategies and overall skill building. Their athletics include standards like soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and tennis, but they also have a nationally renowned Equestrian program, and they recently added a crew team. Clubs and activities abound, keeping their students engaged in meaningful endeavors not only on campus but all over the country and abroad as well. A rigorous college preparatory program in a family style setting; proximity to the wonders of the North Shore and the endless cultural opportunities of nearby New York City; a profoundly optimistic and dynamically diverse community—this is The Knox School. Contact admissions@knoxschool.org; 631/686-1600 ext.414. www.knoxschool.org. 541 Long Beach Road, St. James, NY

Canterbury School New Milford, CT Canterbury School is a coeducational boarding and day school enrolling 360 students in a college preparatory program for grades 9-12. In addition to its strong academic program, the school is known for the beauty of its location, a true dedication to spiritual growth, and an exciting sports program for both boys and girls. The school is situated on a hilltop adjacent to the historic section of New Milford, Connecticut, where Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, lived. The campus is about 80 miles from New York City in an area of natural beauty near the Housatonic CANTERBURY SCHOOL

After moves to Tarrytown and Cooperstown, in 1954 Knox settled on Long Island’s North Shore in the Village of Nissequogue in St. James— on 48 beautiful acres bordering Stony Brook Harbor. Originally an allgirls school, Knox became fully co-ed in the 1970’s, and currently serves both boarding and day students in grades 6 through Post Graduate. Knox has always been a close-knit community, with alumni and students alike referring to it as their “home by the shore.” They serve fewer than 200 young men and women and have a student to teacher ratio of 6:1, so every student has a voice. Here, young people can take that AP course, captain the team, become a student council officer,

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INDEPENDENT SC SCHOOL HOOL GUIDE River and the Appalachian Trail. Canterbury was founded in 1915 by prominent lay Catholics. One of the founders, Dr. Nelson Hume, was honored by Pope Pius XI for his outstanding work in education. Today the Canterbury student body is a diverse mix of both Catholics and non-Catholics from 16 countries and 21 states. Canterbury’s buildings, set on 150 acres, are a rich architectural mix of traditional and modern. The Chapel of Our Lady is both the physical center and the spiritual heart of the campus. The large, newly renovated and expanded Robert Markey Steele Hall has a dining room, a student center, two computer labs, a library, a 100-seat lecture room, and the Steers Admission Center. Next door, Nelson Hume Hall has classrooms, science labs, a 400-seat auditorium, and the Theater Department’s “green room.” The sports facilities include ten playing fields, three baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, a track, a new state of the art aquatic center, and the Hockey Arena. The athletic facility houses three basketball courts, five international squash courts, locker rooms, a weight and fitness room, a wrestling room, as well as space for aerobics and dance. There are eight student dormitories, which, like the classroom buildings, have wireless Internet access. There are eighty faculty, most of whom also coach and serve as dorm advisors, and therefore may be working with a student in several roles each day. Many live on campus, 30 with their families. Canterbury School takes pride in the breadth and depth of its course options. Few boarding schools of Canterbury’s size offer as many AP classes (19). Canterbury is among the very few offering AP courses in World History, Drawing, and Music Theory. The school also offers four years of Latin. 100% of the seniors in the class of 2011 are continuing on to college. Students have enrolled at excellent schools, such as: Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Colby, Colgate, Columbia, UConn, Cornell, Dartmouth, Fordham, Georgetown, Loyola, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Penn, Roger Williams, St. Lawrence, US Coast Guard Academy, US Naval Academy, Villanova and Wesleyan. Canterbury’s sports program is extensive, the athletic facilities are substantial, and the coaches are dedicated. All students participate in athletics. Three team levels – Varsity, Junior Varsity, and recreational—are fielded in most sports to accommodate players of varying skills, ages, and size. Boys’ teams are organized in basketball, baseball, crew, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, track, water polo, and wrestling. Girls compete in basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, track, tennis, and volleyball. Students may earn academic credit for participating in the Canterbury Choir, Chorale and Octet as well as Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Band. Other activities include student government, theater, the school newspaper, the yearbook, and the literary magazine. Interest clubs are formed for the environment and recycling, diversity issues, and school spirit. For more information contact: Keith Holton, Director Of Admission, Canterbury School 101 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT 06776-2825 860-210-3832, email: admissions@cbury.org website: www.cbury.org

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Peddie School: Science Students Move Into Real-life Labs Hightstown, NJ Among its impressive list of signature programs for students, Peddie School’s EXP Program immerses its most motivated science students in real-world laboratory settings for an unmatched summer experience. The EXP Program at the Hightstown, N.J., co-ed boarding and day school selects students to participate in enhanced classwork and lectures, preparing them for the culminating summer research work in leading science facilities. “Working in actual labs with professional scientists provides these students with experience no classroom can provide,” said Shani Peretz, Ph.D., chair of the science department at Peddie. When high school junior Preston Kung first walked into the LewisSigler Institute for Integrative Genomics in Princeton University to begin his work, the unfamiliar environment made him very nervous. The other researchers— even the equipment – scared him. “It was very intimidating in the beginning. I felt that I did not fit in. But I persevered day after day, and now I feel quite comfortable interacting in the lab,” said Kung. The EXP program, so-called for its emphasis on exploring, experimenting and explaining, is a year-long curriculum of special lectures and coursework. The program extends for five weeks into the summer, requiring 200 hours of lab work and weekly meetings with a Peddie science advisor. “There is no substitute for hands-on laboratory experience and for being able to focus an entire day on a project,” said Peretz. “In the professional labs, you learn the real pace of science and how the full process works from WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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the science curriculum and the targeted hiring of superb science faculty, the EXP program elevates science for those students most interested in science, technology and engineering. Rodrigue said enticing students to careers in science and technology is a challenge for all schools, as America is not producing an adequate number of scientists and mathematicians. “The fixes the world needs – energy, food, housing, micro and macro infrastructure, healthcare – are often rooted in scientific research, not just law or politics or finance,” Rodrigue said. “Offering tantalizing science electives and programs like EXP puts the fire in the brain for students to pursue careers in science, technology and mathematics.” To learn more about Peddie and its academic offerings, visit www. peddie.org. Peddie School: 201 South Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. 609-944-7678.

Westover Middlebury, CT Westover, a selective boarding school of 200 girls, grades 9 - 12, in Middlebury, CT, has students from 16 countries and 19 states. Because the Westover community values the ideas and talents of every student, its students have endless opportunities to distinguish and challenge themselves. In addition to its rich and varied curriculum, Westover offers

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three specialized programs for those students with more concentrated interests. These programs provide co-curricular experiences for Westover students with the Brass City Ballet, the Manhattan School of Music, and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). UÊ À>ÃÃÊ ˆÌÞÊ >iÌ°Ê ÃÊ «>À̈Vˆ«>˜ÌÃÊ ˆ˜Ê ̅ˆÃÊ «Àœ}À>“]Ê >Ê œˆ˜ÌÊ Ûi˜ÌÕÀiÊ between Westover and the Brass City Ballet, select students have the opportunity to study dance at one of the region’s leading dance schools. Students audition in the fall of their entry year and take six dance classes a week in ballet, modern, and jazz. UÊ>˜…>ÌÌ>˜Ê-V…œœÊœvÊÕÈV°Ê/…ˆÃʍœˆ˜ÌÊ«Àœ}À>“ÊLiÌÜii˜Ê̅iÊ>˜hattan School of Music Pre-College Division and Westover offers talented musicians and vocalists the opportunity to study music and play in an orchestra or ensemble at one of the country’s leading music schools. Students must complete a separate application and audition to be accepted into the program. UÊ7- Ê­7œ“i˜Êˆ˜Ê-Vˆi˜ViÊ>˜`Ê ˜}ˆ˜iiÀˆ˜}®°Ê/…ˆÃÊ>`Û>˜Vi`ÊiÝÌÀ>curricular program in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) offers a variety of electives aimed at preparing students for careers in science or engineering. WISE graduates also receive special consideration for RPI’s engineering program. A number of Westover graduates who have participated in these programs have later pursued studies in dance, music, science and engineering in college and have gone on to establish careers in these fields. In addition, Westover offers three signature programs that further reflect the School’s commitment to giving students opportunities to gain experience and knowledge in special areas of interest: the Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship, the Online School for Girls, and Westover’s Summer Programs for girls entering grades 7, 8 and 9. UÊ/…iÊ-œ˜>Ê"ÃLœÀ˜ÊÕÃiՓÊ-ÌÕ`ˆiÃʘÌiÀ˜Ã…ˆ«°Ê/…iÊÕÃiՓÊ-ÌÕ`ies Internship, designed for students with interests and aptitude in the study of art history, consists of a ten-week program. The first eight weeks are spent at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, the home designed and lived in by Theodate Pope Riddle, Westover’s architect. The final two weeks are spent working on a project that investigates the historical ties between the museum and Westover. UÊ/…iÊ "˜ˆ˜iÊ -V…œœÊ vœÀÊ ˆÀÃÊ ­"-®°Ê 7iÃ̜ÛiÀÊ Ü>ÃÊ œ˜iÊ œvÊ vœÕÀÊ >‡ girls schools in 2009 to establish a consortium to offer online education for girls. Girls taking part in the program are offered courses taught by faculty members from the consortium over the Internet. Courses will range from multivariable calculus and differential equations to women in art and literature. All classes focus on collaborative projects for participating students. UÊ7iÃ̜ÛiÀ½ÃÊ-Փ“iÀÊ*Àœ}À>“ðÊ/…iÊ-V…œœ½ÃÊÀiÈ`i˜Ìˆ>Êœ˜i‡ÊœÀÊÌܜ‡ week summer programs in the arts and academics are an extension of the Westover experience, allowing girls to benefit from courses taught by Westover instructors while enjoying a range of summer activities. Recent course offerings have included ceramics, creative writing, dance, drama, Model United Nations, and photography. These six programs reflect the diverse offerings that Westover provides for all of its students. As Head of School Ann Pollina has noted, “Westover’s small, all-girls’ environment forces students out of boxes and into a bigger picture of themselves. Our girls are artists and athletes, musicians and mathematicians, poets and physicists – sometimes all at the same time.” For more information, or to arrange for a visit, contact Westover’s Office of Admission at 203-577-4521 or e-mail admission@westoverschool.org. For more information about Westover, visit www.westoverschool.org.


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INDEPENDENT SC SCHOOL HOOL GUIDE Riverside Military Academy Gainesville, GA Founded in 1907, Riverside Military Academy (RMA) offers a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. Riverside’s 2010-11 Corps of Cadets consists of over 380 cadets from 15 countries. RMA is first and foremost a college preparatory school. They offer high quality academics in a structured environment designed to meet the needs of boys in grades 7-12. The military setting adds structure, responsibility, RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY

accountability and yes, consequences when necessary. All contribute to a well-rounded young man. This environment works for those who have historically underachieved, who simply have not been able to manage their time, and who tend to procrastinate in every endeavor. The rigorous days at RMA are filled with academics, military activities, social activities, and athletics. Thus, there is little time for non-productive activities. Over 70% of their faculty hold advanced degrees and encourage their cadets to develop the daily habits essential for success at home and in the workplace. These habits include organizational skills, time management, and the ability to manage stress through preparation and exercise. Cadets of Riverside Military Academy benefit from a small class size and a 14:1 student teacher ratio. Their entire educational program centers around the way young men learn best. Because Riverside believes that there is a strong connection between physical and mental development, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and outdoor activities play an important role in the daily lives of cadets. The RMA program takes full advantage of its 206-acre campus, athletic facilities, and proximity to Lake Lanier, which is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Riverside’s college center assists cadets in preparing for and placing their college applications each year. The graduating class of 2010 consisted of 74 cadets who were admitted to over 90 universities, including the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy –West Point, and received over $4,100,000 in scholarships. Upon graduation, a Riverside cadet has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and is completely prepared for the rigors

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of college. He is poised, polite, and confident in any social environment. Riverside cadets stand tall, offer a firm handshake, respect authority, and display a level of confidence that parents may not have observed previously. Riverside Military Academy holds dual accreditation in SACS and SAIS. Located in Gainesville, Georgia, just one hour north of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Riverside is easily accessible to cadets and their families from around the world. In addition, RMA offers shuttle service to and from the airport for their cadets. Riverside Military Academy’s comprehensive program of rigorous academics, athletics and leadership development sets the stage for a lifetime of success. They invite you to learn more about Riverside Military Academy by visiting www.riversidemilitary.com or by calling the admissions office at 800/462-2338.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Small School, Big World Greenfield, MA Stoneleigh-Burnham School, founded in 1869, is a girl’s boarding school nestled in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Educating girls grades 7-12 on its beautiful 100-acre campus, the School’s mission is to inspire its students to become their best selves, to value intellectual curiosity, to embrace diversity and to act with integrity. As a college preparatory school, Stoneleigh-Burnham offers the full array of challenging academic courses that launches students into focused study and leadership as they go to college and beyond. As a candidate to become an International Baccalaureate World School in Fall 2011, StoneleighBurnham will raise its expectations for global awareness to another level as it positions itself to provide the best of 21st century learning. Stoneleigh-Burnham students deepen their cultural understanding by interacting with classmates from all over the world. A Multi-Cultural Club and Community Alliance group work to educate the community on international traditions, holidays and customs to engender cross-cultural appreciation. The academic curriculum incorporates international issues and cultural awareness in all disciplines, and many events at the school are coordinated with this goal in mind. STONELEIGH-BURNHAM SCHOOL


INDEPENDENT SC SCHOOL HOOL GUIDE In addition to robust academic offerings, Stoneleigh-Burnham provides opportunities outside the classroom for a well-rounded educational experience. These include an array of sports, clubs and afterschool activities as well as nationally recognized equestrian, debate and performing arts programs. Summer Programs are available to girls ages 9-17 in riding, debate and dance as well. Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Riding Program is one of the most extensive and challenging in the country. Riders of all levels receive instruction in Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Dressage and Combined Training. The program’s competition schedule includes USEF, USEA, NEHC and IEA competitions both on and off campus. Stoneleigh-Burnham riders have been IEA national champions four times. Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Equestrian Center includes stabling for 63 horses, an extensive indoor riding complex, two outdoor sand

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rings, a European-style Derby Field, a cross-country course, a bridle path surrounding the campus and a newly renovated paddock area. The Stoneleigh-Burnham School Debate and Public Speaking Society encourages students to articulate ideas with power and clarity. Members participate in public speaking tournaments, planned cross-examination debates, extemporaneous debates, Lincoln-Douglas debates and parliamentary debates. Nine Stoneleigh-Burnham students have ranked as world competitors in debate and public speaking, and countless others have gone on to careers in law, education, advocacy and government. Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Performing Arts curriculum fosters success in individual creativity and a critical awareness of one’s cultural identity. Students participate in a rich and extensive array of arts courses and may choose to focus on an independent study while preparing a college portfolio through studies in Instrumental Performance, Studio Art, Vocal Music, Music Composition, Dance and Theatre. Girls develop best when they are in a community that knows them and where they feel connected. At Stoneleigh-Burnham, students live in a safe and inspiring environment that allows them to take risks, find their strengths and gain confidence. Each student is encouraged to explore who she really is, discover her individual passions and to find her own voice. Contact admissions@sbschool.org to schedule a visit or learn more. 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA. 413/774-2711; www.sbschool.org.

EF International Academy: A Global Foundation for Lifelong Learning Tarrytown, NY At EF International Academy New York, a Danish student might study biology with dorm mates from South Korea and The Netherlands. A student from America is likely to eat lunch with friends from Sweden and Malaysia. Young people from Kazakhstan, Germany, China and elsewhere engage in animated classroom discussions– led by experienced teachers who come from all corners of the globe: Norway, Russia, Vietnam, Spain and other places. “This genuine international diversity sets our school apart,” says Claudia Trew, principal of EF International Academy New York, who holds a doctorate in English literature. “We are – at our very core – an international high school. With students from around the world, internationalism is found in the everyday sights and sounds on campus. It’s in the air we breathe.” This authenticity is key to EF International Academy’s mission. The school teaches the International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum, with an emphasis on subjects like languages, world history, sciences and theory of knowledge, a philosophy course. Just as important, students are surrounded by friends from around the world. They live together in dormitories and play intramural soccer on the weekends. They share life’s triumphs and challenges with each other and receive care and support from faculty advisors and dorm parents. This experience “teaches students to be citizens of the world,” explains Gary Julian, headmaster of the school. “It’s a mindset that becomes second nature to them. Our students don’t think twice about having a conversation in more than one language. They don’t miss a beat when confronted with customs and traditions from other cultures.” Julian says that when students leave EF International Academy to attend university, and ultimately choose acareer, “they’re poised to succeed on the world stage.”He adds, “Globalization continues to shape our world, and younger generations need to be savvy in that regard. Our students are.” Academically, the International Baccalaureate Diploma program is “the key element of our school,” states Trew, who has 20 years’ experience with IB schools. Taught in 138 countries around the world, the International Baccalaureate is geared toward academically dedicated students. It’s designed to prepare them for top universities. Students must complete numerous internally and externally marked assignments and pass rigorous standardized examinations. As a result, the IB Diploma is recognized around the world as a prestigious college preparatory program. Some American universities even grant credits to students who have passed certain IB courses. Trew notes that EF International Academy New York is an IB World School, which means it’s authorized by the Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organization to grant the IB Diploma. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL SCHOOL GUIDE The school is located in Tarrytown, New York, on the banks of the Hudson River. Formerly the campus of Marymount College, it is home to world-class facilities, including science labs, theaters, a library, interactive classrooms, a fitness center, an indoor competition swimming pool, tennis courts, sports fields and full boarding accommodations. “It’s a beautiful campus,” says Julian. “It’s safe and private, and it serves as the ideal home away from home for our international student body.” EF International Academy, 100 Marymount Avenue, Butler Hall, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Admissions Director: Therese Agerberth. (914)5977241; iaadmissionsny@ef.com.

HIGHER EDUCATION Bard College at Simon’s Rock Great Barrington, MA Bard College at Simon’s Rock — a highly selective college of the liberal arts and sciences — gives bright, motivated students the opportunity to begin college immediately after 10th or 11th grade. Starting at an average

What Sets Simon’s Rock Apart The quality and diversity of the students we enroll, the expertise of the professors, the small and inspiring classes, and the combination of rigor and engagement. All of our classes are seminars. Students learn from each other and from professors. All of our professors are adept at managing lively discussion and debate. Our core curriculum assures a solid foundation across all disciplines, and is complemented by a full array of electives and concentrations in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, and fine and performing arts. Why Send Your Teen to Simon’s Rock We give them an exceptionally challenging liberal arts curriculum, an extraordinary amount of personal attention, and a strong social network. All of our students start college early in an environment designed specifically for them. The way we teach, the way we set up our advising system, the way we staff our dorms and choose our faculty and arrange our curriculum – all of these things are tailored for the intellectual and emotional needs of slightly younger students. Life After Simon’s Rock Our graduates are smart, confident and prepared for the next step in their lives. They’ve had internships, studied abroad, and written theses. Those that transfer after earning their AA go on as juniors to many of the most selective colleges and universities in the nation. Our BA graduates go on to the medical, law, business, engineering, and graduate schools of their choice. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230. 800/235-7186. email admit@simons-rock.edu. Website: www.simons-rock.edu

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age of 16, students complete the BA in four years. We are ranked 13th among all colleges and universities in the nation for the percentage of our graduates who go on to earn the PhD. Why Start College Early For some students the standard track just doesn’t make sense. At 16, they are ready for —and need — the serious, joyous, rigorous exploration of topics and ideas they are passionate about. They don’t want to spend another year or two preparing for college – prepping for and taking standardized tests and padding their resumes. They want the opportunity and challenge of a high quality liberal arts education now. How To Spot A Simon’s Rock Student Simon’s Rock students are not only bright and highly motivated, but truly love learning. They are smart, creative, independent-minded, selfmotivated. All have an inner sense of purpose, are mature enough to live semi-independently on a college campus, and are ready for a new community and a new challenge. At Simon’s Rock these students find true peers who share their hunger for engagement and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community.

Bristol, RI Roger Williams is a medium-sized university with huge opportunities – and they are all open to you. With 42 majors to choose from, along with minors galore, your course of study can be almost anything you want it to be. And our small classes (19 student average) and low student to faculty ratio (12:1) allow for personalized attention and ultimately, a personalized educational experience. Are you interested in a class that you don’t see offered? Create it! At RWU, almost anything is possible. Maybe community service is more your speed? In the last year alone, RWU students performed more than 55,000 hours of community

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INDEPENDENT SC SCHOOL HOOL GUIDE service. Community Connections is a freshman day of service that will bring you closer to your classmates and your new home in Rhode Island. Nearly 1,500 students, faculty and staff members take on tasks at 80 sites around the state in the single biggest day of service at the University. Of course, service at RWU extends far beyond our local community. From alternative spring break to tax help for senior citizens and serving as eco-reps to help us become a carbon neutral campus, RWU students are improving the community and world around them. Improving the world around RWU and beyond also means preparing for future careers. Faculty/student research projects give students the opportunity to learn from hands-on experience with faculty members. In addition, many students travel the country and beyond to present their research at major industry conferences. Our students are often published researchers long before they are graduates. Of course many of them also choose to pursue internships as career preparation, and find placements in locations around the world. And RWU students are studying abroad on every continent but Antarctica – with RWU providing the passport for those who qualify.

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But let’s get real. You’re actually in the classroom for 15 hours a week. The college experience is everything that happens in the rest of those hours – living away from home, doing your own laundry, getting involved on campus and defining the person you want to be. RWU has more than 60 clubs and organizations and 20 NCAA varsity athletics teams, everything from Wiffleball to our national champion coed sailing squad. Then there’s our location. You’d be amazed how many people have seen pictures, but still can’t believe how beautiful the campus is. Located in historic Bristol, Rhode Island, RWU is surrounded by water. We’ve got that old New England charm with all the modern amenities of a big city school. RWU is conveniently located just 30 minutes from both Providence (R.I.’s creative capital) and Newport (R.I.’s beach haven), one hour from Boston and just three hours from New York City. Our students are training to become teachers, psychologists, lawyers, architects, engineers, business leaders and more. But most of all, they are learning to think on their feet and are becoming citizens of the world. They are making a difference every day. So…what will you do? For additional information please contact: 800/458-7144 ext. 3500 or email admit@rwu.edu.

Clark University: Challenge Convention Change Our World Worcester, MA Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University enrolls students like you who want a rich liberal arts curriculum that addresses the complex scientific, social and economic challenges facing the world. Clark’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong undergraduate, master’s degree and Ph.D. programs that will engage you in a relevant and challenging 21st century education that transforms lives and communities. If your passion is business leadership, the emerging sciences, energy and the environment, child and family well-being, genocide studies, international and community development or urban education, you can join with Clark faculty and other purpose-driven students in rolling up your sleeves, digging in deep and learning the best way possible – by doing. After you’re transformed by the Clark education experience, you will be in an ideal position to exemplify the University’s motto, “Challenge convention. Change our world.” Clark University in the Rankings Uʣʜvʜ˜ÞÊ{äʺ œi}iÃÊ/…>ÌÊ …>˜}iʈÛiû UÊU.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges UÊForbes “America’s Best Colleges” UÊPrinceton Review’s “Best in the Northeast” UÊPrinceton Review’s “Best Business Schools” UÊPeterson’s “Cool Colleges” UÊKiplinger’s Top 50 Best Values for Private Universities UÊSierra Magazine’s Top 20 “Coolest Schools” UÊ*i>ViÊ œÀ«Ã½Ê/œ«Ê œi}ià A Dynamic Community with Global Insight Clark University faculty are committed to mentoring you as well as involving you in their classes and research. Clark’s intimate academic setting and tradition of close-working relationships provides many opportunities for you to pursue knowledge through active participation. With a 10:1 ratio, you can partner with faculty and postdoctoral associates on a variety of endeavors and projects that will be instrumental in developing innovative solutions to real-world problems. By living and learning in Clark’s global community, you will also enjoy a broader understanding of international perspectives. With approximately 600 international students, faculty members and scholars from over 90 countries, you can gain firsthand experience with multiple cultures. Combined with the University’s commitment to making a difference, Clark will inspire and equip you to get involved in significant ways on campus and abroad. Over fifty percent of Clark students actively volunteer locally and globally through community service and study abroad programs. At Clark, students also lead the charge in organizing over 120 clubs and organizations involving business, the arts, the sciences, social service, sports, etc. The Accelerated Master’s Degree Program With Clark’s excellent graduate school and research possibilities, the University is able to offer you a unique cost saving opportunity. Meet WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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Miami University Oxford, Ohio Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. Miami University is one of the oldest public institutions in the country. It was chartered in 1809 and opened its doors to students in 1823. Miami was named for the Miami Indian Tribe that inhabited the area now known as the Miami Valley Region of Ohio. Oxford is a classic college town of 9,000 full time residents. With a student body of over 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. ADELPHI UNIVERSITY

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Miami’s focus on personal attention is enhanced through the study in selected disciplines by graduate students, who along with undergrads, participate with faculty in significant research and scholarship activities. Miami also offers vibrant residential and community-based programs involving students in life-enhancing activities that build leadership and develop citizenship, character, and lifelong friendships. Along with an impressive number of opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience, Miami is distinguished by a faculty who love to teach and mentor students. In fact, in a new ranking in America’s Best Colleges, Miami has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. We believe that this commitment to teaching is demonstrated in our record of exceptional retention and graduation rates, which remain some of the highest in NCAA Division I schools. Miami gives undergraduates many opportunities to work with senior faculty on research projects and to participate in strong international programs. In all we do, we never lose sight of our focus on intellectual development. Miami has also been recognized by Forbes magazine as the best public university in Ohio. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 includes

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Miami in its list of the nation’s “best and most interesting institutions.” Recognized for strong programs in architecture, business, and music, Miami is described as “the honors public university in one of the nation’s largest states. Undergraduate research gets a lot of attention at Miami, and professors are lauded for their knowledge and willingness to help.” Students on Miami’s campus are active and engaged in their learning experience. From over 400 student organizations, internship opportunities, the arts and Greek life, students have no problem keeping busy during their college career. Miami University draws students from all over the globe, and sends them internationally as well. Miami’s campus in Luxembourg allows students to study abroad and live with a host family as well as explore Europe. Over 44% of Miami’s students study abroad before they graduate. And with an average time to graduation of 3.7 years, Miami students graduate in an efficient amount of time as well. The “Miami Experience” is based on a rich tradition of academic excellence and intense engagement outside the classroom. Our students thrive in an educational community offering exceptional opportunities; hundreds of programs, activities, organizations, and services are available to help students create their personal path to success at Miami and beyond. www.muohio.edu.

Adelphi University Garden City, New York Since 1896, Adelphi University has been a place of change. Your time at Adelphi will be transformative as you explore different majors, meet new people, and learn new skills. With the personal attention you’ll receive at Adelphi, you’ll navigate your college years with confidence. What Sets Adelphi Apart? With an average class size of 21 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your professors. At Adelphi, courses are innovative, engaging, and taught by world-class faculty who are experts in their fields, and an inspiration in the classroom. Explore internship programs and travel the world through its extensive study abroad programs.


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