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with massive advances in privacy-busting technology. The next generation eavesdropping technology was NarusInsight, the supercomputer system now used by NSA and Homeland Security to routinely monitor the entirety of American citizens’ internet and telephonic communications real-time. But not to worry, the authorities assure us. This is the U.S. Federal Government we’re talking about. They’re the good guys – they’ll only use this technology to protect all of us from the “homegrown terrorist threat.” Some privacy enthusiasts have sworn off Google entirely as a search engine. For a company whose motto is a tongue-in-cheek “DON’T BE EVIL,” Google’s corporate conduct has been downright creepy in the last few years. Google StreetView’s core functionality has some people freaking out that their homes are in plain view on the World Wide Web (to which Google exec Eric Schmidt’s appalling let-them-eat-cake response was that homeowners who didn’t like it “can always sell their houses and move”). But that pales in comparison to the admission international regulators

envelope a bit too far. The hue and cry was immediate when Facebook posted a new “terms of service” that ceded all the copyrights you had in your own photos and postings to… Facebook! Brilliant – not only do you have no privacy on Facebook, but Mark Zuckerberg owns all your stuff. There was more than a bit of satisfaction in the blogosphere after Facebook launched a shockingly intrusive new way of making Facebook friends members of a group – without getting permission or approval from the friend. Zuckerberg was immediately punked by a Facebook hacker who made Zuckerberg an unwitting and involuntary member of the pedophileworshiping North American Man-Boy Love Association – NAMBLA. Nice. Zuckerberg got the message and promptly disabled the functionality. We live in a wired world that doesn’t give us a moment of solitude or anonymity. Twitter keeps asking permission to use GPS to track our current location… EZ-Pass mails us warnings that the device detected we were speeding too quickly into the EZ Pass lane… our “smartphones” are

AS GOOGLE’S ERIC SCHMIDT ONCE GLEEFULLY CACKLED WHEN ASKED ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY, “IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU DON’T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW, MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.” forced out of Google last October. Turns out Google StreetView vans systematically hoovered up entire URLs, emails, passwords and sensitive personal information with their on-board WiFi datasuckers. Google grudgingly apologized for the “accidental” collection of our personal data. Wait – what? Why did Google have those voracious WiFi snooping systems in their StreetView vans in the first place? If you try to find that on Google Answers, it will assuredly come up blank. Schmidt assures us that the more information Google collects on you and your friends, the more it can exclude you from your own search process entirely. “We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We more or less know what you’re thinking about.” Gee, Eric, you’re a godsend! It was such a burden typing terms into the search bar, that we’re happily willing to let Google use our personal and private information to profile us! Conspiracy theorists are clamoring that Google is actually a front for the CIA and it is using Google to search us. And true to form, the guys that brought you “Don’t Be Evil” cheerfully announced a joint venture with the CIA’s In-Q-Tel private equity arm in July 2010, a new company called Recorded Future. The intention is to use the oceans of data Google has collected on you and everyone else on the planet, and apply it to some vague “mass predictive” purpose. Again, everyone, this is your federal government. No need to worry that your web searches will be used for nefarious purposes. Most worrisome is the casual pronouncements of the billionaires who made their fortunes by harvesting your personal info. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly been busted by reporters for his arrogant contentions that “privacy is no longer a social norm.” The Zuck’s contention is that Facebook’s abuse of your personal data is no more than a mere reflection of your wishes to have your personal stuff – profile photos and wall postings – available to anyone else in the world. But in his haste to control the personal data of everyone who ever lived, the enterprising Zuckerberg is notorious for pushing the privacy-depleting

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JET SET CELEBRATIONS ELKI JACOBS EVENT DESIGN

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THEY ARE the events you read about: A London billionaire flies hundreds of guests to his daughter’s 3-day wedding celebration in Monte Carlo. Friday night, a dinner for 250 at the Villa Rothschild estate in Cap Ferrat. Saturday, an afternoon beach party, and Sunday evening, a wedding for 700 at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo. The production team: Sky Productions; Designer: Elki Jacobs Event Designs from Tel Aviv. A private party for Madonna prior to her ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour hosted by one of her closest friends at his London loft. Madonna’s only request: fly in the Israeli band, ‘Sheva’ for the party. She left the celebration in the hands of Tel Aviv event producer Tali Yaacobi. Elki Jacobs was flown to London to design the event and transformed the loft into an intimate bedroom with white pillows and beds, African elements and 2000 candles. “Madonna was PHOTO BY GAL HERMONY, "LAISHA" MAGAZINE. WWW.LAISHA.CO.IL

surrounded by 75 of her closest friends, and when she danced you could see she was having a fabulous time,” Elki recounts. “Gwyneth Paltrow, Trudie Styler and Stella McCartney were there. We had built a corner of the loft for the band and when the group of barefoot singers entered, the guests grabbed the pillows and sat on the floor to listen. Then, Madonna picked up the microphone and sang ‘Shir Hama’alot,’ a song of the Hebrew psalms. She knew all the words… it was unforgettable.” Eli Papouchado, the pioneer of Israel’s hotel industry and chairman of the Park Plaza Hotel Group in London, hosted his 70th birthday party for 600. Elki Jacobs Event Designs (Tali Angel Productions) transformed an empty warehouse in Tel Aviv into a chic nightclub in black leather and burgundy velvet.


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EVENTS BY SKY PRODUCTIONS

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Shari Arison, the daughter of Ted Arison (co-founder of Norwegian Cruise Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines), is one of the wealthiest women in the Middle East. Bold Productions and Elki Jacobs Event Designs created a magical evening for her 50th birthday. “I went to Shari’s house and her office to be inspired by her taste. We designed her festivities in an Asian motif, building building bamboo walls, and islands and filled the house with purple orchids ad crystals. I requested that guests only wear white, which added a special spirit to the event.”

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Israel’s top designers, chefs, musicians, and event production companies are in high demand all over the world. It’s that Israeli ingenuity coupled with the Sabra chutzpah that makes Israeli design talent so extraordinary. Yet, Elki Jacobs, Israel’s leading event designer, wasn’t born in Israel; she’s from Connecticut and immigrated to Israel 30 years ago. Elki is the eldest daughter of well-known Connecticut attorney, Howard Jacobs, and his wife, Natalie, a former opera singer. Elki studied theater at Syracuse University and at the Drama Center in London where she met her


husband, Israeli theatre director, Amit Gazit. It was a difficult choice, leaving her family in America to begin her life in Israel, as a wife and an actress, especially since she didn’t speak Hebrew. After six months she began performing on the Israeli stage in Hebrew at the Habima National Theater in Tel Aviv, Haifa Theater, and the Jerusalem Khan Theatre. Elki starred opposite Christopher Walken in “Puss in Boots,” shot in Israel, and worked in a number of international productions in Israel and abroad. She moved into event design in 1993, and continues to bring a theatrical sensibility to her work. “In essence, you are telling a story. It’s all about listening and creating a dialogue with the client. My clients are attending the most exclusive parties around the world so they want a spectacular event, unlike any other. It’s like creating a boutique hotel for one night.” Clients come to Israel from all over the world: South Africa, Tahiti, Paris, New York, and Buenos Aires, to have their momentous celebrations. Israel offers amazing possibilities for event locations, all within a few hours distance. Three-day events are designed in different regions of the country: to the north, the Hills of Galilee, Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, south to Masada, exotic desert locations, the Red Sea, and Tel Aviv, where Elki is resident designer at the Hilton hotel. “There’s something about the spirituality of Israel’s historical sites. The magnificent locations coupled with the power of special event technology can create the most meaningful personalized event. Images of generations of a family projected onto the walls of King David’s tower create an overwhelming sense of oneness with history.” Elki resides in Tel Aviv with her husband, theatre director, Amit Gazit, and her daughter, Anna, a singer, currently serving in the Israeli army. Her daughter, Ayala is a photographer in New York City. It’s Elki’s bond with her family in Tel Aviv and her family in the U.S. that defines her, in her life and in her work. She brings heart to a celebration with an understanding of how rare and remarkable these moments are for a family. www.elkijacobs.com. ❉


GENERATIONS

Learning to Lie BY . MARGARET RUMFORD

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ITH MY MOTHER’S ALLEGIANCE TO THE CHURCH OF ROME, IT WAS PRE-ORDAINED THAT I SHOULD START SCHOOL AT THE LOCAL CONVENT. IT WAS THERE, AT ST. LEO’S, DEVONPORT, NEW ZEALAND, I LEARNED TO LIE. “Do I have to wear shoes to school?” I asked my mother that autumn day in May, knowing the answer but hoping she had changed her mind. “You do.” She bent over to button my white blouse with the wide yoke collar and puffed sleeves. “Do you want the nuns to send you home?” she added, dropping a navy box-pleated tunic over my head, before parting my hair and tying it with a black satin bow. I admired myself in her dressing table’s triple mirror. The ribbon added a certain something to my short, blunt-cut dark hair. It was also a distraction from the new shoes that scrunched my usually summer-free feet. Later, skipping alongside Mum, squished feet forgotten, I was impatient to show myself off. In a uniform, everyone would know I was now a big girl. The school, a cream wooden structure, was located directly across the road from St. Frances de Sales’ Catholic Church. On the left of the property, partly hidden by rose beds and a chain-link fence, sprawled the convent proper, where the nuns lived. Reverend Mother, tall with long white fingers like those on the plaster statues in the church, greeted us at the gate. The cool breeze fluttered her robes and the sheaf of papers she carried. “Good morning, Mrs. Bull,” she said, and after consulting her lists, added, “You’re in the Infants’ Room, Margaret. Hurry along. You mustn’t keep Sister Theresa waiting.” The Infants’ Room! I was six for heaven’s sake. “Shhh,” Mum whispered and nudged me forward. “She meant the Kindergarten Room.” Sister Theresa, who met us at the door, did not look at all like sweet St. Theresa standing on a pedestal in the church. This nun was old and mean-looking with a sharp nose, sharp chin and sharp eyes. I sidled back against Mum’s comforting warmth. Sister Theresa peered over half-moon spectacles. “And who might this be?” After an abrupt exchange with Mum, her claw-like hand grabbed

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my arm and hauled me into the classroom. Mum did not even have time to kiss me good-bye. Some weeks later, as I printed “Jesus loves me” on a slate, Sister, towering over me, said, “Margaret! Judith tells me that you called her a skite.” (Slang for show-off in New Zealand.) Judith, whose socks never scrunched down into her shoes and whose hair ribbons never came undone, smirked behind Sister’s back. “Foul language will not be tolerated in my classroom.” Sister picked up a cane, which lay across her desk. “I didn’t,” I said. Skite was a new word to me. “Judith said you did. Own up!” Sister’s lipless mouth snapped shut like a turtle’s. “Own up!” I found it difficult to breathe, but knew I must be truthful. “No!” I said.


“Are you calling Judith a liar?” When there was no answer from me, Sister said, “Hold out your hand.” Her purple tongue flicked between her teeth with each of the five swishes of a heavy wooden rod. The force of the strokes jarred my whole body and my arm throbbed as if it had too much blood in it. “Admit you lied.” Sister Theresa raised the rod, ready to strike again. With hands stinging, I realized that if I admitted guilt the caning would stop. “I did,” I muttered. “Good,” said Sister. “God punishes liars. Finish your work.” My hand, red and swollen, hurt so much I could barely hold the chalk. The other children bent their heads; no one dared look at me. Tears stung my eyes, but I was determined not to cry. I tried to write “Jesus loves me,” not at all sure He did. Mortified, and feeling I had let Mum down, I never told her about the caning. Even at that early age, I sensed she needed me to shine. But that day I learned three important lessons: justice is not always on the side of right, not everyone liked me, and sometimes you needed to lie. Good fortune smiled on me, however, whenever I crossed Reverend Mother’s path. “Doesn’t this bright little face look like Sister Bernadette’s, may God rest her sweet young soul.” Reverend Mother said

er, the curls had drooped, leaving just a pathetic bend, which, fortunately, my veil covered. There was no breakfast that morning as we had to fast from midnight the night before. I set off with my parents feeling hollow, but pure. The heady, peppery scent of incense and chrysanthemums filled the church. We communicants processed two by two down the aisle to the front pews, singing to the organ’s wheezy accompaniment, “O, Mary, we crown you with blossoms today.” I prayed that none of the boys would do anything stupid. My partner was a fidgety boy who made faces and squeezed my hand until it hurt; a bolt of lightning meant for him could strike me by mistake. On one side of the altar, a statue of the Sacred Heart towered over us. His sorrowful eyes watched us as if He knew we might disgrace ourselves at the drop of a rosary. We knelt at the altar rail. When Father Furlong stood in front of my partner, I tensed. “Corpus Domini nostri Jesu Christi.” Father blessed the recently purged sinner and placed the Host on his extended tongue. Nothing happened. I released a loud sigh of relief and then realized that Father was waiting for me. This was not the behavior expected of a future novitiate. I extended my tongue. The Host stuck to the roof of my

That day I learned three important lessons: justice is not always on the side of right, not everyone liked me, and sometimes you needed to lie. to a group of nuns as her fingers tucked my hair behind my ears. “What are you going to be when you grow up, dear?” Anxious to please and without missing a beat, I lied, “A nun!” “Isn’t that lovely?” Reverend Mother said, turning to the other nuns who fluttered and cooed approvingly. I had discovered that telling people what they wanted to hear made them really happy. The following year, when the class moved to Standard, we felt so grown up sitting at wooden desks with slanting lids and dear little inkwells. Sister Mary Joseph, our teacher, was an Irish girl. A starched white wimple highlighted her meadow-green eyes framed under thick black eyebrows. Her creamy face was like peach fuzz. She and our priest, Father Furlong, prepared us for our First Communion. Father, elderly, bespectacled and frail, seemed to take a special interest in me after Reverend Mother told him about my vocation. I could not understand why his eyes twinkled so. Surely a vocation to become a bride of Christ was a serious matter. One afternoon, mean Sister Theresa arrived while we were rehearsing in the church for our First Communion and told us that if we removed the Host from our mouths a bolt of lightning would strike and paralyze us for life. It had happened to a boy she knew. The class took her warning seriously. In preparation for the big day, Mum made me a white organza dress. The Saturday before, after a lengthy confession (I had seven years sinning to confess), she took me to the hairdresser to have my straight hair curled with hot tongs into a mass of Shirley Temple curls. By the next morning, howev-

mouth. I tried to dislodge it with my finger until I remembered that was a mortal sin. Sweet Jesus, forgive me! Fortunately no one noticed because a girl further along the altar rail gagged on her wafer. It shot like a projectile into the air and then fluttered down onto the marble steps beside Father. I waited for the bolt of lightning to strike. Nothing happened. Sister Theresa had lied. Father scooped up the Body of Christ with a silver salver and scurried off to the sacristy. He was gone for simply ages. To fill the time, one of the altar boys gathered up a smoldering incense censer. With brass chains clanking, he marched towards us, hurling fumes as if to expiate our sins through a cleansing fog. I glimpsed Jesus high on the cross, gazing down with disappointed eyes. He looked even more upset than the Sacred Heart. Father Furlong returned and opened the windows, since we were all coughing and choking. Then, when the nuns stopped flapping about, he continued as if nothing had happened. After the service, we sat at a long trestle table and tucked into a scrumptious breakfast of bacon and eggs and fried bread. This satisfied rumbling tummies not used to fasting. Father Furlong patted our heads as he passed. We chattered and giggled, but no one dared mention the flying Host. Walking home with my parents, I decided I would never, ever tell wicked lies like Sister Theresa had. But I might tell other lies. When necessary. ❉ Margaret Rumford won second place in the Westport Arts Center’s 2010 Memoir Writing Competition. Her short fiction has appeared in Enigma Magazine, Quality Street, The Storyteller and Pen Works.


FROM THE SIDELINES

Full Court Peace By Michael Evans I WAS FROZEN,

clutching a basketball in my arm as I stood on a short pedestrian bridge linking Mexico with Texas. I was only a few feet from crossing the line that delineates the beginning of El Paso from its neighbor and sister city, Ciudad Juarez, where I spent most of the day. Mexicans of all ages stood around me, chatting and peering down at a scene unfolding on the bank of the dried up Rio Grande river. Mexican Police had just finished taping off the area around a white Kia SUV with Texas license plates. Inside, behind the car’s shattered windshield, a pregnant woman’s body lay limp, her blood-soaked, lifeless head hanging out of the front passenger window. “We see that everyday here, Mike,” said the American officer from the US Consulate in Juarez, who acted as my bodyguard that day. The next day, CNN breaking news revealed the woman’s identity; she was an American who worked at the Consulate in Juarez. Her husband, also an American, had been driving the car when local drug cartel members riddled it with bullets, killing two of three passengers. Their young child, who was in the backseat, was left instantly orphaned.

FIVE YEARS AGO, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Fresh off graduating from Hamilton College, where I had a record-setting career playing basketball for the Continentals, a sales job came my way via a family connection. Most of my classmates had received signing bonuses from Wall Street’s biggest financial firms, taken sales jobs or were headed to elite law schools. But none of those options interested me. Going against the wishes of my parents, I set off on a journey to Belfast, Northern Ireland. My college coach and I worked out a deal with a local semi-professional basketball team there: be our star player and we’ll take care of the rest. My dream of playing basketball beyond college had come true, and, as I saw it, I was buying time to weigh my options. The day my plane touched down happened to be during the week that United Kingdom officials called “the worst riots in UK history.” Televisions and newspapers in the airport showed violent scenes of burning cars and angry crowds chanting while throwing

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objects at police. I was terrified but perplexed; as I made my trip from the airport to my new home, I saw no signs of trouble or segregation. Soon, despite playing on a semi-pro basketball team having been my lifelong goal, I grew dissatisfied with the situation I was in. The team was noncompetitive, with members smoking cigarettes during practice and drinking beers in the locker room after tough losses. My teammates became frustrated with me, too, claiming I took the game too seriously and shouldn’t try so hard. Eventually, I mentally checked out from my team, and while seeking other means of dedication in Belfast I happened to stumble upon something. A local nonprofit organization was using basketball to unite kids from both sides of the segregated school system in Belfast; according to the nonprofit’s organizers, basketball was the only sport in Northern Ireland that didn’t carry religious baggage, hence their using it as a bridge. After an interview, they gave me the hands-on responsibility of bringing primary school-aged youth together to play basketball and, hopefully, to learn about one another’s differences. I was excited to be carrying out such important work, but I didn’t see many results, even six weeks into my new job. I found that the kids I worked with either didn’t know the other kids in the gym were from another community, or they didn’t care. I felt a strong disconnect between their unknowingness and what I had seen on TV the day I arrived. This confusion cleared in November 2005, when my boss asked me to recruit two new schools to come together for a visit from the Dalai Lama; the nonprofit’s executives arranged for him to see their program in action. With a little bit of research, I recruited two schools from an area where I was certain the riots had taken place. And sure enough, on the day the groups of kids came together, and as the Dalai Lama shook my hand to thank me for my work, two girls from opposite schools broke out into a fistfight. Fortunately, His Holiness didn’t see it happen, but for me it was certainly the straw that broke the camel’s back. I finished the season with my team as well as the program year with the nonprofit, and then returned home to Connecticut for the summer in order to work construction and save money. Sales job

THE BELFAST BLAZERS: THE ORIGINAL TEAM


CUBA: A YOUTH TEAM FULL COURT PEACE ORGANIZED LAST SUMMER. ON THE RIGHT, AUTHOR MIKE EVANS KNEELING WITH THE KIDS. CENTER IS RYAN SHIELDS FROM WILTON, CT.

they stuck. Finally, their trip to the US cemented their bonds; they stayed in Catholic-Protestant pairs in host-family homes in Weston and played games against local youth teams. It was on this trip that they announced their disdain for having to return to Belfast – not because it wouldn’t be as sunny and warm there – but because of the divisive nature of the environment.

IT WAS on the foundation of the Blazers that I founded the nonprofit

offers came my way once again, as did the urging of my parents to settle into a more corporate lifestyle. But I wasn’t done. I moved back to Belfast, and into a neighborhood in the heart of where the riots had happened. It was a poor, working-class, Protestant area run by the Ulster Defense Association (UDA), the archrival of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Everything – from streets to grocery stores and sidewalks to pubs – was segregated. There was even a forty-foot, cement wall dividing the area where I lived from its neighboring Catholic community. I immediately met with the principals of the local Catholic and Protestant high schools, which had some of the worst reputations for violence and misbehavior of any in Belfast. Both women approved my request to voluntarily coach basketball in P.E. classes, and I was set up with a schedule in each school immediately. A month into coaching, I gained a sincere following of five 15-year-old boys from each school; they would walk me home after class, show me their tattooed arms and necks that were hidden by their school uniforms, and tell me about their recent rioting and sectarian attitudes. They looked up to their respective paramilitary groups, and some even discussed pursuing membership. Then, I did in their eyes what was the unthinkable. I proposed we start a high school travel basketball team to compete in and around Belfast. They were all for it, until I told each subset of boys who their teammates would be. No, they said, absolutely not; you betrayed us, coach. I needed a plan, fast. In local no-go pubs, I daringly started networking within the IRA and UDA, looking for answers from the men who knew what it was like to be drawn toward a life of sectarianism. Many were former offenders, having murdered or committed massive bombings. And then, from a conversation with a UDA member, I got an idea. I called home to Weston and pitched my idea to the local Protestant and Catholic congregations. Yes, they said, they would financially support a trip to the US for the boys from Belfast. I hurried back to the boys and told them the deal: play on this team and visit the States, free of charge. They agreed. The first two months of practice were dead silent and extremely tense. Not a word was exchanged across religious lines. But our first game – held in a Catholic gym against a well-trained, spiffy Catholic team – would change that. My team of roughneck kids would bring the street to this game, handing their opponents, through full contact basketball, the first loss of their season. In the huddle after the game, their team name, the “Belfast Blazers,” was born. The rest of the six-month season was patchy; there were tiffs, silences and near fights within the Blazers’ squad. But after enough practices, games and time together in van rides and during team meals, friendships were born, and

organization, Full Court Peace. I’ve spent the past four years trying to find ways to use basketball as a means of diplomacy in other parts of the world, too. In Havana, Cuba, I’ve found basketball to be the only sport not closely guarded by the communist regime. Over the past two years, it’s been a thrill to infiltrate youth communities there; disguised as coaches, other Americans and I visit to teach basketball, set up tournaments, and hand out medical supplies and everyday items such as soap, shoes and even food. My most recent work has taken place in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. During my five trips to the border in the past year, each has required me traveling in a bulletproof truck with an armed guard. But it’s worth it to see local communities show up in large numbers to stand for what social fabric is left in northern Mexico, and for their youth to have the chance learn Harlem Globetrotter dribbling tricks and to then perform them in front of large audiences. It’s these experiences, I argue, that help youth build confidence and other valuable skills. If designed correctly, sports programs can teach lessons contrary to negative environments created by war or poverty. But, as much as I love the people of Belfast, Havana, and Juarez, there is more urgent work to be done here at home. New York and Connecticut suffer from the widest educational achievement gap in the country; underserved, usually minority communities show state test scores and school drop out rates that are unimaginable compared to the town where I was raised. Basketball can change that, and Full Court Peace is going to prove it. Please visit our website to stay updated on what our latest domestic projects include, and how you might join our team. If the Belfast Blazers can overcome 800 years of sectarian conflict, I’m confident youth on this side of the pond can overcome the adversity they face, as well. ❉ Michael Evans, 28, is a student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree. He is originally from Weston, CT. You can follow Michael’s blog on the Huffington Post, or you can email him directly at michaelevans@fullcourtpeace.org. Visit www.fullcourtpeace.org for more information or to make a donation under the “Help Us” tab. JUAREZ: A GIRL WHO RECEIVED A BILINGUAL BOOK, A FCP T-SHIRT AND A BALL AT A FULL COURT PEACE CLINIC IN DECEMBER.


RESTAURANT SCENE

THE GRAND TOUR OF EATALY NEW YORK’S BUSTLING MARKETPLACE/RESTAURANT CONCEPT

DURING my first visit to Eataly, I realized one could easily spend an entire day in this Flatiron megamarket. It’s truly an over-stimulating experience for foodies, tourists and locals alike. Since its opening in August, last year, Eataly has been bustling with visitors – some looking to shop while sipping a glass of wine, others hoping to place their name on the list for a true Neapolitan pizza. How does one really get the most informed visit to Eataly though? I investigated one Wednesday morning and started the day by taking an “Eatineraries” walking tour of the market with a very knowledgeable staff guide. The walking tour introduced me to the concept and mission of Eataly – to appreciate food, where it comes from, and the people behind it. Nothing is frozen (except its gelato) per the clever signage, and every product seems to be the best of what’s local, or, in terms of the dry imported goods – Italian. The $35 tour covers all of the departments at Eataly, making stops at the more theatrical stations such as the fresh mozzarella, the “Veggie Butcher,” and even an up-close look at the bread department’s wood-burning oven. Of course, sampling food is part of the “Eatinerary” experience and the warm bread is just one wedge that will turn you into an Eataly pane loyalist. If you only have one hour to spend at Eataly, the walking tour most definitely covers as much as possible within this daunting 50,000 square foot space. After my tour, I wandered on my own and explored lunch options. I was lured in by the delicious aromas coming from La Rosticceria – Eataly’s Italian rotisserie, where I chose a porcini rubbed prime rib sandwich with roasted potatoes that had just finished cooking under the whole roasted chickens on the spit. I took my lunch to Madison Square Park, where a long line wrapped around the park’s perimeter for hungry Shake Shack visitors. It appeared that some other park-goers had the same idea and had also visited Eataly and taken some of their Rossopomodoro pizza to go. Like the popular Shake Shack, Eataly’s Pizza & Pasta restaurant often has long waits, and taking my lunch to the park was a wonderful way to experience more of the Flatiron/NOMAD district without venturing too far from Eataly. Following my picnic in the park, I headed back inside Eataly’s doors for a creamy scoop (or two) of gelato. I was determined not to leave empty-handed, so I shopped around and purchased some artisanal pastas from Gragnano in southern Italy, organic honeys and spreads (good gift items) and some delectable Italian salumi just like the ones I enjoyed 4 0 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

on my last trip to Emilia-Romagna. Making my way back through the olive oil department, I stumbled upon La Scuola, Eataly’s Cooking School. I found a schedule right outside its entrance, and, intrigued by the offerings, went to the Info Desk at the main entrance and inquired as to whether there was availability in that evening’s class. Luckily, a spot had opened up and I was able to sign up for an evening cheese and beer class with Eataly’s head fromager, along with one of Eataly’s beer specialists. It was somewhat of an Italy versus U.S.A. battle, with the Italian instructor exalting the cheeses from his town over Wisconsin’s finest. In the end, I learned that Italy has come a long way in craft brewing and discovered a newfound appreciation for Italian IPAs. I left the class with notes in tow, ready to host an Italian cheese and beer tasting in my own home – maybe for the next World Cup! I’m already planning my next Eataly adventure. I figure if I can’t get to Italy this summer, Eataly is the next best thing! ❉ Brooke Morgan is a Manhattan-based freelance food writer, Italophile and locavore.

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BY BROOKE MORGAN


ACTS OF KINDNESS

CHILD ADVOCATES OF CONNECTICUT BY CARRIE SILVERSTEIN EACH YEAR, approximately 300 abused and neglected children in

tent adult in their lives.” Two years after Nancy began her work as a GAL, she received a call from Westport attorney Jill Bicks, her case supervisor, who relayed the unfortunate news that the Stamford program had been slashed due to loss of funding, leaving 260 children without this critical support. Jill and Nancy took action and formed a group to explore ways to continue the program. NANCY REBOLD AND JILL BICKS OF They petitioned the court, and in March 2010 the group won judiCHILD ADVOCATES OF CT cial approval to create a new organization that would train and support child advocate volunteers. “After learning from Jill about the termination of the program, I was extremely concerned about my two girls,” recalls Nancy. “Jill promised to stay on as a volunteer to continue to advocate for the children in the program. Looking back, I realize this was a pivotal moment. I knew that Jill was determined to keep the program alive and continue as a leader.” Shortly thereafter, the group secured 501(c3) status, and Child Advocates of Connecticut was up and running as a new nonprofit organization, with Jill Bicks as its Executive Director. National statistics show that it costs organizations like Child Advocates of Connecticut only $1250 a year to recruit, train and support one volunteer advocate to represent one child for a year, a fraction of the cost that the state spends on lawyers, social workers and other providers. In addition, having an advocate reduces the time a child spends in foster care by half. “It is inconceivable to cut a program that leverages the time, energy and commitment of volunteers and saves the state so much money,” Jill Bicks emphasizes. In nine months, the organization has tripled the number of children assigned a volunteer therapists, social workers, and foster parents. In 2007, Weston resident advocate in the Danbury and Stamford courts. Child Advocates of Nancy Rebold decided to enroll in the Stamford court-training program to Connecticut now has more than 60 volunteers and continues to grow. become a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to advocate for these vulnerable chil“We are working with our local judge, Mary E. Sommer, to radically dren. Nancy is a certified counselor, and had previously worked with alter the model for child advocacy that Connecticut has been using for teens in various youth centers. She ran therapy groups at a local inpatient the past 20 years, a model that has not kept up with national innovation psychiatric hospital, and was a board member and wish-granter at Make and barely scratches the surface of the need,” says Jill Bicks. “Our five A Wish Foundation of Connecticut. “It seemed like a natural fit to volunyear plan is that every single one of the 300 children in Fairfield County’s teer within the community in such a hands-on way,” says Nancy. foster care system who need a volunteer advocate will have one.” For Child Advocate volunteers have a unique role. They are appointed by more information, to volunteer or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the court to watch over and speak up for abused and neglected children www.CTchildadvocates.org. ❉ to ensure that they don’t get lost in an overburdened legal system. They continue with each child until the case is closed, and a safe permanent home is found. “Over the past four years I have been the advocate for Carrie Silverstein has lived in Weston for 13 years with her the same two girls,” explains Nancy. “I have seen them through 10 placehusband and three children. She has a background in public ments, 4 caseworkers, 7 school transfers and termination of parental relations and is currently volunteering for Child Advocates of rights. During all these traumatic times, I have remained the only consisConnecticut. Southwestern Connecticut are placed in foster care because their parents are unable to take care of them, or because their home environment is unsafe. At this point, they enter the juvenile court system, and suddenly their fate lies in the hands of total strangers — lawyers, judges, police,


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SuzySaid is a Girl’s Best Friend By Marsha Temlock WANT TO KNOW where to get the sweetest deals in Fairfield County? No need to drive downtown and scramble for parking. Instead, try going to SuzySaid.com and get the buzz about local restaurants, food, fashion trends, real estate, travel, upcoming events, and, of course, shopping. What is SuzySaid? Just the most lively, hip, hyperlocal website that gathers information for busy women about what’s going on in town. The brainchild of three creative women who live in Fairfield, Jennifer Stender-Hawkins, Anne Revman and Molly Solomon are the founders who combined their business expertise and verve to fill what they felt was a void in getting the word out about resources in the community. “SuzySaid.com was born out of need,” noted Anne when we chatted at the Westport Library. “It all started with a conversation and a glass of wine. We began to vent our frustration that there wasn’t one central place to find out what was going on in town. There were all these national websites, but nothing for our community. The more we talked, the more we realized that sharing and communicating is a gal thing. Isn’t that so?” I had to agree that women have this built-in radar for navigating the local terrain. Just recently I met a woman at the airport who was standing next to me while we waited for our luggage. We got to talking and I learned the woman was from Westport. Don’t ask me why, but I admired her hair and asked where she had it done. Not only did she tell me where she goes and the price for a cut and blow dry, but she gave me the name of the stylist. You can bet I made an appointment at her salon the very next day! “Suzy is a point person,” explained Anne. “When we talked about developing our own website, a place to gather local information, we envisioned girlfriends chatting together. We created this fictional character who could be the person you phone when you need information, advice or simply to gush over that “great deal” you stumbled upon during Saturday morning errands. Suzy is you. She’s your neighbor, your sister-in-law, your daughter’s Girl Scout leader. “ “Or any of you,” I suggested. “The site is not about us,” she joked, “although people do often call us Suzy. No, the three of us are definitely behind the scenes. It’s all about Suzy who catches the buzz. We like to say Suzy is every woman’s best friend.” I discovered that what started out as a grassroots experiment is now a full-time operation. Suzy spends many, many hours writing copy, posting the information about the best deal, and of course, enrolling subscribers. More than 20 employees, all women who know their local area and can work at home, help her maintain the

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“THANK GOD WE’RE LIVING IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, THE STORES ARE OPEN LATE AND YOU CAN SHOP IN BED WHILE WATCHING TELEVISION.” –JOAN RIVERS pace. Launched in March ’07, there are editions in Westport, Fairfield, Darien and Trumbull to name a few of the local sites, and also editions in Rye, Rockland Country, North and South Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey, Westchester, and Virginia, with more to come. One key to Suzy’s success is the solid business partnerships, both local and national, that the site has developed. “On SuzySaid.com we write about local businesses and activities that are worthy and valuable to our readers. We are always positive. The ‘We Hear’ blurb quickly gets the word out about new businesses in town,” Anne explained. “Often a new business will contact us before we get to them.” Nearly five-years strong, it can be said that SuzySaid.com is on the leading edge of the evolving online technology that draws more and more shoppers to the web. Last year, despite the recession, 154 million people in the U.S (approximately 67 percent of the total number of online users) bought items online, according to Digital Media. And, according to CNET, citing a report from Forrester Research, by 2014 online sales are likely to hit $248.7 billion domestically, or approximately 8 percent of all retail sales. (US Online Retail Forecast, 2009 To 2014) The site is continually seeking new ways to draw new subscribers and maintain their solid base. Suzy’s newest attraction is the Girlfriend Grab, where subscribers can take advantage of twice weekly limited-time unbeatable deals from local merchants. “What were some of the surprises?” I asked Anne before we ended the interview. “The first was the fact that the site became so popular. SuzySaid.com is not like other sites. We didn’t want it to be just for Moms or an online newspaper. In the beginning we used our personal contacts to test the waters and were delighted to get such a positive response. And then it just took off.” Visit SuzySaid.com. Become part of the galpal conversation. Sign up for Suzy’s Girlfriend Grab at www.girlfriendgrab.com. ❉ Marsha A. Temlock is a Huffington Post blogger, and author of Your Child’s Divorce: What to Expect, What You Can Do (Impact Publishers, Inc.)


THE HEALING AGENT

LOVING LYDIA THE DAY I WAS BORN,

BY MARCELLE M. SOVIERO

my sister Lydia, age five, rode her bicycle up and down Sheridan Street screaming that I had finally come. It was the dinner hour, she had screen doors to knock on, neighbors to tell. On the way back, she took the short cut through Mr. Carmichael’s back yard and landed in a bush. Lydia doted on me all through childhood, for as long as she was able. The summer I was four I broke my leg and she figured out a way I could still swim, our favorite thing to do, by rubber-banding a garbage bag around my leg to protect the cast and dipping me in the pool sideways. One Christmas Eve, an eleven-year-old Lydia climbed out the window of the bedroom we shared, steadying herself on the pitched roof. She had jingle bells in the pocket of her robe, and she gently rang them, hoping I’d hear them in my sleep. As the years went on, Lydia changed. She kept a white mouse in our jewelry box, which she’d punched air-holes in. After the mouse died she kept him in there, and I would find her opening the box to let the ballerina spin over the small limp body.

Some nights I’d wake from sleep to see Lydia rocking frantically in the chair by the window, suddenly stopping to stare at me, her big brown eyes crowned with long lashes. I was becoming the older sister, guiding her sweaty body back into her bed. Outwardly she grew even more beautiful. In high school she became the centerpiece of the cheerleading squad, the Homecoming Queen. She stuffed the raging moods and racing thoughts inside her, letting them escape when at home, often at night. Lydia went to college, but came home some weekends without explanation. She needed rest and there were days when she did not move from beneath the sheets. I’d check on her, turning her over to make sure she was breathing. She kept her eyes closed, black eyelashes stitched in along the seams of the pale white face. She finished college in 1980, but by age 22, she’d already lost a string of jobs in spite of her degree. The mania, then the depression, came in quick succession. She became uncontrollable, stealing steak knives from the kitchen drawers, cursing wildly at strangers. My parents, who’d been in denial, worked to get her


admitted to a private mental hospital. Doctors said she was bipolar; a rapid cycler. By this time, I was in college and I’d drive from Boston home to Long Island only on holidays. I did not want to go home more often, afraid of what I might find. Lydia’s life had stopped. A pressed flower, a tormented girl in a woman’s body. And as she withered, I blossomed, petaled with guilt. The truth was I did not want to go home. I did not want to see Lydia like that. I preferred being sisters at a distance. I liked my life in the dorm, I had friends but I did not tell a single one about my sister. What if they thought, as I often did, that I would go crazy? My sophomore year I drove home to have my wisdom teeth pulled. Lydia came home from the hospital on a day pass. We lay on our backs side by side on one of the twin beds in the bedroom we grew up in. Rain

on her 24 th birthday. But knowing I could not enjoy a day in my dorm without seeing Lydia, I did drive back. Speeding down I-95 in Lydia’s old car, I worried I’d be late and visiting hours would be over. I’d kept her gift steady on the passenger seat the entire ride. I wanted to bring her something she could keep in her room. She had only a metal bed and nightstand, on which she kept a ziplock bag filled with enough quarters for the one allotted phone call per day. Nothing was allowed in. No lighters. No sharp objects. Photos, no frames. From the outside, the hospital looked like a college campus with manicured boxwoods sculpting the long walking path that led up to the massive brick entrance. I entered, walking by the patients with dough colored faces; they seemed to dangle in the hall. I went

And as she withered, I blossomed, petaled with guilt. beat the window. It was late afternoon and I was groggy from pain killers, Lydia was sluggish from another drug Dr. Mason was testing on her. She had gained weight, and a red rash streaked her face from cheek to cheek, side effects from the medicines. I had seen the evening nurse at the hospital bring Lydia the Dixie cup filled with pills. The nurse, in her starched white shirt, stood stiff before Lydia, making sure Lydia took – and swallowed - every single one. Lydia held my hand; she was trembling. It was as if we were floating in that room, supported by a cloud not a mattress, both of us filled with fog. The yellow butterflies on the wallpaper seemed to swirl over the closet where the paper had peeled. Our fingers touched and I remembered the time, a decade ago, when Lydia pinpricked my finger and hers in this very room. She pressed her finger to mine. “Forever sisters,” she’d said. “Never forget.” I knew I’d let her down; I’d left her behind. “If you were a flower, what flower would you be?” Lydia asked, pulling the question out of air. “I’d be a Zinnia,” she said answering her own question. “Zinnia’s look like pom-poms.” “I guess I’d be a daisy,” I said. “Daisy’s are too plain.” Lydia said. “You are not a daisy, you’re a Zinnia too,” she said, with absolute certainty. She began to hum our sister song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” I was glad for the darkness growing around us that hid the tear that looped over my cheek. While Lydia hummed I asked God to wipe the rash off Lydia’s face and smear it on mine. It was my turn to be the sick one, I told God in a whisper. Lydia struggled to pull together the lyrics,” I will lay me down,” she sang. “I will lay me down,” I repeated. “Will you come back next week for my birthday?” Lydia asked. I made the obligatory visit this weekend; I wanted to check it off my list. I was here now, wasn’t that enough? No. I did not want to drive home from college to see my big sister in the mental hospital

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straight to the visitor’s lounge; Lydia was not there. She was not in the designated smoking spot. I checked the rec room with its board games in torn boxes, missing pieces, as if no person in here would notice. I thought about Lydia cursing when we tried to play Scrabble, several letters missing. I walked what seemed like forever in the windowless corridor, choked by the smell of pine sol, peroxide and urine. A girl much younger than Lydia passed me in the hall, picking at her fingers. “Slut” she said, and spit at me. “You’re a slut.” I began to race past the identical rooms, each with white sheets strapped tight across the steel bed frames. Lydia was in her room, a lump under the sheet. I walked in, leaving her gift by the door, careful not to spill. I sat on the edge of her bed. “Happy Birthday, Liddy” I said. She peeked out from under the covers, her eyelids heavy. I pushed her long black hair, matted with flecks of oatmeal, away from her face. “It’s my birthday?” she said, slurring her words. “Yes Liddy, remember? I said I would be here.” She shifted her position and pulled something out from under the mattress. A mangle of pink string around the plastic lid from a coffee can. A dream catcher she’d made in art therapy. “You take it” Lydia said. “Keep it safe,” she said. The orderlies would remove it; she could strangle herself with the string. She curled back into the covers. I took her birthday present from behind the door. I set it on the nightstand. Two purple Zinnia’s peeking out from a plastic Windex bottle. “If I were a flower, I’d want to be planted next to you Liddy,” I said. ❉ Marcelle M. Soviero has published essays in numerous magazines, including the New York Times, Literary Mama and Salon.com. She teaches poetry and memoir writing at Westport Writers’ Workshop. “Loving Lydia” tied for third place in the Westport Arts Center’s 2010 Memoir Writing Competition.


TOW N H ALL BY CATHRYN J. PRINCE

REMEMBERING THE CIVIL WAR AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETIES and history buffs have succumbed to a bout of sesquicentennial fever as the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. For the next four years many people across the region, from scholars to students and history buffs to historians, will revisit those four turbulent years. And in so doing, they will reexamine everything, from southern secession to the surrender at the Appomattox Courthouse. Here people are taking pride in Connecticut’s contributions to what was, in President Abraham Lincoln’s eyes, a war to preserve the Union. The Underground Railroad Of course The Nutmeg State wasn’t a battleground. Still, the southwestern corner of the state fought the war with different weapons. Here, scores of people maintained the home front, carried the banner of abolition, and provided sanctuary for slaves seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad. Connecticut actively supported the Underground Railroad, the secretive system engineered to help escaped southern slaves reach freedom in Canada. Locally, several spots are reported to have been stations on the clandestine network, including Weston, Wilton, Ridgefield, and Danbury. “We found a space right beneath this pulpit that could be used as a hiding place,” said Rev. Dr. Bernard R. Wilson of Weston’s Norfield Congregational Church. “Of course no Underground Railroad space can be proven, but it would not surprise me that this community and this congregation was a spot on the Railroad.” Wilson, the grandson of a slave, is a former Navy Chaplain. His grandfather was just four years old when the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. In neighboring Wilton, students get a chance to participate in an Underground Railroad simulation at Ambler Farm, according to Kevin Meehan, who teaches at Cider Mill School and runs the farm’s summer program. However, history claims many Underground Railroad stations, and its nearly impossible to document, or prove, which ones were really stations, said Dan Cruson, who has examined houses and sites in both Weston and Newtown. Unless a name was carved, or a mark made, local historians and anthropologists say much is speculation. That’s due mostly to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. This federal law prohibited people from helping escaped slaves, no matter from which region of the country they hailed. Indeed, bounty hunters were authorized to recapture the escapees by force if necessary.

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Songs of Freedom Nonetheless, there were ways to circumvent the Act and for slaves to move along the road to freedom. One way a slave might communicate was through spirituals, because when waging war against oppression, secret communication is essential. To encourage a means of surviving, slaves created songs. Stripped of their own culture and faith, those in bondage reworked the religion and mores of the country in which they were enslaved. In America, slaves sang spirituals to send coded messages of hope, escape, and rebellion. These spirituals now belong to the nation’s collective consciousness. “These spirituals lived in the heart of those slaves who survived,” Reverend Wilson said. “This music transformed a people who had no freedom but the freedom in their souls.” The African American spiritual stands as the first uniquely American bit of music, Wilson explains. It is testament to the slaves who created the songs. “There is so much behind this music, the double meanings,” said Norfield Sanctuary Choir Director Ellen Dickinson. “We love this music, and it really is an expression of a people during a place in time.” In fact, song as protest is a medium that continues today.


Slavery isn’t just African American history, it’s part of America’s story too, and it’s something every Americans should remember, Wilson notes. “Think about what we have just witnessed in the ancient land of Egypt as thousands of our brothers and sisters sang in Tahrir Square,” Wilson said. “In the manner of non-violent champions of the past, like Ghandi and King, they challenged decades of tyranny.” Slave masters believed the songs were simply entertainment; little did they know. “Steal Away” was code for slaves to seek the Underground Railroad, or perhaps steal away to visit with an itinerant preacher. Slave owners mistook “Ain’t Got Time to Die” for a song of obedience; but it was obedience to god and freedom. And so it was with spirituals such as “Go Down Moses,” “I Got a Robe,” and “Deep River.” “Deep River” spoke of the rivers that needed to be crossed to get to freedom. For example, the Jordan River could be the Mississippi River. The Underground Railroad ran through the northern states all the way to Canada. The song alerted slaves that it was time to seek a conductor. When the Civil War ended, newly freed slaves endured more than a century of Jim Crow Laws, Ku Klux Klan, and countless indignities, Wilson said. Still, spirituals continued to mark the road to freedom.

for a really big exhibition this summer and we have a big splash for the holiday season, we will be launching our Civil War Exhibit in early 2012,” Livingston stated. “We have people researching now for the exhibit, and we are collecting artifacts. We are also researching speakers and reenactments. It's going to be great!” Over in Greenwich, “Voices from the Civil War” opened in April. The exhibit tells the stories of how the Civil War affected the lives of ten ordinary Greenwich people. The lives of four soldiers are featured, including an African-American and a prisoner of war. On the home front, additional observations on the events come from an abolitionist, a war opponent, a female social activist, a young widow, a wife and mother and a teenaged girl coming of age. According to the society, actual letters and diaries provide the basis for the exhibit. In Weston, people commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in April with exhibits at the new archives building at the Coley Homestead. And in June, many will enjoy the reading of "Letters Home," a pre-Broadway presentation of "Battle Cry," and other Civil War related music and events. Interested residents can attend lectures that address why the war was fought, slavery and the Union’s preservation ranking as chief reasons.

Monuments and Memorials

From Slave State to Abolition

As some locals were helping escaped slaves along the road to freedom, others were fighting in a region vastly different from anything they knew, whether it was the swamps of Louisiana or the cornfields of Virginia. Far from home, Connecticut sons perished on the battlefield, in field hospitals, or were felled by disease. Today, more than 140 Civil War monuments honor these men in the Nutmeg State. In Ridgefield, a large memorial honors the town’s veterans from several wars, beginning with the American Revolution. A plaque on one side is dedicated to the town’s 185 Civil War veterans. In addition to these granite obelisks, bas-relief monuments, and bronze statues, there are the gravestones, crafted mostly from marble, which record the names of Connecticut men who fell in battle.There were bands of brothers. A monument in Wilton’s Bald Hill Cemetery honors the four Davis brothers who fought in the Civil War, including James Davis, who was wounded and captured. There were several Wilton men among the 3,199 casualties. Captain George Godfrey died on April 1863. Malaria killed Sergeant Aaron Scribner and Walter Dikeman died of wounds sustained in Louisiana during the battle. Wilton men served in the 12th and 23rd Regiments in Louisiana during the Mississippi River campaign of 1863, or Vicksburg, according to local historian Robert Russell. For those who want to delve into military history a bit more, the Connecticut National Guard published a summary of each unit’s service in 1889. The book, 38 chapters, is called “Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of Rebellion, 1861 to 1865.” Meanwhile “American Civil War (1861-1865),” a Retrospective Exhibit, just opened at the Wilton Historical Society. More than 40 prints and artifacts are there for the viewing, from Confederate Flag Fragments captured by the 16th Maine to a cloth star from Old Glory – US 34 star pattern flag. In nearby Rowayton, the Historical Society is most definitely planning events, said its president, Wendell Livingston. “But as we are gearing up

All of these events help to highlight Connecticut’s complicated transformation from a slave holding state to a fierce defender of the Union and abolition. Certainly, early in its history, slavery was deeply entrenched in Connecticut. In 1650, Connecticut passed a law making slavery legal, effectively legalizing what already existed. Additional slave codes were passed in 1660, prohibiting African Americans from serving in militias and from moving beyond borders of their own communities. During the Revolution, nearly 290 Connecticut free blacks and slaves fought alongside the Continental Army. But slavery would be formally outlawed within the state in 1848, with a transition period starting in 1784. (Slaves born after 1784 would be freed at age 25.) President Abraham Lincoln also considered spreading the federal emancipation process over 35 years, said Steven Hahn, a Yale trained Ph.D. “Almost everywhere, including Connecticut, slavery was abolished gradually,” Hahn said. Indeed, one of America’s foremost scientists, and a celebrated Connecticut son, hailed from a slave-owning family. Benjamin Silliman, Jr., who documented the nation’s first recorded meteorite, matured from son of a slave owner to an ardent abolitionist. His transformation from slave owner to abolitionist mirrors the transformation of many in the Union. Silliman supplied Sharp’s Rifles to Connecticut men fighting in Bloody Kansas in 1856. In that regard, Silliman belonged to a group of several notable Nutmeg State abolitionists, including Prudence Crandall, writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, and preacher Jonathan Edwards, Jr. Connecticut officially apologized for slavery and segregation in 2009, in a unanimous vote by the state Senate. It became the second northern state to do so. ❉

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Cathryn J. Prince is a freelance reporter and author of three non-fiction books, including A Professor, a President, and a Meteor: The Birth of American Science and the Civil War history Burn the Town and Sack the Banks: Confederates Attack Vermont!


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The Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) of Connecticut Educational Spring Luncheon took place on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. The theme of this informative event was “E.A.T.— educate, advocate, teamwork.” Family, friends, and educators learned how to create a safer environment for people with food allergies from guest speakers Marion Groetch, MS, RD, CDN, a nutrition expert at Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, and Julie Menin, Chairperson, Manhattan Community Board 1–host of NBC’s “Give and

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June 2, 2008 Dow closes down 134.50 points to 12,503.82 S&P closes down 14.71 points to 1,395.67

Daisy Greenbaum looked over at her husband, Dick, master of the universe. He was wearing one of those white strips on the bridge of his nose. He had a black mask on his eyes that read British Airways across it. Tucked neatly in his mouth was a custom-made mouth guard so he didn’t grind his teeth, and looking at him across their California king-sized bed Daisy might have thought for a slip of a second (before she banished that thought away, like all her other vaguely communist urges) that this was a man on whom making money had taken its toll. “I love you.” Dick kept snoring. “I love you.” Through his mouth guard Dick Greenbaum squeezed out the words: “I have to be at work in approximately seven hours and twenty-two minutes and eleven seconds. Go to sleep.” “I can’t sleep.” “Take something.” “I said I love you.” Dick sat up with a start. He took off his eye mask and opened his eyes. “We are about to be faced with the biggest economic crisis of our lifetime. Next month you may see breadlines, a true unemployment rate of 22.1 percent. Never mind. I need to go to bed.” “You didn’t say anything when I told you that I…” “Imagine a world with no credit, no lending, imagine a world where you go into the Prada store on Madison and there is nothing on the shelves, and don’t get me started on your precious Starbucks. Okay, now I need to be there in seven hours and twenty-one minutes”—he looked down at his expensive self-winding watch— “and thirty seconds, okay?” IN her infinite sadness, it seemed to Daisy Greenbaum that the

loneliest time of the year on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was the week between when the private schools let out and the social families packed up their Denalis and headed for the beach. The third week of June was the demarcation line: once it was crossed over, all of the apartments on Park Avenue would be dark, except for the flicker of the occasional husband enjoying a quiet tryst with a secretary or a nubile young associate. Daisy Greenbaum hated summer. And perhaps this could have been traced back to a lifetime of summers spent at Camp Shane (or, as she called it, Camp Shame), a “loving, accepting, nurturing weight-loss invitational,” which was known by people occupying the real world as “fatty camp.” Or maybe it was her hatred of sand, of heat, of sun, of wearing less clothing, of shedding her cavernous sweaters and her enormous winter coat. And maybe the rest of the world tacitly agreed. Summer was a time of mourning, a time to muse on various losses (real and imagined), a time when different layers of rarefied folks plunged through different layers of loss, all narrated by the constant zombifying hum of giant air conditioners. Loss affected everyone in every section of every gentrified neighborhood—the bookish Upper West Siders mourned the loss of their shrinks in August, the Brooklyn hipsters mourned the loss of their parents’ ramshackle summer cottages on Fire island, the barely-getting-by working parents mourned the death of the school year. Yes, summer was the bleakest time of the year, and this summer was to be the last golden summer of the Dow at thirteen thousand.

DAISY was standing, feet on the cold white tile, in her gray linen pajamas (Daisy had seven identical pairs, all ironed by Nina, the long-suf-


fering housekeeper, on Tuesdays, which was the day that Easton, the fancy twin, went riding in Manhasset and Avery, the funky twin, went to her acting class in the West Village). Daisy stared at herself in her enormous bathroom mirror. It was six a.m. and the sun was bright, or as bright as it could be, considering that she lived on the second floor. She squinted at herself. She didn’t look like all the other mummies of the yummy variety. She had white skin that had never seen the inside of a tanning booth (spray or otherwise). She had regular features (her grandmother had always complimented her on her nonethnic nose, and she knew what this meant), pretty and appropriately sized for her slightly equine face, which was just slightly too long to be beautiful. Every time she looked in the mirror she remembered that she had been what had seemed (to her at the time) grotesquely fat in her youth. As a result she had never considered herself a pretty girl; hence she had developed a somewhat charming personality.

HAVING a good personality had served her—she had married up (her husband had found her amusing), and she wasn’t fat anymore, though she wasn’t exactly thin; she was Banana Republic thin. Not truly thin, not thin like the other ladies on Park Avenue with their exposed vertebrae and their sharp, bony hips, but thin. Her Polish DNA, from her

into itself, until her face faded into the mirror, until everything around her was smooth and blurry. But there was trouble in the world of unfathomable wealth; Dick had passed down the edict—no more spending, no more car services, no Hampton house this summer, no more shopping, no more three hundred- dollar dresses for the girls, no more trips to the Breakers, no more dinners at Per Se. Daisy looked back at her long face. She wasn’t one of those airheaded trophy wives. She knew that one of two things had happened—one was that Dick had f—ked up something big in whatever it was he did (she wasn’t totally sure what he did, something with debt, something called credit default swaps), and the other was that what he had told her about the crumbling of the equities markets was actually true (but she couldn’t quite wrap her head around this story).

AFTER all, it was June 2008 and Barneys was still packed with ladies vying to buy thousand-dollar-a-pair lizard-skin platforms, condos and coops were still flying off the shelves, waiting lists for various gotta-have-it accessories were still snaking around the block, the culture of scarcity and panic among the wealthy was still going strong (not enough preschool spots, not enough Hampton houses, not enough Mandarin-speaking

THE CULTURE OF SCARCITY AND PANIC AMONG THE WEALTHY WAS STILL GOING STRONG (NOT ENOUGH PRESCHOOL SPOTS, NOT ENOUGH HAMPTON HOUSES, NOT ENOUGH MANDARIN-SPEAKING NANNIES, OH MY). zaftig great-granny from the shtetl, would guarantee that she would never be Prada thin. But she didn’t really care, and besides, she was funny. Maybe not laugh-out-loud funny, but ironic. And she was smart. Maybe not Ivy League smart, but Brandeis smart, which was still smarter than 99.99 percent of the yummy mummies on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. And she was striking, with enormous blue eyes, which made her look like a model from the Eastern Bloc. A fat model from the Eastern Bloc. She tweezed at a few stray chin hairs with her green metal tweezers. Soon Dick and the girls would be up, shattering the exquisite silence of morning. Soon she’d be burning waffles, and fighting with the extremely expensive espresso machine, and spilling orange juice on the floor. But for that slip of a second she was the last woman on earth, alone in the silence, alone enough to think. Daisy Greenbaum’s brain was permanently awash in a sea of minutiae, constantly focused on trivialities, like who was the better dry cleaner and who made the best saddles. But Daisy had a secret, and it cut through the minutiae like a great white shark. Daisy knew what she was capable of. Daisy knew the animal that lurked inside of her, the one who could not be calmed by a million yoga lessons. She stared at her own eyes until the blue faded 6 0 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

nannies, oh my). But some small men in large offices who worked for monstrous investment banks saw the writing on the wall, and the writing was recession, depression, end-of-the-world bad. One of these men was Dick Greenbaum, Daisy’s small and vaguely simian husband. ❉ MOLLY JONG-FAST is the author of the novel Normal Girl and the memoir Girl [Maladjusted]. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, W Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Marie Claire, The Times (London), Elle (UK), and The Forward. She lives in New York City with her husband and her three children. She comes from a great literary tradition—her mother wrote Fear of Flying, and her late grandfather wrote Spartacus. She thinks this book is inspired, in a way, by both.

From the Book, THE SOCIAL CLIMBER’S HANDBOOK by Molly Jong-Fast. Copyright © 2011 by Molly Jong-Fast. Reprinted by arrangement with Villard Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


             

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OME PEOPLE SAY ALCOHOLISM IS SLOW SUICIDE,” SAYS MR. HAMMOND. THERE IS POSSIBLY A PAUSE OF SOLEMNITY, BROKEN ONLY BY A FORKFUL OF SAUTÉED SPINACH AND GARLIC HE GULPS DOWN WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST AVERSION. THE SAME CAN BE SAID ABOUT VEGAN BRUNCH IN NEW YORK CITY, AN ARGUMENT I MADE BY ORDERING A BLT ALONGSIDE DARRELL’S VEGETABLES WITH A SIDE OF AVOCADO. “EITHER CHEMICALLY OR PSYCHOLOGICALLY, HE GOT ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL AND HE DIED FROM IT.” The former SNL cast member will be playing Truman Capote in Tru, opening the 20th anniversary season of the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Actress Judith Ivey directs Mr. Hammond in Jay Presson Allen’s one-man play, a two-hour coup de maître undertaken only by the most intrepid of actors. What better way to pay homage to the theatre than by resurrecting the neighborhood’s most famous gadfly? A prolific writer and bosom buddy to the most well heeled women of the Hamptons, the play resurrects Capote’s older but not wiser years. Publishing part of Answered Prayers—an unfinished manuscript which sardonically caricatures his closest girlfriends—began the years of slippage for the author: tormented by the emotional leftovers of In Cold Blood; socially outcast by his posse of aging debutantes, Babe Paley and Slim Keith; and utterly entrenched in a cocktail campaign, bottomless alcoholism and drug addiction. The thought of method acting to prepare for the role could prove fatal.

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Mr. Hammond is wearing his signature Yankees cap, a T-shirt ensconced in a black bathrobe-like coat, thick wayfarer sunglasses, and he walks as if his shorts were boxers and his tennis sneakers were slippers. His messenger bag could possibly be a monogrammed carrying case for a pillow. I’m tempted to ask him to hold a cocktail and cigarette up to his face, lose the ball cap for a fedora, or at least wear one of those T-shirts with a tuxedo imprinted on the front. I don’t see Capote yet. We stare at each other blankly for a moment. I suspect he blinks a couple of times behind those thick sunglasses, which are tinted severely enough that one could obliviously begin barhopping in broad daylight. He speaks, “I’ve got to smoke less cigarettes to do it justice, but I’ve done that before,” followed by another interminable pause. I watch his jowl-boned face flex and slacken around another cud of spinach, curtailed by a grunt. I restrain myself from asking how intoxicated the crowd will be during the performance—on a scale of one to ten, ten being you sir. And why the hell is he eating so much spinach? Then…something strange happened. Darrell Hammond woke up. “It’s fascinating, I’ve never done anything where I’ve had any time at all,” he chimed. “At SNL you’re lucky to get to live with a charac-

ter for 4 to 5 hours. I even have my road copy of the script—this is my cab copy,” he rambles off while pulling a thick tome of paper out of the knapsack. “I never want to be too far from it. You never know when you are going to see something in a script that will lead you to a discovery. Sometimes it’s the punctuation: a period instead of a semicolon, a comma that tells a smidgeon about the character who is talking.” He chops a slice of avocado off with the side of his fork and politely waits for me to pitch the next question. Play ball. We segue into a brief history of Mr. Hammond’s career as the waitress fills our cups with coffee. As a legendary cast member at Saturday Night Live, Darrell impersonated over 107 characters, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Donald Trump, Dick Cheney. During his tenure at SNL, Hammond delivered the famous opening catchphrase, “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!” the most times in the show’s running history. After his record-breaking 14 years as a cast member he retired, marking the beginning of his foray into theatre. “You’re still relatively new to theatre,” I remark. “Your first explorations in theatre came with Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy? Is that correct?” “I did Beyond Therapy, Romance and Putnam County Spelling Bee. It’s exhilarating; I believe I become a better stage actor each time.


There is more physical technique involved in representing yourself to someone sitting fifty feet away, as compared to a camera sitting on your face, like in SNL.” “This is your first solo role though. Capote is very different from the other characters you’ve played—not to discredit Dick Cheney— in that he is intrinsically witty.” “The biggest challenge playing him is that his voice is already a caricature. In the past, I would make fun of someone’s persona. There is no room for exaggeration here; it’s already outlandish, his voice and the way he moves. I’m going through every single tape and video and pulling those ones I feel represent the full range.” The plates are empty; all that remains is a smudge of avocado and flecks of bacon bits. “You see, everyone speaks in five different voices. You speak differently to your significant other than you do the paperboy, a waitress, a delegate of the United Nations. Sometimes, you don’t recognize a person’s voice when they yell. I want to hear what he sounds like laughing. What does he sound like laughing? Most people play Capote when he is thirty-five or forty. I’m playing him near the end of his life, so his voice might be an octave or two lower. No, it can’t be like anything I’ve ever done,” he says. “It can’t… I’m not making fun of him. I’m representing him—it’s a different performance.” By now we’ve covered most of Capote’s life; we’ve talked over some of his famous ticks and exchanged famous quotes like literary baseball cards. Darrell is reading In Cold Blood, which, when published, became Capote’s immediate consummation of fame. Its harrowing account of the 1959 Kansas murders of all the members of Herbert

speaking in tongues: how ironic. “You know part of his trouble, his undoing has been his own fault. But there had been some traitors as well,” he closes up and that’s all I hear of the matter. “You’ve described some of the characters you’ve played—the most influential people in the world—as ‘people of destiny, barreling toward those spots in life.’” “Yes. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Clinton, Trump. I don’t think they rose to their positions in life by accident. There is an unusual quality, an “X” factor that makes them different, and I don’t think I ever found out what it was. I feel that way when I meet one of these powerful guys like McCain or Sarah Palin; they are destined.” I guess that says something about the Alaskan constituency; perhaps they can share the blame with divine providence. By now we’ve had several neighbors pay their checks and skip town. The waitress still comes to see if our mugs can be filled, but they’ve been cold for the last half hour of conversation. “So where are you barreling toward in life?” “Well, I don’t know where I’m going. I’m negotiating for a Broadway play for April 2012. Let me see, I just did a pilot in New Orleans for WTBS by Ron Sheldon, the writer of Bull Durham.” “Quite a busy man.” “I also have a book coming out in the fall with Harper Collins, called “God, If You’re Not Up There I’m F*cked.” We both chuckle at the title, which signals an appropriate place to stop the recorder and pay the bill. Not two hours ago, I was thinking

“You see, everyone speaks in five different voices. You speak differently to your significant other than you do the paperboy, a waitress, a delegate of the United Nations.” Clutter’s family is desolately painted in prose only Truman could muster and share, stranding the reader’s sense of empathy between both the victims and the murderers. “What is so striking is the revulsion and profound sympathy you feel while reading it,” Darrell mutters almost apologetically. The crow’s feet on either side of his sunglasses slip in behind his lenses; they’re scratching his eyes a little bit. I can feel him harboring genuine compassion for the author and there is more to be said here, so I jostle him, “Do you feel like there is a lot of emotional matching when you are preparing for a character in a play?” “There is a lot of emotional matching,” he says glumly. “I’ve been cast out by some people who matter to me. I imagine there are worse feelings than that, but not many.” It’s as if Darrell is speaking to someone behind me, his tone duly pointed, an impressionist

the same thing during the beginning of the interview while gazing up at Mr. Hammond’s forehead: “God, if you’re not up there I’m f*cked.” Now…I’m a believer. I imagine on May 31st, Mr. Darrell Hammond will be waiting in the wings of Sag Harbor’s historic stage as the audience takes their seats and the house lights begin to fade. I believe a truly majestic performance will commence—by no grace of providence. On the contrary, it will be due to a delicate sensitivity toward the author, enlivened by a month of steadfast preparation, and nourished by several plates of green leafy vegetables. The lights will be off and the audience will wait. Truman Capote will take the stage. ❉ Jory Pomeranz is a writer living in Manhattan’s East Village, as long as his landlord doesn’t try to raise his rent again. Don’t do this to me, Alex. I will pay for movers.


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By Dan Burstein Photos By Julie O’Connor A NEW BOOK BY WESTON-BASED AUTHORS DAN BURSTEIN AND ARNE DE KEIJZER WILL BE PUBLISHED IN JUNE BY ST. MARTIN’S: THE TATTOOED GIRL: THE ENIGMA OF STIEG LARSSON AND THE SECRETS BEHIND THE MOST COMPELLING THRILLERS OF OUR TIME. AS INDICATED BY THE TITLE, THE BOOK IS A READER’S GUIDE TO THE “MILLENNIUM TRILOGY” WRITTEN BY SWEDISH AUTHOR STIEG LARSSON, WHOSE DEATH IN 2004 ON THE EVE OF MASSIVE SUCCESS FOR HIS BOOKS (OVER 50 MILLION SOLD WORLDWIDE) HAS TURNED HIM INTO ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT FIGURES IN RECENT LITERARY HISTORY. ADDING FUEL TO THE LARSSON FIRE IS THE BITTER DISPUTE THAT HAS CONTINUED TO PLAY OUT BETWEEN HIS LIFETIME PARTNER AND COMPANION, EVA GABRIELSSON, ON THE ONE HAND, AND LARSSON’S FATHER AND BROTHER, WHO HAVE INHERITED EVERYTHING.

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AND HELEN DE KEIJZER (CHAIR OF THE WESTON COMMISSION ON AGING), TRAV-

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THAT CONCERNED HIM.

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INTO HOLLYWOOD FILMS BY DIRECTOR DAVID FINCHER (THE SOCIAL

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for my luggage in Stockholm’s Arlanda airport, contemplating my upcoming plunge into the cold of late autumn Sweden and the dark world of Stieg Larsson. I intend to walk the streets Stieg Larsson walked for the 25 years he lived in Stockholm, particularly his beloved Södermalm, where much of the action in the Millennium Trilogy is set. Many noir genre crime writers bring their cities to life even as their characters deal in death. Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles or Sara Paretsky’s Chicago come to mind. But the attention to detail in Larsson’s fictional Stockholm is more like James Joyce’s vision of Dublin in Ulysses. The city itself is one of the stars of the show. Luggage in hand, I move through an exit corridor featuring a portrait gallery of the most famous Swedes of modern times: Greta SAID TO BE THE SMALL ATTIC APARTMENT, WITH A VIEW OF MIKAEL BLOMKVIST

Garbo, Björn Borg... and Stieg Larsson. Just a few years ago, Larsson would have been unknown to arriving tourists. But now he is a giant Swedish celebrity and a major national export industry. Package tours bring groups from France, Italy, Spain, the UK and the United States to Sweden specifically to go on “Millennium” tours. The City Museum of Stockholm, for many years a sleepy institution frequented primarily by school groups, is now host to the official guided “Millennium” walking tour of Södermalm. The tour is currently offered in nine languages, with more being added each season. Any tour of a city is a lesson in geography. But this one is a window into Stieg Larsson’s “moral geography.” One of the first things the museum guide explains is that the majority of the “good” characters — Mikael Blomkvist, Lisbeth Salander— live or work in Södermalm. The

offices of the fictional Millennium magazine are said to be on Götgatan in the heart of Södermalm, approximately where we find the real life offices of Greenpeace today. The evil characters generally inhabit other parts of Stockholm, such as Östermalm, known for the highest priced real estate and the wealthiest citizens in Stockholm. And, if Södermalm is good and Östermalm is evil, then Kungsholmen, which lies between them, is a middle ground from which new good characters can be discovered and developed. Monica Figuerola keeps in shape by running along Kungsholmen’s Norr Mälarstrand, facing Södermalm, but not quite in or of it. Blomkvist’s location mirrors hers: his apartment, with its spectacular view of Stockholm’s harbor (which you can replicate, more or less, from the heights of Monteliusvägen, a stop on the tour), literally faces Kungsholmen, with the court house and other state institutions in full view. Even after Blomkvist has bedded her, even after he has witnessed her dedication to the constitution and to clearing Salander of murder charges, he still has to open his own mind up to his natural skepticism of the powerful Swedish state bureaucracy across the water. Larsson had deep affection for Södermalm, appreciating its working class history and wanting his key characters to have their roots on this southerly island of Stockholm. Södermalm developed historically as a bit of a wild west, bohemian area; a kind of Greenwich Village of Stockholm. Even as recently as the 1970s and ‘80s, it was considered a “rough” area. Several of the writers and thinkers we interviewed in the fashionable cafe of the Hotel Rival (a renovated 1937 art deco treas-

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OUR TIME, BY DAN BURSTEIN, ARNE DE KEIJZER, AND JOHN-HENRI HOLMBERG, PUBLISHED BY ST. MARTIN’S, COPYRIGHT 2011. USED WITH PERMISSION.


VIEW FROM SÖDERMALM'S MONTELIUSSINGAN PATH WITH THE TOWER OF BIRGER JARL AND THE RIDDARHOLM CHURCH.

ure, now owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson) recalled that in their youth, their families discouraged them from going to Söder, as the locals call it. Over tea at the cafe in the Hotel Rival, Paolo Roberto, a real life Swedish boxing and martial arts champion who makes appearances in two of the Larsson books, told us that in his youth as a gang leader he was considered the third most dangerous man in Sweden. Now he imports Italian olive oil, writes cookbooks, and promotes sports and media events, from his Söder office. Even though Södermalm has been gentrified and the real estate prices have shot up, the area retains a neighborly feel and a more diverse personality than other parts of the city. Each shop reflects the unique taste of its owner. We step STIEG LARSSON'S FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP.

into an art gallery showing visual work in postmodern colors. Nearby is a shop selling teas of the world, next to one selling beautiful hand knit baby items. We look at the avant-garde jewelry creations of Efva Attling, who married popular singer Eva Dahlgren as soon as Sweden’s marriage law changed to allow gay marriage. August Strindberg, a leading novelist, playwright, and essayist of the late 19th century, set his path-breaking 1879 novel, Röda rummet (The Red Room), in Södermalm. The novel is a biting satire of bourgeois life in the Stockholm of Strindberg’s day. Larsson’s novels provide a kind of update of Strindberg. If the two could time travel to a meeting with each other, however, they would undoubtedly argue over their view of women. Strindberg famously declared that, “Every healthy man is a woman hater.” Larsson, whose Swedish title for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was “Men Who Hate Women,” saw himself as standing against the all too pervasive results of Strindberg’s philosophy. The opening of The Red Room is set in the Mosebacke area, which is also featured prominently in the Millennium novels. In Mosebacke Square, Lisbeth will walk past Nils Sjögren’s statue, “The Sisters,” multiple times. In the center of the square, this artwork depicts two women fused together. Sjögren sculpted it on commission from the city using a mix of classical techniques from Greek mythology and heaviness more typical of the Stalinist era in which he did much of his 8 4 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

work. Does Lisbeth think about her twin sister Camilla when she walks past this sculpture? One end of Mosebacke Square is dominated by the Södra Teatern, a theater that dates back to 1859. Upstairs and toward the back of the theater is a bar that spills out in the summertime onto a beautiful beer garden with a spectacular view of the city. In the Södra bar, Annika Giannini (Blomkvist’s sister, who is serving as Lisbeth’s lawyer) meets with Lisbeth after the victorious trial is over. Södra Teatern and Mosebacke Square are just a few steps from the penthouse apartment at Fiskargatan 9 that Lisbeth Salander purchases with 25 million kronor from the vast fortune she has cyber-siphoned out of the accounts of a financial criminal. Like most things in Larsson’s work, setting a luxury apartment at Fiskargatan 9, with its breathtaking day and nighttime views, is not the product of a random walk on the local map. Almost every building, landmark, and street address is selected for its subtle layers of nuanced meaning. Fiskargatan 9 turns out to be the former address of Percy Barnevik, once CEO of the giant Swedish-Swiss conglomerate ABB, who was involved in a major financial scandal when he retired from the company and received a huge bonus. The obviously upscale apartment building at that address, with its distinctive green roof, turret-style architecture, and commanding views of all of Stockholm, is the ultimate symbol of Södermalm’s gentrification. (When the building was first constructed, it was known as the “scandal house,” because it blocked the previously ubiquitous view of the Katarina church nearby). Larsson’s point of mentioning Barnevik and the provenance of Lisbeth’s apartment is another manifestation of his class-conscious mentality — setting the girl with the dragon tattoo and goth wardrobe down in the very same digs where Percy Barnevik, captain of Swedish industry, once lived. Lisbeth tries to live incognito at Fiskargatan 9. The name on the door is not Salander, but V. Kulla, an allusion to Pippi Longstocking’s fictional home, the Villa Villekula. (The idea of a grown-up Pippi Longstocking was said by Larsson to be “the spark” that inspired him to create the Lisbeth character.) Indeed, another highlight of our visit to Stockholm would be a pleasant cold fall day spent indoors at Stockholm’s Junibacken, a museum and children’s center devoted to children’s book author Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking, and all


the other characters she created. Located in Djurgården, Junibacken was built with Lindgren’s active involvement. Moving from Lisbeth’s apartment at Fiskargatan 9 to the apartment of Mikael Blomkvist at Bellmansgatan 1, we find there are many good Larssonian reasons for why Blomkvist lives at this specific address. The actual address in Stockholm houses a very charming and picturesque building, approached from a third story bridge. It is the perfect setting for Blomkvist, and might have even made a great home for

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Like most things in Larsson’s work, setting a luxury apartment at Fiskargatan 9, with its breathtaking day and nighttime views, is not the product of a random walk on the local map. Stieg Larsson and Eva Gabrielsson had Larsson lived to see the royalties from his books. Bellmansgatan is named for Carl Michael Bellman, a Swedish poet and composer of the 18th century. Bellman is a central figure in the Swedish song tradition. Many of his songs allude to bars, restaurants, and other spots well known in the Södermalm of Bellman’s day, just as Larsson’s novels allude to more contemporary locations. Larsson sets several scenes in the brasserie and nightclub called Kvarnen, for example. And while Kvarnen is not old enough to date back to Bellman’s time, it does have more than a century of local history and legend. Södermalm is home to many fine restaurants, but, in keeping with Stieg Larsson’s relatively proletarian tastes, we find Blomkvist and Salander mainly catching fast food on the run. They both have an apparent passion for Billy’s Pan Pizza, which is mentioned seven times in Fire and at least once in every book. Having read about this unique Swedish delicacy in Larsson’s novels, I looked forward to tasting it. (However, after I bought a Billy’s Pan Pizza at the 7-Eleven on

Götgatan, which is where Mikael and Lisbeth frequently get their supplies of cigarettes, fast food, and other necessities, and heated it up in the hotel microwave, I was severely disappointed). Ironically, as I was buying my Billy’s, I noticed Swedish tabloid headlines in the 7-Eleven featuring stories about trouble between Noomi Rapace (the brilliant actress who played Lisbeth in the Swedish films), and her husband heading toward splitsville. They would officially divorce a month later in December 2010. Photos of Noomi as Lisbeth were staring out at me, much the way Lisbeth sees a bad photo of herself splashed across the tabloids along with giant headlines accusing her of triple homicide. Considering Larsson’s anti-Nazi stance, it is not surprising that Jewish characters figure far more prominently in his novels than in the actual population of Stockholm (the Jewish population is thought to be around 10,000.) Jan Bublanski, the thoughtful, determined police inspector who ends up doing a good job on the Salander case despite all the obstacles put in his way is Jewish, and (sometimes) attends services at Adat Jisrael on St. Paulsgatan. This temple is perhaps the most nondescript I have ever seen anywhere in the world. In Norrmalm, the Great Synagogue of Stockholm is as attractive and imposing a building as Adat Jisrael is lowkey. But even this outward facing symbol of Jewish life in Sweden must surround itself with security gates in an era of neo-Nazi threats. Larsson’s novels reflect a keen interest in the geography of islands. In Tattoo, he creates a fictional island, Hedeby, where the Vanger family lives. It is cut off from the mainland for a period of time on a September day in 1966, owing to an accident on the bridge, and it is at this moment that Harriet Vanger disappears, creating the basic mystery of the book. In Fire, Lisbeth travels to Grenada. And, if we follow the clues Stieg Larsson left with his friend and our co-author, John-Henri Holmberg, we understand that the manuscript for the fourth novel was likely to be set in an extremely remote island of Canada’s Northwest Territories, Banks Island. Södermalm is Stieg Larsson’s ultimate personal island, a place where he knew virtually every block and every building, where he had drunk coffee in every coffee bar. Kaffebar, one of his favorites, which is mentioned several times in the books, is now known as Mellqvist Kaffebar. Some of the people who work there still remember Larsson sitting at a table with his laptop, coffee cup in hand, typing away at what would become the Millennium Trilogy. It is in Södermalm that Lisbeth and Mikael achieve vengeance and justice and find answers and truth. And they are now ready to launch their next adventure together on the next geographic and moral island they find themselves on… in the fourth book we are all waiting for. ❉ Dan Burstein is the author of 14 books, many of them with his co-author and partner, Arne de Keijzer. He previously wrote SECRETS OF THE CODE, the world’s bestselling guidebook to The Da Vinci Code. Over four million copies of the “Secrets” series of books are in print in more than 30 countries. Dan is also a venture capitalist and managing partner of Millennium, a New York based venture firm.


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CHANCES ARE, YOU’VE ALREADY HEARD of this guy Chip Goodrich. After all, his sordid odyssey is going viral on the Internet — which is little surprise to those who already know him. In some circles, he’s absolutely legendary; his comet’s trail of drunken debauchery is already the stuff of urban legend up and down the Eastern Seaboard. The biggest problem with Charles “Chip” Goodrich III is that he’s irresistibly charming, which has enabled him to get away with an entirely irresponsible youth. He’ll be the first to admit, it was not his most inspired idea in sophomore year to celebrate the end of midterms at Cornell by setting his passed-out roommate on fire. And yes, even Chip himself will concede with a smirk that it was kind of humorous, the time he was so wasted on Patron, Viagra and a genetically-modified strain of weed called Hawaiian Skunk at that notorious Pi Beta Phi pajama party, when he was under the sheets with that sorority sister Heather Headley and heard a loud snap. Peering beneath the sheets, he was horrified to see his manhood mangled into the surreal L-shape of a hockey stick. (“But it wasn’t funny at the time,” he would remind listeners with an intensely serious expression.) And all those practical jokes he pulled on unsuspecting dupes? Epic. Five thousand golf balls jammed into his R.A.’s car? A scream. Convincing that gullible freshman to pound down a dozen Mentos followed by a liter of Diet Coke until he was projectile vomiting at The Nines? Off the hook! Having that arrogant lacrosse player wake up on a rubber raft in the middle of Cayuga Lake? Priceless. And that was classic Chip, the spoiled rich kid from Greenwich who would repeatedly urinate in the fuel tank of your frat brother’s sportscar over a perceived slight, referred to himself in the third person and casually informed everyone that his penis had a nickname (“Excalibur”) — as if everyone’s did. As long as he stayed away — at least a hundred 1 0 4 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

miles away — from your little sister, he was entertaining as all hell. You may legitimately ask how Chip Goodrich managed to glide through four years of grueling academia at Cornell. In retrospect, it was a strategic combination of internet-based term-paper mills, sophisticated high-tech cheat methodology and his irresistible surferboy charisma that got him through by the skin of his teeth. While Chip’s father grumbled to his country club buddies that his progeny was little more than a “spoiled screw-up,” Chip’s response to that was a simple: Bite me, Dad. I’m an Ivy League grad. As Tony Montana famously said in Chip’s favorite movie, Scarface: “I want what’s coming to me, Chico — the world and everything in it.” His personal credo. Words he lived by.

II. AFTER GRADUATION, CHIP TOOK THE ENTIRE SUMMER off to backpack throughout Europe with frat brother Dylan Holbrook, a trip largely funded by Chip’s grandfather’s American Express black card. The recent college grads smoked their way across the continent, sampling and ranking each nation’s weed on an elaborate ten-point scale. Chip’s old man managed to get ahold of him during a hazy weekend in Brussels, where the pair had just seen Coldplay perform at Forest National. The call was, of course, a total cold-shower buzzkill. “Party’s over, Charles. I want you on the next plane back to New York.” “What’s the big rush, mon pere?” Chip protested as he handed the spliff of Purple Haze to Dylan. “We haven’t even been to Ibiza yet.” “I called in a big favor at Morgan Stanley and got you an interview for a three-year analyst position. It’s a gateway to a top 10 business school so I want your word that you’re not going to screw this up.” “Gee, father, I’m personally insulted by the implication.” “Never mind, just get your ass home on the next flight, Charles. And you’d better be in a position to pass the mandatory drug test.” Drug test? Uh oh.


Resigned to the reality of a shortened European odyssey, Chip and Dylan devoted their few remaining hours in Europe to partying like it was the end of the world — which, in a symbolic way for Chip, it was.

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HIP GOODRICH WAS STREET-SMART ENOUGH to know that he had to get his gameface on and take the opportunity seriously. As a CFO for a global insurance company, Chip’s father had the juice to open a door at the investment bank for his kid, but he was on his own from here on out. And the old man fully expected him to fail — perhaps was even rooting for it in some sick way so he could ride his ass for the next couple of years. Time to pump up the adrenaline, Chipper, bust open a can of whoop-ass. To research the firm, Chip hired a $4-an-hour kid in Bangalore, India to write up an executive summary about Morgan Stanley, a 16-page cheat sheet packed with intelligent-sounding soundbytes to spew at opportune moments during the interview process. As for the drug test? For the time being, he’d go cold turkey, and cross his fingers that his bloodstream would purify itself. Everything would work out in the end. For Chip, it always did.

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IFTEEN MINUTES BEFORE HIS FIRST-ROUND INTERVIEW, a fully-caffeinated and sharply dressed Chip Goodrich III stood in front of Morgan Stanley’s high-tech worldwide headquarters at 1585 Broadway. The 52-story orthogonal skyscraper with three LED news zippers skittering around the building was absolutely aweinspiring. He nodded confidently. This place is definitely Chipworthy, he thought resolutely. A confident young woman in an earth-tone pencil skirt and sensible Ferragamo shoes met him at the 40th floor double-height mahogany-and-leather reception area. “Jennifer Piccolino,” she informed him with a surprisingly firm handshake. “I’ll be your HR contact throughout the interview process.” In a stately conference room, Jennifer informed him that the purpose of the first-round interview was to get Chip comfortable with what could be a daunting process. “It’s the firm’s philosophy that you should be at ease, and be at your very best throughout the interview process.” They then engaged in a relaxed conversation about the “challenging, demanding, yet collegial” culture of Morgan Stanley (otherwise described on vault.com as “rude, pretentious and arrogant”). Hundred-hour workweeks were “not routine, but it’s not unusual to find yourself working all night long on Excel spreadsheets and doing financial models.” Doing ‘models’? That is my duh-ream job, Jennifer Piccolino! While she prattled on trying to sell him on this high-paying form of white-collar slavery, Chip made an executive decision to seduce his HR contact. It would be like clubbing a baby seal. He knew how to play the game; it was all about how he projected himself — the almighty attitude. The dymanic of men and women could be summed up as a coy game of advance and retreat, parry and thrust. It was all about the attitude, an instinctual impulse the human animal had responding to confidence and authority. He had to make a bold move that would flip the power dynamic in his favor.

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In the middle of her soliloquy of a typical Morgan Stanley workday, he leaned forward assertively and said, “So how’s it going so far?” She blushed. “You’re doing more than fine, Charles.” “You know, at Cornell they told us there’s three rules about interviewing that you absolutely couldn’t break. One — you can’t bring your un-housebroken puppy with you to the interview, two — you can’t take a call from your mother in the middle of it, and, above all, you don’t ask the interviewer what time she’s getting off work.” He flashed her a luminous smile of perfect teeth. “The first two, no problem. But the third rule? It’s not working out so well for me.” Jennifer Piccolino’s face instantly flushed an arterial purple. She pulled out her business card and penned in her personal cellphone number. She bit her lip, locked up his eyes in hers and said, “Seven-thirty.” And that, my friends, was the gamechanger.

III. OVER DINNER AT LE BERNADIN, Jennifer Piccolino transformed from HR contact to his personal career coach. She gave him all the inside baseball, the low-down on the personalities that stood between him and the golden ticket. Armed with such inside information, Chip effortlessly aced all his interviews, whether it was mirroring the interviewer’s particular political views (“I hope you don’t mind my saying so, the ‘War on Terror’ was an unpopular but courageous act of a great President.”) or playing to their personal passions (“Would it affect my standing at the firm if I insisted on getting involved in shaping its diversity policy?”). All in all, Chip received some of the highest ratings of this year’s class of candidates. He was watching “Jersey Shore” marathons at his parents’ Greenwich home when the crisp, dazzling-white offer letter arrived. The letter offered him the position of a three-year analyst in the Capital Markets Group in New York. The news left Chip simultaneously elated — and terrified. Yes, of course, the $80,000-a-year salary right out of Cornell was suh-weeet, no complaints there. But the potential showstopper was buried in the last paragraph: “This employment offer is contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, criminal record verification and drug screening.” Drug screening. It was like a burly bouncer at the door of the exclusive club, controlling the velvet rope that would make or break the rest of his life. He got busy trying to figure out a way to beat the drug test. Most helpfully, the Internet had a cornucopia of powerful solutions, all for less than $100. There were things such as Mary Jane Super Clean 13, THC-Neutralizer, synthetic urine. Still, he had to choose wisely: if he were busted cheating on a drug test, he would be banned from the industry for life. On the day of the test, he drank two quarts of water with a half a bottle of a fluid called MegaCleanse, which promised to neutralize the offending toxins in his bloodstream. He chugged the salty concoction, then headed to the clinic to provide the sample. Twenty minutes later, he left the clinic in a mild panic, paranoid that MegaCleanse was actually a mega-fraud.


He needn’t have worried; MegaCleanse was an absolute miracle of modern science. It only took 48 hours for the results to come back negative for illicit substances. Jennifer called him personally to inform him that he was officially an employee of Morgan Stanley. In your face, Dad! Chip had to admit, though, he wasn’t prepared for when his HR person coyly asked him, “How should we celebrate the good news?”

IV. AGAINST HIS BETTER JUDGMENT, Chip took Jennifer out for drinks at the Glass Bar on the rooftop of Hotel Indigo Chelsea and invited her to join him for a weekend of clubbing in South Beach. Emitting something of a squeal, she excitedly accepted. A voice inside his head warned of impending catastrophe, but he refused to let it bring him down. Chip scored his grandfather’s Black

TO RESEARCH THE FIRM, CHIP HIRED A $4-AN-HOUR KID IN BANGALORE, INDIA TO WRITE UP AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ABOUT MORGAN STANLEY, A 16-PAGE CHEAT SHEET PACKED WITH INTELLIGENT-SOUNDING SOUNDBYTES TO SPEW AT OPPORTUNE MOMENTS DURING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS. Card, withdrew $6,200 in crisp hundred dollar bills from his trust fund, booked two first class seats to Miami and put Dylan’s South Beach pot dealer on speed-dial. That Friday night, the champagne began to flow even before the flight’s 6:30 PM takeoff. The bubbly must have gone straight to Jennifer Piccolino’s head, because she immediately became a highly annoying version of herself. She was touchy-feely in all the wrong ways, had an annoying giggle, spoke too loudly for the first-class cabin. For sport, he began to catalogue the traits that got under his skin: badmouthing her old boyfriend, jabbering about her friends, bragging about the so-awesome African charity she was involved in. Then she insisted on forcing him to watch a horrible “Sex And The City” movie, during which she kept pointing out a certain pocketbook — a dreadful oddity she referred to as a Fendi Leather Feather Evening Handbag. Hint, hint. A bill for services rendered, he thought sourly. His celebratory weekend was totally screwed. Things didn’t improve hours later, even after he checked them into

the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach. She spent an hour trying to figure out what to wear out to the club scene. “Everything looks good on you,” he said, unenthusiastically. Her indecisiveness lent cover for him to slip down to the lobby to meet a skinny Cuban kid with yellow teeth named Popstar, the Miami Beach pot dealer recommended by Dylan. For good measure, Chip had him throw in some pharmaceutical quality cocaine. When the drugs didn’t brighten his mood, Jennifer Piccolino sensed the tension. On the limo ride over to Fontainebleau, she asked if something was wrong. He kissed her dispassionately. “Just a bit on edge about Monday’s orientation, that’s all.” Entering the lobby of the Fontainebleau, Chip’s stomach crumpled in agony when he got a glimpse of the vibrant party scene that awaited him. The lobby bar was packed with beautiful women, outnumbering men two-to-one. The Latin women, especially, were in topshape, with gleaming, tanned skin and alluring cocktail dresses. Their hair was done up right, and strategic cosmetic surgery abounded. The talent was truly epic. “Wow,” Jennifer said. “What a scene.” What a dork thing to say, he said to himself. “What are you drinking?” “Sparkling water with lime.” Chip groaned inwardly. Could this nightmare get any worse? He pushed his way to the neon-lit circular bar in the midst of the throng, semaphoring to get the attention of the over-muscled Cuban bartender. An exotic blonde woman in the stool closest to him gave him a flirtatious smile. Instinctively, he smiled back. “You should try what I’m drinking,” she said, in a seductive Russian accent. “Looks interesting. What is it?” “A pink p——,” she replied evenly. “I highly recommend it.” Chip felt a rush of blood course through his body. Within five minutes of a conversation with Nastasia, he learned she was wearing no panties. That was it, the point of no return for Chip’s hormonal impulsivity. He heard himself saying, “Do you want to get out of here?” “Only if I can bring my friend, Annushka.” Annushka happened to be the smokin’ hot redhead sitting next to her. “The more the merrier,” Chip said, tossing $40 on the bar for their drinks. He led the two exotic Russian women the long way around the crowd to avoid being spotted by Jennifer. As he emerged into the balmy South Florida night, his heart was triphammering over the treachery of dumping Jennifer for two Russian chicks he had just met – there would be holy hell to pay. But he rationalized it by telling himself it was his farewell bash. South Beach had once again come alive with possibilities, and he luxuriated in the familiar thrill of being in the presence of strikingly hot strangers.

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RECISELY WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT IS SUBJECT TO SOME DISPUTE — there are several variations of the story going around the blogosphere. It is quite clear by all accounts, how-


ever, that Chip Goodrich’s weekend in South Beach was a decadent, depraved whirlwind of booze, drugs, women and club hopping. He reportedly went back to the hotel with Annushka and Nastasia and wrote up an apology letter on Ritz Carlton stationery claiming some vague “family emergency” forced him to head on the next flight home. He claimed to have lost her in the crowd, and, in his panic, headed back to the hotel to gather his things. He stuffed $500 in the envelope “for your terrible inconvenience,” then he sealed the envelope, grabbed his weekend bag and raced down to the lobby. By now, his cellphone was buzzing ceaselessly like a pissed-off hor-

away. Then the whole thing started to turn into a Latin sausage-fest, so they took the party on the road. Mansion. The Rooftop of the Gansevoort, Aerobar. Bed. There was always some other place to go to. Standing still was not an option. Chip encountered some of the hard-core culture vultures… the girl with the pink buzzcut dancing in the cage … the Cuban girl in the pink neon bikini at Aerobar… his two Russian girlfriends grinding against each other for his viewing pleasure at Mansion… a celebrity sighting of Derek Jeter, who flashed him the thumbs-up sign for the caliber of his companions.

DRUG SCREENING. IT WAS LIKE A BURLY BOUNCER AT THE DOOR OF THE EXCLUSIVE CLUB, CONTROLLING THE VELVET ROPE THAT WOULD MAKE OR BREAK THE REST OF HIS LIFE. net. He clipped it, removed the battery and jammed it into his pocket. He made his way to the concierge desk and — within four minutes of searching the web — found the ugly Fendi “Sex and the City” pocketbook that was Jennifer Piccolino’s personal obsession – a $1,680 monstrosity called ‘Water Feathers.’ The concierge contacted a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue who promised a 10 AM direct delivery to the hotel room. A consolation prize for Jennifer. “Awesome,” Chip blurted, tossing $2,200 on the concierge’s vestibule. “You and the personal shopper can split whatever’s left over. Now, I’ve got to run, I, uh, have a family emergency.” “Yes, I can see that.” The concierge cocked a skeptical eyebrow as he peered over at the giggling Russian girls at the lobby bar, who were having a contest to see who would be the first to knot a cherry stem with her tongue. Chip collected his escorts for the night, and the three of them plunged into the whitewater rapids of the South Beach nightlife.

V. BY 1 AM, Chip Goodrich was a million miles away from Jennifer Piccolino and his 7:00 AM Monday morning new recruits’ orientation. Annushka had gotten them past the velvet rope at LIV, where they scored a roped-off VIP table secured by his grandfather’s Black Card. He found himself in a state of ecstasy, as he gazed over the railing at the hard bodies writhing energetically on the dance floor, a sea of swarming limbs with the Kool-Aid colors of the strobe lights washing over them. He could see the hair swaying, the white teeth shining, reflecting the lasers. Chip felt super-attenuated, alive, as if every nerve ending had become electrified and heightened to every sensory input. He experienced a Tony Montana moment. It’s good to be me. A bevy of surgically-enhanced women from a nearby porn convention descended on their VIP section, trying to glom onto the $400 bottles of Cristal. Amid the commotion, former Guns-N-Roses frontman Axl Rose helped himself to the bubbly until Chip chased him 1 0 8 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

When they finally blocked the black Amex for suspicious transactions, he was peeved, sure, but not surprised — he didn’t have the pass code to get through AMEX security and he wasn’t going to call Grandpa to ask for it. He still had enough cash to get through the weekend. At 5 AM, with a bit more nose candy to keep the party in motion, they hit Hardcore, an aptly named after-hours club on 11th Street. Everything got blurry after that…. Chip woke up in an unfamiliar bed around 2:30 pm, completely disoriented. Nose was inflamed, mouth was pasty, and he had a sour taste on his tongue. Where the hell am I? It took several minutes for Chip to realize he was in an impressively-appointed duplex in North Miami Beach in an apartment complex called Flamingo. Both Annushka and Nastasia were in bed with him, and his first impulse was, “All right, Chipster, time to wake and bake.” He took his morning “vitamins” — two Cialis tabs — and washed them down with tangerine-infused Vodka. Two snorts of Popstar’s finest, and he was back in business. The threesome lay out on the beach draining fruit-flavored vodka, sneaking joints and lining their sinuses with cocaine until it was dark. Then Chip locked and reloaded — and they plunged into the decadent South Beach nightlife with the ambition of partying twice as hard as the previous night. It shouldn’t have surprised him, then, when many many hours later, a police officer on a horse roused him from the pitch-black nothingness of his passed-out state, threatening to arrest him for loitering. Chip’s eyes were nearly pasted shut, but he managed to squint up at the menacing cop. Where the hell am I? He wondered, completely disoriented. He spit out the grains of sand in his mouth, suddenly realizing he had passed out on the beach sometime a long while ago. But how long ago? Not only were Annushka and Nastasia gone, so was his watch, his wallet. His skull throbbing, he asked the cop what time it was. “Almost seven o’clock.” “In the morning?” “No, dummy.” The cop on the horse was darkly amused. “Seven on Sunday afternoon.”


VI. A SHEER ANIMAL PANIC SET IN DURING THE 25-MINUTE CAB RIDE to Miami International Airport. The fate of Chip Goodrich’s 22-year-old life had become a clichéd race against the clock. He had no cellphone, no credit card, no luggage — only $327 he had secreted away in the zippered front pocket of his Yohji Yamamoto jeans. Obviously, his flight was long gone, and his firstclass American Airlines ticket was now ostensibly worthless. But leave it to Chip; he went on a charm offensive, sweet-talking the female supervisor, who permitted him to pay a $150 change fee to grab the

last ticket on the very last flight out of Miami. Okay, sure, it was the middle seat in the back row next to the bathroom and yes, inclement weather in New York delayed the midnight flight an hour-forty-five. But thank God for small favors, it wasn’t cancelled. The flight arrived at LaGuardia at 4:45 AM, just over three hours until his 7 AM orientation. Having no luggage to claim or carry, he sprinted through the terminal to ground transport and jumped into a cab. The cab took 20 minutes to get him to Dylan’s apartment on First Avenue and 72nd. His head pounding, heart trip-hammering, he buzzed repeatedly until Dylan groggily answered. “Dude, it’s Chip! Let me up now, it’s an emergency!” Dylan buzzed him in, and he was waiting by the open door, displeased by the early morning intrusion. But he was shocked by his buddy’s craven appearance. “Man, you look terrible.” “I need your shower, and a suit and tie and I need it now. I got firstday orientation in 70 minutes.” Frantically, Chip showered, shaved, gargled, chugged instant coffee, dry-swallowed Duane Reade brand ibuprofen, and slipped into Dylan’s too-tight Brooks Brothers pinstripe. Dylan had horrible taste in ties, so Chip selected the least offensive one, a blue on blue repstriped tie. He sprinted from Dylan’s apartment, then squandered 20 minutes waiting futilely for a cab. He began hoofing it the 35 city blocks to Morgan Stanley’s offices on Broadway in Dylan’s clownish, far-too-big loafers. And wouldn’t you know it – the lucky sonovabitch got through security at the Morgan Stanley building and arrived at the training room at precisely 6:57 AM! It was epic! Chip had survived The Weekend That Time Forgot, and now here he was, standing on the 23rd Floor of the World Headquarters of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, pinning his nametag on the lapel of Dylan’s cheap, no-iron Brooks Brothers suit, chugging down fresh orange juice to push away the stubborn hangover. He cast a superior glance over the dozens of ruthlessly

ambitious new hires with their exalted egos clustered in their pockets, jabbering about restaurants they had patronized over the weekend, exuding cool indifference and confidence. All amateurs, he thought derisively. He would chew up these Ivy-League losers for breakfast and spit them out like the inferior thumb-suckers they were. As the new recruits were being herded into the amphitheatre for the orientation, Chip gulped down a half cup of black coffee and melded into the group. Suddenly, a middle-aged woman with a clipboard cheerfully asked, “Are you Charles Goodrich, by chance?”

He was taken aback. “Yeah.” “My name’s Bonnie Adler, I’m with Human Resources. Can you come with me please?” Alarm bells went off. “Uh, is everything okay?” “Oh, everything’s fine.” Bonnie Adler smiled ominously. “There was a mix-up at the lab we use for screening, and they can no longer verify that your urine sample was not compromised. It happens from time to time.” That’s when Chip noticed the blue-gloved male nurse standing nearby. “Oh.” “So we need a fresh urine sample as a condition of your employment. We’ve arranged for you to take it now, for your convenience. You wouldn’t have a problem with that, would you, Mr. Goodrich?” “Why would I?” His faked enthusiasm came out at an unnaturally loud volume. “Let’s get it done.” As he dejectedly followed the male nurse to the restroom, Bonnie Adler called after him, “Oh, and my colleague Jennifer Piccolino wanted me to tell you to have a great first day here at Morgan Stanley.” First day and last day, of course, Chip knew, for his bloodstream was likely fully radioactive after the weekend he had just had at South Beach. Touché, Jennifer Piccolino, touché. Her elegant revenge for being dumped so unceremoniously in Miami was to force him to piss away his own job offer – literally speaking. Chip’s old man was gonna have a field day, gloating for years to come over his son’s epic Morgan Stanley fail. So be it. He was still the Legendary Chipster, the stuff of urban legend up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Soon he would be back. Bigger and better than ever. ❉ Westport’s Stephen Rhodes is the critically acclaimed novelist whose book The Velocity Of Money (Avon Books) predicted last year’s flash crash.

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THE WRITTEN TEST Charlotte gets 8 out of 10 correct on the permit test, which means she passed. She gets behind the wheel of what is now “our” car. The next morning when it comes time to drive her to her PSAT course, I automatically start to get into the driver’s side of the car. She waves me away. She drives us downtown. “How do I change lanes?“ She asks suddenly worried. That makes two of us. “Don’t,” I advise. “Wait. Go around the block.” Instead of taking me straight home Charlotte drives me to Starbucks to get herself a frappucino. This new sophisticated drink must have something to do with her new sophisticated life as a driver. “Do you know how dumb it feels to be driven around like this?” I say, impatient to get home where I have work. “Now you know how I’ve felt for the past 16 years,” she replies.

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CAR TALK Charlotte having only just gotten her Learner’s Permit is already shopping for a car. She calls a number she sees on the back of a Cabriolet parked on the street. She talks to a “really nice girl named Lisa.” Anyone who is going to aid Charlotte in realizing her dream of a car is already “nice” without even having to lift a finger. She makes an appointment the next day

Charlotte ducks her head in embarrassment and I flip the finger at the angry driver.

LICENSE PICK UP DAY Just as I feared, the day Charlotte gets her license is here. Of course, Charlotte brought her friend Fifi with her. So the moment is not even our moment. It belongs to Charlotte and Fifi. Charlotte, Miss Meticulous, has just noticed that they forgot to put “restrictive lenses” on her license. She has an invalid license. Oh, good, she can’t drive. We can all go home and go back to where we were: Mom, Dad, and Little Girl. Maybe I can dig out her old Aprica stroller, stuff her in and wheel her right back to babyhood. “What’s the difference?” Fifi asks. Charlotte explains: “This says I have perfect vision, which I don’t.” “Forget it, it’s O.K.” Fifi says. But for Charlotte, it’s definitely not O.K. She wants this, her first license, to follow the exact letter of the law. She gets back into line to

I FORGET THAT SHE’S 15 YEARS OLD, IT’S 7:30 IN THE MORNING AND SHE HATES ME. to look at the 57,000-mile car “for only $5,000.” I get behind the wheel of the Cabriolet because we have agreed beforehand that to have Charlotte drive a shift car for the first time in front of a stranger would be a big mistake. We drive to a deserted area and change places. She stops, she starts, she never gets out of second gear. When she shifts, she keeps the gas going so the car makes a terrible gasping sound. “Kachuh kachuh kachuh.” I feel like the Eternal Patient Mother: kind and supportive beyond belief. This is good for Charlotte and it’s really good for me. “I don’t think it’s worth the money she’s asking,” I say to get her off the hook. Charlotte quickly decides she doesn’t want a shift car after all. So it turns out to be a very successful first test drive.

THE FIRST TIME ON THE HIGHWAY Charlotte has been putting this off. It is only from exit 18 to exit 22 but it is on I95, notorious for its big fast trucks and numerous fatalities. I realize I am pushing her to do this because I want to be there for another of her firsts. “This is scary,” she says, as she edges onto the highway. Cars are zipping behind us and I am at a real loss as to how to explain merging to her. I myself never knew if you were supposed to slow down to let the merging car in, speed up so that they have to enter the lane after you, or stubbornly maintain your speed even though it looks as if you’re headed for a big collision. I feel as if I had taken her out in a tippy rowboat and suddenly remembered that neither of us knew how to swim. “Go! Go! Go! I finally shout. She jams on the accelerator and we shoot out into our lane. The car that we have just cut off honks at us.

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have her license corrected. She has to have her picture taken again, which is too bad because the first one turns out to be much better. We have now been at Motor Vehicle for over two hours.

DINNER WITH THE PARENTS Charlotte drives us to and from a restaurant. Even though she now has her driver’s license she still depends on us for food. Tucker sits in the back seat. I sit up front with Charlotte. On our way home a boy driving a gold Isuzu in the lane next to us spots Charlotte. He speeds up. He waits for her. When she pulls up along side he speeds up again. She giggles and catches up with him. She turns up Green Day. She taps the wheel with her purple frosted nails. She is beautiful. She is cool. She has her wheels and the night and the music. She also has her mother and father stuffed in the car with her. But, for a moment she is able to transcend this little detail. Charlotte and the Isuzu boy continue down Post Road in tandem, performing the classic car mating dance: quick eye contact, followed by cool indifference, then a thrust of the accelerator followed by a subtle braking. Finally, he speeds on. There are no goodbyes and no regrets. She turns off Post Road and onto the once-dreaded I 95. Her perfectly tanned arm rests casually on the open window. Her long hair billows back like a dark silk scarf. She is her own car commercial. She is, most definitely, licensed to drive. ❉ Linda Howard Urbach is the author of Madame Bovary’s Daughter (Random House, August, 2011). She is currently working on a new novel, Sarah’s Hair, the story of Sarah Bernhardt’s hairdresser. Linda is the creator of MoMoirs, Writing Workshops For & About Moms; www.MoMoirs.com.


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Serves 4 to 6 In summer when the tomatoes, scallions, and cucumbers are plentiful at Jim Pike’s farmstand in Sagaponack, New York, I love to make fatoush, a Middle Eastern salad with feta and toasted pita bread. The chickpeas make this a very hearty lunch and lots of chopped fresh herbs—parsley, mint, and basil—give it so much flavor. It’s up to you whether you serve this in the traditional way with the pita tossed in the salad, or the way I do with the pita on the side.

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10 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced 1 pound ripe tomatoes, seeded, cored, and 1/2-inch-diced 1 hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded, and 1/2-inch-diced 1 can or jar (12 to 16 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1⁄3 cup chopped fresh parsley 1⁄3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves 1⁄3 cup julienned fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons) 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup good olive oil 8 ounces good feta cheese, 1/2-inch-diced Toasted pita bread, for serving


R U R A L PA P A L AT AT E S Place the scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, parsley, mint, and basil in a large salad bowl and toss to combine. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1teaspoon pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing gently to coat all the vegetables. Add the feta, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss gently. Serve the salad with the toasted pita bread. I prefer Cirio chickpeas in a jar, if you can find them, but canned chickpeas will be fine. I use Greek feta. Be sure to dice rather than crumble it. ROASTED SALMON WITH GREEN HERBS

ROASTED SALMON WITH GREEN HERBS Serves 6 This is a great last-minute dinner. I can pick up the salmon on the way home, and I’ve usually got some herbs in the garden, and the rest of the ingredients in the pantry. Roasting is so much less stressful than grilling and the salmon stays very moist. I have needlenose-pliers in a drawer for removing any pesky pinbones that the fish store misses.

1 (2- to 2 1/2-pound) skinless salmon fillet Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup good olive oil 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (4 scallions) 1/2 cup minced fresh dill 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley 1/4 cup dry white wine Lemon wedges, for serving

cream. WOW—and talk about easy! I use chocolate chip cookies from Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton, New York, which are available nationally or at TatesBakeShop.com. If you can’t get them, use another thin, crisp chocolate chip cookie. 2 cups cold heavy cream 12 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup Kahlúa liqueur 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Pernigotti 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 (8-ounce) packages Tate’s Bake Shop chocolate chip cookies Shaved semisweet chocolate, for garnish In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, Kahlúa, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine and then slowly raise the speed, until it forms firm peaks. To assemble the cake, arrange chocolate chip cookies flat in an 8-inch springform pan, covering the bottom as much as possible. (I break some cookies to fill in the spaces.) Spread a fifth of the mocha whipped cream evenly over the cookies. Place another layer of cookies on top, lying flat and touching, followed by another fifth of the cream. Continue layering cookies and cream until there are 5 layers of each, ending with a layer of cream. Smooth the top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Run a small sharp knife around the outside of the cake and remove the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate, cut in wedges, and serve cold. * Tate’s Bake Shop cookies are 2 inches in diameter, thin, and crisp. You will have cookies left over from 3 packages, which never seems to be a problem here. * If you heat the block of chocolate in a microwave for 30 seconds, you will get larger shavings. ❉ Reprinted from the book Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the salmon fillet in a glass, ceramic, or stainless-steel roasting dish and season it generously with salt and pepper. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle the mixture evenly over the salmon. Let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together the scallions, dill, and parsley. Scatter the herb mixture over the salmon fillet, turning it so that both sides are generously coated with the green herbs. Pour the wine around the fish fillet. Roast the salmon for 10 to 12 minutes, until almost cooked in the center at the thickest part. The center will be firm with just a line of uncooked salmon in the very center. (I peek by inserting the tip of a small knife.) Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Cut the salmon crosswise into serving pieces and serve hot with lemon wedges.

MOCHA CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE Serves 8 Almost everyone has fond memories of that old-fashioned dessert made with chocolate wafers and whipped cream. I decided to update that icebox cake with really good chocolate chip cookies and mocha whipped

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dB BISTRO MODERNE Opened in 2001 as Daniel Boulud’s contemporary interpretation of “classic Parisian bistro meets the flavors of the American market,” db Bistro Moderne continues at the top of its game. The famed db burger — freshly ground sirloin with a stuffing of braised short ribs and foie gras on a house-made parmesan bun, with a side of pomme frites — is only one of the signature dishes prepared by Executive Chef Laurent Kalkotour clamoring to be ordered. Seasonal offerings based around such fresh and locally available ingredients as asparagus, tomatoes or tender lettuces vie for attention with Provençal specialities from the chef’s native region

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Like a high intensity cocktail? A meal with plenty of people watching and animation? Then imbibe, dine and enjoy your spot above it all ensconced in Charlie Palmer’s Metrazur, overlooking the fray of Grand Central Station’s main concourse. Small plates are ideal for the high energy, high decibal lounge, and sliders with aged cheddar on a brioche bun, pizzette, market selection of oysters, and tuna tartar with avocado, caper berries and lemon juice served on a crisp taro root fit the bill nicely. A nicely sound-dulled private dining room with plenty of tech tools is available for corporate or private parties, and couldn’t be better served by public transportation. Serving lunch and dinner in the dining room; a la carte items in the lounge. 404 Grand Central terminal, East Balcony. 212/687-4600; www.charliepalmer.com/properties/metrazur.


MADISON & VINE

MADISON & VINE Located in the boutique Library Hotel at Madison and 41st Street, the new Madison & Vine is an American bistro/wine bar offering well prepared fare and signature cocktails in a warm, nostalgic setting. Try the herb grilled hanger steak with a choice of herb butter, truffled hollandaise or peppercorn jus and served with fries and mixed organic greens; or the generous Madison and Vine Cobb salad of chicken, crumbled Roquefort, applewood smoked bacon, egg, avocado and housemade balsamic vinaigrette. Mac and cheese in an upscale, elegant incarnation with truffles and pancetta makes a great starter or dish to share. An international range of wines and cocktails made with fresh berries, blends and essences keep the bar offerings lively, while service is young and attentive. 299 Madison Ave. 212/867-5535; www.hospitalityholdings.com.

bahr/ché

bahr/ché Hello young lovers, whoever you are. Welcome to the ideal spot for wine and cheese, handholding and whispers. The new bahr/ché in the East Village offers myriad wines by the glass, artisinal breads, cheeses, patés, charcuterie, coffees, chocolate and pastries. A design of high mod ceilings, a wine wall, and sheer white curtains draping the entryway, is chicly welcoming. bahr/ché is dotingly overseen by owner Camille Glickman,

who threw over a Wall Street career to follow her passion for fine foods and warm hospitality. Visit any time, breakfast through late night. 26 Astor Place. 212/260-2220; www.bahrche-nyc.com.


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CARLTON HOTEL

CARLTON HOTEL In a beautiful, turn of the last century building which has recently undergone a charming facelift, the Carlton Hotel offers great accommodations, entertainment, dining and meeting space. The stunning lobby, with soaring ceilings and a two story interior waterfall, is overlooked by the hotel’s splashy new restaurant — Millesime. Fresh seafood, bistro fare and people watching abound. Red leather banquettes enliven a period, mosaic tiled room, while an enormous stained glass cupola —possibly Tiffany— adorns the ceiling and lets in natural light. Downstairs, the smoky-hued lounge offers live music nightly, and is fast becoming a local hotspot. Guestrooms and suites are soothingly decorated in shades of taupe and blue, with period details such as bay windows and crown molding, yet perfectly updated with flat screen TVs, internet connection and mini bars. Marble clad bathrooms, luxurious linens and a throw blanket at the foot of each bed complete the aura of comfort and style. The hotel offers a seriously well-equipped workout room, and several gracious meeting rooms, combining classic styling and period details with modern technology. Nearby, the Flatiron District, Union Square and Grammercy Park all beckon. Visit Eataly on 5th and 23rd Street for total immersion in Italian food culture. 88 Madison Ave, (at 29th St.) NYC. 866/774-0263; www.carltonhotelny.com. Planning a few days leisure trip with sightseeing and museuming? Pick up a New York CityPass for savings of up to half off major attractions and museums throughout the city (including MoMA, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan and Guggenheim; Circle Line Cruises, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Immigration Museum.) www.citypass.com. $79 adults; $59 youth.

EXHALE MIND BODY SPA Whether you’re in the city for work or play, the Exhale Mind Body Spa can help you recharge for a night on the town, or wind down from a grueling day. Exhale is an “urban spa oasis merging mind and body” through classes, treatments, therapeutic and healing services. Try the terrific fusion massage, or work it with a core fusion sport class. Several locations throughout the city; www.exhalespa.com.

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You may think you’re heading downtown to the West Village, but when you step inside the sultry Alma 33 restaurant and bar you’re sure to do a double take. West Village, or Barcelona right off the port Olympia? Curtain paneled walls and a subtle glow give Alma 33 a breezy Mediterranean feel. The unique Argentinean-inspired menu features Picadas—tapas-style appetizers served at the bar — as well as a full sit down menu. We suggest the Picada empanadas with a twist, and the polenta lollipops with warm fontina cheese for dipping. The rest of the menu boasts original creations like housemade ravioli with blood sausage and a beet sauce, or the popular Risotta alla Parmigiana with ribbons of tender Malbecbraised short ribs. The waitstaff is warm and attentive, brings you great ALMA 33

drinks, and is easy on the eyes with their exotic looks. 33 West 8th Street. 212/380-7158; www.almanyc33.com.

ORIENT EXPRESS Dimly lit and tropical, with sounds of Billy Holiday and Etta James, and bartenders in neckties and vests, the dark and swanky Orient Express in the West Village will take you for a sumptuous ride. This ornate bar features curved traincar-esque ceilings adorned with luggage trunks, and artful wood finishes. Elegant metal straws complement unique cocktails inspired by none other than the famous Orient Express train. From Russia With Love is a combination of Luksusowa vodka, ginger, lime, and a rosewater rinse. Or you can try the Zaharoff, which combines Gran


Centenario, Plata Tequila, lime, honeygrapefruit soda topped with Campari. Each drink has it’s own story, which the cute and personable bartender will be happy to share with you. Hungry travelers will enjoy the tapas plates, which include savory Tarama, caviar spread with olive oil and lemon served with warm pita bread. An afternoon tea service is also being introduced. 325 West 11th Street. 212/691-8845; www.orientexpressnyc.com.

PO What started as a joint venture between celebrity chef Mario Batali and THE TEA SET longtime friend and executive chef Lee Mcgrath has stood the test of time and turned into an 18-year tradition of delicious food at Po. Now in McGrath’s capable hands, Po has continued to thrive since it’s opening in 1993 in the heart of the West Village. Its ideal location provides access to several Italian specialty shops that deliver their ingredients daily, allowing the Po team to create the delicious fresh dishes for which they are famous. Produce is also delivered daily from an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, and the quality of the ingredients shows in every dish. We couldn’t get enough of the cured tuna salad with white beans, thinly sliced artichokes, and an artfully presented chili-mint vinaigrette. Po prides itself on providing customers with a reasonably priced meal, which includes a daily six course tasting menu from which you may sample some of Chef McGrath’s specialties: white bean ravioli with a balsamic brown butter sauce; or sautéed veal sweetbreads served with potato, pancetta and egg. Po is also the perfect place for a gourmet yet casual lunch. 31 Cornelia Street. 212/645-2189; www.porestaurant.com.

THE TEA SET Owner and founder Jacques Doassans of the Tea Set in New York’s hip West Village is originally from France, but the inspiration for his offerings at the Tea Set were also compiled throughout his travels in India, England, Europe, and Asia. This restaurant café boasts a cozy and inviting atmosphere with European touches, design books on the window seat, and a scattering of foreign languages heard throughout the café. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served, as well as an unconventional afternoon tea with champagne truffles, and personal-sized bottles of Pop champagne sipped through a straw! Ingredients are all organic and they prepare the best fruit parfait I’ve ever had, along with housemade quiches, and entrées like tender lamb shank melting off the bone with couscous and vegetables. If you’ve ever walked by I’m sure you’ve ventured inside, and if not, it will be well worth your while to take a trip downtown to try this gem. This boutique café also offers a marvelous selection of specialty teas from around the world that can be purchased on site, or on their website. 235 W. 12th Street. 646/894-0511; www.the-tea-set.com.

PAN AMERICAN In Nolita, Pan American is a throwback to Miami in the '80s. Decked out in vibrant blue and green hues, textured surfaces, and bursting with Latina flava, Pan American brings it all home by fusing Latin food with southern American influences. If guacamole could kill, be advised: full of freshly crushed avocado with bites of tomato and a fiery kick, this guacamole is served in the huge stone bowl it is prepared in minutes before. Only negative is that no one's finished until the bowl is clean. Make sure to leave room for the “Arroz con Pollo Frito,” southern fried chicken, extra juicy on the inside, while the sinfully crispy skin begs to be finished off with your fingers. We also suggest the salmon ceviche with chilies, citrus, and crunchy jicama. Granita machines at the bar pump out frozen mojitos and margaritas all night long. 202 Mott St. (Between Spring & Kenmare) 212/925-9225. ❉ PAN AMERICAN


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Like a Rolling Stone

Vail,, Colorado Vacation with Altitude BY PAULA KOFFSKY

AS IF BEING a world-class ski resort isn’t enough, Vail, Colorado is a winning summer destination too. Ski fanatics have been flocking to Vail for decades, but locals admit to settling in Vail for its enticing summers. What’s a summer like in Vail? Start with the magnificent Rocky Mountains for a playground; add picture-perfect weather, endless recreational activities, gourmet restaurants and outstanding arts and entertainment.

The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort It’s hard to imagine Vail Village in 1962, when two chair lifts ruled the mountain and lift tickets cost as much as a skinny caramel macchiato. During those earliest planning stages of Vail Village, the U.S. Forest Service stipulated that Vail have at least one lodge with no less than 30 rooms. The timing was perfect for the Lodge at Vail, which, at that time, had been open for one month. From the start, the Lodge at Vail was an integral part of the growth of Vail Village, and today is a first rate family vacation destination. The Lodge at Vail is like a fine European chalet with the aesthetic ruggedness of the Colorado Rockies. A member of the prestigious family of luxury resorts—RockResorts—the Lodge offers guests outstanding personal service and hospitality. Private walkout balconies, wood-burning fireplaces, heated marble floors and fluffy terry robes are only some of the ways guests feel spoiled at the Lodge at Vail. The Lodge offers two excellent restaurants, and a live entertainment bar. The Wildflower Executive Chef, Paul Wade, creates gourmet cuisine melding Eastern philosophy of wellness with locally grown organic produce. Save at least one evening for Mickey’s Bar, a local institution where pianist Mickey Poage has been entertaining guests for decades. After a rigorous day of hiking and biking, check out the restorative treatments at the 11, 000-square-foot RockResorts Spa. Treat yourself to the signature Youth Recovery Facial, or grab your partner for the ultimately indulgent Couple Massage, with fireside baths, champagne and dessert. The Spa also includes a fitness complex and movement studio, beautiful pool and patio with splendid mountain views.

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THE LODGE AT VAIL

With an average summer daytime temperature of 75 degrees and no humidity, summer is the perfect time to visit Vail. The Lodge at Vail is offering “Summer in the Rockies and all that the Vail Valley has to offer”


with lodging starting at $149 per night. Free local events include outdoor concerts, jazz performances, gondola rides and activities at Adventure Ridge, the Top of the Mountain playground, guided hikes of Vail Mountain, kayak demonstrations, fly fishing, tennis matches at Golden Peak Tennis Courts, and more. Guests at the Lodge at Vail also enjoy access to the award-winning Red Sky Ranch Golf Course. 970/754-7800; www.lodgeatvail.com.

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

Campo de Fiori Ristorante Campo de Fiori Ristorante has a way of enticing guests as soon as they enter the warmly decorated restaurant. Mira, the hostess, welcomes guests graciously, while irresistible smells waft from the open kitchen. Husband and wife team, Elizabeth and Luigi Giordani, debuted their successful Campo de Fiori restaurant in Aspen in 1994, with a winning recipe for authentic Italian food in a relaxed and casual setting. In the

THE SONNENALP RESORT OF VAIL

The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, located in the heart of Vail Village, is the perfect resort for a family vacation, where a wonderland of exciting activities awaits vacationers of all ages. The combination of classy, old world European style with Western hospitality create the perfect atmosphere for families looking for an upscale experience with a carefree attitude. In addition, the Sonnenalp is the first resort in Colorado to be awarded the Luxury Eco Certification Standard (LECS), showcasing its dedication to environmental sustainability and a deep sense of stewardship for the environment. Vail Village was fashioned after the renowned Swiss Alpine village of Zermatt, boasting custom made Bavarian furniture, balconies cascading with red and purple flowers, and luxuriously appointed accommodations. The resort has three award-winning restaurants: Ludwig’s serves a fantastic breakfast buffet in a beautiful dining room graced with soaring atrium windows and mountain view. For a casual dinner or a drink, check out Bully’s Ranch in the lounge, and for family style dining, the Swiss Chalet serves traditional Swiss specialties like wiener schnitzel and fondue. The Sonnenalp Resort’s Kidventures programs offers kids ages five to twelve adult-supervised excursions such as river rafting, a trip on a steam locomotive with a tour of the old silver mines, or a day at a nearby ranch with horse and pony rides. Meanwhile, parents can play a few rounds at the Sonnenalp Golf Club, where the 18-hole Scottish links course is considered to be the best in the valley. Enjoy a day of pampering at the full-service European spa by the indoor/outdoor pools. After a workout in the fitness center, relax with a strawberry mango smoothie from the refreshment bar at the fireside lounge. The spa also offers a full array of treatments, a Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room. A visit to Vail, Colorado during the summer is as intoxicating as in the winter season. The Sonnenalp Resort offers an Adventure Package, which includes a luxurious suite, breakfast for two, and a daily coupon for one of the following: a round of golf, a mountain biking or hiking tour with guide, a blissful spa treatment, or a gourmet, three-course dinner. With so much to offer, Vail may just become your favorite summer destination. 800/654-8312; www.sonnenalp.com.

Vail restaurant, master of the kitchen is Chef Simone Reatti, who was inspired by his grandmother to nurture his love of cooking. Formally trained in Longerone, Italy, Chef Reatti traveled extensively in Europe before working in the kitchens of Venice’s Hotel Monaco, London’s Savoy, and other high profile kitchens in Florida and California. Campo de Fiori delights the palate with Northern Italian fare brimming with local and organic ingredients. Pasta dishes include Fettuccine al Salmone, egg ribbon pasta tossed with smoked salmon and asparagus in a light lemon-brandy pink sauce. The Linguine ai Crostacei is topped with an assortment of fresh seafood sautéed with garlic and tomatoes. Pollo alla Piastra is roasted, all natural chicken marinated in herbs, and served over arugula salad, roasted red bell peppers and Portobello mushrooms


Like a Rolling Stone tossed in a white truffle oil. The restaurant offers an impressive selection of California and Italian wines and expert sommelier advice. A cheerful patio overlooks Vail’s charming walkway, summer wild flowers and friendly service included. 970/476-8994; www.campodefiori.net.

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Sweet Basil Restaurant

Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain

For almost four decades, Sweet Basil has continued to earn accolades from both restaurant critics and discerning guests. Set in the heart of Vail Village, the restaurant first opened as a small bistro, and today is Zagat’s top pick for best restaurant in Vail. As a testament to its influence on Colorado’s culinary scene, over two dozen former employees have opened their own establishments. Owner Kevin Clair’s philosophy is simple: start with top quality local and seasonal ingredients, and mix in plenty of classical cooking techniques and modern innovation. The menu combines Mediterranean, Italian and Asian cuisine, with some traditional French methods. Mouth-watering dishes include the Colorado Striped Bass à la Plancha, served with Olathe sweet corn (a local Colorado corn) and truffle puree, Spanish chorizo, mushrooms and citron vinegar. The Colorado Lamb T-Bone is accompanied by potato wedges, baby onions, beets, bagna cauda (a dip made from garlic, anchovies, olive oil and butter), pistachio gremolata and goat cheese vinaigrette. For dessert, try the Valrhona Dark Chocolate Fudge with cardamom spice, served with local cherry sorbet, macerated cherries, and pistachio coulis; or the hot sticky toffee pudding cake with Myers’s Rum sauce and whipped cream. In addition to its culinary achievements, Sweet Basil also boasts an award-winning wine list with over 500 bottles. 970/476-0125; www.sweetbasil-vail.com.

For exceptional views of the Vail Valley, this is a must. The lift brings you to Adventure Ridge. Activities include guided nature hikes, a rebound trampoline, dinosaur dig, disc golf, volleyball, bocce, the Discovery Center, mountain bike rentals, and Jeep tours.

SUMMER MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES IN AND AROUND VAIL VALLEY

The Tavern at Lionshead Restaurant

Biking Perfect for off road biking, ski mountains provide excellent terrain for all levels of mountain bikers, from more challenging, wooded, single-track trails, to more open and gentle access roads. For a thrilling road biking experience, an escort van takes riders to the top of Vail Pass, elevation 10,600 feet, for a guided or self-guided ride down the bike path back into Vail Village, elevation 8,100. www.vailsports.com.

From beginner to extreme white water, full and 1/2 day trips led by experienced guides are available on the Colorado, Eagle and Arkansas Rivers. www.lakotaguides.com.

Adventure Ridge 4 x 4 Top of the Mountain Tours Explore Vail Mountain in an adventurous, open-air vehicle. Tours, which leave from Adventure Ridge at Eagle’s Nest, venture to the top of China Bowl and back.

Horseback or private shuttle to Game Creek Restaurant Take a scenic horseback ride or shuttle to Game Creek Restaurant for Sunday brunch. Relax on the sun-drenched deck and take in the view; complimentary mimosas included with a delicious buffet brunch. Or try the sunset horseback tour through the wildflower meadows of Game Creek Bowl for a three-course family friendly dinner. Tours start at Adventure Ridge, the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. www.summer.vail.com.

Located at the Arrabelle at Lionsquare, the Tavern is a stone’s throw from the Eagle Bahn gondola, a perfect spot for lunch after a day on the mountain. This family restaurant serves favorites such as fish ‘n’ chips, meatloaf and a great mac & cheese, as well as organic brews and fresh cocktails. www.arrabelle.rockresorts.com.

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival Vail International Dance Festival Vail Jazz Festival Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Vail Nature Center Vail Farmer’s Market www.summer.vail.com. In Beaver Creek Beaver Creek Summer Rodeo Series Enjoy events like bull riding, team roping, a calf scramble and mutton bustin’ as well as a petting zoo and pony rides. Food vendors range from BBQ to sushi.

Wine and Spirits Festival PHOTO BY RIC STOVALL

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This event combines world-renowned culinary talent and outdoor events for the perfect blend of summertime in the mountains. www.beavercreek.com.


CIVIL C IVIL WAR AR T TO OC CIVIL IVIL RI R RIGHTS GHTS Explore D.C.’s powerful position in the Civil War and its unique role in the civil rights movement with “Civil War to Civil Rights,” a four-year commemoration. Visit www. washington.org/civil-war/home for information about special events, exhibitions and new attractions taking place in and around D.C.. Consider a stay at either of the excellent choices THE JEFFERSON below for exemplary location, service, accommodation and experience.

access to the Tai Pan Club Lounge; Club level Check-in & Check-out services plus concierge-style assistance; Daily breakfast, “quick lunch,” cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception, and a selection of sweets, savories and seasonal fruit; as well as complimentary overnight valet parking. D.C. is a draw to visitors young and old, so younger “fans” get a special welcome of their own of toys and kids’ amenities. 330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. www.mandarinoriental.com.

Mandarin Oriental al True to its brand, the Mandarin Oriental is a five-star hotel in the heart of D.C. that offers luxury, comfort, and service with the bonus of proximity to so many of our capital city’s main sites. The hotel overlooks the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument, and is within walking distance of museums, the Mall, the White House and downtown business district. Joggers should ask at the concierge for a running map. The décor at the Mandarin Oriental is a blend of Asian elegance with traditional style. A wide, marble-clad lobby gives way to meeting rooms, lobby lounge and bar, two restaurants and a coffee shop. On-site, there is also a spa, fitness center with lap pool, business center and art gallery exhibiting pieces on loan from the Smithsonian collection. Rooms and suites are tastefully appointed with fine fabrics, marble bathrooms, sumptuous amenities and elegant furniture. After a busy day sightseeing, politicking or conducting business, the serenity of the Mandarin Oriental offers a warm welcome. Check for getaway packages such as their Business Plus or Luxury Breaks, or for something more exotic, the Taipan Temptation — “The essence of high powered executives and entrepreneurs of 19th Century Hong Kong.” Taipan Temptation Package comprises:

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The Th eJ Jefferson on The Jefferson Hotel, located on the corner of 16th street and M in our nation’s capital, would surely make the man it is named for proud. Not only does the hotel feature authentic letters and papers written and signed by Thomas Jefferson himself, but he would have enjoyed the European-inspired ambiance of the intimate hotel and its 99 luxurious guestrooms and suites. Marble clad foyers and baths, velvet furnishings and parquet floors give a gracious nod to Jefferson’s cherished years in Paris. Service is on a know-thy-clients-by-name basis, and every effort is made to exceed guest expectations. Recently renovated and offering an ideal location from which to explore the city’s museums, shopping and dining, the hotel combines personal service with plush accommodations and fine dining. Since the hotel’s launch in 1923, a slew of amenities have been added. The Red Flower Spa is open for pampering, and a full English tea is served in the Greenhouse, complete with delicate tea sandwiches, Irish scones, and petite tarts. The hotel can also boast about Plume, its new Michelinstarred restaurant. Chef Damon worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK and under Alain Ducasse in New York City before creating the seasonal menus now featured at Plume. Late night, Quill, the wood-paneled and elegant bar around the corner from the lobby features cocktails and a vivid tea selection accompanied by live piano. The Jefferson Hotel offers guests a selection of wines Mr. Jefferson would have enjoyed at his table, and their large and abundantly filled wine cellar is also a private dining destination. Member, Relais et Chateaux. 1200 16th Street NW Washington D.C. 202/448-2300; www.jeffersondc.com.


Like a Rolling Stone THE TALBOTT HOTEL

THE GOLD COAST CHICAGO, IL C “The Gold Coast” is Chicago’s historic neighborhood of elegant 19th century mansions and brownstones peppered with sleek contemporary high rises. It’s the essence of affluence, revered for its residential, quiet, treelined streets just steps from Michigan Avenue. For a memorable stay in this evocative and charming district, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, choose one of the following outstanding hotels.

The Talbott Hotel The Talbott Hotel on East Delaware Place is an intimate hotel that welcomes guests to this exclusive neighborhood. Built in 1927, the Talbott has been family-owned for the past forty years. There’s warmth to this European style boutique hotel that’s quite special. The doormen at the Talbott are reminiscent of a far more gracious era. Their greetings are warm and friendly, as if they’ve known you for years. The hotel staff and concierge offer exceptional service and ensure a comfortable stay for business or pleasure. The Talbott has the distinguished air of a Mayfair hotel in London. Two Old English fireplaces grace the lobby, which also has rich mahoganypaneled walls, antique clocks and stately artwork. Renovated in 2007, the Talbott’s 16 floors of expansive guest rooms and suites feature sophisticated furnishings, 42-inch LCD televisions, complimentary Internet service, Frette linens, marble bathrooms with walk-in glass and marble shower, soaking tub and Molten Brown products. Double queen and king guest rooms are among the largest in the city, averaging 375 square feet. Luxury suites average 825 square feet with a king bed and a separate sitting area. There are also a limited number of two-bedroom suites, ideal for families and guests requiring additional space or expansive hospitality suites for entertaining. The Talbott offers 24-hour room service and complimentary access to a nearby Equinox Fitness Club. Bice is the hotel’s bistro and sidewalk café, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Be sure to stop in for a drink at Bice’s handsome brass and wood bar located just through the lobby. 20 E. Delaware Place, Chicago. Member, Small Luxury Hotels of the World: 800/525-4800; www.slh.com.

The Elysian Hotel The Elysian certainly knows how to create a royal entrance. The hotel’s cobblestone courtyard and grand fountain are reminiscent of European hotels from the 1920’s. The Elysian’s stunning façade and courtyard fit seamlessly into the chic Chicago neighborhood, right next to the Marc Jacobs boutique, in the heart of the Gold Coast. Designed by renowned architect Lucien Lagrange, the hotel features 188 lavish guest rooms and suites. Guest rooms are contemporary, furnished in a champagne or platinum color palette. The bed is heavenly with luscious linens by Rivolta Carmignani. White Carrara marble bathrooms include a soaking tub, separate shower and dual vanities with inset LCD television, lavish bath amenities and plush terry cloth bathrobes. This is luxury living: there’s a Bowers & Wilkins integrated sound system, fireplace, furnished outdoor terrace, multiple closets and a private bar complete with refrigerator,

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freezer, microwave and stovetop. Advanced in-room technology includes LCD high-definition television; touch screen Voice-Over-IP telephones with complimentary national calling, and complimentary wireless Internet. By all means, dine in at the Elysian. Balsan is a sophisticated THE ELYSIAN HOTEL

European bistro and Ria is a seafood influenced, upscale restaurant. Balsan serves breakfast, lunch, light dinner and late night cuisine, while Ria is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Reminiscent of a private club, Bernard’s features leather banquettes, suede wall coverings and warm woods and offers an array of premium cocktails and ports. The entire fourth floor is the Elysian Spa & Health Club. Comprising over 14,000 square feet, the spa offers a wonderful menu of personalized services, as well as a hair and nail spa, barber suite, relaxation areas and fitness facility complete with a Pilates and Gyrotonics studio. Hotel guests enjoy complimentary access to the spa’s mosaic-tiled saltwater lap pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and an impressive array of fitness equipment. 11 East Walton Street, Chicago. 312/646-1329; www.elysianhotels.com.


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FR FROM ROM THE EA EASTERN ASTERN R S SEABOARD EAB ABOARD ARD ITY TO POP C CITY Boca Raton Resort and Club Boca Raton, FL Choices abound at this full service, 300-acre resort, whether it comes to accommodations, dining, activities or transport. This doesn’t mean, as at some properties, that you choose the five, four or three star package; everything at this resort is first class, but atmosphere, image and experience are nuanced to suit a wide variety of tastes. BOCA RESORT

The Spanish-Moorish Cloisters, originally built in the 1920’s and the core of the property, are grand, lavish and lush. The Yacht club, opened in 2002 and eight stories tall, overlooks the Intracoastal waterway and fulfills a yachtsman’s dreams. The beach club, serene and deco, fronts the Atlantic and is ideal for families with young children. For lovers of the contemporary, the Tower towers over the property’s myriad offerings, while bungalows— fully furnished two bedroom apartments with kitchenettes surrounding the golf course —are ideally suited for longer (make it the whole winter!) stays. And lest we forget, the marina allows guests to come by and stay on their boat, yet enjoy all the amenities of the resort. Dining? From sushi to sweets, buffets to bars, pasta to poolside, the Boca Raton Resort and Club has agreeable offerings. Dress up for an elegant, haute cuisine meal in stellar surroundings, or enjoy casual light fare in flip flops and shorts under balmy skies. Service is universally friendly and attentive, and a convenient guest card allows access to all facilities and charge as you go. There’s no dearth of entertainment options either. Golf, swim, play tennis, run, sun or workout. Meeting rooms allow corporate groups to gather by day, before dispersing for diversions at night. Camp Boca’s Boca Tots (ages 3-5), Boca Bunch (ages 6-8) and Boca Beach Combers (ages 9-12) have the kids nicely covered. Travel between the main resort and beach club via motorboat or shuttle bus. There are many choices at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, but it all works into one grand and harmonious resort, offering a gratifying Florida visit. 888/543-1286; www.BocaResort.com or www.waldorfastoriacollection.com.

Newport, RI The Chanler’s sweeping lawn and spectacular Atlantic Ocean view make a striking first impression. The property abuts Cliff Walk, the famous promenade sandwiched between Newport’s stunning mansions on one side, and steep cliffs above the ocean on the other. Originally built in 1867 as a summer home for New York Congressman John Winthrop, the Chanler commands an ideal location. Over the years the mansion was host to such dignitaries as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and President Theodore Roosevelt; it was at one point a historical museum, and then a school for girls. In 2000, the Chanler underwent a massive three-year renovation to convert it into a luxury boutique hotel. Each of the 14 main house guestrooms were restored and meticulously decorated to reflect a different period of history. With original oil paintings, antique prints and museum furnishings, the rooms reflect Gothic, Victorian, English Tudor and French Provincial styles, at a makeover cost of approximately $1 million per room. The Chanler also offers guests three Ocean Villas and three Garden Villas, each with private courtyards overlooking the Atlantic with private hot tub and sauna. The décor of the spacious villas, appropriately named Block

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Island, The Nantucket and The Martha’s Vineyard, reflect a contemporary seaside decor, complete with luxury amenities such as flat screen TVs, wet bars, fireplaces, CD and DVD players, marble or granite heated bathroom floors, Jacuzzi tubs, and multi-head showers. A stay at The Chanler would not be complete without dining at the award-winning Spiced Pear Restaurant. Executive Chef Thomas Duffy uses only the best local ingredients, including free range and organic meats and artisanal cheeses. The New England Tasting Menu includes either six or nine courses, with wine pairings. Guests may dine at the chef’s table, a front row look at the open kitchen. The Spiced Pear also offers up live jazz on Friday nights during peak season. For a more casual lunch or dinner, check out the Veranda and the al fresco Terrace, where the lobster BLT


Like a Rolling Stone sandwich is served with cherry smoked bacon, vanilla and yuzu crème fraiche, avocado, vine ripened tomatoes, and organic mixed lettuces. Ahhh, who doesn’t love the beach? 117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, Rhode Island. 401/847-1300; www.thechanler.com.

rooms offering over 120 treatments. All treatment oils are made inhouse and hand mixed to highlight different seasons and ingredients that target specific aches, stress, uplift, or congestion. Member of Preferred Boutique Hotels. 800/451-8686; www.topnotchresort.com.

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Stowe, Vermont Pack your family and your racquets and head to Stowe, Vermont this summer for a vacation at Topnotch Resort and Spa. Topnotch’s Tennis Academy, headed by Milan Kubala, is staffed by 10 USTA-rated profes-

Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh bills itself as the city “where art meets industry,” and the same can be said of the lovely new Fairmont Hotel, Pittsburgh. A sleek, high-rise hotel created on the site of eight smaller, 19th century buildings, the Fairmont showcases artifacts and arts from those bygone days and tenants. Bottle glass, porcelain dolls, boarding house china and watchmakers tools found on site during construction fill vitrines in the lobby and at each elevator landing. Yet with a nod to Pittsburgh’s rich history and industrial past, the hotel envelops guest with contemporary amenities and modern comforts. Spacious guestrooms offer muted colors, luxurious linens, marbled baths, as well as free WIFI, ipod docks and flat screen TVs. 12,000 square feet of meeting space make doing business here a pleasure, while a 6,000-square-foot health club ensures a good work out during time off. Housed in a mixed-use building, the hotel occupies the lobby as well as first and second floor public areas, and the building’s floors 14 and above; all guestrooms are located in upper stories, with excellent views. FAIRMONT

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sionals. With six outdoor courts and four indoor, Topnotch Tennis Center offers over 30 tennis programs for all ages and levels of play. The Topnotch staff teaches the “Play to Win” approach to tennis, derived from careful analysis of the best professional players. It incorporates all aspects of tennis skills and breaks them down into three easy-to-learn categories: “Technique to Win” (stroke production), “Train to Win” (footwork skills), and “Think to Win” (highly successful strategies). “Play to Win” is fastpaced and fun, and, under the careful direction of Topnotch’s pros, guaranteed to improve every player’s game. Topnotch Tennis Center also uses the latest tennis technology, including “Boomer, the Most Intelligent Ball Machine,” and Dartfish Video Analysis, which helps players visualize, analyze and make improvements while on the court. Of course Topnotch is not only tops in tennis, it’s a great ski hotel. The resort staff is welcoming and friendly. You can even bring your pooch. There are many activities available year round and they’re all accessible without having to leave the property. Topnotch’s equestrian center features a full livery stable and offers private and group lessons, as well as guided English and Western trail rides on the resort’s 120 acres and surrounding hills. Topnotch has three pools— an indoor pool, an outdoor pool for families and an outdoor adult pool with soothing Jacuzzi —open year round for après-ski and post-tennis. Wait till you see Topnotch Spa; 35,000 square feet with 30 treatment

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LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the hotel proudly incorporates a number of green initiatives as well as locally manufactured products, such as floor to ceiling Pittsburgh Plate Glass windows and chandeliers. Andy’s Bar commemorates two of Pittsburgh’s most famous Andrews — Carnegie and Warhol — again reminding us as we relax and imbibe of the city’s twin virtues. Habitat restaurant, featuring internationally inspired cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients, is excellent. Elegant and refined, the restaurant offers a chef’s table so no one need dine alone, as well as views into the restaurant’s open kitchen and gorgeous, 19th C. neighboring buildings. 3 PNC Plaza at 510 Market Street, Pittsburgh. 412/773-8911; www.fairmont.com.


IISLAND SLAND A DH HOPPING OPPIN PP G Hotel H otel G Grande rande B Bretagne retagne Athens, Greece Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens stands across from Constitution Square, Parliament, and the National Gardens. Within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district, the Grande Bretagne enjoys the best location in Athens. Also within easy walking distance are the Acropolis, ancient Agora, Monastiraki Market, HOTEL GRANDE BRETAGNE

Lycabettus Hill, the Parthenon, and the Royal Palace. Guests are a mix of business people, tourists, politicians, and international celebrities. Newly restored with meticulous attention to detail, the 320 rooms and suites marry charming old-world elegance with state-of-the-art facilities. Each guest room incorporates the latest modern enhancements such as flat screen plasma televisions and high speed internet access. All rooms have voicemail, minibars, safes, cable TV, deluxe bath amenities, bathrobes, and slippers. The 56 suites enjoy additional benefits including daily fresh fruit and flowers, gourmet chocolates, and personalized Butler Service. The hotel also THE HOTEL BELVEDERE offers valet laundry service, 24-hour room service, 24-hour concierge and babysitting. Guests can indulge themselves at the Grand Bretagne’s impressive Spa as well as workout in the modern Fitness Studio. As for the dining options available in this opulent hotel, GB Corner serves Greek food in an elegant environment, GB Roof Garden is ideal for a romantic rooftop lunch or dinner, while the Winter Garden is renowned for its afternoon tea and live entertainment. Guests can also enjoy wine tasting in The Cellar, which is home to more than 3,000 bottles of wine. Located on the 7th floor, the tranquil rooftop Pool Bar offers lunch or light and healthy snack options accompanied by refreshing cocktails and the magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill and illuminated Athens. Alexander’s Bar, with its

clubby atmosphere, makes guests want to linger over a classic cocktail, brandy, or exquisite cognac. Additionally, Alexander’s Cigar Lounge is an elegant smoking lounge offering a luxurious, relaxed setting in which to enjoy fine wines, premium cigars and liquors with friendly and discreet service. Constitution Square, Athens. A Luxury Collection Hotel: www.grandebretagne.gr or www.starwood.com/grandebretagne.

ATHENS-LIMO SERVICES Athens: It’s 9:30 a.m. Just arrived after a long overnight flight from JFK. Boarding time in Piraeus for your Greek Island cruise doesn’t begin until 2 p.m. What’s a weary traveler to do? Can’t sightsee Athens dragging suitcases up the walkway to the ATHENS-LIMO SERVICE Parthenon! Hire Athens-Limo for a half-day and make the most out of a few hours in Athens.Family owned and operated, Athens-Limo offers professional private chauffeur service for full or half day to individuals, families and groups all over Greece. Drivers speak fluent English and are punctual and polite.If you are looking for airport transfers, dock transfers, shore excursions, shore transfers, sightseeing tours or limousine tours during your holiday in Greece, AthensLimo can take care of your transportation needs. Member of the Athens Piraeus Association of Tourism Automobilists. Contact Dennis (Dionisis) Kokkotos: www.athens-limo.com

The Hotel Belvedere re e Mykonos It’s sexy. It’s chic. It’s more than a hip five-star hotel. Set on a hillside in Mykonos, Hotel Belvedere is a destination. Designed by David Rockwell/ N.Y. Rockwell Group, the hotel is a stunning combination of stark white contrast-


Like a Rolling Stone ed with carved walnut and natural fabrics. Inspired by the Aegean Sea and “Mykonian white,” each of the eight different room types has aquamarine accents, hand-cut marble mosaics and ‘crystal-ice’ marble floorings. Onetouch dimmers customize the light to fit the mood. Heavenly, floating bedding, plasma screen TV, high tech business and entertainment systems, and a collection of Kiehls products complete the exclusive accommodations. The highlight of the Belvedere is the poolside panoramic view of Mykonos town and the Aegean. A pool concierge escorts guests to a luxury sun bed or an opulent pool cabana. In the evening, the poolside area becomes an upscale vibrant lounge. At dusk, the staff changes from daytime casual into evening attire. The Bali sun beds transform into oversized couches. It is the place to see and be seen! The Martini Bar adds a splash of theatre to the bar scene at The

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Belvedere. Set poolside, the bar’s mixologists, in white magician gloves, create their signature Martinis in a stylized choreography inspired by a dance piece named “Vasos,” conceived by Deborah Colker, the Brazilian dance choreographer. Torches and candles are lit; the tables are set for dinner at Matsuhisa Mykonos, Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature restaurant (open June to September.) Also not to be missed is the Belvedere Club, an exclusive 25-seat restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine. George Calombaris, Australia´s renowned Greek-Australian chef, has crafted a menu of signature dishes especially for the Belvedere Club. Member, Small Luxury Hotels of the World. 800/525-4800; www.slh.com.

Canaves C ana es Oi O Oia ia H Hotel otel Santorini It’s almost sunset in Santorini. Tourists toting cameras and videos hurry along the cobblestone path to arrive at the tip of Oia in time to watch the sun descend. Few are aware that along the path they are passing one of Santorini’s most exclusive hotels, Canaves Oia Hotel. There’s no sign on the whitewashed walls announcing the entrance, and no hotel structure, since the resort is built into the cliff.

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This five-star property is family-owned, and Markos, the owner’s handsome son, is eager to welcome you to his hotel. You will be swept away by the panoramic view of the Caldera, the aqua blue of the Aegean Sea surrounding Santorini’s whitewashed façades. A setting so spectacular, you find yourself engaged in a philosophical re-evaluation of how you have lived your life so far, and a decision, that from this moment forward, the rest of your life must begin anew, right here, at Canaves Oia, embracing the tranquility and beauty of Santorini. The Canaves Oia is a honeymoon favorite; the honeymoon suite literally feels like the top of the world. All rooms and suites are spacious and airy, with private terraces, and elegantly furnished with antiques. There’s a stunning pool, Jacuzzi, and pool bar, and an excellent outdoor restaurant. Menu favorites include mussels steamed in ouzo dressed with feta cheese and thyme; fried squid served with three different sauces; Santorinian fava beans served with caramelized onions; grilled octopus in an herbed oil; and terrific Greek kabab with pita, tzatziki and roasted tomatoes. You won’t want to miss experiencing Banoffi, a sublime toffee and banana dessert. In the evening, romantic candle lit dinners are served overlooking the Caldera. It doesn’t get better than this. Markos will be delighted to show you the hotel’s wine cellar, a most unique feature for a cliffside hotel. The Canaves Oia Hotel is the only property on Santorini with an elevator, sparing guests the endless, steep stone steps. Charter one of the hotel’s private yachts for a day or overnight cruise. There are a variety of nautical options: a new lagoon 42-foot catamaran for a private or semi-private sailing tour of Santorini; A 50-foot Lagoon catamaran; the “Iguana,” a luxury speed boat ideal for short outings and excursions; and the M/Y Alexandros, for a cruise around Santorini and other Greek islands. The luxury motor yacht can accommodate up to 8 guests. From any of these, admire the volcano up close and swim in its warm waters. Member, Small Luxury Hotels of the World. 800/525-4800; www.slh.com.

Yria Y ria i H Hotel otel R Resort esort an and dS Spa pa a Paros The Greek Gods must have had a special affection for the isle of Paros. The Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Syphnians in Delphi, the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Praxitles’ Hermes, the Venus of Milo, and

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A wide promenade runs the length of the waterfront palace, with lawns and gardens, bar pavilions, seating areas and a fabulous pool. At night, flaming torches welcome guests arriving for dinner by yacht to the hotel’s private dock. It’s no wonder the hotel’s wedding garden set along the Bosphorus is a favorite of Istanbul’s elite. The Four Seasons brings a contemporary sophistication to the former palace; a blend of Ottoman design meets modern. There are 145 guest rooms and 25 suites in the original palace and two modern accommodation wings. The hotel has a variety of waterfront, garden and city views. Nearly a quarter of the rooms offer views across the legendary Strait to the hills of Asia. Standard room features include a large plasma television and stereo system with CD and DVD players. All rooms are equipped for wired and wireless high-speed Internet access. A lavish marble bathroom offers a deep soaking tub, with separate glassenclosed shower. The hotel’s friendly staff will set you up for an afternoon of poolside relaxation in one of the Moorish cabanas. There’s a shaded Pool Bar and Grill serving light bites as well as kebabs, kofta and barbecued fish grilled al fresco. In the Northern Wing of the palace is Aqua, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner indoors as well as outdoor terrace dining. Don’t miss the 22,605 square foot spa. The spa is otherworldly — a journey to the exotic. Colored mosaic tiles shimmer around a sky-lit, pillared pool. There’s underwater music and posh whirlpool and relaxation areas. The hammam (Turkish bath) offers the traditional ritual of cleansing, purification, massage and relaxation. At the Four Seasons Spa there are three separate hammams — men’s, women’s, and couple’s — a first in the city. Enjoy a private hammam or share the experience with friends, family or your partner. www.fourseasons.com/bosphorus/.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ISTANBUL AT THE BOSPHORUS. PHOTO BY PETER VITALE

the Temple of Apollo on Delos were all sculpted from Parian marble. Renowned for its purity and translucence, Parian marble is just one of the many unique attributes of Paros. Since 3200 BC, Paros has endured conquest after conquest, by Cretans, Ionians, Arcadians, Macedonians and Romans. Located in the center of the Cyclades, the island is a convergence of myth, history and culture. Nestled in the magnificent bay of Parasporos, just 100 meters from the beach, is the Yria Hotel Resort and Spa. Once a fruitful vineyard by the river, the resort is now a lush hideaway with more than 200 species of plants and birds. It’s a haven in which to unwind, a refuge of cool, lush grasses and colorful wildflowers. The resort is comprised of a collection of whitewashed Cycladic maisonettes and suites, set in courtyards embraced by gardens of bougainvillea. The hotel’s floors, made from local Parian marble, add a quiet elegance. There are a variety of accommodations: select from classic rooms, junior suites and executive suites. The maisonettes are two levels that sleep four — ideal for families. The resort’s jewel is the Residence, offering spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, the pool, the nearby hills and farmlands, as well as the fabulous hotel gardens. The fresh water swimming pool is framed by palm trees and is absolutely beautiful. Casual fare is offered all day on the poolside terrace. The Selini bar, an indoor/outdoor lounge, serves fresh squeezed juices, snacks, coffee and tea until sunset. In the evening, it’s cocktail time at Selini and fine dining at Nefeli. Member, Small Luxury Hotels of the World. 800/525-4800; www.slh.com.

Istanbul, Turkey You’re a pasha in 19th century Istanbul. OK, where are you going to build your palace? You don’t need to be a genie to figure out the answer — the waterfront setting on the European banks of the legendary Bosphorus Strait that divides Europe and Asia. In 2008, Atik Pasha, a former 19th century Ottoman palace, made its 21st century debut as the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. Get out your crown, this is the life of royalty. The setting is truly spectacular.

You’re at the Blue Mosque on your long awaited family vacation to Turkey. Why aren’t you gazing up at the 20,000 blue tiles on the ceiling? Too busy looking down, reading aloud to your family from your Istanbul guidebook! Do your family a favor, contact Istanbulsightseeing.com to arrange for a private guide and driver for your visit. Located in Istanbul, Istanbulsightseeing.com is fully licensed by the Turkish Government and can assist with all your travel arrangements not only in Istanbul, but throughout Turkey. Tours include: Jewish Classics in Istanbul Christianity Footsteps in Istanbul Byzantium and Ottoman World and Palaces Archaeology and Historic Walk in The Old City Old Bazaars and Hammams Beylerbeyi Palace and Asian Side Bosphorus and Two Continents Visit Istanbulsightseeing.com for a comprehensive travel guide to Istanbul’s culture, restaurants, nightlife, history and heritage. ❉


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ture accents are being tweaked just so. Adrienne Lazarus, the brand’s president, pointedly identifies which brands the shop will stock, overseeing the teams’ hand-selection of specific styles from designers including Fendi, Chloé, Rick Owens, Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Azzedine Alaïa, Brian Atwood, Sergio Rossi and Herve Leger. INTERMIX takes pains to predict which designers will resonate with local clients through detailed examinations of its current Greenwich customers and their shopping habits. Noting its role as a fashion curator, Intermix also works to ensure exclusive merchandise rounds out its mix, offering unique product from labels including Diane von Furstenberg, ALC by Andrea Lieberman, rag & bone, Helmut Lang, Equipment and L’Agence. The end result will be that the INTERMIX in Greenwich will tailor both its service and its merchandise to its clients’ needs and routines, just as

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one sits down with Khajak and Haro Keledjian, the dynamic brothers behind Intermix, it becomes immediately apparent that the lifestyle brand they’ve created is far greater than the sum of its parts. From inside their Manhattan offices, Khajak and Haro – CEO and COO, respectively – take great pride in telling the story of the company they built some 18 years ago. Retrospective amid planning for their upcoming expansion, which begins with the May 2011 opening of a 2,500 square-foot store in Greenwich, CT., the brothers recount the brand's history and excitedly discuss its future. Expressed through their individual vernaculars, Khajak’s more metaphorical and Haro’s more reflective, they explain the foundation on which Intermix rests, a strategic, E Pluribus Unum force, driven by a vast array of talent, experience and instinct. The science of readying the brand for the opening of its Greenwich location is perhaps akin to a designer preparing to debut his latest runway collection. During these final weeks before the opening, there is a near tangible buzz of excitement at INTERMIX headquarters as patterns and signa-

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each other store has become an extension of its community. While they discuss staffing this new store, Adrienne notes that women invest in pieces which make them feel unique and beautiful. Yet, with so many options, and so little time, how do women find the styles which make them feel chic and fashionable? Enter INTERMIX to serve as the purveyor of all that is stylish. For nearly two decades, store associates, highly adept at styling, have become treasured advisors. They update their clients on the newest restaurants, the hottest vacation spots, on-the-rise artists; must-see movies and must-hear

As the company has grown, the name INTERMIX has become synonymous with innovative, uncompromised, highly evolved personal style. albums. Similarly, these well-informed sale associates digest and relay industry news, tips and trends to clients looking for a brief snapshot of the most important fashion happenings. All the while, behind the scenes, buyers and stylists are busy scouring for promising designers, translating trends, and securing exclusive merchandise, enabling stores to offer far more than simply product. Since its inception as a multi-brand, women’s retail destination in 1993, INTERMIX has evolved beyond a mere word or even a boutique, it has become a true way of life. The initial concept was simple, and quickly embraced by style-conscious women throughout the country: The boutique would be a well-edited, one-stop-shop for coveted styles, sought-after brands, inspiration and information. Merchandising its product according to the way women combined pieces, the retailer made a name for itself by offering a “mix” of clothing and accessories from a range of well-known and emerging designers at various price points. Within no time, INTERMIX was on its way to becoming both an unparalleled resource and a standard of living for sophisticated, chic shoppers. As the company has grown, the name Intermix has become synonymous with innovative, uncompromised, highly evolved personal style. Commanding the INTERMIX army, Khajak and Haro infuse a worldly wise outlook into their lifestyles and the business alike. Growing up in politically unstable Beirut, Lebanon, the Keledjians’ childhoods were marked by frequent trips to Europe in order to escape unrest. Khajak and Haro have incorporated their astute, stylish European sensibility and their business know-how into a mission which compels the demand and delivery of only the best. Looking out of his window, Haro gestures to the first INTERMIX location just a stone's throw away on Fifth Avenue, and then to his brother's adjacent office, as he references the leap of faith he took in the early '90s with his “partner in crime,” Khajak. At age 19, Khajak indentified a crucial void in the market, he recalls; there was a lack of high-fashion retail options

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between single-brand boutiques and large department stores. Soon thereafter, Khajak and Haro, seven years his senior, combined their joint experience in the luxury and contemporary retail sectors with their business acumen and their savings to establish INTERMIX. Armed with smart ambition and tutelage from some of the best in the business, Khajak ensures the merchant's bar continues to rise in main focus areas such as merchandise, service and marketing. His role, he comments, is to drive the team to secure near-impossible designer collections; create one-of-a-kind merchandise with the hottest labels - it is worth noting that designer exclusives make up 25% percent of the company's merchandise; discover fresh talent; set new trends (the brand was the first behind the colored denim trend, pairing with rag & bone to propel the fad nationwide this past March); and guarantee that customers see the brand as aspirational, yet still relatable. Haro shows off his dexterity and varied experience, gleaned from posts held at Charles Jourdan, Christian Dior and Barney's New York, as he devises business strategy and simultaneously creates and inspiring teams across categories. The two blend their skills with Adrienne, who joined the company in 2009 after a wildly successful 17 year tenure at Ann Taylor and a few years of quality time spent with her young, twin boys. Adrienne's been charged with pushing the brand forward, her attention centering upon growing the compelling stable of brands INTERMIX boasts, as well as cultivating new designers, visual merchandising, marketing, branding, stores and e-commerce. Her passion and enthusiasm shine as she draws on her significant merchandising strength and her extensive experience in building brands and creating successful and impactful teams. And so, from these parts, a whole is built. E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, one. In 2011, this trifecta, supported by savvy corporate and store-line employees, is further transforming the original shop - an intimate outpost offering a superior shopping experience as personal and cosmopolitan as its merchandise - into a brand much larger than its stores, its talent, and its product. Combining its plethora of strengths, INTERMIX eagerly looks forward to bringing its lifestyle to new markets, opening doors in Greenwich, Connecticut; the Meat Packing district of Manhattan; and Toronto, Ontario, launching its international presence. Considering its 23 locations throughout the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Chicago, and a bourgeoning e-commerce site, it is neither a surprise nor is it an accident that INTERMIX evolved into a lifestyle. It has catapulted to a position where its sharpest business competitors by no means hold a direct candle to its retail model or overall viewpoint. Without pause, Khajak asserts fervently that INTERMIX is not simply a retailer, but instead a philosophy. Surveying options and curating crave-worthy, irresistible musts-haves, the brand therefore inherently necessitates an appreciation for, and an encouragement to cultivate relationships with, discerning, exacting clients. These women appreciate the fastidious, sharp culture the corporation embodies. Applied more broadly, the INTERMIX ethos empowers women to insist upon the finest of things and encourages them to seek guidance from trusted allies. Through its streamlining of outside influences and aspirational muses, INTERMIX has set itself apart through its unabashed demand for the latest and greatest across all facets of life. ❉


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ighty years ago, even professional tennis players wore canvas sneakers. The tennis shoes we wear today have been engineered for maximum speed and maneuverability on the court. Lightweight titanium racquets allow players to place their shots with greater precision. Even their tennis balls have better bounce these days. The way the game is played has been transformed by advances in technology and materials. So why are we still playing on the same old asphalt courts? Asphalt was the industry standard for tennis court construction—eighty years ago. Unfortunately, cracking is all but guaranteed with an asphalt court, usually within a few years of installation. Once the initial cracks develop, asphalt requires a great deal of maintenance. In constant contact with the earth, the asphalt is vulnerable to seasonal changes in temperature and moisture. Over time the asphalt dries and shrinks, which inevitably leads to cracking. A cracked asphalt court is virtually unusable, and impossible to repair

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permanently, yet we continue to pave with this dated material. Why? People tend to stick with what they know and it is very easily installed. In addition, asphalt can very easily accept the water-based acrylic paint used to paint tennis courts. There is a better solution out there! Classic Turf Company offers that solution. Their courts are built using twenty-first century technology and materials. They are engineered for superior performance and guaranteed to remain crack-free for decades to come. They build the foundation for their tennis courts using a Post-Tension Concrete system, which is stronger and more durable than asphalt. The slab is then covered with the “Classic Turf Sports Surface.” This breathable and waterproof material provides a state of the art playing surface, which also protects the concrete slab from the elements. The post tension concrete slab is strung like a tennis racquet with hundreds of steel cables, each coated with a PVC sleeve. The concrete is


poured inside the formwork, over the cables. As the concrete cures, the cables are tightened, like strings on a racquet, to create strength and tension. The tension in this steel web compresses the concrete slab, making it extremely dense, strong, and crack-free. The finished slab is so rigid and durable that it could literally be picked up from one corner, like an enormous playing card. Since the slab is self-contained, it is not vulnerable to shifting soil or variations in moisture. The slab is so dense that no expansion or control joints are needed. Since the Post-Tension Concrete system offers such obvious advantages, you may wonder why it isn’t the industry standard. Actually, PostTension Concrete technology is already widely used throughout the Southwest United States, where the soil is subject to drastic levels of expansion and contraction. The problem arises when the concrete slabs are coated with the waterbased acrylic tennis court paint. Concrete can accept a few coats of water-based acrylic paint directly. Unfortunately, once a court has been repainted a few times, the surface is subject to bubbling and peeling. That is where the Classic Turf Sports Surface comes in. Since concrete cannot accept paint so readily, the Classic Turf rubber mat allows the application of multiple layers of acrylic coating without the risk of any bubbling or peeling. Over fifteen years in development, the Classic Turf Sports Surface has been refined and extensively field-tested for durability and strength. Subjected to snow, rain, ice, hail, hurricane, drought and extremes of heat and cold, the Classic Turf Sports Surface has passed every test. The revolutionary waterproof surface material not only protects your tennis court from the elements, it allows the concrete to breathe. Economical and ecologically responsible, the Classic Turf Sports Surface is made from recycled rubber truck tires which have been heated and cured. The prefabricated mats come in rolls, which are unfurled and permanently glued down to the concrete surface. Specially engi-

neered to accept an acrylic surface, the mats are coated with a fiber fabric and five permanent coats of paint. The Classic Turf Sports Surface plays just like a typical hard court but provides players with a playing surface which is 30% softer. Players enjoy the same exciting game, but with less physical stress on ankles and knees. Throughout the country there are thousands of asphalt tennis courts that are no longer in playable condition. With grass and weeds growing up through the cracks, they stand abandoned at schools, parks, country clubs and private homes. Thousands more are in poor repair, requiring costly yearly maintenance. A cracked asphalt court can be repaired, but it’s only a temporary fix. The cracks eventually resurface. Municipalities have been particularly hard hit by budget cuts in recent years. When essential services are being cut, it’s difficult to justify resurfacing the town tennis court year after year. Since repairs to asphalt are typically only guaranteed for a few years, the expense becomes a permanent line item, subject to annual approval. It’s a different story with Post Tension Concrete and the Classic Turf Sports Surface, which is a one-time expense. To repair or replace an abandoned court can be prohibitively expensive if you’re considering asphalt. Rebuilding with asphalt requires complete removal of the old material, and at the end of the day, that new asphalt is guaranteed to crack anywhere between three to eight years. The Classic Turf Sports Surface system, on the other hand, can be built on top of an existing court, eliminating the expense of demolition, or as completely new construction. You will be surprised when you compare the overall cost of this system to a typical asphalt court, especially once you consider their 20year guarantee. Classic Turf is a family owned enterprise with over 30 years of experience backing up their guarantee. For more information regarding the Post Tension Concrete System and the Classic Turf Sports Surface, call 800/246-7951 or visit www.classicturf.org.


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veryone assumes it’s natural to feel tired at the office, especially in the afternoons,” says Lynn Farricielli, “but something far more serious was going on, and I was scared.” She had started to take notice of how much coffee her co-workers were drinking, and how quickly colds spread, and how common it was to see a coworker’s head jerking back from a sudden drop into sleep. “I was exhausted all the time, and worried about the change in my energy.” Six months earlier, Lynn’s typical day included a workout, 10 or 12 hours of a high-pressure job at a prestigious hedge fund in Manhattan, and then dinner out. Now all she could do was drag out of bed in the morning and collapse back in the moment she got home. Lynn saw a series of specialists for her symptoms, including extreme fatigue, dizziness, changes in eyesight throughout the day, and faulty memory. Stumped, Lynn’s doctors suspected the cause was environmental: something in her home or office was making her sick. Fortunately, she knew she could get expert advice from someone she trusted. Her cousin, Vincent Farricielli, immediately recognized the classic symptoms of indoor pollution. A certified industrial hygienist, Farricielli owns Steamatic of Connecticut and New York, a cleaning and restoration company that specializes in mold remediation, cleaning polluted air ducts and vents, and restoring fire and water damage. “If you don’t know whether the problem originates at your home or your office, then start with a home inspection, because it’s quick and inexpensive, says Farricielli. PRIME SUSPECTS: DIRTY AIR DUCTS, WATER LEAKS, AND MOLD The most common source of home air pollution is dirty air ducts and vents. Unless they are regularly cleaned — and they seldom are — they become filled with decades’ worth of accumulated lint, human and animal dander, dust mite waste, pollens, bacteria, and more. Even if the substances are not toxic or infectious, they are still pollution, and end up in your family’s lungs. Mold is the next obvious problem. Steamatic’s Healthy Home Assessment uses thermal and moisture meters to check for moisture leaks and mold hidden in the walls. With a trained eye, they look for evidence of water damage and whether mold has taken hold. “Home inspections are ideal for any homeowner or potential buyer” says Farricielli. “Even if no problem is found, they learn a lot about overall hygiene and how to prevent problems.” If a problem is found, it’s important for homeowners to know what to demand from a cleaning company. A poorly trained crew can easily spread the pollutants around the house, or they might arrive at a job with microscopic pollutants from the previous job. Because Steamatic of Connecticut and New York does a lot of work for hospitals, Farricielli’s crews are trained to exceptionally high standards. “Naturally, we don’t use the same protocols for cleaning a home as we use for an operating room, but my crew is well educated in procedures and is committed to the precautions we take.” These include protocols such as wearing newly washed uniforms for each job, using pristine moving blankets, fully sterilizing vacuums and hoses and equipment, and using completely fresh HEPA filters (high efficiency

particulate air filters) in lock-down canisters. Problem signs for homeowners to look for include mold growth, buckled sheet rock, warped walls, stains, sounds of water running, and swollen or popped wood trim. Check around washers, toilets, and sinks, and look for soft spots in the walls, ceilings, or floors, says Farricielli. Plumbing runs throughout the walls and a leak could occur far from the source. Attics and basement storage areas need a careful inspection. “We’ve done countless numbers of jobs where people didn’t discover the mold problem until it had invaded their stored boxes to the point that the mold became overwhelming.” Fortunately, Lynn’s home passed inspection, so the source of her health problem was obviously in the office – but what exactly was wrong there? NEXT STEP: OFFICE INSPECTION Most property managers make sure that carpets and surfaces are cleaned, but few property managers have their air system checked on a regular schedule, says Farricielli. “The call is nearly always because employees are complaining about feeling sick. And the situation is so preventable!” Lynn’s problem was quickly identified as the office air system, which needed both cleaning and a higher rate of fresh air exchange. Lack of air exchange is common, says Farricielli, because it is much more expensive to heat or cool fresh air than to just re-condition the stale indoor air, “so building managers are often tempted to minimize the fresh air exchange rate, especially during extreme temperatures.” “But circulating more fresh air into a building doesn’t help if the air is pulled in through dirty ducts and vents,” says Farricielli. Pollen, molds, viruses, and bacteria such as Legionella can breed in stagnant water that has accumulated in ducts, humidifiers and drain pans, or where water has collected on ceiling tiles, carpeting, or insulation. Once inside the room, the dirty “fresh” air accumulates even more pollution from the thousands of chemicals used in carpets, furniture, upholstery, office equipment, cleaning supplies, and other manufactured items. And more comes from all the products people use, such as dry cleaning colognes, hair products, as well as a surprising amount of human dander. “The combination of not enough clean, fresh air plus dirty vents makes everyone feel awful. But unless someone makes the connection between how they feel and the air they breathe, property managers aren’t going to be aware that the air is compromising everyone’s work and health. After just a few weeks of breathing clean, fresh air at the office, Lynn’s energy – and health – returned. Everyone noticed how much better they felt, she said. Some people, like Lynn, are more sensitive and aware, but even people who aren’t are not immune. Their own lungs are busy removing the pollution from the air. And those are filters that cannot be replaced. Steamatic of Connecticut and New York, with offices in Stamford and North Haven, Connecticut, specializes in total cleaning and restoration, including mold remediation and emergency fire and water damage cleanup. Its 22 employees are highly trained to handle all levels of cleaning and restoration, from hospital surgical suites to businesses to residential properties. More information is available at www.steamaticct.com or by calling toll-free: 888-376-2466.


Thinking Of Renovating Your Kitchen? TA TAKE A THE THESE SE S STEPS TEP PS ((AND A D EXPERT AND P R ADVI A ADVICE) D FROM OM JENNIFER HOWARD AT JWH DESIGN & CABINETRY JENNIFE ETRY R HOMEOWNER: HELP! WHERE DO I BEGIN? JENNIFER: This is usually the opening question in the first phone call to our office. Homeowners renovate their kitchens for different reasons: failing appliances, an outdated look, or to improve the home’s resale value. But this step is only the start of many decisions, including cabinets, appliances, countertops, and contractors. These details can be overwhelming, and expensive, without the right team (and the right advice) to get started. And that’s where JWH loves to be the resource for our clients to turn to for the best in design, practical advice, fair pricing, and a beautiful result. HOMEOWNER: WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A KITCHEN DESIGNER TO HELP ME? JENNIFER: A kitchen designer is the expert in understanding how your current space works (or doesn’t work) and the potential it has for improvement. Every kitchen is unique—with exact measurements, existing obstacles, specific needs for the family, and even objectives for the future. Our goal at JWH is to design the best possible space and guide our clients in choosing the right cabinetry, selecting the appropriate appliances, coordinating the countertops and flooring, and pulling together all the finishing touches. Making these decisions isn’t easy without creative and practical experience. Designing and producing the cabinetry so it functions as beautifully as it looks doesn’t happen without expertise. No homeowner wants to make an expensive mistake: a great kitchen designer makes sure that doesn’t happen. HOMEOWNER: HOW DO I DECIDE IF I NEED TO EXPAND THE SPACE OF MY KITCHEN? JENNIFER: During a time when homeowners are looking to make smart economic choices, the question of designing within existing space is common. This can be an extra design challenge, but a willingness to think “outside the box” results in an innovative kitchen solution. At JWH, we always explore this avenue first in an effort to save clients’ time, money, aggravation, construction impact (and a visit from the tax assessor.) However, when adding square footage is the best solution for the desired new kitchen, we advise our client why this is the right decision, and walk them through the necessary steps to start this process.

HOMEOWNER: CAN I STAY WITHIN A BUDGET? JENNIFER: From the very beginning, we encourage our clients to be as realistic as possible about their budget so we can start on the right path—and help them stay there. With the many materials to be selected for a kitchen (or often a whole house project), we help prioritize these decisions. Appliances are a big part of a kitchen expense, so we direct clients where to research the choices and price ranges. In our JWH showroom, we offer cabinetry at all price levels (high-end custom cabinetry, semi-custom and stock cabinetry), so we are able to design each client’s cabinetry to best suit specific needs and budgets. Coordinating the countertops, plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware and lighting gives us the flexibility to create a great finished project at every budget level. HOMEOWNER: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE THE KITCHEN RENOVATION PROCESS EASIER? JENNIFER: It’s all about realistic expectations—before and during construction. Starting with a realistic budget, as well as an allowance for “wishlist” items or unexpected construction surprises is critical. Making sure there is money left for the new counter stools means your kitchen will start functioning immediately. Additionally, outlining a realistic timeframe helps our clients get through the highs and lows. We forewarn our clients that enthusiasm runs low when the dust gets high – during sheetrock and taping. The good news? This is when the project end is in sight – the beautiful cabinetry and other finishes start to materialize shortly thereafter. Most importantly, fully understanding and visualizing every detail is critical before signing off on your new kitchen. Our 3-dimensional drawings and detailed elevations—combined with open communication, honest feedback, and passionate enthusiasm—ensure that your vision comes to life. The only words of surprise we want to hear at JWH are: “Wow, my kitchen is so much more beautiful than I ever imagined.” JWH Clients know Jennifer Howard speaks from experience—both personally and professionally. As the mother of five kids, Jennifer has designed nine kitchens for her own family and shares her wisdom readily. As the owner/principal designer of JWH Design and Cabinetry for 14 years, she has designed hundreds of fabulous kitchens and other projects in Rye and surrounding communities. Call or stop by the showroom (Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; Evenings & Saturdays by Appointment) 1111 Boston Post Rd., Rye, NY. 914/9676020; and check out JWH’s new interactive website for lots of photos and ideas: www.jwhdesigns.com.


Thoroughly Modern: M rn P ly Modern Plumbing Supply odern Plumbing Supply has been around for years, but is new and MODERN in every way! It’s a full service supply house that features high end, decorative luxury plumbing and kitchen products. Modern has recently moved to a newer showroom featuring all the latest products and designs in the bath and kitchen world. The 6,000 square foot showroom is constantly changing and updating to meet consumers’ demands

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over 50 different kitchen faucets on display from KWC, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Rohl, Steam Valve and more. They also offer a wide range of stainless and other sinks from Julien, Blanco, and Shaws Original fireclay farm sinks. Modern has a selection of thermo-air tubs by Bain Ultra, handcrafted towel warmers from Vogue, and concrete from Sanoma Cast Stone. Plus, they have unique solid stone, marble, onyx or granite sinks/vessels by Stone Forest. Modern also boasts a full service supply counter with experts in parts and service for contractors and homeowners. They have the parts to service the lines they sell and stand behind their products and services. Modern’s 20,000 square foot warehouse has the

for the latest trends as well as the classic looks. Modern’s showroom is staffed by expert, friendly designers, who can help you transform your ideas into reality. They offer products for any budget and have a large inventory. The showroom features designer toilets and sinks from Toto, Italian faucets by Gessi and Zucchetti, German faucets from Hansgrohe and Dornbracht. Modern is proud to offer excellent quality American manufactured faucets from Watermark and Sigma as well. There are many varieties of custom and semi-custom vanities from Bertch and Furniture Guild, as well as a huge selection of marble, granite and soapstone tops. Modern has

inventory to complete your project on time. And with a fleet of delivery trucks, delivery is only a day away. Modern recently redesigned their website to feature a wide range of their offerings. You can shop ahead on the website to narrow your selections and arrange an appointment to come in at your convenience. Visit their website at www.modernplumbing.biz; click on “New Milford” store icon to see what they have to offer. Modern Plumbing is conveniently located on Route 7 (101 Danbury Road) New Milford, in the back building. 800/241-3184; www.modernplumbing.biz.

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Shopping at Rahelia Evening Wear: A Unique, Pampering Experience by Arian West Modansky

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ave you ever had an important event in your life — like being the mother of the bride, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, black tie or opening night on Broadway — and you wanted to look your best but had no idea where to find that special dress or gown? It can be a nightmare as you drive from store to store, spending endless hours in dressing rooms, finding nothing extraordinary. The stress you feel while looking for this dress can almost take away from the joy you feel about your special occasion. If you are like me, and countless other women, you have settled and just bought something so that your quest would finally be over. When I walked into Rahelia Evening Wear in downtown Westport, Connecticut, I knew that something special happens here. From the crystal chandeliers, the beautiful silk covered chairs and loveseats, the plush oriental rugs over the polished hardwood floors and the soothing music playing gently in the background, I knew this was no ordinary dress shop. I was greeted with a warm smile and genuine enthusiasm by Rahelia Durrani, the owner of this couture boutique. She has spent over twenty-five years in the fashion business, and her knowledge and experience make shopping at Rahelia a total joy. Rahelia smiles and says, “I ask my client to tell me what she is looking for. Then I tell her to leave it up to me. I talk to her and get to know who she is and her lifestyle. Women leave so impressed. They tell me that I picked things for them as if I had known them forever. I take great pride in ensuring that my client’s satisfaction is my number one priority. I love what I do. I make women look beautiful. I tell them to make the best of who they are, not to try to be somebody else. I will help them dress from head to toe. I tell my clients to bring their accessories. I hate them to wear the wrong thing. I work with my clients to ensure that the apparel they purchase is a perfect match.” Rahelia opened her first boutique in 1986, in Mount Kisco, New York. She brought Fifth Avenue chic to Westchester County. Before that she

worked on Madsion and Fifth Avenues, as a make-up artist and image consultant. She believes she has talent and taste that one doesn’t learn in school. Her philosophy on fashion is simple — colors, measurement, style — all should be in balance, like a woman. Every dress has a personality. She selects clothes and accessories with this philosophy in mind. “Not all fashion applies to everyone,” she says. “I look at clients and see their strengths. There is no reason why women of every size and shape should not look gorgeous. You will be completely confident because you will be wearing a unique and stylish outfit that is perfectly tailored to your skin tones, hair color and body type.” Rahelia’s clients know that when they come to see her, they are being treated to a full image consultation. Rahelia and her daughter, who is also a make-up artist, will soon offer a full range of services. “I can make you look ten years younger,” she laughs brightly. “I did the make-up of one of my clients for free before her event. I wanted her to feel and look fantastic. I wanted her to be her own person.” There is a broad selection of apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry at Rahelia Evening Wear. Much of the apparel is made exclusively for the boutique. These designers offer quality, beautifully made clothing at a fraction of what you might pay for a well-known label. Rahelia’s clients get the best of the best for their money.And they can be confident that they will never see their outfit on someone else when they attend that special event. She also carries all major designer labels sold at large department stores. However, Rahelia declares, “Women don’t wear the label, they wear the dress. They should go by what looks good.” Shopping at Rahelia Evening Wear takes out the hassle and guess work. Most clients make an appointment for that special one-on-one consultation, but walk-ins are welcome. Rahelia will even arrange to have you picked up in a limousine, enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne and lunch in beautiful Westport, and spend as much time as you need to find that perfect outfit that will make you feel fantastic from head to toe. Rahelia explains, “I look forward to making your apparel shopping the most pleasurable and relaxing experience. A long-time customer told her friend, ‘Don’t argue with Rahelia, she knows. She will never sell you wrong!’” Rahelia Durrani is an artist. Her philosophy on fashion and style is reflected in her extraordinary boutique. Next time you are in need of something special to wear, come to Westport and visit Rahelia. 125 Post Road East, Westport, CT. To make an appointment: 203/222 4900 or rahelia@sbcglobal.net. ❉ Arian West Modansky taught in Rye, New York and now teaches in Fairfield, CT. She lives in Weston, CT with her husband Michael.


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THE DOCTOR IS IN ASK DOCTOR KORNSTEIN THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF COLUMNS DEDICATED TO ANSWERING COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND EXPLORING POPULAR MISCONCEPTIONS REGARDING COSMETIC ENHANCEMENT.

“I know my appearance can be improved. I want to look natural and favor a lessis-more approach. Why did I leave the consultation with a more extensive surgical plan than I expected?” The way in which this question is phrased demonstrates this patient arrived for a consultation with strongly held, yet fundamentally flawed beliefs about cosmetic enhancement. Let’s unpack the three points articulated as being important, yet seemingly ignored. Her disappointment indicates a lack of satisfaction with: • Having the “prescription” of the consultation meet her expectations • The surgeon’s sensitivity to her interest in a minimal approach • The seeming contradiction between a desire for natural results and leaving with a more aggressive surgical plan “The results of the consultation did not meet my expectations.” Seeking appearance advice is a double-edged sword. Although one ideally wants to look, and therefore feel, better, hearing that more things are “wrong” than anticipated can initially be upsetting. A certain amount of psychology and fear go hand in hand when discussing cosmetic enhancement. The fear may be well founded but misplaced. In other words, patients are often afraid of the wrong thing. In resisting the very advice being sought, they handcuff the plastic surgeon into unwittingly writing a script that will end in less than optimal results. A consultation, by its very nature, must be honest and straightforward if it is to be of any value. The question prospective patients must ask themselves is, “Am I ready to hear what the doctor has to say?” Often, preconceived notions trump the physician’s opinion. After all, patients look in the mirror every day. They know what they do and don’t like. The Internet, media and periodicals are sources of useful, albeit unfiltered, information. Patients arrive with an

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inflated sense of their ability to diagnose and propose a surgical plan. But who really knows best? Can you imagine visiting the cardiologist for chest pain and declaring you will take the beta blocker, but you won’t take the water pills? Of course not. But one’s appearance is infinitely more intimate than a heart. Seeking the advice of a cosmetic surgeon should deliver information above and beyond what is merely on the surface. The bedrock issue is trust. Self-evaluation and outside, generic sources will never take the place of the inherent aesthetic sense and experience of a medical specialist. It’s a good idea

to get the opinions of different surgeons; however, beware the surgeon who gives you what you want and not what you need. There are many issues not immediately apparent regarding your appearance today, and more importantly, how your surgery will influence how you look tomorrow. If you are sincere in your desire for rejuvenation, be open to entertaining issues that may never have been on your radar screen. The consultation may bring a bit of a blow to the


ego as well as the bank account, but in the end, a thoughtful plan will provide dividends beyond what might have been imagined. Be open to new ideas as long as you trust the source. It might be more expensive now, but infinitely cheaper both in time and money than doing it later as a separate procedure. The results will be better because multiple, related aspects were addressed simultaneously as a total package—not a patchwork quilt. “I want a minimally invasive procedure.” Liquid facelifts. Lunchtime fillers. Scarless “surgery.” No needles, no knives, no downtime. The injectable revolution has been so seductive it has put cosmetic enhancement on the same level as cosmetics. The concept of going from injectables to facial rejuvenation through surgery is a major step for most people. When the time comes, it’s easier for the patient to accept doing incremental improvements because it gives the impression of being less extreme. It also gives the patient an important sense of control. Yet, a slow and steady approach may be perfect for some cosmetic issues, but will simply backfire for others. A good example of trading “optimal” for “minimal” is the request for “a-modified-lower-facelift.” What patients fail to recognize is that this tunnel vision will result in the lower face being anatomically stabilized, leaving the upper untouched. As time marches on, the upper face will age more rapidly than the lower face. So, what has been accomplished? Operating on someone’s face is a responsibility to be taken very seriously. Patients are naturally more comfortable with limited or minimal changes; however, these potentially fail the intended goal of looking better when more intervention is necessary. Minimally invasive techniques and innovations in technology will continue to provide more options, but they are not a panacea. They may act as an important adjunct to rejuvenation, but the need for properly performed surgery is not going away. Dealing with symptoms of the aging process with surgery can, in essence, change poor genetics, which play a large role in how you age. The bottom line is clear. Seek the advice of an honest, talented and well-versed artist who will deliver the right thing, as opposed to the most expedient procedure or simply what sounds less dramatic. Sometimes less… is just less. “I am looking for a conservative surgical plan so I look natural.” Simply walking the NY streets can be a constant reminder of how a poorly created mask can be quite frightening, and unnatural. No one wants to wake up and see someone else in the mirror. “Natural” means “undetectable intervention.” Surgery doesn’t have to be synonymous with looking unnatural. In fact, the most common comfort zone procedures, (fillers) when used in lieu of surgery, can lead to outcomes as bizarre as or more bizarre than any surgical misadventure. The notion that a more comprehensive surgical plan is a recipe for less than natural results is not true. There are many instances where NOT combining the proper procedures will indeed telegraph more obvious intervention. Proper rejuvenation requires an understanding of how one improvement will necessarily influence the

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“unimproved.” Some procedures cannot be isolated. When considering nose surgery, it makes aesthetic sense to examine the chin, cheeks and forehead because those will impact how the nose is perceived. Likewise, a woman’s décolleté should be part of a breast augmentation. Beautiful breasts call attention to that area, so it makes sense to be certain it is aesthetically pleasing. Women who desire a breast reduction will soon discover smaller breasts may make their belly look out of proportion, just as liposuction of the thighs without tapering the calves and ankles may look awkward. A good aesthetic surgeon looks at a patient with both a wide angle lens and a zoom to visualize how one enhancement will influence the total picture. A more comprehensive surgical plan can still be very conservative and natural. In fact, the plan might need to be expanded in order to protect the natural look you seek so as not to call attention to isolated improvements. Ultimately the decision will rest with you. It should be predicated on the surgeon, the surgical plan, and the fee. You have to be comfortable with any tradeoffs or compromises. Know what those are before making a decision. A lower fee, a less specialized surgeon, intolerance for any downtime or a partial surgical plan of your own design is not the right approach. Cosmetic enhancement may have gone mainstream, but high quality results are the domain of boutique practices less interested in filling a surgery schedule and more interested in bringing true lifelong value to patients. It’s not as commoditized as you might think. The caring physician who still believes in the Hippocratic Oath: ”above all do no harm,” is still a reality. Find him, trust him and follow his prescription. ❉ Dr. Andrew Kornstein 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 nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. weston@kornstein.com

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In! College Admissions and Beyond: The Expert's Strategy for Success by Lillian Luterman and Jennifer Bloom CREATING YOUR SPIKE A spike is almost always based on a student’s interests. During our first meeting with a student, we try to determine what he or she is interested in—or better yet, passionate about. The problem is, very few students believe they have a passion. Sure, we’ve worked with Intel finalists who seem like they were born in a biogenetics lab. Or that gifted athlete who has excelled on the soccer field. These lucky few have a readily identifiable passion, but for the remaining 99 percent, figuring out their passion is half the battle. Many students believe that they don’t have any interests, never mind passions. When we first meet with a student, we’re afraid even to utter that dreaded “P” word. But every student—you included!—has interests, even if it takes some careful thinking to identify them. Many students also feel that they are just like everyone else. Wrong again: you are different from everyone else, even if it requires some time to think of how to explain why. What do you like doing when you don’t have to do anything? This is what you need to ask yourself first, although even that question is difficult for most students to answer. Below is a list of many activities and interests. It is not meant to be comprehensive but rather to give you an idea of the broad range of possibilities and to spark your imagination. BRAINSTORMING Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you brainstorm spike ideas. • What are you best at in school? • What causes move/inspire you? • What club or activity do you most look forward to attending? • What magazines do you always look at or buy? • What online sites are you drawn to? • What do you want to be when you grow up? • And most basic of all: What do you really enjoy doing? Answer as many of these questions as possible. Which answers came to you quickly? Why? No one knows you better than you. Think about what makes 2 2 2 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M


you different from everyone else you know. Keep in mind that interests can disguise themselves; sometimes you might not even think of them as interests. You might assume, for example, that interests have to be voluntary—but sometimes they’re imposed on you. • Do you need to take care of a younger sibling? A grandparent? A handicapped sibling? • Do you have an unusual medical condition? • Do you support yourself and/or members of your family through your own income? • Have you lived in other countries or immigrated to the U.S. or your current country of residence? Many of our students have created passions out of these “obligations,” turning lemons into lemonade. After all, dealing with any one of these frequently stressful situations demands maturity, responsibility, and determination, particularly if you use your experiences to help others as well. Even if you didn’t actively “choose” these duties as passions, your creativity and investment of time and energy can reinvent them as such. LAYERING YOUR PASSION After plenty of careful thought, you’ve pinpointed an interest, maybe even a passion—in other words, a potential spike. Now what? The next step is to explore that area of interest. You can do this in many different ways: in school, out of school, through employment and summer programs. It really doesn’t matter how you start—just don’t be afraid to start small. (Putting too much pressure on yourself to create something “big” at the outset is a recipe for indefinite procrastination!) School is the first place most students look; if you’re interested in French, for example, joining the French club is a great start. But that’s just what it is—a start. We encourage our students to move beyond the limits of their high school to explore their interest through far more unconventional avenues. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you begin exploring: • Is there a job, paid or unpaid, that would allow you to explore your area of interest more fully? • Could you learn more about your interest as an employee or intern or volunteer in a company? A hospital? A day-care center? A vet’s office? A museum? • Could you adapt your interest so that it’s accessible to children? Is there a local Big Brother, Big Sister, or Boy or Girl Scout organization, or a children’s community center through which you might be able to work? • Could you create a program for senior citizens or geriatric residents around your area of interest? (Note: Teaching your passion to seniors or children may mean teaching the most basic version of a sport, craft, computer program, and so on. That’s okay. Showing others the fundamentals of something you’re advanced at has its own rewards.) • Is there a summer program that could help you further develop your interest? A course taught at a university, near home or abroad? Could you explore your interest through local community colleges or summer

courses at other colleges? • Could you sell your service to neighbors, family, or friends? • Could you create a Web site or online video about your interest? (Note that as college applications have become almost entirely electronic, having an online resource to which you can direct admissions officers is often an advantage.) • Is there a need for an organization or Web site that centralizes information and resources about your interest? Start with one opportunity and see where it leads, while keeping your eyes peeled for others. Don’t shy away from avenues that are creative and entrepreneurial; as you will see in our case studies, these often have the biggest impact and garner the most success. Why are we asking you to consider all of these off-the-beaten-path ideas? Again, pretend for a moment that you’re an admissions officer. You’re evaluating two students with similar backgrounds, test scores, and grades. One student loves French and is a member of her high school’s French club; the other loves French and has taught preliminary French to children at a local community center, created an online community for other high school Francophiles, spent summers in France living with a French family, and interned (for fun) in a bakery to learn how to bake French bread. Which student do you think is more interesting? Which do you imagine has stronger letters of recommendation? Which student would be more fun and compelling to present to other admissions officers as a potential candidate? Which do you envision making a more concrete impact on your college campus? It is important not to concentrate all of your efforts on one activity, but to explore your interest through a variety of small activities— adding one activity, then another, and another, taking a slightly different approach each time. We call this process layering. Successful layering will ensure that by the time you are a high school senior, you will have created a record of achievement that shows real depth in one area—an area that has become your passion. This record will look like no one else’s and paint a picture of you that is both compelling and unique. ❉ Excerpts reprinted with permission of publisher, from In! College Admissions and Beyond: The Expert’s Strategy for Success, by Lillian Luterman and Jennifer Bloom, published by Abbeville Press. A graduate of McGill University, Lillian Luterman has been advising students on college and boarding school admissions since 1989 and has expanded her practice globally. With a master’s degree in speech pathology and counseling, Lillian has worked with students of all levels and backgrounds, from those with learning disabilities to gifted students aiming for the top-tier colleges. She lives with her husband in Westport, Connecticut. A graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Harvard Business School, Jennifer Bloom began working with her mother in 2006. Prior to that, she spent more than ten years in marketing and advertising. She lives in New York City. Together, Luterman and Bloom founded Entryway, a provider of premier educational consulting services and specialized workshops. www.entrywayinc.com.


INDEPENDENT D P D SCHOOL LG GUIDE UIDE D DAY & BOARDING SCHOOLS Canterbury School New Milford, CT Canterbury School is a coeducational boarding and day school enrolling 360 students in a college preparatory program for grades 912. 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 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.” 2 2 4 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

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 CANTERBURY SCHOOL 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, crosscountry, 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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quia, 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. Wooster School: 91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury, CT. 203/830-3916; www.woosterschool.org.

What do you look for in a school? Challenging academics? Competitive sports? Innovative arts? Dedicated teachers? Small classes? The latest technology? Kent, CT A beautiful campus? These are important qualities of a fine school, and Wooster is one of A Marvelwood education is characterized by intensive personal attention the finest. Since 1926, Wooster School has provided the premier educato the individual student, featuring honors and Advanced Placement tional experience in Northern Fairfield and Westchester counties. But a courses, English Language Learning, private Strategies and Math Tutorial first-rate education is more than just the sum of its parts: Maybe what Programs, and a dedication to experiential education. Our experienced you’re really looking for is the best place for your child to grow up! and dedicated faculty delivers a superior educational program, attuned to Located on the Ridgefield/Danbury border, our scenic individual strengths and weakcampus of over 100 acres provides a safe and peaceful envinesses. In every way, the structure MARVELWOOD ronment that offers a variety of habitats for experimentaof the School is thoughtfully tion, direct study, and outdoor fun. Central to its educadesigned to support collegetional mission, Wooster has maintained a longstanding bound students in their efforts to commitment to diversity in its student body, staff, faculty, achieve positive intellectual, and Board of Trustees. We cultivate the intellectual, cresocial, personal, and moral ative, athletic, spiritual, and ethical development of our growth. Marvelwood graduates students – for their benefit and for the good of the world. go on to top colleges including Lower School (Pre-K to 5) emphasizes the joy of learnPurdue, Brown and Syracuse. ing, integrating language arts with reasoning to create lifeOur beautiful 83-acre campus long readers, writers, and problem solvers. A science lab, a is two hours from New York City. foreign language initiative, computer skills, thematic units, varied athNonacademic programs including weekly community service, visual and letics and recreational facilities, and a myriad of innovative events and performing arts electives, an impressive slate of interscholastic and nonprograms are just some of our unique features. competitive sports offerings, and a variety of leadership opportunities Middle School (6 to 8) offers a challenging curriculum taught in increase the potential for engagement and success outside the classroom. small groups by dedicated teachers. Students work with their advisors The Marvelwood Summer Program prepares students for the rigors to navigate through the waters of early adolescence, while preparing to of all levels of high school and features classes for credit or enrichment, become autonomous learners. We feature classes in Latin, French, and SAT and TOEFL preparation, ESL, and our Leadership Workshop. Spanish; math classes grouped by ability; hands-on science; required Small classes, experienced faculty and a dedication to each student’s geography; field trips integral to the curriculum; studio art, sculpture, individual success distinguish Marvelwood’s Summer Program and and photography; private music lessons; and technology-infused provide a solid foundation for academic success. The Leadership learning. Athletes may try out for the 32 Upper School teams. Workshop features rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, peer Upper School (9 to 12) provides an outstanding college preparatory mediation, and community service. curriculum within the context of a strong liberal arts tradition. The Marvelwood School: 476 Skiff Mountain Road, Kent, CT. Academic excellence is promoted through independent study, collo860/927 0047; www.admissions@marvelwood.org

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GUIDE UIDE D fidence, and character. RA is intentionally not associated with a high school in an effort to focus on these formative educational years. Graduates leave the school well prepared for their secondary school experiences and with the tools to help them live successful adult lives that are filled with purpose.

An Engaging and Challenging Curriculum Ridgefield Academy’s innovative teaching staff and small classroom environment help to nurture students with individual attention and encouragement. Through an emphasis on the whole child and high standards of achievement, Ridgefield Academy strives to help children become thoughtful, independent, and confident learners. Classroom environments are a safe place for children to express ideas and take risks. RA’s curriculum combines the traditional, core subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies with a rich program of music, art, and drama designed to inspire students and spark their creativity.

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.

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Ridgefield Academy Building a Strong Foundation from Preschool to Grade 8 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. At Ridgefield Academy, they know this best. For over 35 years, Ridgefield Academy, an independent coeducational day school located in Ridgefield, Conn., has helped educate children in a nurturing environment dedicated to building skills, con2 2 6 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

An important part of becoming a confident learner is mastering the tools to effectively communicate ideas to others. Research supports that children who are taught communication strategies and provided with weekly practice at an early age are more adept at informal and formal public speaking. 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.

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who intentionally misbehaves and needs aggressively imposed limits, but it can be the place for a boy who gives in to his frustration and regrets it later. The school is also for boys who seem a bit different and have never before found a setting where they fit intellectually and socially. For the right boy, Hampshire Country School can be an ideal world and a place to discover abilities, develop a love for life, and build some of the happiest memories of growing up. Hampshire Country School is located at 28 Patey Circle, Rindge, NH. For more information, contact the admissions office at admissions@hampshirecountryschool.net or 603/899-3325; or visit www.hampshirecountryschool.org.

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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 language. A typical class has 3 to 5 students. School work is important at Hampshire Country School, but so is life after school and on weekends, when students have time for scheduled activities and also for spontaneous play. Boys who have been afraid of organized sports discover the fun of informal soccer or Wiffleball. Those who have been isolated find other students who share their interest in Legos, complex board games, or obscure bits of knowledge. Those who have been without friends in other places realize that the boys with whom they explore a stream, build a fort, and sled down “death-defying” hills are, in fact, their friends. All this happens because Hampshire Country School is a manageable world where life can be exciting but is not overwhelming. Both scholastic and behavioral expectations are high but with the realization that bright, sensitive, energetic children may become stubborn, move around too much, blurt out remarks they should not, or explode in unnecessary meltdowns. Hampshire Country School is not for the child

The Knox School was founded in 1904 in Briarcliff Manor, New York by Mary Alice Knox, the former principal of the Emma Willard 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 all-girls school, Knox became fully co-ed in the 1970’s, and currently serves both boarding and day students in grades 6 THE KNOX SCHOOL

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, 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;


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Stoneleigh-Burnham School Small School, Big World Greenfield, MA Stoneleigh-Burnham School, founded in 1869, is a girl’s boarding and day school nestled in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Educating girls grades 7-12 on its beautiful 100STONELEIGH-BURNHAM SCHOOL

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GUIDE UIDE D 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 a full array of challenging academic courses that launch students into focused study and leadership as they go to college and beyond. Now the only girls’ school in New England to become an International Baccalaureate World offering the IB Diploma, Stoneleigh-Burnham will raise its expectations for global awareness to another level as it positions itself to provide the best of 21st century learning. The IB Diploma Program provides the option of a rigorous two-year program for juniors and seniors that complements the school’s dedication to multicultural education. 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 Equestrian Program is one of the most extensive and challenging in the country. Riders of all levels may 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 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 crossexamination 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.


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INDEPENDENT D P D SC SCHOOL HOOL G GUIDE UIDE D The Storm King School Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY LIFE OF DWIGHT Dwight Ramseran-Hyman was encouraged by his parents to take advantage of Storm King’s Student for a Day program when he was in eighth grade. “I was so nervous when I arrived, but I was not nervous after the first hour,” he says. “Everyone was so nice.” Later,

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when his parents asked if he could see himself attending the school, he said, “Definitely.” Dwight was happy with his Catholic middle school, and he is still in touch with his old friends. But he also has many new friends and is much more comfortable talking to people he just met. On the first day of ninth grade, Dwight was seen with his nose in a book everywhere he went, even walking the paths on campus. He was reading Life of Pi, and he “took a lot of comfort from reading.” But right away, he felt at 2 3 0 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

home on campus. “The School has a very tight-knit community,” and Dwight was welcomed into it quickly. He soon added an active social life to his love of reading. And he is soaring academically despite a hectic schedule. He is vice president of the Provisional Community Government and an editor at The Voice, the School’s art and literary magazine. He serves as a tour guide and a dorm leader. And he stays on top of the homework for a challenging array of classes that include Honors American Literature, Honors Biology, AP Art History, Mandarin Chinese Basics, Spanish IV, Music Production, and private piano instruction. Before Storm King, Dwight had not been very involved in theater, but in the fall of freshman year, he auditioned for Mame. He was given a very small part and worked with props backstage. When another student missed a performance, Dwight filled in for the twoline role. “I realized at that moment that it was a whole lot of fun—both backstage and centerstage,” he says. Sophomore year, Dwight took on bigger roles and served as stage manager, and he continues to direct and star in shows on stage. “I haven’t seen a single show since I’ve been at Storm King,” he says. “I’m always in them.” Dwight’s mother’s heritage is Indian, but her family has lived in Trinidad for many generations. During family vacations, Dwight often spends time with his extended family there, enjoying the gentle pace. There’s always lots of time for reading, he says, and he reflects fondly on the communal preparation and enjoyment of fresh meals in the Indian and Trinidadian traditions. For this summer, Dwight has applied to Harvard’s Summer School. And his senior year at Storm King will be even busier than before as he works on college applications. Ultimately, he plans to work in international affairs or international business—a passion for global understanding that “comes from being around so many interesting people at The Storm King School.” He began meeting those people on campus the moment he first looked up from Life of Pi. For more information, visit www.sks.org or call David Flynn at (845) 534-9860. Dwight 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.


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 RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY

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 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.

SUMMER SCHOOLS 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, Landmark College’s acclaimed Summer Programs introduce high responsibility, accountability and yes, consequences when necessary. school and college students who learn differently to academic skills and All contribute to a well-rounded young man. This environment strategies that will improve their academic success and ability to learn. works for those who have historically underachieved, who simply have Landmark College was established in 1985 in Putney, VT as the not been able to manage their time, and who tend to procrastinate in first degree-granting institution of higher education dedicated to servevery endeavor. The rigorous days at RMA are filled with academics, ing students with diagnosed learning disabilities, dyslexia, and hypermilitary activities, social activities, and athletics. Thus, there is little activity and attention deficit disorders. time for non-productive activities. Unlike Landmark’s two-year associate’s degree program, a diagnosed Over 70% of their faculty hold advanced degrees and encourage their learning disability is not required to participate. Financial aid is availcadets to develop the daily habits essential for success at home and in the able to qualifying students. workplace. These habits include organizational skills, time management, and the ability to manage stress through preparation and exercise. High School Summer Programs for Rising Juniors & Seniors Cadets of Riverside Military Academy benefit from a small class size and This popular three-week program features East and West Coast locations: a 14:1 student teacher ratio. Their entire educational program centers June 26 – July 16: Landmark College, Putney, VT around the way young men learn best. July 10 – July 30: Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR Because Riverside believes that there is a strong connection between The program has three points of focus: daily academic classes, skills physical and mental development, extra-curricular activities, field trips, development and co-curricular activities. Students will develop skills and outdoor activities play an important role in the daily lives of LANDMARK COLLEGE 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

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they can apply in high school, including instruction in assistive technology. Students in the program will: • Develop a writing process that uses proven techniques to write more clearly, faster and with fewer struggles. • Discover their academic strengths and personal learning style and learn to leverage them in all coursework. • Integrate strategies and practice into engaging activities. Transition to College Program for College-Bound Seniors July 17 – July 30, 2011: Landmark College, Putney, VT This two-week program immerses recent high school graduates in an actual living/learning college experience. Students will: • Discover strategies for the different types of teaching styles and formats they will experience in college. • Become familiar with the requirements for academic writing, including structure and organization, diction and mechanics. • Review and practice the study skills essential for success in introductory college courses, including note-taking, active reading, test preparation and time management. • Better understand their learning differences as the basis for strategy development, self-advocacy and the use of college resources. Visiting College Student Summer Program July 3 – August 6: Landmark College, Putney, VT This program focuses on providing effective learning skills and strategies for college-level studies. Students also have the opportunity to earn up to five college credits. • Study with other bright and motivated students who learn in an entirely different way — visiting students from a variety of colleges and universities around the country as well as Landmark College’s own students. • Gain an in-depth understanding of their learning differences and a personal learning style. • Learn to self-advocate for their needs as a learner. • Build their comprehension, writing and executive function skills. Last year, visiting students came from colleges and universities nationwide, including Brown University, California State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Lehigh University, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, Rollins College, Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Smith College and Syracuse University. To learn more, contact Landmark College’s Office of Admissions at 802/387-6718 or visit www.landmark.edu/summer.

St. Hugh’s College Summer School Oxford, England The St Hugh’s College Summer School, now in its 13th year, is a threeweek academic program offered by one of the more than forty colleges and permanent private halls that constitute the University of Oxford. Founded in 1886 by a great-niece of the poet William Wordsworth, St Hugh’s College is situated on a fourteen-acre “island site” in fashionable North Oxford one mile north of the city centre. Faculty and stu-

dents of St Hugh’s enjoy one of the loveliest College gardens in Oxford. Summer School students live and dine “in College” exactly as University of Oxford students live and dine in their respective colleges throughout the University. They receive academic instruction from members of the University in much the same way students at the University of Oxford have done for centuries. The resulting experience is therefore very similar to that of students pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford. The theme of the Summer School is an exploration of the view that “Oxford is not a place — it is an idea.” All students participate in this core course but concentrate their studies in a particular, approved academic discipline. Tutorial topics include but are not limited to art and architecture, biology, computer science, economics, history, law, literature, medicine, music, philosophy,

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{COMMUNITY.ROOM} MY AUTOMOTIVE NANNY AND I ARE NOW ON SPEAKING TERMS By Charles Moseley A SURPRISING NUMBER of people sing out loud in their cars. I know this because I closely scrutinize people as I drive by – mainly in order to see if they are watching ME sing. There is a funny bond that occurs when you come across someone singing, and they recognize that you are singing too. More often than not, once the initial shock and embarrassment wears off there are broad smiles and thumbs up all around. But recently my harmonious offerings have been interrupted by the disembodied voice of my car’s computer telling me to ‘Turn left here’ or ‘Please enter destination’. I don’t like this. Apart from the implied criticism of my singing, I find it rude to be interrupted so unceremoniously. There is not a ‘pardon me’ or even a clearing of the throat. Simply an imperious voice telling me what to do. Of course we have brought this upon ourselves. It started back in the 1970’s when we forced, through our elected representatives, automobile companies to nag us incessantly when we neglected to put on our seatbelts. As maddening as those first buzzes and bells were, we could not foresee that one day our electronic nannies would be so integrated into our vehicles that it would be impossible to bypass, or ignore, them. I once owned a Cadillac CTS-V that would refuse to let me shift from first to second gear – skipping directly into fourth - unless I had accelerated according to GM’s vision of what was responsible and economic driving. My current Mustang has a little light on the dashboard that glares at me if I do not upshift to save fuel. The Chrysler Aspen in our driveway produces chimes to remind me that my lights are on, or if I’ve left the keys in the ignition. Some newer cars now have integrated accident avoidance software that applies the brakes for you. Some have systems that purport to know whether the driver is paying attention or not. What is annoying about all these systems is the presumption that the driver is somehow faulty in his actions. And he may well be, but there is no room given for simple good manners. A polite query from the computer would go much further towards correcting a potentially hazardous situation than hamhandedly wresting control away from the operator. And now, with the advent of voice recognition sys2 7 2 W E S T O N M A G A Z I N E G R O U P. C O M

tems, we are entering new and rougher waters. Will these new disembodied voices be as arrogant and dictatorial as the systems they represent? “I have taken control of your vehicle because you are obviously too incompetent to be driving” is not a phrase I look forward to hearing. Fortunately I know that humanity will have none of this, and we are already rebelling. When your car talks to you, you tend to talk back - and what we are saying to our cars these days does not bear up to public discussion. Sailors would cower and cover their ears if forced to listen to the epithets hurled by even the most timid looking young ladies in the Fresh Foods parking lot when in conversation with their cars. The most common, and printable, phrase seems to be “shut up,” which, if I were a technical advisor to a car company, I would recommend they program their cars to do when told. Instead, the steady female (and they are always female) voice usually asks the operator to “pick an option.” Needless to say, the replies given by the driver are not on the list of approved choices. So what I suggest is that the makers of these systems instill a touch of humility into the personalities they are creating. A contrite apology from one’s mechanical companion would do much to alleviate road rage. In fact, if we were able to make our automated friends more obsequious, perhaps we would all vent our frustrations while sitting in the driveway as opposed to bringing them inside with us. I know we are miles away from empathetic computer programs that can read our human foibles as well as they can execute lines of arithmetic code, and far be it from me to suggest car companies get into the business of psychoanalysis, but at least we can demand some civility from our electronic overlords. And perhaps teach them to harmonize with us while we sing. ❉ 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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