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a cheese reward, and that’s regular store-bought Kraft cheddar. The Dogwood Festival hosted cheese artisans—I’m talking fresh chevre! But there I was, driving in circles. This was an age before GPS’s, and when cell phones could only be used to call, text, or bludgeon home invaders. So when I saw a man on

long enough to consider many thoughts, the first being, Is this a big deal? I try to avoid being dramatic, and when you’re inside the moment, it’s often hard to measure significance. It’s only later, when you’re chained up in an unfinished basement, that you realize, Yup, that was a big deal.

day party, I told a little white lie to spare the vagrant’s feelings. “Actually, we have to stop and pick up a friend first, so you probably want to head there on your own,” I said, and sighed relief in the wake of my own socially conscious brilliance. “Oh, I’ll come along. I don’t mind the

But then there were other possibilities to ponder, the least gruesome being auto theft, and after a month of driving our Chrysler Town and Country to school, I just couldn’t go back to taking the bus! the side of the road—a kind soul who could potentially point me in the right direction!—I was so relieved, I pulled over without minding his worn duffel bag or the fact that we were in the woods and there was no good reason to trust a man walking along the side of the road. And yet there I was, pulled up beside him, rolling down my window. “Excuse me, sir. Do you know how to get to the Dogwood Festival?” Now, this fair was a nice enough event, but Fairfield is a town of 60,000, and the Dogwood Festival wasn’t exactly its equivalent to New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade or Whoville’s Christmas. Sure, some people knew about it, and maybe a few even looked forward to it, but it’s not like a stranger taken at random would respond to my question with, “The Dogwood Festival? Golly, I surely do know the way! Let me draw you a map.” The more likely response would be, “The Dogwood Festival? Um, sounds familiar. I think my cousin’s neighbor bought his mom a plant for Mother’s Day there once.” But this man—who in my exaggerated memory looked like a young Jerry Garcia, but in reality was likely cleaner, say an older John Lennon—looked at me and said, “Yes, that’s where I’m going.” And then he was in my backseat, door shut behind him, and I can’t remember how he got from point A to point B. I turned and stared back at the stranger in my car for an uncomfortable amount of time,



I then contemplated that the man could be good: a weary traveler, journeying from a far distance—Woodstock, New York would be a safe guesstimate—to haggle with the artists of New England over one of a kind stuff to keep in his duffel bag, like, say, a hand painted spoon rest. Or perhaps he was a craftsman himself, eager to peddle the coasters he’d constructed from littered bottle caps. But then there were other possibilities to ponder, the least gruesome being auto theft, and after a month of driving our Chrysler Town and Country to school, I just couldn’t go back to taking the bus! So at this point in my baffled stare, I arrived at the conclusion that I needed to remove this vagabond from my minivan. The question was, how? An eject switch, a little red button beneath my dashboard illustrated with a stick figure flung from a vehicle, would have been the ideal solution. However, this was the year 2004, not an episode of Get Smart. Back to the drawing board. My next idea was a simple one: ask him to leave. But that felt rude, and I didn’t want to seem like some privileged white girl from the suburbs who thought she was too good to give a hobo a lift—we were going to the same place, for crying out loud! So, like I was taught to do when I didn’t want to go to a classmate’s birth-

stop,” he said. “Oh you don’t mind the stop? That’s good, that’s good,” I said, my head bobbing as if trying to physically shake an excuse loose in my brain. “Well, here’s the thing though. We may not even go to the festival. I was just asking directions out of curiosity. But what we’re doing is stopping at a friend’s house, and then, only at that point, are we going to decide. We may go, but we may not. And the second part, the part about not going, is a strong possibility. Getting stronger by the minute, actually. So just get out of my car because out of my car you can go to the festival and be out of my car.” God bless the drifter, he did, and he took his dingy duffel bag with him. As I peeled away, I looked into my rearview mirror; the dust from my quick exodus settled and revealed a harmless nomad, shoulders rounded with fatigue, worn by his pilgrimage, just a guy hoping for a ride. But at least he knew where he was going.


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n 2009, the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) began the Kathryn W. Davis Fellowship for International Understanding Through Film. Each year foreign filmmakers, artists, and curators are selected to live and work on the Film Center campus in Pleasantville, New York. Fellows have opportunities to screen their films, lead seminars on the cinema of their region, teach courses, provide professional development, and use the Media Arts Lab’s production facilities to work on personal projects. Philanthropist, scholar of world affairs, and longtime promoter of women’s rights, the late Kathryn W. Davis’s foundation agreed to fund the program and purchase the house in Pleasantville where the fellow resides. The Fellowships range from two to eight weeks in length and are open to established and emerging international artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, video art, narrative) and disciplines (screenwriting, sound design, cinematography.) The Fellowship now extends to film curators and media educators engaged in groundbreaking work. JBFC’s Programming Director, Brian Ackerman, explains the importance of the international exchange. Iranian filmmaker Bahman Farmanara came to the JBFC as the 2010 fellow. Far from a supporter of the government, the filmmaker offered audiences a perspective that rarely receives a translation. “He comes from a world that we as Americans engage with on a policy level. But on a personal level, we don’t get a chance, and that can be very eye opening,” Ackerman says. The region of the world also plays a part in the fellowship selection. The surprising success of Romanian cinema in recent years caught the attention of the fellowship program. Transilvania Film Festival director, Mihai Chirilov, was invited to take up residence in Pleasantville. “It’s a combination of films that we get excited about or people that we hear of that we get excited about,” like the courage and activism of Chinese film producer, Zhu Rikun. Continually having his film festivals shutdown by the government, “he’s just really determined and dedicated to expression and very much against the tide and tone of the official regime. So we were very excited about having him come and curate a





series of documentaries that you’d normally never get a chance to see here.” Zhu Rikun truly experienced an understanding that would have made Kathryn Davis proud. Rikun’s English was very sketchy, remembers Ackerman, “his real ability to communicate was through the films he brought, and that was extraordinary in itself.”


to emerge and to continue to commu“Common cause” seemed to play a nicate with us. Mihai Chirilov has been part in the selection of this year’s fellow. back numerous times, and Ido Haar Lindsey Dryden’s Lost and Sound exof Israel returned to edit a Jonathan plores the issues related to hearing impairment and the relationship between Demme documentary.” the brain and hearing sound and muAt the same time, this creative community opens up a real possibility of sic. Brian Ackerman met Dryden at a forging personal connections–especially program where the English filmmaker’s when there’s a country of origin in comdocumentary was being screened and mon. Thai filmmaker, Apichatpong they immediately hit it off. The fact that Weerasethakul, connected with a local both of them have hearing impairments JBFC filmgoer who was born in Thaiprovided the crucial connection. land. The two became friends, and she The sophisticated hearing loop sysserved as informal liaison between the tem that the theater installed several years ago should certainly give them JBFC COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE LUCIO GREGORETTI SPEAKS WITH AN ITALIAN filmmaker and the local community. even more to sound off on when LANGUAGE CLASS AT PLEASANTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL DURING HIS RESIDENCY “They became really close, and I just got IN SPRING, 2013. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PEBORDE emails from her. She was in Thailand travDryden arrives. “The movie-going experience for people with hearing loss is greatly improved during the film, eling with Weerasethakul. So they obviously forged this wonderful friendship.” A tireless advocate for international relations, Kathryn Davis’s Feland the audio during Q&A’s is greatly enhanced,” Ackerman explains. The JBFC Media Arts Lab offers fellows cutting edge technology that lowship speaks to her conviction that mutual understanding, respect, isn’t always available in their home countries. “They can frequently fin- and lasting peace cannot be realized without genuine dialogue through ish their projects here,” Ackerman says. On the other hand, filmmakers the sharing of ideas, cultures, and dreams. “Hollywood has a very limited set of themes and structures and ways from countries where the technology is not quite on the level of ours offer innovation in the form of ingenuity. “There’s nothing that’s hold- that they handle stories,” states Ackerman. “If you go to foreign laning them back on a technological level that keeps them from being able guage films, you’ll find this vast world of different and very exciting ways to experience cinema and to really open your eyes to the world to express themselves with a camera” says Ackerman. During the fellow’s stay at the JBFC, the time simply kicking back plays as outside the U.S., which is both foreign and familiar all at once.” Jacob Burns Film Center & Media Arts Lab: big a part in cultural understanding as all the time spent on the artistic clock. Pleasantville, NY. 914/773-7663 “The whole idea is that these filmmakers are cultural ambassadors. They have dinners at the house, where they invite the audience, creating a collegial and community-oriented atmosphere.” JBFC’s Programming Director continues, “one of the exciting things is seeing this small community begin Rich Monetti has been a freelance writer in Westchester since 2003.




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mong the most fragile objects we’ve worked on,” says Patsy Orlofsky, founder and director of South Salem’s Textile Conservation Workshop, “is a large silk engraving of The Declaration of Independence. Printed in the first quarter of the 19th century, it is an extremely rare commemoration of the original document.” The TCW, as it’s sometimes called, specializes in treating, restoring and preserving original historic textiles such as these. One of a group of fourteen regional centers in the United States, this is the only non-profit that works exclusively in textile conservation. The TCW restores textiles from museums and historical institutions. Of special interest OTTOMAN DOMESTIC TEXTILES, 19TH CENTURY, in their workroom now is a cushion-size deep DURING TREATMENT. magenta pistol holder used by George Washington. Fine stitching will repair the shredded velvet and stabilize the hanging metallic beads. Other artifacts awaiting restoration are a beaded purse from the 1920s which will need inserts to stabilize it near the clasp, an historic flag from Old Lyme, CT, and a dress worn by Emily Dickinson, owned by the Amherst Historical Museum. A tapestry by potter Edwin Scheier is nearing completion; it will be mounted for framing. Another work in progress is from a collector of Asian art. Three ethnic-Chinese skirts and a blanket will hang on individual panels. Also in the workroom is an 1863 cloth mannequin of Tom Thumb’s little wife, Lavinia Warren, owned by the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT, a Tibetan Thangka silk that needs cleaning and stitching and a flame stitched 18th century bible cover. Finished is an embroidery and water color of flowers from 1812, which when received had sustained mold. A large beige linen Matisse panel with white free-form shapes entitled Oceanie, has been conserved and mounted in a specially engineered frame. Private clients can also bring textiles to the Workshop. For example, they’ve restored a sampler from the Pound Ridge Historical Society and an 1860 Christening gown which was torn and frail. The client discusses the piece with Patsy to set up an individual treatment plan with the goal of restoring it with the least possible intervention. Before any work can be done, each textile is analyzed with a polarizing microscope and photographed in its original condition. Then a proposed plan is prepared. An attempt will be made to remove the yellow from this christening dress and repair the embroidery and lace. Sometimes the baby’s initials can be unobtrusively stitched into the front hem. An art and quilt collector, Patsy, as well as her late husband, Myron,



co-authored the landmark book, Quilts in America, Abbeville Press, 1974, (reprint 1992). Patsy started the Textile Conservation Workshop in 1978 along with two other women—“one had the museum connection, another had the art conservation degree, and I had the historic textile knowledge and the place,” she says. “Once we were in operation, very serious pieces started coming in. The need for restoration and conservation was out there.” What better place to house this business than an 18th century general store located on Main Street in the small village of South Salem, NY? “I’ve



tried to keep it exactly as it was when we found it,” Patsy explains, as one can see from the original wooden doors, floors, counters and drawers complete with the original hardware. The slanted bins along the downstairs walls probably held the beans and grains with the staples, on floor-to-ceiling shelves. The only thing missing is the pot-bellied stove. Today stacks of acid-free tissue, muslin, tools, threads, yarns, microscopes, screws, picture


wires, files, photos records and a library fill these shelves. Nestled in tissue, the rolling backlog of work is stored inside the drawers. Off to one side is the suction table, so called because when water is used to clean a textile, it’s suctioned away into a vacuum pump. On top of one counter are stacks of sturdy acid-free boxes of finished work awaiting shipment. The original staircase leads to the second floor, the white sewing room. Light pours into this open room from the numerous windows (with ultraviolet-filtering window shades), and a myriad of overhead lights. Several women, known as professional conservators, sit at ping pong sized tables which are covered with thick quilted pads topped by freshly washed white muslin; a few are consulting computers as they work, others are busy with needle and thread, sometimes pulling down

the overhead magnifying light. One is photographing a finished piece to accompany the documented post-plan, and another is preparing a solid support panel to mount needlepoint. There is no music, no chitchat—just a handful of women in deep concentration. Rebecca, a conservator, says the most interesting object she’s worked on is a set of Ethiopian painted banners, while her co-worker, Alison, enjoyed working on a day dress from the late 1860s, which she thinks may have later been used as a Halloween costume. It is owned by the Eastchester Historical Society. “The minute I opened the door and saw the rich and wonderful fabrics and the quiet women who delicately ply their tiny needles as they make microscopic stitches through delicate textiles, I could imagine myself by their sides,” says Susan Lawton, who has been sewing since childhood. She was accompanying a friend who was picking up antique hooked rugs to hang on the walls of her historic Litchfield home. “I’d love to work here,” Susan told one of the conservators, who responded that they now have a difficult time finding apprentices. Of the thirty students who graduate from conservation graduate programs, only one or two go into textiles. “Today’s students are less familiar with needle and thread,” Patsy explains, “although the majority of students have come through our facility.” The TCW offers six-month educational internships that provide novice as well as post-graduate training in textile conservation. “Most patrons come to us, but we’re always willing to go on-site to perform hands-on work on large pieces or in emergency disaster recovery,” Patsy adds. An example of this is the restoration of draperies and wall coverings at Caramoor in Bedford, and restoration of a techno-fabric sculpture at the Neuberger Museum in Purchase. “We’ll also travel to local historic sites to offer educational lectures or do workshops and demonstrations, such as how to pack a quilt and how to deal with infestations.” More information is available at:


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NOW WIDELY AVAILABLE IN WESTCHESTER Hudson Valley produce, cheese, game BY GEOFF KALISH and meat have long been widely accessible at restaurants and markets in Manhattan. The bounty of the Hudson Valley garners top prices from sophisticated New Yorkers who will pay to “eat local.” Distribution has been more limited in Westchester County–where demand long remained modest, at best. However, in the past few years, the growing number of food-and-wine-savvy Westchester County consumers has resulted in the best of Hudson Valley bounty becoming readily available at more than a few area shops and eating establishments–and at quite reasonable prices. “We feel that a prime reason for the growing popularity of top Hudson Valley food products is that because they’re grown or raised naturally, sustainably, humanely and without chemicals or artificial fertilizers, they not only taste better but are healthier for us and the farmland,” notes Glen Vogt, co-owner of the recently opened RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen in Tarrytown, where many such items are showcased. The relationships area restaurateurs, chefs and retail shops have developed with individual farms, wineries and even distilleries continue as a major force in this evolution. “What I like about us offering a lot of Hudson Valley products for sale is the ready access for our employees to visit the nearby farms and learn about the processing first hand from the farmers,” comments Andrew Mimran of DeCicco Family Market in Brewster. “This allows them to better understand the products so they 38


can answer customer questions. Also, having the farms close by allows frequent deliveries to enhance freshness and rapid replacement if we run out of a particularly popular item, like hickory and applewood smoked bacon from Mountain Valley Smokehouse in LaGrangeville.” In the fall, Hudson Valley apples, particularly Macouns, Cortlands, Empires and Golden Delicious have been quite ubiquitous in Westchester County. It’s only in the past few years that increasingly popular items like kale, red Bibb lettuce, arugula, Swiss chard and micro greens have become readily availMILLBROOK WINERY able. At the forefront of this very recent expansion of “gourmet green” availability is the service-disabled veteran-owned small business, Continental Organics, located in New Windsor, New York. Founded in 2010 and operational for only the past two years, its wares are produced by a closed-loop, aquaponic system that ensures the products are sustainable as well as fertilizer- and pesticide-free. Continental Organics produce can be found across the county in DeCicco Farm Markets and at restaurants like and The Fish in Purdys. Due to limited supply, (especially this past winter’s brutal weather) other top-flight Hudson Valley produce purveyors, like Orange County’s Do Re Me Farms and Madura Farms plan to primarily sell through farmers’ markets. Less than ten years old, Poughkeepsie’s Hudson Valley Fresh (which markets the dairy products of nine Hudson Valley farms) has made great

inroads into Westchester, with county-wide availability of products ranging from milk to ice cream to yogurt at retail outlets including a number of supermarkets. “What sets us apart from typical dairy products is the high quality of our cows and processing, yielding what we and others feel is a better tasting, healthier product,” comRieslings from Whitecliff Vineyard in ments founder, Dr. Sam Simon. A numGardiner and crisp Seyval Blancs from ber of other specialty producers, including Cascade Mountain Winery in Armenia Ronnybrook Farms in Ancramdale, Old are sensibly priced brands a cut above avChatham Sheepherding, and Treat Frozen erage, shop owners report little demand Yogurt, have expanded distribution across and relate it to lack of positive press about the county. Educational activities have the products, compared to that for New helped foster the “local is better” concept. York State wines from Long Island and the A number of small farms like the not-forFinger Lakes. In addition, “limited availprofit Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, TOP: DECICCO’S LOCAL PRODUCTS. BOTTOM: TUTHILLTOWN ability creates problems, even when deoffer day and residential programs dedicatSPIRITS. PHOTO BY MICHAEL BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY. mand is there,” relates Tony Russo of Ared to re-connecting children and adults to RIGHT: MAPLE BROOK FARMS BURRATA WITH HUDSON VALLEY ROOT VEGETABLES AT RIVERMARKET. PHOTO BY RANA FAURE ies Wines & Spirits in White Plains, who agriculture and the environment. “proudly” carries more than a token brand The Hudson Valley is world-renowned for top-flight ducks and duck products, especially foie gras. Only a few or two of Hudson Valley reds and whites. On the other hand, distilled spiryears ago it was difficult to come by these items in Westchester other than its and beer from the Hudson Valley continue to make significant inroads at butcher shops or gourmet markets. Now duck breasts and other duck in the County, with fairly wide retail availability of Gardiner New York’s products from premier nearby producers, like the Hudson Valley Foie Gras Tuthilltown Spirits products, like gin, bourbon and vodka, and beer from and Duck Farm in Ferndale, noted for its specially bred, cage-free birds, can Rushing Duck Brewing Company in Chester–with restaurant availability be found in local supermarkets. Another boon to Westchester consumers is at more than a dozen Westchester County dining establishments, including the widening availability of flavorful, nutritious chickens from the Hudson Moderne Barn in Armonk and Sweet Grass Grill, in Tarrytown. Valley. For example, in taste and texture, chicken aficionados agree that Geoff Kalish, a Bedford resident, is coauthor of “Wining & Dining the birds from John Boys Farm, founded in 2003 and located on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, New York, are several notches above what can in Westchester” and former wine columnist for Wine Spectator and the be found at most area supermarkets. The animals roam free and are fed on Westchester weekly section of The New York Times. homegrown “pesticide-free, non-genetically modified” grains, without the addition of hormones or antibiotics. And the meticulously-raised English Berkshire pig products available from this farm to area residents are every A DOZEN NOTABLE AREA RESTAURANTS bit as tasty as the chickens. Concerning the effect of the harsh conditions FEATURING HUDSON VALLEY BOUNTY of this past winter on the animals, proprietor John Ubaldo comments, Meritage Restaurant: Scarsdale “the birds are doing just fine, with the weather taking more of a toll on DeCicco Family Markets: Blue Hill at Stone Barns: locations in Ardsley, Armonk, those caring for the animals.” (John Boys Farm products can be found at Pocantico Hills Brewster, Chester Heights, the Farmers’ Markets held at John Jay Homestead, Muscoot Farm, and at Café of Love: Mt. Kisco Cross River, Harrison, Table Market in Bedford Hills, and at a number of area restaurants, such Crabtree’s Kittle House and Inn: Jefferson Valley, Pelham, and as Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua.) Chappaqua Scarsdale. Unfortunately, the trend towards wide distribution of Hudson Valley The Farmer and The Fish: Purdys bounty in Westchester has not carried over to wine, with limited avail- RiverMarket: Tarrytown The Inn at Pound Ridge by ability of products other than Burgundian-style Chardonnay and Pinot Table Market: Bedford Hills Jean-Georges: Pound Ridge Noir from Millbrook Vineyards in Millbrook. While many products like Turcos: Yorktown Heights Moderne Barn: Armonk Local Farmers’ Markets JOHN BOYS MARKET North: Armonk RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen: On-Line: Tarrytown Donna Simmons at Sweetgrass Grill: Tarrytown Thyme Restaurant and Bar: Yorktown Heights Xaviars X2O on the Hudson: Yonkers





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HARRY, THE DOLPHIN by Robert Marrow


y parents, Harry and Molly, lived in a pleasant apartment in Byram, CT, near where the Boston Post Road escapes the hubbub of Port Chester and begins its meander through Greenwich to Stamford and beyond. My father had been born on the Lower East Side to immigrant parents. His mother returned to Russia to rescue her son, David, who had not made it through Ellis Island (“cradle cap” kept him out of the United States). David was returned to the village ghetto accompanied by another unlucky relative who didn’t make it through. My grandmother later learned that her son had been abandoned and was begging in the streets. My grandfather couldn’t care for the children left in New York when his wife returned to Russia. My father, Harry, was separated from his father and his sisters to be raised in various foster homes where his childhood was marked by poverty. Without an education he started as a milk man and managed to become the owner of several milk delivery businesses and a bottling plant in the Bronx. Harry loved to gamble and at one time owned trotting horses that raced at Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceways. He played in high stakes gin games at country clubs in Westchester and Florida south of Palm Beach where my mother spent the winters at their golf club condominium. My father commuted to his Bronx bottling plant every week, spending Fridays through Sundays in Florida. When it came to casino gambling, Harry wasn’t a whale but he was a big fish, maybe a dolphin, big enough so the pit bosses from Atlantic City would call his office and talk to him like a friend, “Harry, we haven’t seen you in a while. How’s it going?” My father didn’t want to confess that he had abandoned Resorts for the Taj Mahal, or whatever, so he’d say, “I’ve been busy.” Like most gamblers he would never tell the truth about his winnings or losses but I watched him at the craps tables and this is how he would play for about 4 or 5 hours every time a point was established. • $200 on the line and the maximum behind the line, usually another $400 or $600. • $100 “on the outside” which meant $100 on the 4, 5, 9 and 10. • $300 on the 6 and 8.



After the point was established the bet on that number came down (it was returned to him). So, he had $1,600 on the table every time a new point was established. My guess is he made or lost $25,000 to $50,000 on each visit to the casinos in Atlantic City. Sometimes he would make a place next to him at the craps table and motion for me to join him. I wasn’t a real gambler like he was. I learned from my father that gamblers expect to win and they are shocked, sometimes irate when they lose. This anger can result in some erratic behavior when a superstition is violated, like when the dice knock over a pile of chips or hit someone’s hand who was placing a bet as they were thrown. If he crapped-out when something like that happened, a tirade of quiet profanity would follow. I, on the other hand, expected to lose. However, my father saw to it that I left a winner by placing substantial bets for me while I stood next to him playing minimum stakes with my own money. He would tell the croupier, “Three hundred on the six and three hundred on the eight, for him,” indicating me. It was hard to lose when I was with him. Harry was transported from his milk bottling plant in the Bronx by casino limo or from LaGuardia in small casino airplanes to the Atlantic City Airport and from there to the hotel by limo. When he arrived with me or one of my brothers, and always with one or two friends from the milk business, he would be given a suite with two bathrooms, a Jacuzzi in one of them, and a bar stocked with four bottles of liquor (scotch, vodka, gin and bourbon) accompanied by small bottles of mixers and a large fruit basket in which two bottles of wine, one red and one white, were carefully placed. Harry never used the suite except to wash his hands and face and use the bathroom before heading for the craps table. After an hour or two we would have lunch (comp’d), a massage, a shower and then a few more hours at the craps table before returning to the suite and leaving for home. When he vacated the suite, he couldn’t bear to leave the liquor, the soda, the fruit and the wine – so we’d get a large plastic laundry bag and carefully fill it; heavy fruit basket at the bottom surrounded by the liquor bottles and then the soda bottles topped off with the shampoo, soap and even tissue boxes from the bath rooms. We dragged this heavy bag, like gypsies, through the hall to the elevator, through the lobby and out the front entrance to be lifted into the trunk of the waiting limo. Once, 15 minutes into the ride back to the Bronx, my brother, Norman, said to

my father, “Dad, you forgot to take the shampoo.” Harry replied, “Don’t worry; they’ll mail it to me.” After many years of this routine Harry must have lost more than he should have, and decided that he couldn’t continue to play those high stakes. It would have been humiliating for him to continue going to Atlantic City and cut down on his bets, say from $100 on each number to $25 – so he decided to take his business to “the Indians” at Foxwoods in Connecticut. He didn’t want to create a high profile there so he never asked to be comp’d for a room or meals or anything. He quietly drove himself and his friends or sons to the casino in his own car, went to the tables and played about ¼ of the stakes he had bet at Atlantic City, won or lost and went home. The public bathrooms were fine. About a year after this routine was established he got a call from Foxwoods. The floor manager wanted to know, “Mr. Marrow, are you ever going to use your Wampum?”

“What’s Wampum?” “You know you’ve been ‘rated’ – Wampum is like dollars that you’ve accumulated and can use at our hotel, restaurants and stores.” “How much do I have?” “About $16,000.” Harry wasn’t interested in using the Wampum himself, so he invited my mother and his daughters-in-law to splurge at the stores. As for my wife, Ellen, it was the first time in her life that she bought anything retail. Harry continued to drive himself to Foxwoods for many years until he died long after he passed eighty years of age. He never talked about his gambling but sometimes at a family dinner after one of his trips to the casino one of us would ask, “How’d you do today, Dad?” The answer was always the same, “Broke even.”


Robert Marrow is a lawyer living and working in Rye, NY. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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NEUBERGER MUSEUM OF ART AT PURCHASE COLLEGE Purchase, NY When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection May 11-Aug 25, 2014 At the time that it was assembled, the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, the cornerstone of the collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, was considered by many to be the most important private collection of contemporary American art in the world. Built mainly between the early 1940s and 1960s, the Collection is strongest in materials that describe the evolution of modernism in the visual arts of North America between the end of World War I and the onset of the Cold War. Remarkably, most of the works that Neuberger acquired at the height of his collecting in the 1940s and 1950s were purchased within a month to a year or two of their execution dates, reflecting Neuberger’s commitment to support living artists. The exhibition and permanent collection catalogue, both entitled When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection, feature works by artists such as Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

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There being no fixed cast in America, as in the foreign states, we have established a certain style of living and expenditure, as a distinctive mark of social position. –Sarah Gilman Young, European Models of Living, or, The Question of Apartment Houses (French Flats) 1881


ifteen Central Park West is more than an apartment building. It is the most outrageously successful, insanely expensive, titanically tycoon-stuffed real estate development of the twenty-first century. Nicknamed Limestone Jesus by the shelter-porn merchants at the real estate blog Curbed, it represents the resurrection and the life of our era’s aristocracy of wealth. This is the story of the property-lust-making building and the cohort that calls it their tower of power. They are the newest of new money, the men and women of today’s societal elite who are defining what it means to be rich. To some, they are the latest cyclical iteration of Society; to others, the latest nail in Society’s coffin. No longer dignified, unified, wellborn, or even well-bred, they enjoy unheard-of incomes and the most extraordinary standard of living in history because they control the engines of today’s unprecedented wealth: finance, technology, information, and entertainment. Today’s cutting-edge wealth creators profit from ideas more than products. Sometimes they are people you barely know about. You don’t see them in public or read about them in the press. But whether they are figures of wide, popular renown such as Denzel Washington, NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, and Sting—all 15CPW apartment owners—or the many lesser-known yet arguably more influential financiers, the residents of 15CPW are our latter-day priesthood of power, even as we worry what effect their use and abuse of that power is having on our world. For this moment, this house of outrageous fortune, 15CPW, is the temple of their secular religion.

FIFTEEN’S PUBLIC STORY began in fall 2005, when Daniel Loeb, who once described himself and his hedge-fund cronies to an old-school moneyman as “a bunch of scrappy guys… who enjoy outwitting pompous asses like yourself,” set an earlier Manhattan real estate WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


record by dropping $45 million for his penthouse in what was then still a big hole in the ground. Approaching the apogee of the first financial bubble of the twenty-first century, Loeb’s purchase of a still-imaginary home was an apt symbol of a new-money culture unrestrained by any sense of limits, propriety, or recognizable reality, its wealth outweighing its lack of elegance and subtlety. As it rose out of that hole over the next year and a half, Fifteen— it’s spelled out in the building’s custom-designed logo—was something completely different from the buildings before it. Like its logo, the neoclassical über-condo was a throwback to the golden age of Manhattan apartment houses, which are called prewars though they were mostly built between 1912 and 1930, as well as a gauntlet before the remains of what, for half a century, had passed as American Society. The success of 15CPW consecrated a new, somewhat suspect Super–Global Society. Like them or not, these are individuals who have only one thing in common—net worth—and have become the world’s new ruling class. Typically in their first generation of wealth, they’ve made huge money in new ways. They organize their lives differently, have different standards, spend differently, and give back differently. Just as apartments were offered for sale in September 2005, a Citigroup global-equity strategist, Ajay Kapur, coined the term plutonomy to describe nations and geopolitical blocs “where economic growth is powered by and largely consumed by the wealthy few.” Sixteenthcentury Spain, seventeenth-century Holland, the Gilded Age, and the Roaring Twenties were prior plutonomies driven by huge, interconnected economic, political, and commercial changes: disruptive

omies, but many do not, and for them, 15CPW serves as an insurance policy against the possibility that in their native lands, their luck might turn or their connections fail them. Far better to have assets in a country where the rule of law is secure and property rights respected. “If you buy here, it’s yours,” says an Indian-born banker who lives in 15CPW. “There are only two places that are safe havens like that, London and New York. The rest of the world is scary, unstable.” But those emerging nations are hardly the only sources of today’s outrageous wealth. The reinterpretation and loosening of many Depressionera laws that restricted the activities of financial institutions beginning in the 1960s, and the deregulation of financial markets in the early 1980s, led in 1999 to the repeal of Glass-Steagall, the 1933 law separating investment and commercial banks, unleashing what Kapur calls a “massive premium,” a torrent of raw gains for a small few that inflated bankers’ wages, bonuses, and egos and led to the creation of too-big-to-fail financial institutions such as Citigroup, AIG, Bank of New York Mellon, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, ING, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Each is represented at 15CPW. Former executives of the defunct Lehman Brothers round out its financial cast. An even larger cohort of 15CPW residents comes from the alternative-investment universe, where they’ve earned disproportionate incomes both by betting on markets and backing the entrepreneurs whose innovations drove the economy of the last three decades. The contours of alternative investments are often indistinct, as they are typically complex, hard to define, illiquid, and lightly regulated, if at all. But to gen-

SOME OWNERS COME FROM COUNTRIES WITH STABLE GOVERNMENTS AND ECONOMIES, BUT MANY DO NOT, AND FOR THEM, 15CPW SERVES AS AN INSURANCE POLICY AGAINST THE POSSIBILITY THAT IN THEIR NATIVE LANDS, THEIR LUCK MIGHT TURN OR THEIR CONNECTIONS FAIL THEM. technologies, financial innovation, capitalist-friendly governments operating under the rule of law, and “an international dimension” of ambitious immigrants or overseas adventurers. “Often these wealth waves involve great complexity, exploited best by the rich and educated of the time,” Kapur wrote. Kapur’s plutonomists are defined by wealth, not nationality. But in the current day, the newest of the new rich come from emerging markets such as the so-called BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. All are well represented at 15CPW, where apartment owners include the operator of Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport, the biggest developer in Beijing, and an associate of the Indian industrialist known as the richest man in Britain. Central and South Americans at 15CPW run industries ranging from banking to airports to natural cosmetics. Israel is particularly well represented, starting with the country’s richest brothers, Idan and Eyal Ofer, who come from the international shipping business, as do fellow owners from Greece, Norway, China, and Monaco. Some owners come from countries with stable governments and econ-



eralize, they are investment products designed for institutions and highnet-worth individuals that are not traditional cash, stocks, or bonds. Hedge funds such as Daniel Loeb’s Third Point are alternatives, and so are private-equity, real estate, commodities, troubled-asset, biotech, and emerging-market funds. Adding up the aggregate assets managed by the hedge funds and boutique investment firms whose executives own or rent 15CPW apartments is an inexact business, but combining their boasts with reported guesstimates yields a staggering number: about $437 billion. No wonder residents refer to it as Hedgie Hive.* *Among them are Titan Capital, Canyon Capital, SAC Capital, CCMP Capital, Duquesne Capital, Joho Capital, Kingdon Capital, Knighthead Capital, Millennium Capital, Point State Capital, Vedanta Capital, Kilmer Capital Partners, Meridian Capital Partners, Arts Capital Management, Goffe Capital Management, Davidson Kempner Capital Management, Och Ziff Capital Management, Capital Research and Management, Brevan Howard Asset Management, Citadel Asset Man-

agement, Marble Bar Asset Management, Visium Asset Management, Marathon Asset Management, Deerfield Management, RBC Wealth Management, Aurora Investment Management, Area Partners, Jana Partners, OpusPoint Partners, Realm Partners, D. E. Shaw, J. Goldman & Co., Urdang Real Estate Investment Advisors, Perella Weinberg, and JGP Gestão de Recursos of Rio de Janeiro. That’s just the beginning. These investment executives’ neighbors at 15CPW include executives and alumni of our era’s great innovators: tech giants such as Google (Omid Kordestani, a sales and marketing executive, paid about $30 million for a duplex next door to Sting’s), Garmin (Min Kao, the founder, has a half-floor penthouse), Intuit, and Yahoo! (Roberta Campbell, the ex-wife of the chairman of the accounting software company, lives next door to the search giant’s cofounder, Jerry Yang), and smaller, but still massively profitable enterprises engaged in hardware and software, advanced medicine, biotech, and biopharma. By merging ideas and the means to communicate them, technology has also geometrically increased the audience for the information and entertainment industries. Thanks to the “audience magnification” brought about by globalization and instant distribution, Kapur says, “the monetization of talent is a lot bigger now, and talent creators get to keep a lot of that.” Thus, international celebrities such as Sting, Denzel, NASCAR’s Gordon, and NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, and renters Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, live at 15CPW alongside their titular bosses, infotainment moguls such as the writer-producer Norman Lear, Disney chairman

Israeli tank commander who bought the name Packard Bell out of bankruptcy and turned it into a thriving computer company before segueing into the hotel business with his purchase of the Beverly Hilton; Gerardo Capo, a Cuban émigré who became a controversial Miami developer; Marvin Shanken, the former investment banker who created the Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado magazines; and Jesse Itzler, who started his professional life as a Jewish rapper but segued into private aviation as a founder of Marquis Jets. Compared to those “good buildings” of the East Side, precious little inherited wealth is at 15CPW. What there has been tends toward the untraditional, at least by the standards of Manhattan trophy apartment houses. James Kohlberg, whose father was a founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the 1980s private-equity firm, and Andrea Kerzner, whose father Sol, a Russian Jew from Johannesburg, developed Sun City, Africa’s most famous resort complex, count as old money at 15CPW. Other heirs-in-residence have included Tyler Alexandra Gallagher Ellis, daughter of the late fashion designer Perry Ellis; Deborah Simon, daughter of a co-owner of shopping centers and the Indiana Pacers; Sultan Ahmed al-Qasimi, a crown prince of one of the United Arab Emirates; Caroline Lieberman, an heiress from a fashion and real estate fortune built by a Holocaust survivor in Sydney, Australia; and Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the elder daughter of the Russian potash oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought that $88 million apartment for her out of the goodness of his heart or, as his estranged wife has charged in their divorce, in order to shelter some of his multibillion-dollar fortune.

COMPARED TO THOSE “GOOD BUILDINGS” OF THE EAST SIDE, PRECIOUS LITTLE INHERITED WEALTH IS AT 15CPW. Alan Horn, NASCAR chairman Brian France, and Comcast’s Brian Roberts, Stephen Burke, and Edward Snider. They don’t need big names; their control of the pipes through which content is pumped made their fortunes. There have also been more traditional wealthy types at Fifteen, including executives of the pharmaceutical giant Merck, Metlife, Princeton Information, Hearst Newspapers, and the big-four auditor Deloitte & Touche; the chairmen of legal giants such as Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Case & White; energy-company executives; brick-and-mortar retailers such as The Limited’s Leslie Wexner, Eric Smidt of Harbor Freight Tools, and Eugene Kahn, a former chairman of May Department stores; doctors, surgeons, and health-care executives ranging from a vice president of corporate affairs at Pfizer to the owner of a small but thriving chain of dental clinics; and a raft of real estate developers, operators, investors, and brokers. Apartments at 15CPW initially sold for as little as $2 million, so the building also attracted comparatively small-change types: a TV writer, an editorial cartoonist, and myriad small businessmen and women. Entrepreneurs-in-residence have included the owners of jewelry stores, Chinatown funeral homes and florists, a luxury travel agency, a metal framing and trucking group, several human resources companies, and two nutritional-supplement dealers, but also Beny Alagem, a onetime

As the Rybolovlev example shows, 15CPW apartments aren’t only homes; they’re “very expensive toys for plutonomists,” says Kapur. “We underestimate how rich the very rich are. For them, the fraction they are spending is not that large. You and I show off our cars. Global plutonomists need that apartment, the fine wine, the gold, the Degas,” to demonstrate who they are. Their toys also serve as banks, or what Kapur calls “a store of value.” Apartments at 15CPW are often second, third, or fifth homes, and they are not rented out to pay expenses; they sit empty for months at a time. When banks and politicians dilute currencies such as the dollar and the euro, hard assets “tend to do quite well,” says Kapur. “They hold their value in times of financial debasement.” And at 15CPW they appreciate.


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escalated and I was really out of control. After Sept. 11th, I couldn’t think and couldn’t work–I had lost clients and staff. I was in this pit of denial and looking for a way out. There were commercials on TV and the radio offering low-interest loans under the SBA loan program for businesses that had been adversely affected by the tragedy. I called and they told me that I qualified for a 9/11 loan. But I was so desperate–and the pills were clouding my judgment so much–that I embellished my loan application to make sure I got the loan anyway. In a few weeks the loan came through and I thought I was on track to save my law firm. But it didn’t help–within a few very short months it became clear that I was going to lose my law license and was going to be disbarred from practicing law. In July 2002, I had no more fight left in me; I called my ethics attorney and told him to resign my law license for me. That night, after my wife and kids went to sleep, I sat down in the big easy chair in our den and swallowed an entire bottle of the painkillers. I just wanted the pain and the madness to stop. A few days later I checked into the Acute Care Unit of Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan. There was no way of knowing then that instead of my life ending, a new life had begun. I made it through seven weeks of rehab and started the arduous journey on the road to recovery. I went to my first AA meeting the first night out of Silver Hill Hospital. I raised my hand and said, “My name is Jeff, I’m an alcoholic and a drug addict, and I need a sponsor.” We moved to Greenwich about a year later–perhaps the wealthiest community in the country. I had lost my career, my money, I lost our home in foreclosure, and my marriage was soon to end. But I was staying sober. One morning, after 20 months of sobriety, I received a call from the FBI. The agent told me that there was a warrant out for my arrest in connection with my fraudulent statements on the 9/11 loan. I made full restitution and was sentenced to eighteen months in Federal prison. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


HERE’S HOW THE designation process works in the Federal prison system– the day your name comes up you are designated by your security level, lowest to highest, and given a bed. I had a security level of “zero” – so I could have been designated to a camp anywhere within 500 miles of our apartment in Greenwich. But on the day I was designated there were no beds in camps in this area–so, I was designated to a Low Security Prison. On the inside there was one former lawyer–that would be me–two former doctors, five former stockbrokers, and 1500 drug dealers. On Easter Sunday 2006, I reported to Allenwood Low Security Corrections Institution in White Deer, Pennsylvania. A guard came out and I showed him my court orders–he did not seem happy about my coming in on Easter Sunday. As we went through the metal door he spun me around, held my hands behind my back and slapped handcuffs on them. I had been anticipating this moment for over a year and not once did I consider that I would have to be handcuffed. At that moment I had my first inkling of how little I knew about surviving in prison. I was escorted to a bulletproof glass teller’s cage behind which was a guard who asked me for my “register number.” I had no idea what that was–I’d never heard that term before. He asked me for it again and when I didn’t know he came out and taped a number on my clothes. That was my Federal Bureau of Prisons register number, and it became my identity. Next, I was brought to a section called R & D–Receiving & Discharge– and it felt very much like its title–a place for FedEx packages. I was processed and then told to strip naked. They took all my clothes and put them in a box to ship back home. While I was standing naked in this cold room, on a cold cement floor, a man entered who I would later learn was the Head Lieutenant. He basically ran the day-to-day operations of the prison. He looked me up and down, and then asked me if I was the lawyer. I told him no, but that I used to be one. He seemed pleased with that answer. He then told me that there were 1500 men on his compound, and I was to be the only lawyer. There were some jailhouse lawyers working out of the library. He told me that I’d have no problems on his compound if I stayed out of other people’s legal business and I took no money or favors from another inmate. He told me that I was a short-stayer and he suggested I just do my time and go home without a problem. He asked me what I thought of that? I was standing there naked. I told him that making a few dollars from other inmates was the last thing on my mind. I was given an orange jumpsuit to put on, re-cuffed and marched across the compound to the SHU (Secure Housing Unit). It was a timehonored tradition at Allenwood to hoot and holler at new inductees as they were being led through the compound to the SHU on their first day. I certainly didn’t understand why people were hollering at me. The guards never told me where I was going or why. When I got to the SHU, it looked like something out of the worst prison movie I had ever seen–dark and dimly lit, with rows of metal doors with tiny holes in them. I was put in a rubber lined holding cell, re-stripped and researched. I guess they were satisfied that I hadn’t picked up any weapons or contraband in the 300-foot walk from R & D. I was never told where I was or why I was there. I didn’t know if this was what the entire prison was like, if it was a holding area, or how long I would be there. Inside the cell was a narrow bunk bed–barely wide enough for a grown man’s shoulders–a combination toilet and sink, a desk and a chair. And there I met my first “cellie”–a black man, around 50 years old, with dreadlocks down to his waist. When I came in, he didn’t acknowledge my presence at all. He just pointed to the upper bunk. I understood–that was mine.



His first words came about ten minutes later when he told me to move fast. The sound of a cart moving down the hall meant we had no time to lose. The slot on the metal cell door opened, and very quickly, four covered trays of food slid in through the slot. I understood what he meant by moving fast. If we didn’t catch the trays they would have dropped to the floor and the food would have spilled all over. He caught each tray and quickly handed them to me. I put them on the desk. We sat on the floor, dividing the dinner between us. I had already decided that I was going to lose the forty pounds I had put on in the months I was waiting to go to prison. I looked in the trays, and saw there was a little meat of some sort, and lots of bread, potatoes and rice. Starches were apparently the mainstay of the diet–I asked him if he wanted my potatoes and rice. We became friends in no time. His name was Raoul. Almost everybody who came to Allenwood was first brought to the SHU, Raoul explained. There was no way to know how long I’d be in the SHU, but Raoul suspected that I wouldn’t have to wait long: first timer, middle age, and most importantly, white. I later learned that some inmates are kept in the SHU “waiting for a bed” thirty days or longer. I only had to wait 16 hours before I was released onto the compound. I was shoved out the door of the SHU without any other instructions than to report directly to the laundry. It was about nine o’clock in the morning, bright daylight, and my eyes were trying to readjust after having been in a dungeon for the past day or so. I got to the laundry and knocked on the big metal industrial door– my big rap was much louder than I intended. The door opened a sliver and a head popped out to tell me that I would have to wait for “the move” before I could gain entry. I had no idea what that meant, but after the door closed there was no way that I was going to knock on that door again. In about fifteen minutes, a siren went off and people started scurrying around all over the place. This, I understood, was “the move.” The door popped open, I stepped inside and I was first in line. I presented the clerk with the papers I had been given in the SHU– he sized me up for a uniform, t-shirts, shoes, a laundry bag, duffel, sheets, blanket, towels, a soap kit, and just about everything I would need to make my stay at Allenwood complete. Union A, Cube 25, Upper Bunk would be home for the next thirteen and a half months. I WAS RELEASED from prison in 2007 and had to do a stint in a halfway house, home detention and then three years of Federal probation. I also had court ordered drug and alcohol counseling. It was my counselor–a former Catholic Priest turned drug counselor–who recommended to me that I rebuild my life through volunteerism. I called my old rehab, Silver Hill Hospital, and asked them if I could come interview for a volunteer position–they told me to come over that day. I fully disclosed everything that had happened in the past few years. I was nervous. I figured that if my own rehab wouldn’t take me for a volunteer job, who in the world would ever let me work for them? Two hours later my phone rang and I was a recovery volunteer for Silver Hill Hospital. This led me to becoming a volunteer house manager at Liberation House in Stamford–a residential rehab where guys are sent instead of being sentenced to prison. Next was Family ReEntry, a nonprofit serving the ex-offender communities in Bridgeport and New Haven, the first organization that asked me to serve on its Board of Directors. The first project I worked on at Family ReEntry was with my girlfriend, Lynn Springer–who is now my wife; we converted a blighted inner-city block in Bridgeport into the largest privately owned public use park and garden in

the State of Connecticut. It is an oasis in the ‘hood–just beautiful. All this time we were living in Greenwich and attending AA meetings–and I became known as the “prison guy.” I was sharing my journey–going to prison, surviving prison, and staying sober through the entire experience. Soon guys who had white-collar legal problems were seeking me out, and since then I’ve met with over one hundred men in various stages of going to or coming back from prison. I had no idea that it was going to turn into a ministry–I was just putting one foot ahead of another. I went to Chris Tate, a Reverend at the Second Congregational Church which Lynn and I were attending in Greenwich, and told him that I was searching for something more meaningful. He recommended that I apply to seminary. I told him that I thought that was a little crazy–for one thing, I was a Jew (I’ve been baptized since). I asked him how I would ever get accepted to a seminary with my story? But, he told me that seminaries are in the redemption business and that I should apply. And I did. I was accepted to Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, the preeminent urban seminary in the world–and went to school there for the next three years, earning a Masters of Divinity. A few months later, while still working with white-collar families in Greenwich and doing inner city reentry work in Bridgeport, I accepted an offer from Pastor Hopeton Scott at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport to become Assoc. Minister and Director of Prison Ministries. From there, Lynn and I founded the Progressive Prison Project and the Innocent Spouse & Children Project, the first ministries in the United States created to support the families of people accused or convicted of white-collar and other nonviolent crimes. Christ Church Greenwich has become a second home for our prison ministries, and is important in our mission to foster communication between the inner city and white-collar communities suffering in silence. We still spend the majority of our time in the inner city, but we find our work with white-collar families equally as important. These spouses and children are innocent victims in situations not of their own doing, where they have usually not been independently represented legally, and often been left penniless, homeless and shunned by their communities. For this new class of victims, we assemble teams of ministers, advocates, lawyers, counselors and other compassionate people to protect them and get them safely through to a new life in a new family dynamic on the other side of prison. As I see it, the biggest tragedy of all about white-collar and nonviolent crime is not how big the matter is, or sensationalized the headlines–it is in our failure to see it as a human story, with real people, real brokenness, and real families left behind. I received a call from a former hedge funder I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. He looked like the weight of the world was off his shoulders; he’d lost thirty pounds, and had a smile ear to ear. He looked nothing like the guy I remembered. He told me that he had been to prison and wanted my help in finding a new career. Now, he’s in school to become a drug counselor. Most white-collar criminals can’t go back to their old lives and careers, so what choice do they really have? Why not embrace a completely new life, with new options and new opportunities? The most fortunate are those who figure out that their attempts to solve problems in isolation did not work, and that they no longer have to go it alone.


How to Survive in Prison If I had to choose one concept to remember in prison it would begin and end with respect. Respect in prison is a matter of learning what not to say. It can be an incredibly counterintuitive assignment for the types of people who become Wall Street executives. It is a reality check when they learn that nobody cares about what they have to say about anything, or that if they do it can be for the wrong reasons. In one case, a former hedge funder made the mistake of talking about the sale of his Hamptons property. Visitors Here’s some advice on going to see an incarcerated loved one without getting turned away from the visiting room. If females are wearing undergarments with underwire bras, the metal detector will detect it. Anything metal could be perceived as a dangerous object and the wearer might be turned away. Conservative, appropriate dress is extremely important. There’s also the drug scanner, which is used randomly and detects micro amounts of various forms of drugs. Visitors need to wear recently washed clothing. No touching money–money may contain trace residues of drugs. No eating breakfast at fast food restaurants. Avoid contact with anything that has trace residues of drugs. When visiting a person in prison, sleep somewhere close by if you can, get washed up and go right to the correctional facility. Release Maintenance of a solid long term address and home is important. When it’s time to be released from prison, inmates must be released to a stable home. The problem is that life goes on for the family on the outside–perhaps the inmate gets divorced or the family moves out of state. Typically the inmate in prison isn’t in control of what happens on the outside. But, if there’s any ability to control a stable residence for as long as the inmate is in prison–perhaps an apartment–then he’s likely to have that place to come home to. This might ease the way for him to be eligible for early release. These are issues that can be considered in advance. Have a Plan Before I went to prison I read everything and everybody I could get my hands on about the anatomy of a prison bid–Mandela, Bonheoffer, Solzhenitsyn, Frankl and Kafka. Those who successfully survived prison all seemed to agree that even in captivity they could manifest control over their bodies and attitudes–and in their ability to help others. So even before I went to prison, I decided that my plan would be a daily regimen of mind, body and spirit in helping others and myself. For my mind, I learned to play guitar–and took over 200 guitar lessons while I was in prison. For my body, I walked 14,000 laps around the track–the equivalent of walking across the United States from New York to Los Angeles in one year. And for my spirit, I read the Bible, went to religious services and communed with other suffering people in ways I had never before encountered. There was AA in prison too–and it was a gift to be able to keep my AA program going, giving the other inmates comfort that they could stay sober on the street as they taught me how to stay sober in prison.

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speaking, planning events, and of course reviewing grant applications from researchers. I also spend a great deal of time talking to families, helping them navigate the world they’ve entered, and enabling them to understand the importance of participating in research. I work with our board of directors on strategy and organizational development and with our staff–currently three full-time and one part-time employee–to ensure that we respond to the needs of all our constituents. Q: What current projects is ASF funding? A: One of our 2013 grants was a 3-Year Early Career Award to Jill Locke at the University of Pennsylvania. The title of the project is Multi-Site, Randomized, Controlled Implementation Trial of an EvidenceBased, Adult and Peer-Mediated Social Skills Intervention for Elementary School Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It sounds complicated, but it’s basically about finding ways to help schools implement costeffective, sustainable programs to help children with autism manage the social impairments that affect them adversely in the school setting. All our grantees and their projects are listed on our website. Q: What is your favorite thing about running ASF? A: The biggest charge I get out of my job is when I see our efforts leading to the use of knowledge gained through experience to help other families. Ultimately, we are a helping organization, whether through funding research that helps children with autism and their families, by informing people about that research, or by encouraging families to participate in research that will unlock new applications to make things easier for parents and children in the autism community. Q: What is your least favorite thing about running ASF? A: That’s easy. Hands down, it’s asking for money. We have to keep the lights on, so I have to beg like all other heads of nonprofits. We do keep our overhead extremely low, and nearly all the money that comes in flows out through grants. We have the highest ratings from GuideStar, so that makes it easier to ask. We also have wonderful donors. I’m always amazed when I finally approach someone and ask for a donation and I’m met with, “What took you so long?” Q: If you could change anything about the way our medical community or society at large approaches autism, what would it be? A: It would be to have families focus strictly on evidence-based interventions instead of the newest, latest unproven techniques or “treatments.” I hate the way some purveyors of “cures” exploit people’s desperation and grief, and it’s heartbreaking to see parents shell out substantial or even huge sums of money on protocols with no scientific basis whatsoever. It’s understandable, because parents feel helpless and want to do something. I can’t emphasize this enough: the best way for parents to feel empowered and to help their children is to rely on research and only choose interventions that have withstood the rigor of clinical trials. Please quote me on that.


Q: ASF is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. First of all, congratulations. Second, where do you see ASF heading over the next five years? A: I see us continuing to grow. We’ve been increasing our funding 20% year over year, so we’ve more than doubled it since our inception, and I’d love to see us double again over the next five years. I know we can do it. We have devoted donors, we’re funding terrific research, and we’ve become the trusted brand for science-based strategies and applications, because we care what the science says. Q: What is ASF doing to celebrate turning five? A: Recently we held a whole day of events and festivities at the Yale Club of New York City. April is Autism Awareness Month, and we hosted a festive luncheon, followed by the autism community’s first TED-style conference, featuring talks from NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, Dr. David Amaral, Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, Dr. David Mandell, Dr. NIMH DIRECTOR DR. TOM INSEL, NOBEL LAUREATE DR. ERIC KANDEL Paul Offit, Dr. Matt State, and other prominent scientists, AND ASF PRESIDENT ALISON SINGER IN as well as individuals with autism, including Paul Morris, an THE EAST ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE. adult on the autism spectrum. These TED-style talks were thoughtful, 15-minute distillations of critical issues in autism, and this event, geared toward all stakeholders, was our gift back to the autism community. Our speakers focused on the real issues facing families, such as gender differences in diagnosis and treatment, the value of genetics testing, the effectiveness of school-based interventions, and the challenges of finding meaningful employment. The highlight of our celebration was our Fifth Anniversary Gala later that evening, during which we honored two leaders in autism science: Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Chief Science Officer of the Simons Foundation, and Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Autism’s False Prophets. Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, served as emcee A: Yes, I guess you could say it was thrust upon me. for the evening, which featured a cocktail reception and dinner, as well Q: Do you ever miss TV news? as a silent auction and entertainment by teens and adults with autism, A: Yes! Every day. including singer Izzie Piwnicki and pianist Josh Frelich. Q: Do you get to use your journalism skills at ASF? Proceeds from the day’s events benefited ASF’s pre- and postdoctoral A: Absolutely. I love being able to use my skills to help scientists fellowship programs, which support early career research conducted by learn to communicate better in their public speaking engagements the nation’s most promising young autism scientists. and media appearances, to teach them to speak in a way that is unQ: We were in college together at Yale more than 25 years ago. derstandable to a mass audience. When you graduated, did you ever imagine you’d be heading Q: How can interested parents get involved with ASF, up a nonprofit that you founded? and how can scientists apply for grants? A: No way. My dream was to be a television news journalist, and I got A: Here’s what we say on the Get Involved page of our website: started on it pretty fast. Out of college I went to work at NBC. Then Everyone can be part of autism science. It’s as easy as making a donaI went to business school to get better at my job. I soon rose to VP of tion, sharing an interesting article on Facebook, attending an event or Programming for Cable and Business Development at NBC. When my lending your voice to talk about how autism research makes an impact daughter was diagnosed with autism, I left journalism for a while, then on your family. Doing simple things everyday can help advance the returned and took a more manageable position, considering my family science of autism to find causes, treatments and cures. responsibilities, as Special Projects Producer for CNBC. I couldn’t stay away; I loved working in TV. Not long after my return, Bob Wright, For more information on Autism Science Foundation, please visit the who was then head of NBC, approached me to see if I would be willorganization’s website at You can also keep up with the foundation’s news and events by following them ing to serve for three months as acting CEO of the organization he on Facebook at founded, Autism Speaks. I agreed and spent the next four years there, first as acting CEO, then as executive vice president. Thomas G. Fiffer is the Ethics Editor at The Good Men Project. Q: So unlike many people who burn out in the for-profit world and make the shift to a nonprofit, your transition occurred in He posts regularly on his blog, Tom Aplomb, and serves as Editor of Westport’s HamletHub, a local online news and information service. a different way.








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ertified Nepalese Sherpa guides leading adventurers to the craggy peak of Mount Everest would be a humdrum everyday exercise today—that is if the adventurers weren’t in tuxedos and ball gowns and juggling martinis, and the peak of Mount Everest were not perched atop a Park Avenue penthouse. Slicing off the top of the world’s highest mountain and transposing its millions of tons of ancient rock from the Himalayas to the roof of a New York apartment building was a childhood dream of the flamboyant Bangalorean packaged-suttee mogul Sir Sith Ram Pramba. But unlike Sir Sith’s other childhood dreams —dating film actress Dame May Whitty, driving two racing cars at once, being voted King of the Gypsies —this one has come true. Using more dynamite than was expended in the building of the Hoover Dam, the construction of Switzerland’s longest under-mountain tunnel, and World Wars I and II, Sir Sith’s thousand-man “Team

of Dreamers” engineers, stonemasons, and explosives experts applied almost surgical skills to cut Everest’s peak loose from the mountain below so evenly that the site was left as flat and smooth as a tabletop. Pramba doesn’t own what’s left of Everest, but the hyperimaginative Indian entrepreneur has plans to lease that site and thereupon establish the Himalayan Range’s first polo field, once such initial knots as below-zero temperatures, one-hundred-mile-anhour winds, the impossibility of ever growing grass, and hoisting delicate ponies twenty-two thousand feet up are unkinked. But back to Everest-on-the-Avenue. At sunset on most days, Sir Sith’s guests gather on the terrace of an adjoining penthouse prior to their ascent, for cocktails and canapés and lectures on climbing etiquette by the Sherpa guides (“No snowball throwing please! Thank you for no spray-can graffiti!”), whose overland trek from Kathmandu to Manhattan has left them barely winded; in fact, they’re rarin’ to climb. And small wonder, since tipping is permitted and







the diminutive human packhorses hope to “clean up,” padding annual incomes that vary from one to two cents a year back home. Environmental Hysteria does swirl around Sir Sith’s spectacular slab of rock. The sentimentalists carp about one of the world’s great natural monuments having been disfigured for the private pleasure of one selfish magnate. The ecology freaks cavil about the danger of rock slides pelting the street below with giant boulders. The fern-bar quiche-heads bemoan the spending of millions to soothe one man’s ego, while prairie dogs suffer from weasel-measles epidemics and Saturday mail delivery goes the way of hootenannies and the Yellow Pages. Will that soaring hunk of Himalayan rock attract vultures and cormorants and other winged vermin that skulk on giddy heights? Has anyone studied the likely climatological effects of a cloud-shrouded mountain peak looming above Manhattan? Is the city in for summer blizzards, gale-force winds, and a rash of falling frozen mountaineers? Sir Sith Ram Pramba can only shrug while puffing on another Robusto—not so easy a gesture to pull off, actually; not with a brandy snifter in his other hand and a lady friend on his knee. “The rich are very different from you and you and you,” he observes, mischievously misquoting F. Scott Fitzgerald. “We have most of the fun. No, make that all of the fun.”



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Dear Mr. Wilcox, I would like to let you know how your son Lee is progressing at the Tennis Academy. I’ve chosen to communicate by letter because I believe what we’re witnessing requires more than a casual phone call or email, as I suspect you will agree. I should start by confessing that I did not at the outset peg Lee as a star player. Your son was a bit spacey, and antisocial really, whereas the main cadre of top players cling to one another like a pack of young wolves. Lee has a tendency to look away when you speak so that it appears he isn’t listening, though it has been my experience, as I’m sure it has been yours, that he’s heard every word. He has invariably incorporated what I’ve suggested into his game. But by the second week I’d see him staying late in front of the backboard and hitting way into the night, and there again at dawn with a hopper of balls and the targets, practicing a thousand or more serves. And now, a month in, I can see just a little Becker in his volleys and a touch of Agassi in his returns. I do not use those terms lightly. In the last tournament Lee was made to play the fourth seed, a boy from Kentucky with a huge serve-and-volley game, and Lee destroyed him in straight sets—6-2, 6-2. He never brags about his accomplishments, but I figured Lee would have told you this; when I talked to him a few days afterward, though, I understood that he probably didn’t. He said he hasn’t spoken to you in a while. Lee won two other matches in that tournament, and when he finally lost, it was because of a broken string that forced him to borrow a racket. I plan to make a deal with Wilson so that Lee can begin to receive free equipment. I




hope this will be an arrangement you will go along with. There is nothing you would need to do financially, but Lee would have to wear only Wilson clothes and use only Wilson rackets. In all other respects, I now think, he is ready for the responsibility such a deal would entail. He still reads all the time when he isn’t practicing and I wonder if that’s what’s caused his eyes to deteriorate. Usually he wears his contacts when he’s playing but sometimes he wears those thick glasses which makes other kids poke fun at him, although to his credit he doesn’t seem to listen to them or care all that much. I’m not sure he has any real friends here, other than a boy from the school our athletes attend who doesn’t play tennis, but who watches Lee play. This boy smokes cigarettes, which I certainly hope Lee does not do, because it would result in his suspension from the academy. So far, so good. There have been no issues with girls, although a few seem to be taking interest in him. I don’t think it would be all that bad for Lee to go on a date or two, but I have not spoken to him about it, and I imagine that’s more your territory than mine. I have caught Lee staring a few times at Vivi, the girl from Denmark, who is one of our best players, and is something to look at. What is so remarkable about Lee is his ability to focus on a single task, so unusual for a boy his age, or for anyone at any age. The world recedes for Lee when he is on the court, and his face looks purposefully placid, like Borg’s or Lendl’s. It’s rather intimidating, really. And he has a terrific sense of balance. As he runs you can imagine him keeping a stack of books over his head and not spilling one. His racket speed has improved, as has his footwork. These

improvements are incremental, and barely detectable day to day, but I’m beginning to think he’ll be one of our top players by this spring. It will be a different life for him, and perhaps for you, because I believe he will be traveling soon for tournaments, perhaps to the nationals. And I for one would like to be part of that. I hope this is as exciting to you as it is to us at the Academy. We are expecting very big things from Lee. Sincerely yours, Maximillian Gross My Dear Mr. Wilcox, I fear you have been out of town and therefore unable to reply to my last letter, or else you’ve read it and may still respond. I wanted to fill you in on the progress since our last correspondence, if we can call it progress, and I think we can. Lee has been practicing even harder, sharpening his footwork and volleying. It has gotten so that five boys can strike shots at him nearly simultaneously and he will cleanly volley all five balls back. He can retrieve the deepest lob after nearly touching the net, then sprint back for a drop shot on the opposite side of the court. The player who comes to mind when he does this is Wilander, or maybe Borg, whose fitness was legendary. I have signed Lee up for a series of satellite tournaments, which will bring him in front of some significant crowds and provide us with a good testing ground. I very rarely tell a parent that their son or daughter has what it takes to make a living at our sport, but in Lee’s case it is becoming apparent to us all. Just last week a collegiate player from Florida Tech stopped by the Academy to train with Lee. At the end

Adapted from the story “Letters From the Academy” from STAY UP WITH ME by Tom Barbash. Copyright © 2013 by Tom Barbash. Reprinted by permisson of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

of the day they played a set and Lee thrashed him 6-1. It was only practice and the collegiate player, one of our alums, was somewhat out of shape, due to a month-long spell of mononucleosis. But the margin of victory was what sent shockwaves that night through the Academy dining room. I am concerned because we have not received your check for the spring, and while I’m quite confident that Lee will qualify for a full scholarship, I would like to talk to you about this and other matters, preferably on the telephone so there can be some back and forth. It would be better still if you could make the trip down here and see what your son’s life is like. The other day I observed Lee and the Danish girl sitting on the practice court bench after a long workout, the two of them quite sweaty and flush, and I saw the Danish girl several times touching Lee’s arm, and then resting her head on his shoulder. Again, I cannot be sure if there was anything significant going on, and nor would it be a problem, as the Danish girl is from a good family and is an extremely talented player ranked very high in Denmark. I only think that Lee would profit from some adult guidance on this matter. There is a junior Davis Cup player coming to the Academy from Chile, a boy whose game harkens back to a young Yannick Noah, and I would like to have Lee play him in a match inside the newly refurbished Academy stadium. The match will be videotaped, and we will post clips of the most exciting points on the Academy website provided it goes well and Lee is successful, as I’m quite certain he will be. With warm regards and in distant partnership, Maximillian Gross Dear Mr. Wilcox, The match with Javier, the Chilean Junior, was more than my middle-aged heart could take. In the warm-ups Lee was relaxed, powdering his groundstrokes and crushing his overheads, and he took a 5-1 lead in the first set. But after that he began to spray shots, and double fault, like a pitcher who mysteriously and suddenly loses control. I have seen this sort of meltdown eight or nine times, but it usually occurs for boys with more volatile temperaments than Lee’s. It might have served as a lesson had Lee in fact lost the match, but Javier had his own, more theatrical and sub-equatorial meltdown in the third set, and Lee won through attrition more than perseverance. When the match was over Lee and the boy



who smokes went to the movie theater at the mall. I saw them buy two pretzels, a slushy, and a chicken sandwich of suspect pedigree. They sat in the eighth row. I know this because I was in the fifteenth. It is not unusual for me to go to the movies, and I hadn’t intended to spy on them, but the movie was at a convenient time for me, and I planned to leave before the end of the film so as not to inhibit them on their afternoon escape. There are no rules against seeing a movie on a Sunday, provided you make it back by dinner time, and provided you’ve played at least four hours and run three miles, which Lee had done. I heard Lee laugh several times during the movie, once at a very serious, and in fact poignant moment—a last conversation in a hospital ward between a husband and wife— and I’m quite sure he and the smoker were upsetting the family who sat in front of them. Thank you for the quick note you sent, which I know was written during a particularly busy time for you. And in answer to your question, yes, there are several other coaches who work directly with Lee, and he is not being singled out for special treatment. But I must say that if he were it would be because he is not an ordinary adolescent, and not an ordinary talent. This weekend we will go to Boca Raton for a tournament at the Escondido Club. They have not seeded Lee, and have no idea what they are about to see. I know that wherever Mrs. Wilcox is, and I choose not to believe the rumors, she is beaming with pride right now, as you in your own way must be. Lately in his forehand I am seeing a little of Jim Courier in the two years he won the French, and in his footwork I have noticed an aspect of Gustavo Kuerten. I believe too that the Danish girl is now in love with Lee, as I saw her leaving a note outside his door the other night. I admit I did lift the note and thought of opening it, but did not. I relate this to you to indicate that I do not want to get in the way of Lee and his friendships. I will write to you from the Escondido Club, undoubtedly with exciting news. There is a rumor that Sampras might stop in to watch a match or two. Wouldn’t that be something? Yours, Maximillian Gross Dearest Mr. Wilcox, I am writing you from the veranda at the Escondido, which is filled with players and parents and coaches, much of South Florida’s

tennis aristocracy. Lee is one of four Academy players entered in the tournament, and from where I sit I can see him rallying with a junior player from Taiwan. I’m happy to report that Pete Sampras is indeed staying at the Escondido, and was seen this morning at the breakfast buffet with his movie-star wife and their two sons. It is hard to see Sampras eating his eggs and oatmeal and sausages and not think of how many times on the brink of a Grand Slam he flamed out so impotently in the French. There is nothing sadder than seeing a big hitter stumble and struggle on slow clay. As for our reason for being here, Lee did as well as we could have hoped. We played him up an age group, in the 18s, and he won his first three matches before losing to the second seed. Sampras watched four or five games of Lee’s defeat, and said—these are his exact words— “This kid is pretty good.” I wish you could have been there to hear this, but I hope you can imagine yourself where I was, hearing such a career-making compliment! You bet your f---ing ass, he is, I said, though it is far from my nature to use that sort of language, and certainly not in front of the greatest champion in our sport. I may have said some other things to the hotel staff there, who warned me to be quiet. I was escorted to my room and asked to leave first thing in the morning. The f--- I will, I thought. I watched the end of Lee’s match from my room. I thought the last match might go on forever. When he lost, Lee shook the other boy’s hand and then went down to the beach and watched the ocean for an hour or so. I joined him there, and brought him to one of the restaurants inside where I bought him a fish dinner, which he ate without a word. “Would it be okay if I stopped playing for a while?” he asked me afterward. “Why would you stop playing?” “I feel tired,” he said. “Are we talking a few days? A week?” “I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe more than a week.” “Whatever you need,” I said. And then he collapsed. There was a doctor in the hotel who said it was simply heat exhaustion and cramps. They told him to rest with a cold washcloth on his forehead, and to drink electrolytes. At around eleven he went downstairs with the Danish girl. They sat by the pool with their feet in the water. I watched them for a while and then went to bed. In the morning Lee was on the court, hit-

ting with Pete Sampras as though none of this had happened. I stood on the veranda with my suitcase packed, waiting for a taxi to come and take me to another hotel. Sampras kept staring over at me, unsmiling. May I say here that the champ has not aged terribly well? Not in his face anyhow. The sun has been particularly unkind to him, giving him the deep lines of an aging lifeguard. Nor has his hairline held up as he must have hoped. When they’d concluded their workout, Sampras told me I should stay away from Lee and that Lee would be traveling with Pete as his practice partner. My face felt hot, and my jaw tightened. “But you don’t play tournaments anymore,” I said. And he said, “I know a bad situation when I see one.” An argument ensued, and I probably handled it badly, though I think the staff at the Escondido was equally to blame. As a result, my continued employment at the Academy is under discussion, and I have not seen or heard from Lee since then. While Pete Sampras is a well-known celebrity, I do not know if it is in your wishes for your son to be the hitting partner of a washed-up balding husband of a second-rate Hollywood starlet. I told him he would need your permission for us to let Lee go anywhere, and he said, “It’s been handled,” without explaining what that meant. I believe great things are in the future for all of us provided we sort out these complications. Would you be able to come soon to Florida, or might you be able to meet with me where you are to discuss strategies? If you hear from Lee, can you tell him that we still have work to do? I am waiting for your reply, Maximilian Gross Venerable Mr. Wilcox, There is not much these days to say for loyalty, or for all the careers I’ve nurtured, or for the reputation I’ve developed over decades of playing and teaching and learning about the game. Around ten of the players stood up for me, as well as a few of the cafeteria staff, and Antonio from the pro shop. But then there were lies spoken by a few of the least reliable, those most likely to profit from my expulsion, those who would turn the academy into nothing more than a way station to the pros. I saw Lee after he’d cleared out of his dormitory suite. I had the sinking feeling one has when one has been lied about. Neither of us

knew then about my impending dismissal, and I said nothing to him of my talk with the director. I gave him a signed copy of Brad Gilbert’s book on match strategy, and enough string to last him through the summer. “Did you steal this?” he asked me. “Of course not. It’s yours,” I said. “I’m all set on equipment,” he said, the sky darkening. “But thanks for the book.” On the title page I’d written a warning about Sampras that I now wished I could erase. Big serves are like big bustlines. Nice to look at, but no guarantee of a person’s character. Nothing else was said, because it started to pour. I wondered what one does here–shake hands, embrace? In some measurable way my heart was breaking. We stood across from each other awkwardly and then he walked away. The Danish girl has quit the academy, and has accompanied me on my trip north to see you. She is crazy about Lee, she says, and wants to meet you. I am devoting myself now to her training, and believe she has it in her to make a splash at the Australian this year. I am not fond of the way people look at us while we’re on the road, and so for now we are pretending to be father and daughter, like James Mason and Sue Lyon. There is nothing untoward about our interactions, though on one occasion, Vivi, frustrated I believe by her inability to contact Lee, pressed her not unremarkably soft lips against mine, something that startled me and that I told her definitively could not happen again. Lee has been playing regional tournaments in California. I know this because I have a former player out there who has sent me emails about Lee’s results. While he is winning matches here and there, I have no doubt that his progress has stalled outside the academy, and I wonder whether Pete Sampras has the time to devote to him or whether he’s simply found a third-rate coach out there to feed Lee balls. I wonder if there’s a library out there, or anyone to go to the movies with. I wonder what happened to his friendship with the boy who smoked pipes, who I saw loitering around the academy for a week or two after Lee left. I wonder about Lee’s ability to so easily break his attachments, and whether that comes from the same place as your ability to end relationships with the women you have been with over the years, though I know I’m overstepping my ground here. For the next week we will be staying at the Knights Inn in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There are courts nearby at the high school, and Vivi and I are out there training. Are you available

early next week? I would not mind at all making the trip to your house in Grosse Point. With hopes of seeing you soon, Maximilian Gross Mr. Wilcox, I imagine you are surprised to see the postmark on the outside envelope. But yes, in point of fact, I find myself living productively and gainfully in Copenhagen, Denmark, thanks to the efforts of Vivi and her parents, the Ingebritzens. They have put me up in an apartment outside their indoor tennis club a mile or so from the great Tivoli Amusement Park. I am now coaching five young ladies and two young men, all of whom have some degree of talent, the best being Vivi. I read somewhere that you lived in this city for a year, and I wonder if there are any places you would have me go in my first months here. I did make it to your house, you know, though it must have been when you were in Los Angeles visiting with Lee and the Samprases. Did they have you to their ugly house? As you requested, I will not write again or try to get in touch with you or Lee, but know that you will always be part of my neurochemistry, the part of me that sings and mourns and deeply understands. I am taking a Danish immersion class at night, and now when I dream I dream in Danish. When I wake up in my Copenhagen apartment, under my cold cotton sheets, I sometimes feel touched by magic, as though nothing in my life can ever go wrong. Do you know this feeling? Did you feel it when you saw your son hitting peerless groundstrokes with the great Pete Sampras, and if you did, did you recognize the gift I’d given you? Can we say that we are even? Yours truly, Maximillian Gross


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Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana IT ISN’T A PRIZED exotic beach getaway, or a five star resort spa, but it has people from all over the country and world flocking to Wooster Street so they can say they have had the “Pepe’s Experience.” Pepe’s Pizza is to the world of food and pizza what a Bentley is to the world of cars; one of a kind. It is loved and revered by many, and is the gold standard when it comes to the Italian trademark dish that is pizza. It has been almost 90 years since Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opened its doors in New Haven, CT. Founded in 1925, the pizzeria locally known as just “Pepe’s,” is one of the oldest and most successful pizzerias in the United States. The history behind the development and success is a family one, and anything short of ordinary.





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Frank Pepe was the prototypical Italian immigrant. Poor and uneducated, he came to the United States in 1909 at age 16 with little more than his health and a strong work ethic. His first job was at a New Haven, CT factory until he returned to fight for his native Italy in World War I a few years later. Back in the US after the war, he took a job at a local Wooster Street macaroni manufacturer. He then worked for a local bread bakery, also on Wooster St. On the side, Frank began baking his own bread and delivering it throughout the local community with a push cart. He had difficulty keeping track of business, though, because of his illiteracy. He soon abandoned his efforts at delivery. Instead, he made the decision to start a business where his customers would come to him, eliminating many of the bookkeeping and records issues. In 1925, with his wife Filomena, a pivotal influence on his success due to her English proficiency, Frank started making a simple and humble product from their homeland–pizza. They offered only two types of pizzas: tomatoes with grated cheese, garlic, oregano and olive oil, and the other with anchovies. The Original Tomato Pie is still offered today at Pepe’s Pizzeria and anchovy is still available as a topping. It wasn’t for several years that additional toppings and cheeses were added to the creations. For about 15 years, Pepe’s operated with only a small staff of close relatives. In 1937, Frank Pepe bought the building at 157 Wooster Street, and moved his pizzeria to what is now understood to be the “main” (but not the original) location. The original location continued as a pizzeria, called The Spot, but was operated by an unrelated family. For years, Pepe’s flourished as a family-run pizzeria. In the late 1970s, Daughters Elizabeth and Serafina purchased the original bakery at 163 Wooster St. and re-opened Frank Pepe’s the Spot as an annex to the main building. In the early 1990s, Elizabeth and Serafina retired and the business was passed to their seven children–Anthony, Francis, Lisa, Bernadette, Genevieve, Jennifer and Gary–who still operate the business today and have overseen its expansion. Gary Biamonte, one of those seven grandchildren who operate the business today, explains that he is proud of and honored by his opportunity to continue the Frank Pepe legacy. As the business has grown over the last two decades, the grandchildren have utilized the help of a consulting and management team to ensure their continued success and expansion. “We have a wonderful working relationship with the management team,” says Gary. Pepe’s has received countless awards and commendations over the years, including the #1 White Clam pizza in America. The famous pie is made with fresh clams, grated cheese, olive oil, fresh garlic and oregano, but no



tomato sauce. No words can sufficiently describe the taste of this unique pie. Other awards include: 1999: James Beard Foundation’s list of “America’s Classics;” 2006: Acknowledged on the History Channel’s “American Eats” as the originator of New Haven style pizza in 1925; 2009: Named the “Best Pizza on Earth” by The Guardian; 2009: the tomato pizza named by GQ magazine the twelfth best pizza in the country; 2010: Inducted into the Connecticut Hospitality Hall of Fame; 2013: Voted best pizza in the state, in an article by Zagat naming the best pizza in each state. Now with seven locations and almost 90 years of experience, ensuring the quality and consistency of the award-winning Pepe’s pizza is one of the most important jobs in the business. Gary’s main task on a daily basis is to ensure that all recipes and ingredients are being strictly adhered to. There is extensive training for the pizza chefs, and every restaurant uses the same recipes and products. This quality control hasn’t always been easy, though, Gary says. “When you are in business for almost 90 years, a lot of things change.” Gary’s job throughout the years has been to ensure that Pepe’s uses the best quality products to keep the integrity of the original recipe and pizza. “We have a great relationship with our suppliers and distributors; they get us whatever we need to make sure we put forth the best product for our customers.” This is important, especially when your business uses over 400,000 pounds of mozzarella cheese each year. When asked about what sets Pepe’s apart from other pizzerias, mainly the recipes and ingredients, Gary won’t let any secrets out of the bag. Pepe’s has been his full-time job since the age of 16, so he definitely has plenty of them to keep. Plans for additional locations are in the works, as well. The group is looking to expand further throughout the northeast. “When customers walk into any one of our restaurants, they can expect great service and a topquality pizza in a family-friendly atmosphere that feels like home.” But don’t expect to just walk right in. If you plan on paying a visit to the original New Haven location, you can expect a decent wait in line; on any given day, customers could be in line for hours, in all types of weather. So you’d better get there early–especially if you plan on enjoying the white clam pie, which is equally infamous for selling out at some point during the course of the evening. And that is the best aspect of there being seven locations. Though you may not be lucky enough to get a seat in the original New Haven location, the Pepe’s experience can be enjoyed all over the state of Connecticut and even in New York. It is still recommended, however, that any fan of Pepe’s pay a visit to the New Haven location at least once. The wait is definitely worth it, and is undeniably a part of the experience. Who knows, you may even get to wait in line with one of the hundreds of celebrities who frequent the New Haven location when they are in the area. The history and nostalgia within those walls is truly unique, and all a part of the genuine Pepe’s experience. But if waiting in line for hours isn’t your thing, feel free to follow the lead of others, who take large pizzas home and freeze them so they can enjoy Pepe’s whenever they want to. Gary and the rest of the Pepe’s family are excited for the future and continued success of their grandfather’s creation, and grateful to their patrons from Connecticut and beyond for their continued support. Current Pepe’s locations: New Haven, Fairfield, Manchester, Danbury, West Hartford, and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, as well as Yonkers, NY. Visit for more information.



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In the twenty-three years since Dr. Seuss passed away, his lasting legacy has become a vital component of our social and educational culture. His impact on the 20th and 21st century American art scene is profound. To celebrate the Good Doctor’s work, a tribute collection of bronze sculpture has been created by artist Leo Rijn to pay homage to Ted Geisel’s books, characters, and lasting messages. Rijn was also commissioned by Universal Studios to develop and oversee the working models for monumental Dr. Seuss sculptures and architecture at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Sculptures from this collection have traveled to, or been permanently placed at, major public and private venues around the United States, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, The William J. Clinton Presidential Center, The Children’s Museum of Houston, The Munroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, as well as public zoos, libraries, and botanical gardens. For details on large-scale bronze commissions, contact Bill Dreyer, Director and Curator for The Art of Dr. Seuss:


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11TH ANNUAL GAMES FOR CHANGE FESTIVAL/ THE 2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL® The 11th Annual Games for Change Festival takes place April 22-24, 2014 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T. In addition, the Games for Change Arcade, which is open to the public, will be held at the TFF Family Festival Street Fair, taking place on Saturday, April 26. Hosted and created by Games for Change, a non-profit that catalyzes social impact through digital games, the Games for Change Festival is the largest gaming event in New York City, and the leading international event uniting game creators with others who believe in the positive social impact of games.



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like a soundtrack. The music has an organic feel so you can listen while relaxing by your home stereo, but the music also has crossover appeal for going out or listening to a live performance. When you’re visiting New York and not performing, where might we find you? I visit New York a lot, hang with friends in other bands, and I’ve had a good time at the Bowery Hotel. How might you reply if you were issued an invitation to a dinner party the next time you were visiting NYC? It could be fun. I love good dinners and meeting new people. Could I bring my band members? A beautiful thing about touring is experiencing new things with your friends (band members).

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49 Howard Presents: The Art of Superstition In collaboration with 49 Howard Presents, SoHo NYC and Tribeca magazines teamed up with some downtown friends to throw down an epic night of art in a Soho loft setting. Avantgarde art generously on loan from Lower East Side-based Castle Fitzjohns gallery decked the halls, with a guest appearance by young Miami based sensation GG. French inspired cocktails were crafted by Chicane’s, with bubbly and a mulled wine not to be soon forgotten from visiting Connecticut Vineyard, Chamard (Clinton, CT). The evening’s heady sounds were thanks to DJs Matt FX and Hiyawatha of Tribes NYC, who kept people on their feet into the early hours. 49 Howard curates cultural events showcasing emerging artistic, culinary, and musical talents; fostering relationships between independent artists, galleries, and supportive sponsors to build an engaging and receptive community at the Loft at 49 Howard Street. Expect more to come soon. Castle Fitzjohns Gallery: 98 Orchard Street, NYC. Chicane: 430 Broome Street, NYC Chamard Vinyard:

and his thoughts on NYC. It’s refreshing to hear a DJ/music producer these days wax on about the NYC punk scene as his inspiration and the “beautiful” aspects of touring in the same breath. Turn it up and get emotional; Trentemoller brings the euro, and makes Emo sound chic again. I like it a lot!

Nossa Mesa Supper Club at Louro It’s with great pleasure that I introduce you to Monday nights at Louro; where the tasting menu meets the communal table, fine dining takes on a theme, and BYOB means room for sharing. Rumor has it that on evenings when the menu showcases crowd favorites such as lobster, truffles, or uni, there are frequently some major vintages being passed around as diners play a bourgy game of “show and tell.” Chef David Santos is the real deal. He’s a master at the fryer, and the type of chef whose menus have never not been seasonal. He says one of the hardest parts of a seasonal

Five words to describe your music? It’s hard to describe my music (agreed); melodic, melancholic, organic, with electronic and indie influence. Is that five words? On his feelings towards NYC, where he has a sold out show in Brooklyn. NYC has always been an inspiration, especially punk rock bands like the Velvet UnderLOURO ground and Talking Heads (puts his electroPHOTO BY ALICE GAO punk sound into perspective). Last year I had a sold out show at Webster Hall; that was a menu these days is matching what is actually lot of fun! in season with what people want that season. The western wall of Louro is lined with jars of Who would you recommend your music to, Santos’ edible experiments, stewing flavors and and what is the best way to experience it? culinary oddities. Open-minded people, to challenge the lisI had the pleasure of enjoying a Mardi Grastener the first time they hear my music. It’s not themed menu, which featured cocktail pairings pop, it has feeling, atmospherism, and plays like a milky bourbon and rum cocktail, and a WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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Film Love & Air Sex Although not totally sure what to make of this one, it had us thoroughly entertained and LOL’ing throughout, while inducing several of those “WTF” expressions with some very unique scenes involving a very serious charades-style air sex competition. Amour et Turbulences (Love is in the Air) Romantic French tale full of twists and turns, as a couple is reunited and reminisces about the destruction of their love when they find themselves seated next to each other on a crossAtlantic flight from NYC.


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The Vanity Project What You Wear is a Powerful Way of Communicating What You Stand For

THE VANITY PROJECT (TVP) was founded on the simple idea that your clothing should be a billboard for good. We’ve all seen the “Varsity Sailing Team, 1975” T-shirts out there; well, none of us were on the sailing team, and certainly not in 1975. After graduating from Northwestern, TVP co-founders Jason Sochol and Omri Bojko both went into finance, but were uninspired by their work. When Jason’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, Jason and Omri were motivated to contribute to their local community and began volunteering for various organizations in the Chicago area. Most of these non-profits couldn’t afford to divert time and resources towards apparel production for events. As a result, Jason and Omri saw an opportunity and launched The Vanity Project to both create high-quality apparel and unburden these organizations by helping them build stronger, more recognizable brands. At present, The Vanity Project provides high quality apparel, merchandise, e-commerce, and fulfillment services to over 50 non-profits nationwide. The company handles Gifts for Donors, Event Merchandise, E-Commerce, Staff Gear, Campaign Merchandise & Rewards, Storage & Shipping, and Online Store Hosting. TVP’s mission is to build the strongest bond possible between an organization and its supporters. Working on campaigns with athletes and celebrities such as Jared Allen, Andre Brown, Jon Stewart, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, TVP aids a plethora of foundations and causes. 144


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TRYING TO FIND A HOTEL DEAL ON THE INTERNET? WITH PAGES AND PAGES OF POSSIBILITIES AND PRICES, IT’S OVERWHELMING! HERE ARE A HANDFUL OF VERY SPECIAL HOTELS IN PARIS AND LONDON WITH DISTINCTIVE PERSONALITIES THAT MAY BE JUST THE RIGHT MATCH FOR YOU. Intercontinental Paris Le Grand “Bravo, Madame!” My waiter at Café de la Paix was clearly impressed. The “Plateau Prestige” was fini. A crustacean extravaganza for two–cold lobster, oysters, clams, scallops, prawns, whelks, escargot, pink shrimp, tiny shrimp–was now nothing more than a platter of shaved ice. It’s always been a culinary dream of mine to experience a seafood tower in Paris, and what could be more merveilleux than to be at Paris’ legendary brasserie, Café de La Paix, at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand? Inaugurated on May 5th, 1862 by Empress Eugenie, Café de la Paix and The Intercontinental Paris Le Grand are an integral part of Paris history, older than the Eiffel Tower. It is a memory I will never forget, like being in another era–dining on a red velvet banquette, looking out at the Paris Opera House. To commence the “Plateau Prestige,” a multitude of instruments and tools, (à la oral surgeon’s tray) are aligned in preparation for the task at hand. The “Plateau Prestige” is presented with the flair and flourish of the court of Louis the XIV. After three hours, it was a thrilling exhaustion, like finishing the Seafood Tour de France. Maybe it was the wine, but I think the cupids on the gilded, frescoed ceiling were winking at me. The Intercontinental Paris Le Grand is just that, a “Grand” hotel. One of the first luxury hotels built in Paris, the Paris Le Grand precedes the majestic Opera House, right next door. It embodies the glamour of centuries ago



coupled with the buzz of contemporary Paris. The location is convenient, a 10 minute walk to the Louvre, with a Metro stop right on the corner. The Club InterContinental offers a VIP lounge overlooking the Opera. It is open to the club’s guests and covers two levels where they can enjoy breakfast, cocktails or other refreshments depending on the time of day. There’s a vibrant energy at the Paris Le Grand from the continual flow of international guests. So much so that Café de La Paix’s glorious breakfast buffet includes a full Chinese buffet and a Japanese buffet. Through the lobby is La


Verriere–an open “winter garden” venue with tables of tête-à-têtes meeting for café or cocktails. The hotel is so connected to the life of the city; it’s the site of important events and happenings like the Balmain Fashion Show, and a shared 152nd birthday celebration with the famed Ladurée pastry shop. Imagine the holiday season at the Paris Le Grand with a Christmas tree almost 15 feet high, made of 8,000 multi-colored Ladurée macarons! Magnifique! 2 Rue Scribe, Paris, France.


Hotel La Trémoille It’s Designer Geometry in the 8th district in Paris. Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Chanel and Lanvin form “The Golden Triangle” connecting the Champs Élysées, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V. At the center of the triangle on a quiet tree-lined street corner is Hotel La Trémoille. Built in 1883 as a private residence, La Trémoille was transformed into a hotel in 1923 and is the epitome of an exclusive small boutique hotel. The original Haussmann façade and wrought iron balconies give the exterior that “Welcome to Paris” signature. The hotel has 80 luxury guestrooms and 13 suites, some with their own private balconies. The sleep is luxurious at La Trémoille and guest baths feature a petite Molton Brown boutique with a multitude of body washes to sample: Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod, Warming Eucalyptus, and Recharge Black Pepper. The fitness center is located on the lower level and includes a cardio-training center; sauna; hydro-jet shower and two private massage and treatment rooms. The hotel’s very own Louis² Restaurant and Louis² Bar & Lounge are not to be missed. The name “Louis²” was inspired by Louis II, Sire de la Trémoille, grand chevalier of the Renaissance and ambassador of the hotel. The ambiance is cozy, with a piano in the bar and plush seats by the fireplace and in private alcoves. The bar and lounge are perfect for a casual brasserie style lunch, business meeting or to meet for a drink. The restaurant is open everyday, all day – 11am to 11pm. The menu is simple yet sophisticated. Try the Daurade Tartare laced with ginger; it’s exquisite! There’s an art to creating a hotel atmosphere that strikes the perfect balance of elegant, casual and relaxing. The service is stellar and discreet; no wonder so many celebrities stay at La Trémoille. It’s a delight to call La Trémoille

home when you’re in Paris. Hotel Trémoille is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. 14, rue de la Trémoille, Paris.

Châteaux recently announced that the Goring has been admitted as the collection’s sole London hotel member. Located in Belgravia, just behind Buckingham Palace, the Goring has been a favorite for royal guests since it opened in 1910. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, stayed at the hotel the night before her wedding at Westminster Abbey. Ideally situated for Coronations, royal weddings, or simply a lovely London getaway, the Goring is an easy stroll to London’s Royal Parks, finest shops, theatres and restaurants. Now in its second century, the Goring is the only five star luxury hotel in London owned and run by the family that built it. Jeremy Goring is the fourth generation Goring to head the hotel since his great-grandfather; Otto R. Goring founded the Goring in 1910. A statue of O. R. Goring welcomes guests in the lobby, and a fresh flower is placed in his buttonhole every morning, 365 days a year.

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I’ve developed a special affection for the Goring Hotel. Apparently, I’m not alone; it’s a favorite of the Queen’s. In 2013, her Majesty the Queen honored the Goring with a Royal Warrant for its outstanding hospitality. Considering it’s the first and only Royal Warrant the Queen has ever given to a hotel, imagine how exceptional the service is! Relais &


The Garden Bar and the Lounge overlook the magnificent Goring garden. It’s the largest hotel garden in Central London, ideal for a garden party and a perfect setting for the quintessential English Afternoon Tea. The Goring was honored with the 2013 Top London Afternoon Tea Award by the UK Tea Guild. For very fine British fare, be sure to experience dinner at The Dining Room The Goring’s rooms and suites have recently been refurbished with elegant Gainsborough silks and many of the rooms overlook the garden. There are newly decorated inter-connecting family rooms with two bedrooms. Children will love the Goring’s gift bag and special activities, a visit to the kitchen, filling their Goring Passport, selecting a story from the Goring Bedtime Story Library, and the private garden for outdoor play. Very British with a bit of whimsy, enjoy being treated like royalty at The Goring. 15 Beeston Pl, London, England. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



The Soho Hotel This is a fantastic emporium of textures, textiles and eclectic design! The Soho Hotel, one of Tim and Kit Kemp’s Firmdale collection, is an exciting hotel to check out next time you’re in London. Built in 2004, the Soho was the entertainment district’s first luxury hotel–set back on a quiet street, steps away from the neighborhood’s hip cafes, clubs, bars and restaurants. The Soho Hotel has an unmistakable cool vibe from the moment you enter and encounter a 10-foot-high bronze Botero cat sculpture standing guard. Each of the 91 bedrooms, suites, and apartments are individually designed with unique fabrics, trimmings and artwork. Love the drawing room and the library! It’s amazing how many details you’ll continue to discover during your stay. Have a look at the private event spaces; you’ll want to throw a party just to spend time in these rooms. The center of the hotel’s energy is Refuel Restaurant & Bar, located in the lobby. Refuel tips its cap to the hotel’s prior life as a parking lot with a sensational mural of colorful cars on the road. No matter the time of day, Refuel is buzzing, serving truly fabulous fare. Want to spa? Soholistic on the lower level offers Temple Spa beauty therapies and a fully equipped gym. The Firmdale Hotels are renowned for their Film Club series and the Soho has two incredibly cool screening rooms. Can’t make it to London? Be sure to visit the Crosby Street hotel in NYC’s Soho. Experience dinner and a film at Crosby Street’s Film Club Series. Once you’ve stepped inside a Firmdale hotel, you’ll understand what the fuss is about. 4 Richmond Mews, London.




“I’ve had some wobbles lately.” It was the most refined moment of bar room blues I’d ever heard. Dukes was a favorite watering hole of James Bond author, Ian Fleming. The Fleming 89 is a rose infused martini, a toast to Ian Fleming’s favorite scent from London Parfumerier, Floris. Observe as Alessandro sprays rose liquor from an antique perfume atomizer onto the frozen martini glass. It’s no wonder travelers from around the world come to Dukes Bar to experience the art of the martini. Dukes London has held court in St. James for over 100 years. Hidden away on a side street, the hotel is renowned for its very British five star experience. Thirty-Six, under the toque of Michelinstarred chef Nigel Mendham, serves brilliant seasonal fare. Perfect for pre-theatre dinner and a spectacular tasting menu, the restaurant also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. After dinner, cigar lovers will be enthralled by the selection of fine cigars and Dukes’ exclusive cognac and cigar garden in which to savor the experience. A Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. St. James’s Place, London.

Dukes London The Royal Christening of HRH Prince George signaled it was high time for Dukes London to inaugurate a new martini in honor of the infant prince. After all, it’s not every day there’s a royal christening at St. James Palace. And when Dukes London adds a unique new martini to its historic martini bar, Londoners take notice. “The Dukes Royal Prince Cup Cocktail” Hendrix gin, Rosehip cup bitter, Dubonnet (the Queen’s favorite tipple!) and a zest of organic orange. Dukes’ martinis are legendary, prepared tableside as performance art. A 1908 wooden trolley cart laden with bottles of frozen gin, vodka, Dukes’ specially prepared Vermouth with all-English ingredients and organic lemons from Amalfi is helmed by Dukes bar manager, Alessandro Palazzi. It’s a martini experience for the purist, to be sipped slowly, without distraction of music, or interruption of food being served; just a few snacks, cocktails and conversation. When the drink is strong, the British guard comes down. A guest was asked how life had been since his last visit to Dukes. He sipped his martini and in a melodious English accent confessed sadly,

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Marrakech: Jnane Tamsna A fabulous riad (guest house) set on nine landscaped acres in the la Palmeraie section of Marrakech, Jnane Tamsna offers serene accommodations, fine cuisine and warm hospitality slightly removed from the bustling old city of Marrakech. 24 spacious guestrooms in 3 buildings are individually decorated with elegant furnishings and sophisticated fabrics, and laid out around courtyards and verandas with plenty of indoor and outdoor private space. Moorish architecture, Islamic art and design, combined with a nouvelle sensibility toward luxury and amenities set the tone for a chic and comfortable stay. Themed suites–such as Casablanca, Calligraphy, and Persian–have in-room fireplaces and walk in closets, marble bathrooms, luxurious linens, and TV’s available upon request. Nestled among the property’s lavender and olive trees, lemon groves and date palms, are five swimming pools and a tennis court. Acres of



walled gardens include an organic vegetable garden and aromatic herb garden, whose produce is used in Jnane Tamsna’s excellent restaurant. In a tranquil and understated dining room, guests start their day with an ample breakfast which incorporates Moroccan crepe, a selection of French croissants, seasonal fruits, yogurt, honey, preserves and made to order omelets. The restaurant offers a set lunch and dinner menu that changes daily, both in the candlelit dining room and at various lavish and stunning private outdoor dining alcoves. A blend of sophisticated Marrakech and European fare, the three-course menus incorporate many ingredients sourced from the hotel’s kitchen gardens or nearby souk in Marrakech. Cooking classes are available. Ideal for families, couples, honeymooners and business travelers, Jnane Tamsna offers all the amenities and provisions necessary for a memorable stay. Baby sitting and conference services available. Douar Abiad, La Palmeraie, Marrakech.

A stay at Dar Ayniwen is like a stay at an astonishing, indulgent, private Moroccan home. Which indeed Dar Ayniwen once was, before it opened its doors to a select few guests at its all-suite, luxury accommodations in the Marrakech Palmeraie. Visitors are greeted with the customary glasses of hot, sweet mint tea upon arrival, as well as rosepetal strewn beds and baths when ushered to their rooms. Designed with antiques from around the world, valuable objets, stained glass, mother of pearl inlaid furnishings, hand cut mosaics and rich textiles abound throughout Dar Ayniwen’s salons, alcoves and guestrooms. Little details like a hat thrown on a coatrack, well-worn books left on a table, and an open backgammon set add to the air of authentic living. An on-site Hammam, (spa) offers a traditional sauna, Oriental beauty treatments and massages, and an aromatic relaxation room. Outdoors, guests can enjoy a heated swimming pool year-round, extensive gardens, and a sophisticated aviary. Open to Dar Ayniwen’s guests and to outside travelers, La Tente, the hotel’s restaurant, offers fine Moroccan dining in a stunning tented setting. Berber carpets, pillowed couches, candlelight and a crackling fireplace set the scene for wonderful meals in lush and exotic surroundings. Enjoy dishes such as wild quail in puff pastry with almonds and raisins, Rabbit Tajine with sweet prunes and foie gras, and Royal Couscous topped with Beef, Merguez sausage, and Spicy Mincemeat. Cooking courses are available. Infused with Moorish hospitality and Orientalist décor, Dar Ayniwen allows guests to experience Moroccan living at its finest. Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech.



High Atlas Mountains: Kasbah du Tubkal Imlil The Kasbah du Tubkal is a magnificent ecolodge, situated in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco at the base of the tallest mountain in North Africa. Once the summer retreat of an area feudal chief, the Kasbah has been painstakingly restored with traditional building techniques and materials to provide comfortable lodging with authentic local fare and


attentive service in a spectacular setting. But don’t think just anybody can stay at this hotel, because there is an eye-opening, fifteen-minute hike up a winding trail behind a donkey carrying your luggage to arrive at the hotel’s main gate. If you’re capable of that, then do it, because the views, the experience, as well as the hiking, climbing and walking in the area are out of this world. The hills are dotted with simple Berger villages offering local wares, friendly people and trekking trails. When the muezzins call the faithful to prayer, the mountains echo. If you’re staying in one of their suites you can expect a nice Berber salon with colorful couches, an ample bathroom, and a terrace overlooking the mountains. Dine by candlelight using wooden spoons and simple utensils on a set menu of bean

soup, tagine, and honey-infused desserts. The hotel amenities are wonderful, with offerings such as the Hammam, (steam bath), large rooftop terrace for lunch, and unlimited cups of Morocco’s Berber whiskey (mint tea). The Hammam, an important feature in Moroccan culture, is a steam/ washing room where you and your family can go and have a group bathe. In the Hammam you mix boiling water with cold to make it your desired temperature, then slowly cleanse yourself and each other with the luxuriant mountain water, Moroccan black soap, and exfoliation gloves. Getting back to the most important experience of the hotel–the hiking trails–you can go for a thirty mile trek to the top of Tubkal, a ten-mile loop stopping in villages along the way, or a short, one-mile hike to an awesome rushing waterfall that provides a cool backdrop and chill place. Imlil, Morocco.

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Merzouga is a desert town with few amenities, but what it lacks in stores and restaurants it makes up for by being on the edge of the enthralling Sahara desert. Hotel Ksar Bicha, situated at the foot of the dunes, offers a fascinating selection of desert activities as well as a gracious hotel, dining room, and fashionably decorated swimming pool area. Fulfill every romanticized notion of trade routes of old, and ride camels into the desert to bivouc in a Berber tent. A camel trek of two hours into the desert brings you to a beautiful Berber campsite with full amenities, including a running water outhouse, kitchen, and tented rooms with thick blankets and heavy mattresses. In the campsite, a giant Berber rugged square is put down so you never have to walk on sand, and lights are put up sparingly so you can see the killer stars at night. Back at the hotel the next day, you can expect a full breakfast with mint tea, (obviously) housemade bread with amlou (almond butter with honey), and other authentic Moroccan delicacies. Enjoy a dip in the cooling waters of the pool and the warm breezes off the Sahara. If camels aren’t your thing, take an excursion in open-topped 4 x 4’s. The desert also allows for sand boarding, which is like snow boarding but riding the dunes, and a traditional health treatment called sand bathing. For the sand bathing, a hole is dug and allowed to heat up before a person is buried up to the neck with only their head showing; this treatment is believed to be beneficial for muscle pains, arthritis, joint disease and chronic illnesses.

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views of Providenciales’ beautiful sunsets. Enjoy fun and exotic cocktails, as well as favorite frozen concoctions, at the poolside swim-up bar. (The Rum Bar features 40 different Caribbean rums.) The first pop-up restaurant in Turks & Caicos–Stix on Grace Bay beach–is ideal for those loathe to step away from the white tropical sands and the perfection of their deepening tan. Anani Spa offers a full range of facials, massages and body treatments, as well as a glamorous spa tent for beachfront massages. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Grace Bay Club opened as the first luxury all-oceanfront suite resort in Turks and Caicos, and today continues to be a premier destination for discerning visitors. Check out their anniversary specials and more at

Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Grace Bay Club Providenciales The wonderful Grace Bay Club on the island of Providenciales in the string of islands and keys called Turks and Caicos, is a haven, a resort, a chill getaway extraordinaire. Situated on 11 landscaped acres on the beautiful Grace Bay Beach and composed of three options – The Hotel, The Villas, and The Estate – Grace Bay Club is able to cater to guests with different prerequisites, all at the same time. All lodgings offer ocean front views and have access to the club’s spa, restaurants, shop and activities. Service is warm, attentive and capable; many accommodations come with a personal 24-hour concierge. The adults-only Hotel offers a range of suites with up to 2,200 square feet of luxurious appointments and a private adults-only swimming pool. Each suite has at least one private balcony or patio, along with a kitchenette and twice-daily maid service. The villas, replete with one to four bedrooms–each with an en-suite bathroom–are ideal for families, friends staying together, and multiple couples. Encompassing 600 square feet to 6,340 square feet of living space in four exclusive five-story buildings, the villas have full kitchens, dining areas, plush living rooms, ample private balconies, walk in closets, washer/dryers and twice-daily maid service. The Estate at Grace Bay Club offers guests enhanced luxury, amenities and privacy. This is a collection of 22 custom-designed, elegant residences, each blending contemporary design



with the distinctive charm of a beachfront location. The Estate includes exclusive facilities such as a poolside bar, poolside cabanas and lounges, a 25-meter lap pool, beach beds, a Jacuzzi, a kids’ splash pool and a welcome lounge,


making it a true resort within a resort. Anacaona is the resort’s gourmet, open-air restaurant, featuring European-Caribbean fusion cuisine focused on fresh ingredients, modern presentations and global influences. Anacaona welcomes guests 12 years of age and up. Breakfast, lunch, complimentary afternoon tea, and casual dinners are served at the Grill Rouge, offering a wide variety of grilled seafood, meat and international bistro fare. The Lounge is a contemporary and relaxed onthe-beach oasis. With plush outdoor seating, hanging lanterns and the Infiniti Bar–the longest beach bar in the Caribbean–The Lounge offers Caribbean-themed tapas, a selection of martinis and tropical cocktails, sophisticated world music and prime

Any time is a good time to visit Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, but for those who especially love food and wine, the island’s annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival is a particularly awesome time to come. Enjoy a range of events held at various locations around the island, mingle with locals and the many ex-pats who call the island home, and delight in cuisine both locally sourced and globally influenced. In 2014, the Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival takes place November 6 – 8. Last year, participating chefs included Tiffany Derry, fan favorite from Season 7 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Xoliswa Ndoyiya, Nelson Mandela’s personal chef of more than 20 years, and NYC’s sweet-toothed Christina Tosi, of Momofuku Milk Bar. Wineries represented were Sonoma County’s St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Tuck Beckstoffer Wines of Napa Valley, and South Africa’s recently launched House of Mandela wines. Proposed venues for the 2014 events include The Regent Palms, the Beach House, The Lounge at Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club and other distinguished properties around the island. Guests will be guided on a culinary adventure around Providenciales during the annual Gourmet Safari progressive dinner, featuring five courses at different locations with wine pairings from noted vintners. The Island Street Food Fair on Grace Bay Road, showcasing the expert grilling and barbeque techniques of chefs from the island, culminates with a delicious and heated grill-off. For advance tickets and additional information:

THE WESTIN RIVERFRONT RESORT AND SPA at Beaver Creek Mountain Avon, CO There is something special about entering the warmly appointed lobby of the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa. The stunning views of Vail Valley beckon for outdoors adventures. Located at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, the Westin is a resort for all seasons. In the warmer months, there’s an incredible array of activities and outdoor festivals to choose from: biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, tennis, swimming and mountain Jeep tours. You can also tee off at one of three local golf courses. In the winter, you can head to the ski valet and hop into your heated boots. The gondola right out the back door whisks you directly to world class skiing at Beaver Creek Mountain. If you have forgotten anything, Beaver Creek Sports is on-site to help, and Vail Mountain is only a short ride away. Non-skiers have easy access to snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing and family sleigh rides. Guests can also choose to simply enjoy the indoor/outdoor pleasures of the resort: swim in the heated outdoor pool or relax in the three very inviting infinity hot tubs. The Westin’s Spa Anjali is a complete wellness center featuring 14 treatment rooms. Realign your mind and body with the Spa’s own ‘Himalayan Journey to Serenity’ Package. There’s also a full service salon, lap pool, and a gym with state of the art fitness equipment, as well as Spin, Pilates and Yoga studios. Adjacent to the spa is the Howard Head Sports Medicine Clinic, renowned for its innovative physical therapy techniques. Guests can vacation and rehabilitate at the Westin Riverfront while recovering from surgery or injury. While parents get some adult time, at the Westin Kids Club, children ages 5-12 explore and have fun in programs that highlight the area’s natural environment. Enjoy a hearty breakfast served every morning at the Lift Cafe, meet friends for a glass of wine at the Lobby Wine Bar and enjoy Modern Mexican cuisine from award-winning Chef

Richard Sandoval at Maya. Accommodations range from spacious studio suites to plush three-bedroom condos. Many have private decks and stunning mountain views and all have Westin’s Heavenly Beds® that truly are.... heavenly. There is even a heavenly dog bed available in this pet-friendly hotel. Whether you’re an outdoor adrenaline family or just looking for a relaxed couple’s getaway, check out for year round resort deals and packages.





The Resort at Paws Up


he Resort at Paws Up is Montana’s premier luxury ranch resort situated in some of the most breathtaking country in the world. The Resort features a robust menu of wilderness adventures, gourmet dining, a spa and incredibly unique accommodations, which include 30 glamping (glamorous camping) tents. The history of glamping at the Resort at Paws Up began with the development of Tent City, the original glamping site at the Ranch. This initial campsite was located in a timbered enclave situated on the edge of a sprawling meadow just a stone’s throw from the legendary Blackfoot River and a historic rock outcropping discovered by Lewis & Clark. The site already had welcoming neighbors, including local wildlife and several birds of prey that included a permanent family of American bald eagles. The Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Continental Divide served as the breathtaking backdrop for this pristine and highly scenic Montana wilderness camp. Now, all that was needed was the perfect canvas compound. Ultimately, six tents were built at Tent City and situated at least 50 feet apart (for privacy) in the timbered shade with good access to sunshine. Pathways with solar lighting were established to provide access for guests and staff. In its first year, Tent City was extremely well received by guests, the press and the travel trade. It provided a high-end camping experience for guests that was then unique in the United States. Tent City took “glamping” to the highest level ever in North America. As consumer demand significantly outpaced Paws Up’s supply of tents, additional camps were designed and built. In 2007, River Camp was built. In 2010 and 2011, Creekside Camp and Pinnacle Camp respectively were built. Each new camp was built with a higher level of luxury and more amenities than the last. In June of 2012, Moonlight Camp was introduced–replacing the original Tent City. The new camp included voluminous tents (four two-bedroom tents and two one-bedroom



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tents) approximately 50% larger in size. The original bathhouse was removed and was replaced by a spacious ensuite bathroom for each tent–featuring heated slate floors, glass shower enclosures, heated towel racks and vanities with double sinks. The old Dining Pavilion was replaced with a considerably larger tented Pavilion. The new Pavilion includes a lounge area, bar, larger deck and expanded pantry. The result is a totally contemporaneous glamping environment that, in 2012, received more guest compliments than Tent City, its predecessor.

Today, Paws Up’s luxury camping offering includes five camps and 30 tents, including the new Cliffside Camp and the newly renovated River Camp. Similar to African safaris, glamping at Paws Up brings guests closer to wildlife, and offers an intimate, unfiltered connection with the natural beauty of Montana, while providing the most luxurious comfort possible. As the leader of the North American glamping trend, Paws Up has truly created The American Safari.™ For reservations or more information, please call 877/630-6158 or visit


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Glamping (glamorous camping) at The Resort at Paws Up is more than an overnight stay in a tent. It’s our way of introducing you to the grandeur of the American West, at a level of luxury unimagined in days gone by.

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EVERYONE has a good time when they come to Telluride–the people smiling the most are the ones who never left. Upon first glance, visitors are immediately enchanted with the breathtaking setting of the historic Town of Telluride. The grand snowcapped peaks of the 14,000foot San Juan Mountains and imposing Box Canyon waterfalls ensnare the senses, while the warm embrace of the Telluride community welcomes you to paradise. The over-a-century-old Town of Telluride is filled with colorful legends and Rocky Mountain spirit. Just six blocks wide and twelve blocks long, the National Historic District is a window into the town’s illustrious past with its colorful Victorian homes, clapboard storefronts and boutiques. Each summer the town plays host to such world-renowned events as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, just to name a few. And there’s plenty for the kids too – the Telluride community is extremely family focused. Telluride’s education system is nationally recognized as exemplary, with camps and extracurriculars from rock climbing and river rafting to theater and dance. Telluride’s World-Class Ski Resort is a grandiose backdrop to the historic town, offering a genuine mountain experience for all levels of skiers, thanks to a mix of quality terrain on 2,000+ skiable acres. Even beginners and intermediate skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy ter160


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Ptarmigan Sites 4 & 5 Ilium Valley These parcels enjoy over a half mile of river frontage. An attractive post & beam home with 5 beds & 4.5 baths features excellent outdoor living spaces, big sun & great mountain views. Caretaker unit & 4-stall barn. Superb fishing, biking, & close access to thousands of USFS acres.

Dalwhinnie Ridgway A stunning family compound & horse ranch just 45 minutes from Telluride. Located on 60+ rare acres adjoining the Uncompahgre River, the property has verdant irrigated pastures. The elegant, yet rustic, 7,730 sq ft main house was expanded from a reclaimed historic barn.

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Quality Healthcare and Nature within your Reach COSTA RICA has merged as one of the most accessible, secure, innovative, and price-competitive destinations for travelers from the United States and Canada seeking world-class heath care. In recent years Guanacaste, the Northwest province with all it has to offer, has attracted tourists seeking outstanding medical and dental procedures. The country ranks 36th out of 191 nations for its quality of health care systems. Furthermore, three medical centers received Joint Commission International Accreditation. Several facilities are accredited under U.S. standards and the country seal of quality “PROMED” insuring foreign patients receive an excellent level of care. Every year millions of people travel abroad looking for professional medical and dental services. Medical tourism is no longer just a means to save money on a plastic surgery procedure. For the uninsured and underinsured, it has become the only solution for all their health problems. For years Costa Rica has had first class hospital facilities and a highly qualified, internationally trained, bilingual medical corps. The country’s strategic location, political and financial stability, good quality of life, and cutting edge medical technology, makes it one of the best countries to visit for medical tourism in the entire world. Its health conditions are the result of its government’s commitment to make health and education top priorities. The health indexes for Costa Rica equal those found in the United States, and are, without a doubt, the best in Latin America. Life expectancy at 78 is the highest in the region, also equaling the life expectancy in the United States. Medical procedures in Costa Rica cost 30 to 70 percent less than the identical services in the States. In addition, should a rare medical issue occur, legal procedures exist to provide a means to arbitrate a reconciliation. Finally, regions like Guanacaste offer the best place to recuperate. Quiet hills, sunny beaches or magnificent volcanoes with their valuable thermal waters, are part of a unique environment blessed by Mother Nature where patients recover quickly in a pleasant environment. For example, Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste lies in the center of one of the largest Blue Zones in the world, areas where people live the longest and have the highest quality of life. In Costa Rica’s Blue Zone, adults have the longest life expectancy due to the water quality, a healthful diet, and a slower pace of life. In 2012 Guanacaste inaugurated its first Joint Commission International accredited hospital. CIMA Guanacaste has begun offering 166


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tions are also plentiful and inexpensive.” ranks Ecuador among the top 20 nations in the world for healthcare efficiency, reporting a per capita annual cost of only $332. The United States, in comparison, ranks 45th at $8,608 per capita annually. According to several studies, medicines are another bargain in Ecuador, some costing less than 10 percent of U.S. equivalents. As an example, asthma inhalers that cost from $85-$250 in the United States can be purchased over-the-counter in Ecuador for $15-$35. Heart medications in Ecuador average 15-20 percent less than U.S. prices. An American living in Cuenca can expect to pay just 7-15 percent of what they would in the United States for medical treatments. A heart bypass that would cost $130,000 in the United States will cost closer to $11,000 in Cuenca, and a hip replacement priced in the United States from $43,000-$51,000 will cost approximately $8,000. Some specialized procedures include cardiology, cosmetic, dental and eye surgeries, gynecology, neurology and orthopedic surgery. Not only expats and medical tourists from the United States benefit from the healthcare system. Ecuadorians living in the United States often return home – sometimes after many years – just to make use of the affordable healthcare that their native country offers to the rest of the world. As a result, “Find Health in Ecuador” has earned a reputaprovince where writers and poets have found inspiration among the tion as one of the most prominent medical tourism companies serving vast cafes and galleries tucked along the narrow cobblestone streets. the industry in Cuenca. Rich history, first-class infrastructure and climate have attracted priFind Health in Ecuador, located in Cuenca, is a personalized medical marily North American retirees for years to Ecuador. The mayor of Cuenca told ABC News this year that approximately 4,000 Americans now live in the city of a half million. No wonder International Living Magazine has declared Ecuador No. 1 out of the 22 best countries on its Annual Retirement Index for five years running, paving the way for the immigration population to find a niche and make a contribution to the community. Retirees, locals and medical travelers benefit from Cuenca’s toprated healthcare facilities that offer medical procedures at one-tenth of the cost of those in the United States. In Cuenca, many of the doctors have received training in the United States, and offer personalized care – some even make house calls. Affordable Healthcare The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Ecuador as the 6th most improved healthcare system in the world. “The government is investing heavily in new facilities and services as well as medical education, and the results are paying off,” the WHO reported. “We are seeing increasing numbers of foreigners visiting Ecuador to take advantage of low costs and high quality services. Medica168


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GREENWICH Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. 75 Holly Hill Lane Suite 100 Greenwich, CT 06830


We approach our projects with a commitment to the values of superior service, excellence in workmanship, timely performance and execution … always with the highest level of integrity in the communities we serve. We recently renovated the exterior of this Nantucket shingle style home in the Round Hill section of Greenwich including complete siding replacement with factory finished cedar shingles and a new Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau® lifetime warrantied Anbrook pressure treated wood roof with a new 6” copper gutter system. On budget and on time to our client’s complete satisfaction. That’s what keeps our customers coming back to us. Dedication. Accountability. Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. Serving Fairfield County for more than 45 years.

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Design/Build Residential Remodeling. Contractor since 1968. Specializing in Painting, Roofing, and Home Remodeling. Wood | Slate | Tile | Flat | Asphalt Shingle Roofing Repairs | New Installations

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We recently installed this premium grade Anbrook cedar roof for one of our clients in Greenwich backed by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau’s® lifetime warranty. Here is what our client had to say after working with us: “It is comforting to know that in this questionable climate, especially in the construction business, that there are still people who care and take pride in what they do. You are unquestionably at the very top of that list … Thank you and your company for going the extra mile.” Very truly yours, Michael Dattilo Dedication. Accountability. Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. Serving Fairfield County for more than 45 years.

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We approach our projects with a commitment to the values of superior service, excellence in workmanship, timely performance and execution … always with the highest level of integrity in the communities we serve. Our expert roofing crew installed this magnificent 150+ square lifetime warrantied Western Red Cedar Shake roof over Cedar Breather® complete with 700 feet of 20 ounce soldered copper valley flashings, which received a lifetime warranty from the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau for our satisfied client. When it comes time for you to select a building partner you can trust us to turn the dreams for your home into something beautiful you can be proud of for years to come. Our seasoned craftsmen love what they do and it shows through in their work. That’s what keeps our customers coming back to us. Dedication. Accountability. Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. Serving Fairfield County for more than 45 years.

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Stephen Gidley, master wood roofing contractor, recently installed this beautiful pressure treated Certilast® wood roof on this magnificent back country Greenwich estate. The owners were so pleased with the results they hired him to paint the entire exterior as well, and now recommend his company to all their friends. When it comes time for you to select a building partner you can trust us to turn the dreams for your home into something beautiful you can be proud of for years to come. Our seasoned craftsmen love what they do and it shows through in their work. That’s what keeps our customers coming back to us. Dedication. Accountability. Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. Serving Fairfield County for more than 45 years.

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GREENWICH Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. 75 Holly Hill Lane Suite 100 Greenwich, CT 06830


We approach each and every project with a commitment to the values of quality craftsmanship, superior service, timely performance and execution … always with the highest level of integrity in the communities we serve. When one of our New Canaan clients who is a car enthusiast contracted our firm to design and build this magnificent "Car Barn" which included an interior virtual golf range and artists' studio, the project was recognized by Qualified Remodeler Magazine and garnered a national silver design award and a Connecticut Home Builders 2013 HOBI award for "Outstanding Accessory Building". When it comes time for you to select a building partner you can trust us to turn the dreams for your home into something beautiful you can be proud of for years to come. Our seasoned craftsmen love what they do and it shows through in their work. That’s what keeps our customers coming back to us.

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GREENWICH Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. 75 Holly Hill Lane Suite 100 Greenwich, CT 06830

DARIEN Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. 693 Post Road Darien, CT 06820

We approach our projects with a commitment to the values of superior service, excellence in workmanship, timely performance and execution … always with the highest level of integrity in the communities we serve. When it comes time for you to select an expert home remodeler you can trust us with your project so you will be proud of your home for years to come. We work with only the best suppliers and vendors to help ensure your home looks great and lasts for many sunsets to come. Our seasoned craftsmen love what they do and it shows through in their work. That’s what keeps our customers coming back to us. Dedication. Accountability. Stephen C. Gidley, Inc. Serving Fairfield County for more than 45 years.

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to his customers.

Exceeding his customers' expectations has been his core commitment, which is why, forty­six years later, Stephen C. Gidley, Inc.’s business is stronger than ever. QR Magazine has ranked his company in the Top 500 remodelers nationwide for over 33 consecutive years and in 2012 ranked Gidley in the Top 200 exterior contractors nationwide. As president of Stephen C. Gidley Inc., Stephen has successfully completed over 18,000 home improvement projects, throughout Fairfield County, from full green construction homes to minor repairs. The company offers residential "design and remodel" services by a top­quality staff of trade professionals who can expertly complete all types of home improvements. Projects range from smaller repairs under $1000 to extensive remodeling and new home construction projects over $2 million. The company offers free consultations and cost estimates on all projects and no job is consid­ ered complete until the customer is satisfied.

Qualified Remodeler and Professional Remodeling Magazine both awarded a 2013 Silver Design Award for the “Connecticut Car Barn” and the NAHB­HBRA Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut gave it a HOBI award for “Outstanding New Accessory Building.” Our magnificent entry won the triple crown!

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Introducing a New Era in Kitchen Design

SINCE OPENING its first showroom on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 2011, LEICHT, Germany’s most popular luxury kitchen brand, has introduced a new era of design to the US market, offering consumers innovative, modern options at affordable price points. Founded in 1928, the company specializes in superior kitchen design using Leicht Kitchen Cabinets, offering nine price groups, a wide and varied selection of finishes, door styles and cabinet options, in addition to fast production and superior quality. LEICHT is the leading premium kitchen brand in Germany and Switzerland today and the company is rapidly becoming one of the most popular modern kitchen brands in the US. “LEICHT offers the best packages all around,“ says Mayan Metzler, owner of LEICHT New York and a businessman with over ten years of interior design and kitchen and bathroom design experience. “That is what has made the company one of the number one brands in Europe.” Now North Americans are joining the LEICHT fan club. “Consumers are attracted to our pricing flexibility, the finished variety of our products and our quick and accommodating production turnaround times,” Metzler says, explaining the design and service philosophy that makes LEICHT products so appealing to the contemporary lifestyle and demands of homeowners, architects and interior designers alike. “Our clients appreciate the quality, appearance, and especially the technological advances in our product development. The LEICHT design team is constantly innovating.” Over the years, the kitchen has become a main focal point for social activity in the home. How does LEICHT address this phenomenon in its design innovations? “Basically, we manufacture kitchens that don’t look so much like kitchens,” Metzler says. “LEICHT products look more like furniture. All of our appliances look like cabinets.” Last year the company opened its third showroom in two years, a 5,000-square-foot space in Chelsea. Located on the second floor of a full-floor loft with 12-foot ceilings, it features eight full display kitchens. Its exhibition workspace, Architect’s Loft at LEICHT, is available to architects, designers and their clients and also doubles as a classroom for continuing education courses, offering full American Institute of Architects (AIA) certification through an unprecedented number of AIA accredited courses. The centrally located Chelsea store increases LEICHT’s visibility in the New York area and enhances the growing company’s ability to support its popularity in the trade community. “LEICHT now has the most comprehensive showroom coverage in the New York area among European brands,” says Metzler. “Our philosophy of providing top quality products at better pricing is what makes LEICHT the number one premium kitchen brand in Germany and Switzerland, and has captured the attention of New York consumers.” Welcome to the world of LEICHT. LEICHT operates three showrooms in the New York City area: at 2003 Broadway, on the Upper West Side; at 36 West 25th Street, 2nd Floor, in Chelsea; and at 200 East Main Street in Westchester, New York. For more information about LEICHT, please visit





Aspall Cider House By Gregg Glaser CIDER IS HOT. Not “hot cider,” but sales of what’s known as “hard cider” — cider made the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed, with alcohol. Ciders are flowing into the U.S. from the U.K., France, Spain and other countries, and there are many American craft cideries. Cider sales in the U.S. were up 80 percent last year. The U.K. has been a cider making and drinking country for hundreds of years. Some of the best ciders in the world come from there, and one of the best cider makers is Aspall Cider House. The Chevallier family, owners of Aspall, have been making cyder (they spell it the Olde Englishe way) for eight generations, since 1728 when Clement Chevallier fermented his first batch of French Normandy-style cider in the English county of Suffolk. The family still produces cider using only the fresh juice of whole Suffolk apples and the philosophy championed by their founding ancestor, Clement Chevallier. As the oldest direct-lineage cider maker in the U.K., the Chevalliers take pride in stating: “There are no hidden partners or parent companies, enabling Aspall to focus on making the best possible product without compromise. Truly family owned.” These are indeed fine bragging rights, because the U.K. cider market is rife with mega-companies making highly sweetened ciders for the mass market. Aspall’s ciders are small-batch and artisanal. The Chevalliers say that the best cider is made from a blend of three types of apples: “sweet” apples are the varieties you eat whole, “sharp” are cooking apples and “bittersweet” are apples that give tannin, bitterness and structure to cider. Aspall ciders are blends of these types of apples. The ciders are also gluten-free. 200


Aspall Dry English Draft Cider (6.8% ABV) is pale gold in color with a delicate apple aroma. It’s dry, refreshing and considered an excellent aperitif somewhat reminiscent of brut Champagne. Aspall Grand Cru English Draft Cider (6.8% ABV) is deep gold in color with a spicy and tart aroma, medium bodied, fruity and yet still dry. It’s an earthier country style of cider, almost wine-like. Aspall Demi-Sec Cider (6.8% ABV) is gold in color with ripe apple and honey-ish aromas. It’s lightly sweet with a pleasant acidity giving way to a nice off-dry finish. Aspall Perronelle’s Blush (5.7% ABV) is a deep blush color with a subtle blackberry aroma and a hint of traditional cider apple. It’s smooth, silky and refreshing, beautifully balancing sweetness and acidity with a lingering aftertaste of berries. Aspall Cuveé Chevallier Cyder (11% ABV) is a double-fermented cider, similar to ciders produced at Aspall in the early 1900s. It’s made with higher acidity apples whose flavors are like those of Champagne. This cider is gold in color with complex aromas, mediumbodied with dense apple flavor, a slight earthiness and subtle hints of pineapple. Aspall Imperial English Draft Cider (8.2% ABV) is the newest cider, developed from a 90-year-old family recipe. Sixth generation member of the family, J.B. Chevallier, first made this cider in 1921 from a blend of bittersweet and culinary apples from a single harvest. Muscavado sugar is added to the fermentation. It’s a dark gold cider with a rounded, rich aroma that’s warm, medium sweet and mellow with a lingering fruit and oak finish. Aspall John Barrington Still Cider (8.4% ABV) is an early 20th Century cider that’s mid- to pale straw in color with a flo-

ral green apple aroma, almost like Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is medium to full in body and dry with a balance of fresh apple acidity. It has a slight petillant character.


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TRUULI PEAK VODKA Craft spirits–brewed in limited batches with high end ingredients–are big these days, and made in America Truuli Peak is a new one to try. From Alaska, and utilizing local grain, local honey and pure glacial water, this is rightly billed by the distillery as “Alaska in a bottle.” Crisp, smooth and with a hint of sweetness, Truuli is brewed in copper equipment, with less than 36,000 cases made in a year. Produced and bottled by BARE Distillery of Anchorage, Alaska. Rolling out now in area restaurants and package stores. $39.

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DÉCOR Le Barn You probably know Le Barn as “that unique antique shop on the historic estate in Stamford.” However, did you know that they’re experienced decorators and can transform any room in your home into your own personal paradise? Visit their website to see several fun features that you’ll really be inspired by. They’re constantly researching the latest trends and fashions in home design and began to notice that the furnishings and decorative items depicted in several stunning rooms they’d been admiring bore a striking resemblance to many of the antique pieces housed in their refurbished barns. That’s when their most recent blog, Rooms We Love, came to fruition. They decided to challenge themselves to recreate their own version of the room they loved using Le Barn’s huge collection of antique furniture and accent pieces. Another one of their favorite blog features is called Color. Every few weeks, they meet with their designers to figure out what color has been trending. They give that color a quick therapy session and analyze what it means, where they’ve recently seen it in beautifully designed interior spaces, where it has been, and where it’s going. They invite you to join in and take the Le Barn challenge. Visit their website to submit pictures of your own favorite room images, or suggest a color for analysis. They just might use your input for their next Rooms We Love or Color blog! To read more of Rooms We Love, or submit an image of your own, visit www.lebarnantiques. com/rooms-we-love. Call 203/253-7286 to schedule a visit. They look forward to seeing you.




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COURSES High school students or graduates may earn college credit in one or more courses alongside peers and undergraduates. UVM offers on campus and online courses. Many entry-level courses are appropriate for high school students. The small class sizes are perfect for interacting with faculty. Course credits are transferable within UVM and other institutions. Courses offered mid May - mid August Registration opens February 12

STUDY ABROAD UVM and University College Dublin offer a unique program for high school students to experience Ireland through faculty lead field trips, interactive workshops, and social activities all within the context of a 3 credit course. Students will challenge themselves academically and enjoy the vibrant student and cultural life in Dublin, a celebrated city. Dublin, Ireland: July 10 - July 25, 2014 Online: July 28 - August 8, 2014



UVM’s Summer Academy is the ideal way to get a head start on college. Made up of two weeks of on-campus learning and two weeks of online learning, students can complete a 3 credit course in one month. Tracks offered in business and economics, engineering and design, human health and medicine, environment and natural resources, and leadership and activism. Academy students will have the option to live in UVM residence halls, supervised by trained staff, or they have the option of commuting to campus. Open to high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year.

UVM students can’t say enough about Burlington, a small city that feels like a big one. Among its charms: a lively and culturally diverse scene, countless shops and restaurants for every taste, a thriving economy that offers internships and job possibilities, and an open attitude that makes students feel welcome.

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I’d applied to twelve institutions of higher learning and got rejected outright by ten of them, including my safeties. I got wait-listed by two of my likelies, but neither one came through in the end. I got shut out, just like the kid in Accepted, except it was nothing like that, because he was a slacker and didn’t deserve to get in. I totally deserved it. I mean, I got a combined 2230 on the SATs (super-scored, but still), and had a GPA of 3.8, all Honors and APs, top ten percent of my graduating class in one of the premier public high schools in the state. Student Council rep, stagehand for the musicals, helped start a recycling program in the cafeteria. I ran cross-country all four years, even though I hated every tedious mile. But I did it, just so I could list a varsity sport on my transcript. Every goddam miserable thing I ever did, every shortcut I avoided, every scrap of fun I missed out on, I did it just so I could get into a decent college. And none of it mattered. My guidance counselor insisted that it was just a freak occurrence, a perfect storm of bad luck and rotten demographics. A record year for applications, too many international students, preferences for minorities and athletes, a need for geographic diversity, blah blah blah. But come on, not to get in anywhere? Even when kids from my own high school From Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta. Copyright © 2013 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE with lower grades and test scores got into colleges where I was rejected? Where’s the fairness in that? There was no logical way to explain it, but that didn’t stop people from trying. Maybe I was too well-rounded for my own good, or my recs were underwhelming; maybe my essay was pompous, or maybe it was pedestrian. Maybe I hadn’t done enough to set myself apart from the crowd, should have written about my lifelong passion for shoemaking, or my desire to someday design prosthetic limbs for transsexuals who’d stepped on landmines. Or maybe I’d just aimed a little too high, which was possibly true for Dartmouth and Brown, but those were my reaches, so that’s the whole point. But what about Connecticut College or George Washington? Was that really too much to ask? April of senior year was such a nightmare. Everybody else was all excited, hugging one another and squealing with delight, the future unfolding before their eyes—Colgate! Hampshire! UVM! And then they’d notice me, and everything would get all awkward and quiet, almost like somebody in my family had died. People just kept moaning and shaking their heads, telling me how sorry they were, how unfair it was, a complete injustice that shook their faith in the entire system, and I kept telling them not to worry. I’m on the Wait List at Duke and Grinnell, I’d say. I’m sure something will pan out. According to my mother’s Monday-morning analysis, the fatal flaw in my otherwise excellent college application had been a lack of genuine humanitarian service. She was pretty sure the admissions officers had seen right through my meager list of good deeds—a Walk for Hunger here, some Toys for Tots there, a weekend with Habitat for Humanity, a handful of cans for the Food Drive. “There was no follow-through,” she pointed out. “It was all for show, like you were just checking some boxes.” “I was,” I said. “I thought that was the whole point.” Unbeknownst to me, she started doing some research on the web, scouting out programs that offered young volunteers an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the less fortunate, putting their skills and ideals to the test in challenging third-world environments. She was especially impressed by an organization called Big Hearts International, whose mission was to connect college-age Americans with “the struggling but resilient children of sub-Saharan Africa.” “Just think about it,” she told me. “This could be a real game-changer.” “Africa’s pretty far away,” I reminded her. “And kinda dangerous.” “It’s just for a few months, Donald. I really think you should consider it.” I’d filled out the application in mid-May, when it became clear that I wasn’t going to be saved by the wait list at Duke or Grinnell. The way I figured it, my options were either Africa or community college, and I really couldn’t see myself at community college. By the time graduation rolled around, Big Hearts had already assigned me to an orphanage in Mityana, Uganda, not too far from the capital city, whose name I kept forgetting. Heather was almost as excited as my mom, clutching my arm, beaming at me like I was some kind of saint. “This is my boyfriend, Donald,” she kept telling her relatives. “He’s going to Africa in September.” That’s who I was for the rest of the summer, the Great Humanitarian and Intrepid World Explorer, Friend to the Struggling but Resilient Orphans. If nothing else, this identity got me through a lot of awkward situations, gave me something to contribute to what would otherwise

have been extremely painful conversations about distribution requirements, course schedules, Greek Life, and Facebook groups for admitted students. Jake bought me a pith helmet at a second hand-store, and I used to wear it when we went to the beach or the movies, sort of as a joke, but also as a badge of honor, a token of my good intentions. I swear, I was all set to go. I updated my passport, got my shots, read a whole bunch of book about AIDS and genocide and colonialism, even drove to Connecticut to meet with a volunteer who’d just finished the program, this skinny, haunted-looking dude whose arms and legs were mottled with bug bites. “It’s pretty freaky,” he said, scratching himself like a monkey. “You wouldn’t believe the poverty over there. But it’s like the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my entire life.” The last two weeks of August were like one big going-away party, the population of well-wishers dwindling nightly until I was the only one left. I had a few days to finalize my packing and spend some quality time with my parents and little sister, who was starting her freshman

Maybe I was too well-rounded for my own good, or my recs were underwhelming; maybe my essay was pompous, or maybe it was pedestrian. year in high school. My mom baked a cake on my last night, and we sat around talking about what a great adventure I was embarking on, how I was going to learn some real-life lessons that couldn’t be taught in any ivory tower. Then I skyped with a bunch of my friends, and had a long goodbye talk with Heather, during which we both promised to be faithful during our separation. We’d had sex for the first time the night before she left, and we reminded each other how amazing it had been, and how we couldn’t wait to do it again over Christmas vacation. “I love you,” she sniffled. “You take care of yourself, okay?” “I’ll be fine,” I told her. “I’ll see you soon.” That was it. I went to bed feeling brave and melancholy, ready for my big journey into the unknown. But when I woke up the next morning, I couldn’t move. I wasn’t sick; it just felt like my body had been sliced open and pumped full of wet cement. “Come on, sweetheart,” my mother said from the doorway. “You don’t want to miss your plane.” “I’m not going,” I said. “It’s not fair.” She withdrew and my father appeared a few minutes later. He told me that I needed to get my ass moving, that I’d made a commitment, and damn well better stick to it. He said there were orphans in Uganda who were counting on me. “F--- the orphans,” I said. “What?” I could see how shocked he was. “What did you say?” But by then I was crying too hard to repeat myself.


TOM PERROTTA is the author of eight books, most recently The Leftovers. Two of his novels—Election and Little Children—have been made into acclaimed and award-winning movies. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE SUMMER PROGRAMS The Rosetta Institute San Jose, CA The Rosetta Institute is an independently funded biomedical research institute that offers summer workshops on molecular biology for high achieving high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related fields, such as pharmacy, nursing, biomedical research or pharmaceutical development. Taught by professional scientists with advanced degrees, the two-week residential workshops (Molecular Biology of Cancer and Molecular Neuroscience) are held at the University of California-Berkeley, Yale University and the University of California-Los Angeles. Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are distorted during the development of cancer. The Molecular Neuroscience workshop is structured in a similar manner: lessons on normal molecular biology are used as a framework from which to understand the intricacies of normal and pathologic neurobiology at the molecular level.


The laboratory portion of the workshops teaches real-world molecular biology techniques using authentic samples from research that is currently being conducted at the Institute. These exercises provide valuable job experience that can be used to secure popular and competitive research assistant positions that are available to pre-med students during their undergraduate studies. In addition, there are a limited number of positions available for former workshop attendees to conduct research at the Institute after the conclusion of the workshops. To conclude the workshops, the students conduct independent computer research on a gene of their choosing to determine the normal role of the gene and the role of the gene in the development of cancer or neurological disease, and then investigate how researchers use this information to target the gene therapeutically. Students who attend our workshops make friends from around the nation and around the world…but these aren’t just friends in the traditional sense, they’re friends who share similar professional interests and goals who become personal and professional confidants throughout the undergraduate experience and beyond. In addition, our students get a feel for college dorm life in a safe environment and experience college-level curriculum in a low-stress environment. These experiences strengthen academic skills, and help to ease the transition from high school to college. Finally, we teach our students how to ask the important questions, and how to answer these questions in a systematic and scientific way. In other words, we teach problem solving, and that is a skill that will be valuable throughout their life, in any profession. Questions? Contact the founder and CEO of the Rosetta Institute Ryan Holzer, PhD at or 858-205-7479


University of Dallas Summer Programs in Rome In the Alban Hills just South of Rome, amid olives trees, umbrella pines, and a vineyard, the University of Dallas has a campus where it offers two courses for college credit to qualified high school students, Latin in Rome and Shakespeare in Italy. Each course devotes mornings to visiting nearby sites connected with the books that the students are reading. Afternoons and evenings are for seminars, spent discussing and interpreting these books, as would be done in small classes at the college level. The intent is to give high school students a taste of what is to come, while reading works in the locations in which they were originally set, and consequently bringing them to life in a way that cannot be duplicated at home. Latin in Rome is led by Dr. David Sweet, Chair of the Classics Department, with the assistance of other faculty and graduate students in Classics. The course reads selections from Cicero (Letters), Vergil (Georgics), Livy, Tacitus, Pliny, Suetonius, and Latin inscriptions, such as the Laudatio Turiae. Day trips are included to archaeological sites in the area of Rome, and on a five day trip to the Bay of Naples students visit Vesuvius, Pompeii, Oplontis, Sorrento, Capri, Cumae, Monte Cassino and Cicero’s home town, Arpinum, all the while reading Latin texts that illuminate these sites. Ariana McGinn, from NightingaleBamford School, recalls of her 2013 experience, “I thought I knew a lot of Latin but I couldn’t have imagined that I could learn so much more in three weeks and have such fun doing it.” Shakespeare in Italy is led by Dr. Gregory Roper, Chair of the English Department, with the assistance of other faculty and graduate students in English. Shakespeare was fascinated by Italy, setting one-third of his plays there. A “Gulielmus Stratfordus” stayed at the English College in Rome in the 1580’s, during the period of Shakespeare’s youth, ‘the lost years,’ when there is no record of him in England. Following the young Shakespeare to Italy, students read three of his Italian plays, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew. The emphasis is not only on enabling them to read with greater insight but also to become more polished writers, and a four day trip to Padua and Venice helps them envision the lively stage in which these plays were set. For further information: email; web WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Hartwick College’s Summer College for High School Students Oneonta, NY High school students can make great strides toward college and their future in just three weeks this summer. Hartwick College’s Summer College for High School Students is designed to give talented teens(ages 16 to 18) the opportunity to study with college professors, earn college credit, and enjoy an on-campus experience in the beautiful foothills of the Catskill Mountains. It will be an enriching, resume-building, and potentially life-changing summer experience. Is your college-bound child considering a career in science or medicine? Summer study with Hartwick College Biology Professor AJ Russo with give her or him insight into groundbreaking research. Students in Russo’s Biology Research course will help design and conduct experiments using biomarkers to help better understand neurobehavioral disorders such as autism and ADHD. Dr. Russo is a noted expert in the field and editor of the journal HARTWICK COLLEGE Autism Insights. Was your high schooler born to the stage? Then get him or her into Hartwick’s Performance Workshop course with Professor Malissa Kano-White. A professional director, playwright and theatre educator, Kano-White has worked across the country in theatre for young audiences. Her Summer College students will perform their way through personal discovery, imagination, self-expression, and creative growth. If your teenager loves to write, this is his or her chance to delve into the art and hone the craft. In the Hartwick Summer College course Introduction to Creative Writing with English Professor Brent Delanoy, your student will have opportunities to develop a portfolio of work that he or she will be proud to show prospective colleges. Delanoy is the winner of the 2008 A. E. Coppard Prize for his novella, Benediction. Do you have a music lover in the family – as an instrumentalist, singer, or listener? If so, he or she will love Hartwick’s Dynamics of Music class with Dr. Jason Curley. Professor Curley is a professional musician (French horn) and conductor renowned for his dynamic approach to teaching and learning. The Director of Instrumental Music at Hartwick College, last year Curley served as Interim Director of the College Choir. If art and technology fascinate your teen, she or he may be ready for Hartwick’s Summer College digital media course, Introduction to Animation & Video, with Professor Joseph Von Stengel. Students will explore the creative use of “time” through animation and video and learn to create and animate their own videos using Quicktime Pro, iMovie, and Final Cut Express. Von Stengel is the head of the Digital Art & Design area of Hartwick College’s Art and Art History Department. Plan ahead and arrange to join your teenager at the end of their first college experience – at Student Showcase they will share what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown in just a few weeks at Hartwick College. For further information contact: Rachel Stevenson Director of Summer College, Manager of Special Events 607.431.4022,

University of Vermont Burlington, VT This is your summer as a high school student… to experience college, get an academic edge, travel abroad – the list goes on.

College Courses Take one or more of the 100+ UVM courses offered at 50% off regular tuition rates while earning college credits. Vermont students may take one tuition-free course through the dual enrollment program. $10.00 comprehensive fee per credit applies. Courses: mid-May through mid-August Summer Academy Learn with students from across the country – while earning college credit. Live on campus or commute from home. Students attend a credit course in a subject area of their choosing and enjoy afternoon admissions discussions, career panels, presentations, and visiting attractions around Vermont. Two weeks on-campus followed by two weeks online. Apply today! Session I starts June 30 Session II starts July 14 Study Abroad Learn with other high school students in Dublin, Ireland exploring the history of this incredible country with UVM faculty while earning 3 college credits. Go on field trips and participate in interactive workshops in many of Dublin’s most popular museums and visitor attractions. Apply today! In Country: July 10 – 25 Online: July 26 – August 8


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Pre-College Program at Skidmore College: Summer 2014 Saratoga Springs, NY Try college on before taking college on How can you anticipate what you haven’t yet experienced? Skidmore’s prestigious Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts has been preparing talented high SKIDMORE COLLEGE school students for college success for more than forty years. Highachieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the country and around the world travel to our Saratoga Springs campus each summer to take part in Skidmore’s five-week Pre-College Program. Students engage in college-level study in the liberal and studio arts amid a beautiful upstate New York campus setting. Prepare for college success In Skidmore’s Pre-College Program, high school students earn college credit while studying alongside college students. They work with Skidmore’s nationally recognized faculty and visiting artists and enjoy access to the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Do your interests range from math to studio art, psychology to English, economics to religion? Skidmore’s unique curriculum allows students to take either two liberal arts courses, two studio art courses, or one of each. Choose a class in an area where your strengths lie, or delve into an unexplored subject to challenge your perceptions and discover new fields of knowledge. Live and learn at Skidmore At Skidmore, high school students can imagine their futures while living together, cultivating new friendships, and discovering the right balance between work and fun. A carefully selected and trained residential staff lives with Pre-College students in their own private residence hall. The residential life program, designed to support and complement academic and artistic endeavors, ensures that students’ social lives are every bit as exhilarating as their intellectual lives. Skidmore College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college known for outstanding academics, a rich co-curricular life, and its historic resort town setting. On Skidmore’s lively summer campus Pre-College students not only learn together with high school peers and college students, but they also have the chance to meet visiting students and participants from other programs as well. They are invited to take active part in the special workshops, visiting artist lectures, and gallery talks sponsored by Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program and the nightly readings by renowned writers of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Skidmore’s summer campus hosts many other concerts, lectures, events, and weekend activities, and just steps away is Saratoga Springs’ dynamic cultural and arts scene. Find out for yourself why Skidmore Pre-College alumni describe the program as challenging, fun, enlightening, life-changing, mind-altering, motivational, experimental, adventurous, to name just a few. Come spend July with us and discover your future. Skidmore Pre-College Program, Saratoga Springs, New York.

Smith College Northampton, MA Smith precollege programs offer diverse programs for high school girls, who want to pursue their academic interests in and out of the classroom, strengthen their college applications and meet other motivated and ambitious college-bound young women. We offer two and four weeklong programs for rising 9th graders to rising seniors in high school. All programs are residential, and students live in Smith’s beautiful houses, supervised by professional residential life staff. Designed by Smith’s own professors and staff, the engaging curricula will give you a taste of Smith’s outstanding programs. Along with incorporating interactive components and challenging materials, your learning experience will earn you a recommendation from a Smith professor to use in your college application process. Outside of the academic programs, we offer fun activities for our participants, including a talent show, bowling, open mic, and weekly movie nights, and much more! The Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a twenty-five-year-old program for young women interested in science—both biomedical and public health—and engineering, performing undergraduate level lab work. Field Studies for Sustainable Futures is a program for the environmentally conscious woman. Participants in this program are given the opportunity to learn about sustainable living, SMITH COLLEGE environmental science and environmental policy in a hands-on, interactive, project-based manner. Hidden Lives: Discovering Women’s History is a training ground for future women’s history buffs. This program explores 19th- and 20thcentury women’s history topics, in Smith’s world-renowned archive, and the life and times of renowned poet (and Smith student), Sylvia Plath. Participants will gain archival research skills, while learning about both familiar and undiscovered heroes in women’s history. Young Women’s Writing Workshop is a varied writing workshop that focuses on the following topic areas: poetry, creative fiction, and memoir, and playwriting, just to name a few. Participants are given the chance to work with published authors, lay the groundwork for a strong writing portfolio, and learn the steps involved in becoming a published writer. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applying before the deadline is suggested. SSEP applications are due April 11; all other programs are due May 1. For more information, please contact the director of non-degree programs, Sarah Craig, by email, or phone: or 413-585-2165. We hope to see you in July!



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Fordham University Summer Session More than 200 courses on three NY campuses: Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester Fordham University invites visiting college students and high school seniors to catch up or get ahead this summer. Achieve your academic goals with day and evening classes in three convenient locations, affordable tuition rates, and top-tier instruction for easy course transfer. Trying to gain experience through an internship? Fordham’s Summer in the City Internship Program helps students to secure New York internships, receive credit, and make the most of their positions with valuable career guidance. Need to fulfill pre-med prerequisites? Fordham’s extensive offerings in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics allow students to stay on track for graduate or medical school applications. Did you switch or add a major? Core and advanced classes in every discipline help students to catch up on requirements so they can graduate on time. FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Special programs include the Fordham Musical Theatre Summer Intensive, a five-week program offered by Fordham’s renowned theatre department for actors who want to pursue their passion in a city equally passionate about the craft—New York. The curriculum includes intensive training in musical theatre, vocal technique, dance, acting, and theatre games; classwork is brought to life by weekly attendance of Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway theatre performances. New this summer: a two-course sequence in Humanitarian Action. Fordham has long been a world leader in the academic study of humanitarianism and in professionalizing aid work. Designed to give students a practical and theoretical introduction to humanitarian action, these courses are ideal for those who wish to pursue careers in international NGO work; healthcare, particularly global healthcare; international affairs, including the State Department, United Nations, and USAID; and human rights and international law.

Pre-College Program Getting serious about getting into college? Consider the advantages of taking a class at Fordham University this summer: Gain real college experience in the classroom and beyond so that you can choose the right school for you next year. Make contacts with students, professors, and administrators for advice and guidance. Earn transferable credits toward your college degree. Learn something new while strengthening your college applications. This program is for high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Think Summer, Think Fordham. To learn more, call 718-817-4665 or visit



Wesleyan University and Wesleyan Summer Session Middletown, CT Since 1831, Wesleyan University has provided an education characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. Wesleyan’s distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, supporting and encouraging fluidity among disciplines. Wesleyan Summer Session is a microcosm of this extraordinary experience; it is an immersive, concentrated form of study with full-credit courses taken in just five weeks. This rigorous intellectual atmosphere is enhanced by beautiful summer days and a serene campus, offering just the right level of activities outside the classroom. Located in the Connecticut River Valley in Middletown, Connecticut, summer at Wesleyan is incomparable. Wesleyan invites undergraduate students from other institutions and a small cohort of high school students to participate as well. “It definitely prepared me for the college workload.” – Forrest, Potomac School, Virginia.

Pre-College Study at Wesleyan Wesleyan Pre-College Study is an opportunity like no other, offering a college residential experience, faculty mentor, extracurricular opportunities, and two courses taken with Wesleyan Summer Session for full college credit. Residential Advisors plan activities exclusively for Pre-College students, and faculty mentors host discussions to address student questions about academics at the university level. High school students curious about the liberal arts experience - studying across disciplines, sharing knowledge, listening and learning from one another, ready access to faculty - can find out first-hand if it is the college environment they are looking for. Summer 2014 course offerings include WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY Global Hip Hop, International Politics, Biology, Calculus, Romantic Poetry, an archaeological dig, and more. Students may also choose non-residential study options in June and July. “I got an idea of what college is really like, and what’s being expected of me. The professors are great… they’re approachable, amiable, and obviously very passionate.” – Kaitlin, the Urban School of San Francisco Wesleyan Pre-College Online Students who attend sports camps, have family holidays, or other summer commitments, also have the opportunity to work closely with Wesleyan faculty through Wesleyan Pre-College Online. Exclusively for pre-college students, Wesleyan offers digital seminars with very low student to faculty ratio. Students make their own schedule and receive direct feedback from faculty and peers. Learn more about these extraordinary opportunities at: Prospective students and parents are invited to call or email the Pre-College Admissions staff at 860-685-2005 or

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE University of Cambridge International Summer Schools Cambridge, England Building on their 90th anniversary year, the programme for the 2014 University of Cambridge International Summer Schools gives you the opportunity to meet award-winning lecturers, stay in one of the historic Cambridge Colleges and enjoy a wide range of excursions and social activities. At the core of the experience lies a vibrant and truly international community: some 60 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE nationalities will be represented. Underpinning their offering is a network of gifted communicators – expert and enthusiastic teachers, who are dedicated to making their courses both academically rigorous and immensely enjoyable. The programmes are delivered at university level and geared towards an adult audience of university undergraduate and graduate students, professionals and retired people. Participants will have already undertaken at least a year of study at, or have graduated from, a university, or - in the case of other adults, will bring workplace or other professional experience to the programme. This year the University of Cambridge International Summer Schools are offering new programmes devoted to Creative Writing and the Hanseatic League. There is a new structure for the Interdisciplinary Summer School, now in three two-week terms, which allows for two-, four- and six-week study periods. Within these programmes are new study paths of linked courses in philosophy, poetry, politics, history, archaeology, history of science and a plenary series which extends for the full six weeks. There are new plenary themes for all of the other programmes and a host of new courses and subject areas which include film studies, Greek heroes and international development. In addition to the Interdisciplinary Summer Schools, there are specialist programmes which cover Ancient Empires, Science, Literature, History, Shakespeare, Medieval Studies, Creative Writing and the Hanseatic League. Participants can choose from nearly 200 courses, within the ten two-week programmes, enabling you to combine studies from different disciplines. Few programmes offer such a rich and rewarding mix of range, teaching quality, academic rigour, accessibility, people and place. It all adds up to a winning combination of innovation and tradition: the best of both worlds. The University of Cambridge International Summer Schools’ programmes run between 6 July and 22 August 2014. Apply online: or email us at

The Summer Program At Cheshire Academy Cheshire, CT Running July 5-August 24 2014, students from around the world will gather at Cheshire Academy for a comprehensive summer experience. Set in historic Cheshire, Connecticut, this 104-acre campus provides the ideal setting for academic enrichment and exciting extracurricular activities and is open to students entering grades 7-12. • Focus on math and science skills in our accelerated academic sessions designed to take you further in classes like Chemistry, Algebra I and Algebra II. • Improve your English language skills through intensive ELL studies. • Prepare for the college application process and hone your test-taking skills as part of our comprehensive SAT college prep program. • Test your creativity and problem solving skills with educational challenges like our Crime Scene Investigation course. • Our competitive Scholar Athlete Basketball Camp lets student athletes prepare academically and athletically. • Engage in exciting Project-Based Learning courses that test your creativity and thinking skills. • Reach new heights on our Ropes Challenge Course. • Choose to live on campus, or commute from home. Academic & Project-Based Learning Ready to advance your knowledge and challenge yourself academically? Then, Cheshire Academy’s Academic & Project-Based Learning Camp is the perfect fit for your needs. Our accelerated academic sessions offered in the morning will prepare you to take on your academic classes in the fall, providing you with skills, knowledge and confidence. Switch gears for the afternoon and flex your creative muscles by engaging in one of our exciting project-based learning courses, or test your physical prowess with our athletics offerings. Scholar Athlete Basketball Camp Cheshire Academy’s Scholar Athlete program combines rigorous academic challenges with best in-class basketball training that preps students for the academic year ahead. This year’s Scholar Athlete Basketball camp runs from July 5 through August 2, 2014. In the morning, students flex mind muscles in CHESHIRE ACADEMY our accelerated academic classes. Choose from more than 10 accelerated academic courses, including ELL, SAT prep, math, science and more, that are designed to hone skills, advance knowledge, and increase confidence in young scholars. In the afternoon, athletes are challenged to improve their basketball skills and gain exposure to college coaches. This elite, highly competitive program primes international and domestic studentathletes for their upcoming season and prepares them to become college prospects. For more information on our summer programs, please visit:

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Eagle Hill School Greenwich, CT AT EAGLE HILL SCHOOL-GREENWICH, NEW SCIENCE WONDERS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM JOINS A ROSTER OF INNOVATIVE SUMMER PROGRAMMING FOR 2014 Eagle Hill School (EHS) is pleased to announce an additional offering to their already robust summer programming: the Science Wonders Enrichment Program for ages 9-12. Its goal is to provide an exciting and fun environment for students to learn about various science topics through engaging, hands-on activities. They’ll leave energized about science, armed with the projects and experiments they have completed. As an added bonus, the faculty will EAGLE HILL SCHOOL consist entirely of teachers from the full-time Science program at EHS. Students will be able to choose one of three options: Chemistry, where students will explore chemical reactions and much more as they build collaborative and laboratory skills; Physical Science, where the mysteries of physics and the laws of nature will be revealed with everything from magnets to rockets; and, Environmental Science, the exploration, observation, and learning of biology and ecology using the natural surroundings of Eagle Hill’s campus. All classes will encourage group discussion, hypothesizing, and observation of the world around them. As one teacher explains, “A lot of science is about problem solving, and students use that knowledge every day.” Still, the program aims to make learning fun. “Science at Eagle Hill is a fun, messy way to teach all kinds of skills,” says Program Director Ms. DiPalma. The program runs from 12:30-2:30 p.m., July 7-18, 2014. The Summer Remedial Program has been in place for more than 30 years, and has become a top educational choice for students who need to access learning resources not available at their other school. At the heart of the program is an intense schedule of academic instruction based on diagnosed needs, taught primarily by Eagle Hill faculty members. From June 25 to August 2, the students spend four hours every weekday in classes that include a language tutorial plus four additional subject areas (e.g., mathematics, spelling, writing, oral language, study skills, literature). The Summer Middle School Workshops for students entering grades six to nine are two-week long, two-hour morning classes that provide a combination of direct and individualized instruction plus group work in study skills, writing, mathematics, and summer reading comprehension. Many students attend simply to keep their skills sharp over the summer, especially those entering high school in the fall. The Summer Extended Day Program provides a camp-like afternoon ideal for students, ages 6-12, who would benefit from an increased focus on social skills, or who wish to enjoy an afternoon of activities. For more information on all of the summer programs, visit:


Hampshire College Amherst, MA HAMPSHIRE OFFERING INNOVATIVE SUMMER PROGRAMS Hampshire College is offering a variety of summer academic programs geared toward undergraduates, professionals and practitioners, advanced high school students, graduate students, and lifelong learners. The summer programs are built on Hampshire’s innovative leadership in selected academic fields. The four-week Creative Media Institute (July 13-Aug. 9) is a series of intensive screening seminars and creative labs led by a one-timeonly cast of visiting artists working in film, video, photography, and new media who will curate a film and video series, present new works, and advise and mentor students. Alongside famed documentarian and Hampshire alum Ken Burns, the Institute features filmmakers Brett Morgen, Ivy Meeropol, Robert Greene, and president of Imagine Entertainment, Erica Huggins, as visiting artists. The program points back to the summer institutes on film and photography that took place at Hampshire College from 1971 to 1981, when legendary artists such as Diane Arbus, Jerome Liebling, Hollis Frampton, Richard Leacock, and others screened works, mentored students, and experimented with new film technologies. Visit for more info. The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute (June 2 – July 11) is Hampshire’s flagship summer program, now in its third year. Participating students study sustainable agriculture from a variety of perspectives. The program includes lots of hands-on learning activities: communal meal preparation, working with local farms, and enjoying the beauty of the Pioneer Valley in the summer while integrating theory with practice. Visit The Institute for Curatorial Practice (June 2-July 3) introduces students to conceiving, developing, and designing exhibitions, whether actual, digital, or imaginary. From the history of collections and curating to contemporary practice and new media platforms, the program provides behind the scenes access to local, nationally recognized museums, culminating in a group digital exhibition project. Visit The TESOL Teacher Training Course (June 2 – 27) provides a solid foundation for teaching English to speakers of other languages, designed for professionals and students, many of whom are interested in pursuing Fulbright and other international teaching fellowships. Visit Designing Social Impact (two sessions: June 16-27 and June 30-July 11) is an entrepreneurial and design program for advanced high school juniors and seniors. Using the principles of design thinking, students will use rapidprototyping to build models of potential solutions for community-based challenges, then test them in the field. Visit For more information, please email: or visit:



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Pre-College Programs at Brown University: Summer 2014 Providence, RI A True Residential College Experience Summer@Brown attracts serious college-bound students from around the world. As a student, you’ll live in a Brown University residence hall, eat at a Brown dining hall, and join your fellow students on The College Green—just as you would if you were a Brown undergraduate. You will be surrounded by peers from diverse backgrounds and cultures—all sharing a passion for high-level academics and a desire to succeed at a selective institution like Brown University. A student who completes a Summer@Brown course is better prepared, more confident, and better positioned to succeed during one of the biggest transitions of his or her life: the move to college. BROWN UNIVERSITY MAIN GREEN PHOTO BY KARL DOMINEY

Brown University: 250 Years of Academic Excellence Brown is known in the Ivy League for an innovative open curriculum that challenges students to be actively engaged in their own intellectual development. Summer@Brown is an opportunity to explore this stimulating learning environment. Academics are at the program’s core, with more than 300 courses in one- to sevenweek sessions on campus, online and abroad. Dive deeper into a subject you love or a new area of learning you may never have considered. You will face exciting challenges and accomplish more than you can imagine. Come to Summer@Brown to experience college life, prepare for academic success, and make new friends from around the world. Brown University Continuing Education Providence, Rhode Island

George Washington University Washington, DC Putting knowledge into action, The George Washington University’s (GW) Pre-College program provides high school students hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom by taking advantage of GW’s strengths in research, diverse communities, a vast network in local and global partnerships, and service-learning initiatives. Drawing from the rich resources of the University and Washington, D.C., students are engaged in programs at the center of the nation’s political, intellectual, and cultural activity. Students may enroll in non-credit or credit-bearing courses, which include co-curricular site visits around DC to enhance classroom learning in an applied context. Evenings also include activities such as movie nights, pool parties, and chaperoned excursions around the city. GW residence halls are staffed with resident advisors who provide guidance, supervision, intercultural and social programming, and who are on call to respond to emergencies. The College Intensive program gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit by engaging in challenging undergraduate coursework. These programs emphasize the academic rigors of college, but also the freedom and independence of college life. The 6-week session allows students to enroll in summer courses alongside GW undergraduates in over 20 introductory level courses taught by GW faculty in a wide variety of academic disciplines. The non-credit Summer Immersion option is open to students in grades 9-11. Students live at the university’s Mount Vernon campus in Northwest DC. This two-week highly-structured program taught by GW’s faculty provides interactive, non-graded experiential sessions that integrate lectures and seminars with applied activities and site visits. Students are able to expand and deepen their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, DC. Whether students are engaged in influential site visits to the US Capitol, or have front row access to guest speakers who influence the world, students are connected to a community of the next generation of global leaders and inspired to forge solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. These are “only at GW” moments. GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Program Dates: College Intensive • 6-Week Session: July 6 - August 15, 2014 • 3-Week Session: July 6 - July 25, 2014 • 1-Week Session: July 6 - July 11, 2014 • 6-Week Online Options • Session I: May 19 - June 27, 2014 • Session II: July 7 - August 15, 2014 Summer Immersion • Session I: July 13-25, 2014 • Session II: July 27-August 8, 2014



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) Summer Programs


If politics is your passion, JSA Summer Programs are the place for you Since 1941, the Junior Statesmen Foundation has been educating high school students about leadership and active civic engagement. With more than 75 years of experience in leadership development, alumni of JSA’s pre-college summer programs have gone on to distinguished careers as Cabinet Secretaries, White House staff, elected officials, educators and leaders in the world of finance. JSA Summer Programs provide an outstanding and enriched learning environment where high-achieving high school students come together to create a unique and supportive academic village. Students from all over the world attend the programs and if politics is your passion, JSA Summer Programs are the place for you. The programs are structured to develop your knowledge of politics, leadership and history, your ability to speak and write persuasively and your appreciation for intellectual and ethical principles. The academic coursework at JSA Summer Programs is augmented with interactive, student-run activities and simulations so that students graduate from the program with increased confidence, an expanded knowledge base and a heightened sense of civic responsibility. Students live in college dormitories, eat in dinning halls, and experience college life while making friends they will have for a lifetime. JSA Summer Programs offer a wide variety of programs which include 3 to 4 week Summer School at some of the nation’s preeminent universities – Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Virginia (UVA), as well as 3 to 4 day Summer Institutes which focus on today’s most important political issues. Additionally, in Presidential Election years, JSA conducts their Presidential Election Symposium, which offers students the opportunity to experience the excitement of the Democratic and Republican presidential nominating conventions. For those students interested in an international study abroad experience, JSA has the JSA Diplomat Program, which is conducted in Beijing, China and offers students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, as well as taking a course in Chinese History and Culture and using Beijing, and trips to the historic cities of Xian and Shanghai, as well as to sites like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall as experiential supplements to their classroom coursework. The JSA Summer School programs are academically rigorous and students complete a full semester’s worth of academic coursework. The College Board has certified JSA as an official provider of Advanced Placement courses and JSA Summer Schools offer a variety of AP courses such as AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government & Politics and AP Macroeconomics. Additionally, students who may have previously completed these courses can take one of several college-level electives such as Honors International Relations, Media & Politics or Speech and Political Communication. A special Freshman Scholars Program at our JSA Summer School at Princeton offers recently graduated 8th graders to get an incredible jump-start on their high school career with special attention paid to study and writing skills while they undertake AP U.S. Government & Politics. The four-week JSA Summer School at UVA offers an in-depth study of AP U.S. History and offers students a chance to visit Jamestown, Williamsburg, Monticello and Montpelier to enhance their academic coursework. For more information about JSA Summer Programs, please visit or call 800-317-9338.

Georgetown University Summer School Washington, D.C. Students from around the world are invited to spend their summer living and learning in the heart of Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University. Georgetown Summer School provides students with a unique summer experience where they will learn from world-renowned faculty, expand their knowledge, and meet new people in the rich culture of the nation’s capital. Open to visiting undergraduate and graduate students, Georgetown offers more than 250 courses in 35 subject areas, making it easy for students to get ahead, fulfill course requirements, or take classes just for fun. Georgetown’s Summer School programs include: • Undergraduate Courses: Students can choose from more than 250 courses in 35 subjects, enjoying flexible schedules and small class sizes as they fulfill requirements and earn credit toward their degree. • Graduate Courses: Georgetown’s intensive graduate level classes are offered in more than 50 courses, giving students the opportunity to explore subject areas of interest or get ahead on their studies. • Community-Based Learning Courses: These experiential learning courses incorporate community service as part of the curriculum, giving students the opportunity to expand their knowledge while making an impact on the community. • Language Institutes: Students can master their skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Arabic & Persian, Spanish, French, or German through a combination of classroom learning and cultural experiences. • Georgetown Downtown: Select undergraduate courses are now offered at Georgetown’s convenient Chinatown location during the Summer Cross Session. These classes meet two nights a week, offering an ideal schedule for students who are working or volunteering during the day. Students accepted into Georgetown Summer School will build their own schedules, attend classes with peers from around the country, and earn credit from one of the nation’s most competitive universities. Outside of the classroom, students can explore the vibrant surroundings of D.C.—from museums and monuments, movies on the lawn, and baseball games to outdoor concerts and countless unique attractions. Summer School 2014 Dates: PRE-SESSION: May 19–June 13 SESSION I: June 2–July 4 CROSS SESSION: June 2–July 25 SESSION II: July 7–August 8 With a blend of challenging academics, educational opportunities, and social activities, Georgetown Summer School offers students an enriching experience where they will expand their horizons both intellectually and culturally. To learn more about Georgetown Summer School, including housing and dining options, scholarship opportunities, and application information:


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Experiment in International Living Extraordinary High School Summer Abroad Programs The Experiment in International Living provides 3-, 4-, and 5-week summer programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Programs equip students not only with essential cultural and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Students explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme: • The Arts • The Environment • Peace, Politics, and Human Rights • Sustainability and Food Systems • Cultural Discovery Experiment Groups Experiment groups are small, typically comprising 10–15 students who represent a range of backgrounds: small towns and large cities; urban and rural areas; and public, private, and home-school educational experiences. SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGEabout the host culture, Experimenters learn about In addition to learning the diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds that exist within the US and around the world. “I was so impacted by the diversity and intelligence of my group. We learned so much from each other and genuinely cared about one another.” —Lillian Hinshaw, Experimenter to China Summer 2013 Experiment Groups—At a Glance • Experimenters came from 37 US states. • Experimenters came from 10 countries around the world: India, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. • The average Experiment group had 14 students. An 80-Plus-Year History of Leadership and Innovation The Experiment has been providing immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Each year, students come away from an Experiment program with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that helps them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments. Countless Experimenters have gone on to do extraordinary work in the world and attain important leadership positions in a diversity of fields and professions. Global Network and Family of Programs The Experiment in International Living is the founding program of World Learning, a nonprofit that advances leadership through education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries. In addition to The Experiment, the World Learning family of programs includes SIT Study Abroad, SIT Graduate Institute, World Learning International Development Programs, and World Learning International Exchange Programs. Phone: 800.345.2929, TTY: 802.258.3388 Fax: 802.258.3428 PO Box 676. 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA

Mercersburg Academy Mercersburg, PA At Mercersburg Academy, its not just camp, it’s a wide range of opportunities for learning, personal growth, and most importantly, fun. Nestled in the mountains of south-central Pennsylvania, the beautiful campus provides the perfect setting for participants to take part in an array of programs, ranging from the Adventure Camp series to various Enrichment, Arts and Sports Camps. Mercersburg’s adventure camp takes kids ages 6-16 on a wild ride they will talk about for years. Variety is the spice of life, and at Adventure Camp, variety is an understatement. Camp adventures include trips to Hershey Park, white water rafting and a professional sports game. The camp’s unique structure provides just the right balance of enrichment challenges, sports, outdoor adventures, and fun trips to make every session wild, wonderful, and memorable. Adventure camp is not all that is happening at Mercersburg. The young writers camp allows participants to build writing skills and unleash creativity in a unique environment of like-minded individuals with a passion for writing. This enrichment camp allows for young students to explore the beauty of poetic style and the power of their own voice on paper. Language is at the core of life and Mercersburg campers learn new and liberating ways to express themselves through the written word. The summer theatre and dance workshops by Mercersburg Summer Programs allow students to improve their performing arts. A school that has helped to produce two Academy Award winners helps campers to explore and expand their interest in the many elements of theatre in one dynamic week that brings the stage and young people together. Young performers gain skills in improvisation, stage presence, body movement, vocal techniques, character development, ensemble work and problem solving. This unique experience exposes actors to the technical elements of lighting, sound, make-up and costume design. Mercersburg’s Summer Dance Workshop is a dynamic one-week program that will inspire dancers to learn different movement styles as well as discovering their own. Campers will experience a range of multiple classes from ballet and contemporary to improvisation, yoga and choreography. Expert instruction combined with creative and innovative workshops will insure that dancers will leave Mercersburg’s state of the art Burgin Center with a renewed passion for dance. On the sport side of summer camps, Mercersburg Swim Clinics are dedicated to improving campers’ technique and helping them to develop as a swimmer both inside and outside of the pool. Mercersburg Academy’s WHERE THERE BE DRAGONShas produced over 30 Olympians and brings a storied aquatics program tradition of excellence to their summer program. Clinic Director, Pete Williams, has been a part of four Olympic games as a swimmer, coach or official and brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. For more information about Mercersburg Summer Programs, visit



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College + Summer Studies Providence, RI RISD Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is recognized as the leading college of art and design in the US and one of the premier art and design schools worldwide. The college is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. Students at RISD access the institution’s remarkable resources including the one-of-a-kind Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab, RISD Museum featuring more than 86,000 works of fine and decorative art ranging from ancient times to the present and the RISD Fleet Library, recently named by Travel + Leisure as one of America’s most beautiful libraries. While the RISD campus offers a host of exceptional facilities, the most valuable advantage to students is access to the outstanding faculty and student body. RISD’s faculty are recognized as professional experts, as well as being exceptional educators. Pre-College Each summer, 400+ high school students from around the world come to RISD to immerse themselves in a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Students experience the core elements of a RISD education – critical thinking and artmaking – in foundation drawing and design courses, critical studies in art, and a focused concentration in one of 20 diverse majors. Throughout the program, students are expected to maintain a high level of initiative and responsibility regarding their work and behavior. Students who come to RISD’s Pre-College program have varied backgrounds and choose the program for many reasons: to find out if the arts is the right choice for them, to further pursue their art or to build their portfolio for college applications. Students attending RISD’s Pre-College program all have one thing in common – they are passionate about art and design and are seeking an incomparable arts education and summer experience. Summer Studies RISD’s Summer Studies Program in the visual and liberal arts encompasses a wide spectrum of interests designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Students from nearly 100 colleges and universities, as well as working professionals interested in new and refreshing creative experiences are drawn to RISD’s vibrant artistic community. Scores of accomplished, award-winning artists, designers and educators – including members of RISD’s degree program faculty – teach in the summer programs. Courses include introductions to fine art fundamentals such as drawing and painting, as well as specialized areas of study such as architecture, industrial design and children’s book illustration. Students interested in a concentrated area of focus may choose to attend the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies (SIGDS) or the Textiles Summer Institute. Whether augmenting current college curriculum, considering graduate studies or broadening professional skills, RISD Summer Studies offers students from around the world a unique, intense and exceptional learning experience.

UPCI Summer Academy


Pittsburgh, PA The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) was established 28 years ago and the Summer Academy, in the Summer of 2009. This program was designed to promote engagement in cancer research and careers in the health sciences. We identify candidates based on personal characteristics, underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (minority and disadvantaged) high school students, and strategic international partnerships of the UPCI. Supported by the UPCI Director, Dr. Nancy Davidson, and grateful patient families, the program is partially funded by the National Cancer Institute CURE Program and the Doris Duke Foundation. Through continued collaborations with Pittsburgh Public Schools, Bayer Material Sciences, and partnerships with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Nazarbayev University, and the University’s Offices of Health Sciences Diversity and Science Education Outreach, students are immersed in science research learning experiences that include: 1) daily time in a selected mentor’s research laboratory 2) clinical cameos including visits with genetic counselors, trips to the operating room and genomics facility, zebrafish, and small animal facilities 3) field trips to the National Cancer Institute 4) weekly didactic sessions led by qualified faculty, graduate and medical students. Scholars are placed in six well-established programs under the UPCI Summer Academy: The Cancer Biology (CB) Hillman Cancer Center site prepares scholars to further their studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The Magee Women’s Cancer Research Center (WCRC) site exposes scholars to various aspects of research in women’s health, with research projects and presentation centered around critical research projects in breast and ovarian cancer, and state-of-the-art technologies and approaches for the studies. The Cancer Immunology (CI) site engages scholars in immunological research and prepares them for career opportunities in tumor immunology. The Drug Discovery, Systems and Computational Biology (DiSCoBio) site introduces scholars to an array of computer-based research areas and related careers. Scholars gain a greater knowledge of the interplay between biology, genetics, and mathematics that allows for the modeling of various aspects of cancer biology and other complex diseases. The Computer Science, Biology, and Biomedical Informatics (CoSBBI) site introduces scholars to different aspects of biomedical informatics, such as cognitive and translational informatics, and their uses in cancer research, detection and diagnosis, and treatment. Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) site located in new quarters at the VA Hospital, engages scholars in cutting edge studies designed to discern the origins of and develop solutions for disparities in health care. For more information, please contact: Megan M. Houlihan, Program Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. 150 Centre Ave., Suite 405, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Phone: 412-623-5977; Email:

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Columbia University School of Continuing Education


New York, NY The School of Continuing Education at Columbia University is a resource for those who wish to take their lives in new directions, with a mission to transform knowledge and understanding in service of the greater good. Make the most of your summer by taking fascinating, challenging courses and certificate programs taught by Columbia’s distinguished faculty and visiting professors. Offering hundreds of courses throughout the Arts and Sciences, Columbia COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Summer Session courses extend and complement the academic year for Columbia and visiting students, and they open the intellectual and physical resources of the University to non-degree students seeking career and academic enrichment. Summer Session students matriculating at other universities can earn valuable credits that they can transfer to the home institutions. The School also offers Summer High School Programs in New York, Barcelona and Jordan. The School of Continuing Education at Columbia University offers a pre-college program for students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college who are interested in intensive summer study. Now in its 25th year, Columbia University’s Summer Program for High School Students offers highly motivated students the opportunity of a lifetime: a world-class educational experience set in the most exciting city in the world. The School offers thirteen applied master’s degrees in the established and emerging fields of Actuarial Science, Bioethics, Communications Practice, Construction Administration, Fundraising Management, Information and Knowledge Strategy, Landscape Design, Narrative Medicine, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Sports Management, Strategic Communications, Sustainability Management and Technology Management. Each program provides practical, professional education for students seeking demanding, focused training. Courses are taught by faculty and industry leaders who bring current perspectives into the classroom. Full- and part-time options vary by program. The Postbaccalaureate Studies program at the School of Continuing Education offers university courses and certificate programs in over 50 subject areas for graduate school preparation, academic enrichment or career advancement. Working with advisers, each student develops a plan of study tailored to his or her background and academic goals. Business courses and certificate programs are offered both on campus and online. Though the offerings are diverse, they are unified by a mission to mount innovative instructional programs that meet Columbia’s standard of excellence, take good advantage of its resources, and produce positive educational outcomes for the members of the student body. For information, go to Email or call (212) 854-9666

The German School of Connecticut Stamford and West Hartford, CT The German School of Connecticut (GSC), celebrating its 36th year, is enjoying another record enrollment of over 350 students for the 201314 school year. Founded in 1978, GSC is a Saturday school offering a two-track curriculum for non-native beginners, and native or near-fluent speakers. Classes are held on two campuses (Stamford and West Hartford), ranging from Pre-School through High School and Adult. Students learn German as a new, non-native language, others expanding their Muttersprache, while all celebrate German, Austrian and Swiss cultures. Come visit us at our Open House! You’re invited! Our Stamford campus (Rippowam Middle School at 381 High Ridge Rd.) is having an Open House on Saturday, May 17th from 1:00 – 2:30pm. Get acquainted with our school and community... you’ll find a friendly center with dedicated, professional teachers. Come early and enjoy our Spring Poetry Recital starting at 10:30, followed by our Spring Potluck Celebration featuring traditional German foods! Many GSC students realize the advantage of studying one of Europe’s leading languages: Some plan to split their future studies between universities in the US and a German-speaking country, others study to gain a professional advantage. Certain high school students have the opportunity to take a special German language exam, which can fulfill the language requirement for direct entry at a German university. GSC introduced these “Sprachdiplom” examinations in the US in 1982, authorized by the German education authorities in Bonn. Students may also get credits from local high schools, and can prepare to take the AP German Exam to gain US college credit. Studying German at GSC is fun! Adults enjoy the camaraderie and friendship among like-motivated class participants. Toddlers and elementary school children enjoy hands-on modern teaching, along with singing, playing and being with their friends. Middle school and high school students enjoy special projects and cultural events… and all students participate in the many traditional holiday celebrations. GSC also embodies an international parent community: those from German speaking countries are joined by US and other international parents. All appreciate the services of the school, and the transnational atmosphere. Classes are held from September to May. For further information regarding our Open House, enrollment or teaching, please visit: or call Stamford at 203.548.0438, West Hartford at 860.404.8838.

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Pre-College Program at Skidmore College: Summer 2014 Saratoga Springs, NY Try college on before taking college on How can you anticipate what you haven’t yet experienced? Skidmore’s prestigious Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts has been preparing talented high school students for college success for more than forty years. High-achieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the country and around the world travel to our Saratoga Springs campus each summer to take part in Skidmore’s five-week Pre-College Program. Students engage in college-level study in the liberal and studio arts amid a beautiful upstate New York campus setting.

or one of each. Choose a class in an area where your strengths lie, or delve into an unexplored subject to challenge your perceptions and discover new fields of knowledge.

Live and learn at Skidmore

Prepare for college success

At Skidmore, high school students can imagine their futures while living together, cultivating new friendships, and discovering the right balance between work and fun. A carefully selected and trained residential staff lives with Pre-College students in their own private residence hall. The residential life program, designed to support and complement academic and artistic endeavors, ensures that students’ social lives are every bit as exhilarating as their intellectual lives.

In Skidmore’s Pre-College Program, high school students earn college credit while studying alongside college students. They work with Skidmore’s nationally recognized faculty and visiting artists and enjoy access to the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Do your interests range from math to studio art, psychology to English, economics to religion? Skidmore’s unique curriculum allows students to take either two liberal arts courses, two studio art courses,

Skidmore College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college known for outstanding academics, a rich co-curricular life, and its historic resort town setting. On Skidmore’s lively summer campus Pre-College students not only learn together with high school peers and college students, but have the chance to meet visiting students and participants from other programs as well. They are invited to take active part in the special workshops, visiting artist lectures,

and gallery talks sponsored by Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program and the nightly readings by renowned writers of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Skidmore’s summer campus hosts many other concerts, lectures, events, and weekend activities, and just off campus is downtown Saratoga Springs’ dynamic cultural and arts scene. Find out for yourself why Skidmore Pre-College alumni describe the program as challenging, fun, enlightening, life-changing, mind-altering, motivational, experimental, adventurous, to name just a few. Come spend July with us and discover your future.

Skidmore Pre-College Program, Saratoga Springs, NY

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE BOARDING The Gow School South Wales, NY The Gow School is an internationally renowned boarding school located in South Wales, NY. Founded in 1926, it is the oldest college preparatory school in the country for students with dyslexia. All students take an Orton-based phonics program called Reconstructive Language. In addition to small class sizes, the school offers a range of academic programs as well as art, drama and music. The school


offers structured classes during the day, athletics in the afternoon and a study hall from 6:45-9:00pm. The Reid Arts Center houses a theater, technology labs, art studios, music lab and TV studio. The Gow Center is equipped with basketball courts, tennis courts, large multipurpose room, squash courts, fitness center and student lounge. Our 10,000 sq. ft. dining hall was completed in 2009. Our newly renovated science and technology center is home to our robotics lab, which includes a Computer Numerical Control machine. Gow has a selective admissions process and is dedicated to providing appropriate accommodations and remediation. Working closely with the school’s College Counseling Office, 100% of our graduates are accepted to and enrolled in a college or university. The Gow School is committed to physical growth, fitness and athletic competition, believing that sports help to assure a well-rounded education. The athletic program emphasizes the values inherent in physical well-being, fitness, teamwork and competition. The school’s teams compete with nearby public and private independent schools. Campus clubs, organizations and activities at Gow reflect the diverse interests of our students. Students are encouraged to add their talents to existing organizations and to initiate new ones. In addition to on campus activities, supervised travel enhances the student experience. Many courses incorporate field trips into the semester’s work, including visits to lectures, museums, plays and historical sites. Each Saturday evening, busses take many students to a local mall to shop and see a movie. Other activities include symphony and rock concerts, ethnic festivals, NHL Hockey games, NFL football games, skiing at local resorts, snow tubing, snowboarding, bowling, laser tag, sledding, NBA games in Toronto and NLL games. In July, the school’s summer program is five weeks of learning and fun for ages 8-16. The staff is committed to creating a positive environment for all and strives to provide a successful experience for all students. The program includes classes in the morning, traditional camp activities in the afternoon and evenings and weekend trips.

Avon Old Farms School Avon, CT Since 1927, Avon Old Farms has been a leader in preparing young men for higher education, and the world. Avon is a dynamic community of learning with a rigorous curriculum anchored in the liberal arts. By understanding boys – and with appreciation for their sense of humor, their energy, and how they learn – we have created the kind of environment where our students are able to become their best selves. Avon is conveniently located in the heart of the Farmington River Valley. Our founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, an accomplished American architect, created a campus with the feel of an English village on over 860 acres of Connecticut countryside. The Cotswold-inspired architecture reflects the traditional approach to education that is so successful here. Avon’s teachers are experts in their fields who bring lessons to life and create compelling context for discussion. Creativity, innovation, and collaboration are taught by example through humor, inquiry, and debate. Small classes mean that every voice is heard and every question answered. At Avon we understand the importance of personal connection, especially during adolescence; this is why we have held strong to the model of a faculty member who advises, teaches, mentors, and coaches our boys. Athletics is an honored tradition at Avon and, we believe, a valuable part of a complete education. Our athletic program is one of the best in the country and we attribute our success to experienced coaches, excellent facilities, strong competition, and an emphasis on things that matter most: teamwork, determination, and sportsmanship. Another way Avon boys come together is through the arts. Our rich and varied programs in music and the visual and performing arts provide many opportunities for boys to express themselves creatively and form meaningful connections with peers. Our students have been honored locally, regionally, and nationally for their creative accomplishments. Most impressive, however, Avon is a place where you can draw, paint, play an instrument, sing or act AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL whether you have had years of experience or none. As a college preparatory school, one of our goals is to identify and facilitate the right matches between Avon students and institutions of higher learning. Our boys typically begin the college counseling process during sophomore year, setting expectations and goals early so that by the time they are seniors, they are prepared to take the lead on this leg of their journey to adulthood. Our core values of brotherhood, integrity, scholarship, and sportsmanship, are fundamental to life at Avon, and stay with our graduates for a lifetime. Avon Old Farms School: 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06001. 800-464-2866 WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



The Ethel Walker School

Middlebury, CT Westover, a selective boarding school of 200 girls, grades 9 - 12, in Middlebury, CT, has students from 16 countries and 19 states. In addition to its rich and varied curriculum, Westover offers three specialized programs for those students with more concentrated interests. • Brass City Ballet. As participants in this program, a joint venture between Westover and the Brass City Ballet, select students have the opportunity to study dance at one of the region’s leading dance schools. Students audition in the fall of their entry year and take six dance classes a week in ballet, modern, and jazz.

Simsbury, CT The Ethel Walker School offers an invaluable learning experience for girls from middle school through their secondary school years, preparing students for an ever-changing world and workplace environment. The diverse community is composed of students from around the globe, faculty, and alumnae who are dedicated to scholarship, the arts, athletics, wellness and service. A strong emphasis is placed on global experience, service learning, and environmental sustainability. Girls learn to lead with integrity, confidence, courage, and conviction. Academics: Walker’s integrates the arts into a challenging and engaging curriculum that focuses on opportunities for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with an emphasis on writing, including writing across the curriculum. Language instruction includes Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Latin. More than a third of classes are Honors and Advanced Placement classes. The close community of dedicated faculty members provides a nurturing and collaborative environment in which girls learn, stretch, and grow. Technology: All students and faculty use iPads to effectively create a personalized learning experience. Walker’s also maintains a wireless campus, SMART board-equipped classrooms, multi-media learning and presentations tools, and a state-of-the-art library. Athletics: Sports are a source of pride at Walker’s and instruct the lifelong


• Manhattan School of Music. This joint program between the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and Westover offers talented musicians and vocalists the opportunity to study music and play in an orchestra or ensemble at one of the country’s leading music schools. Students must complete a separate application and audition to be accepted into the program. • WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). This advanced extracurricular program in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) offers a variety of electives aimed at preparing students for careers in science or engineering. WISE graduates also receive special consideration for RPI’s engineering program. In addition, Westover offers three signature programs that further reflect the School’s commitment to giving students opportunities to gain experience and knowledge in special areas of interest: • The Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship. The Museum Studies Internship, designed for students with interests and aptitude in the study of art history, consists of a ten-week program. The first eight weeks are spent at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, the home designed and lived in by Theodate Pope Riddle, Westover’s architect. The final two weeks are spent working on a project that investigates the historical ties between the museum and Westover. • The Online School for Girls (OSG). Westover was one of four allgirls schools in 2009 to establish a consortium to offer online education for girls. Girls taking part in the program are offered courses taught by faculty members from the consortium over the Internet. • Westover’s Summer Programs. The School’s residential one- or twoweek summer programs in the arts and academics are an extension of the Westover experience, allowing girls to benefit from courses taught by Westover instructors while enjoying a range of summer activities. For more information, or to arrange for a visit, contact Westover’s Office of Admission at 203-577-4521 or e-mail For more information about Westover, visit 226



skills of interdependent action, collaboration, and team spirit. The nationally acclaimed equestrian program is for girls of all ability levels; many compete locally, nationally, and internationally while others improve their skills as recreational riders. There is a new state-of-the-art turf and irrigated natural field complex. Recent championship teams include softball and golf. Life at Walker’s: The joy of friendship is a fundamental principle at the School. Walker’s has a strong sense of spirit, togetherness, and camaraderie. Traditions tie generations of alumnae and current students together. Myriad clubs, led by students and advised by faculty, cover many areas of interest. The campus – 300 acres of fields, forest, and trails – provides space for recreation, learning, and staying connected to nature. The Power of an All-girls Education: Research shows that girls educated in a same-sex learning environment test higher, experience greater academic achievement, have better mathematics and computer skills, and exhibit greater civic and political engagement. The Ethel Walker School: 230 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury, CT 06070 860/408-4467;


Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall School

Burlington, VT Rock Point School is a small, supportive day and boarding school for high school students who have not found success in other more traditional school settings. Rock Point is a place where young people who have found themselves off-track academically, socially, and personally are seen for who they are,

Waltham, MA At Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, a coeducational day and boarding school grounded in over 180 years of history, we remain dedicated to teaching the way our students learn. Students in grades 9-12 and postgraduate thrive in our college-preparatory curriculum where they find small class sizes, academic challenges and a tailored approach to learning necessary to be successful, innovative thinkers. Our students discover engaging classes, teachers, and peers, and actively contribute to a community that encourages participation in the arts, athletics and other extracurricular opportunities. Our rigorous curriculum challenges students, while instruction tailored to individual learning styles empowers our students to achieve their potential. Our multiple intelligences approach to teaching, along with support seamlessly integrated into the classroom, creates a transformational learning experience for students.


take healthy risks, grow, find success, and discover their passion. Located in beautiful and culturally rich Burlington, VT, we offer high school students small, engaging classes, experiential learning, close relationships with staff, and ongoing opportunities to discover who they are. Academically, we support a range of learning styles, and work with students to improve their organization, self-advocacy, and study skills. The academic program at Rock Point School is a college-preparatory program. Students take classes based on their grade level. The freshman and sophomore year curricula focus on the foundational skills that support more lengthy and intensive reading and writing assignments of the junior and senior years. Because classes are small in size (5-13 students), teachers come to know students’ strengths and needs well, and teachers work with students to challenge them at appropriate levels. One student’s assignment might be modified to reduce the length of a written piece, while another student’s assignment might be supplemented with additional reading and/or writing requirements. In our dorm program, we encourage our students to have fun, laugh, try new things, make friends, and discover what excites them -- whether it be snowboarding, digital animation, or playing music. Rock Point School is located on 125 acres of lake front property in beautiful Burlington, VT. Our students thrive in a unique environment that combines easy access to nature with a small, safe, fun city just down the road. We are proud to have been founded in 1928 with a mission to serve young people that remains strong to this day. Contact information: 802-863-1104 x12

We Teach the Way Students Learn: • An average class size of ten allows us to truly know our students • Dynamic 75 minute classes engage students in multiple ways of learning • Skills and Academic Support Program develops independent learners • Diverse population enriches the culture of our School • Co-curricular and arts programs inspire students to discover their passions • All CH-CH graduates enroll in college or university Teaching to Students’ Strengths The CH-CH community is committed to each student’s individual success and to understanding the unique ways in which each student learns. Our approach to education embodies the knowledge that students learn differently, exhibiting various academic strengths and areas which need more improvement. This requires varied, creative methods of instruction. An attentive, experienced faculty identifies ways to encourage each student to harness his or her strengths for continued progress, while devising strategies to engage students in learning methods that suit individual skills. CH-CH classes are both active and challenging. For example, students in a Spanish class may study a song, use its lyrics to hone speaking skills and engage in group work to examine the piece’s cultural nuances. Then, they may CHAPEL HILL – CHAUNCY HALL SCHOOL create their own lyrics to the same tune, cementing their understanding of a particular set of vocabulary terms. Our layered approach to instruction provides students with meaningful interactions and a deep understanding of academic material. Visit for more information. Located at 785 Beaver St., Waltham, MA 02452 If you would like an individual campus tour and school visit, please contact the Admissions Office. Lisa Pelrine, Director of Admissions: 781-314-0800,




Riverside Military Academy

Melbourne, FL Florida Air Academy is a co-ed, college-prep military school for young boys and girls in grades 6-12. The school is located in Melbourne, Florida in the heart of Florida’s Space Coast, just a few hours north of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. For 53 years, Florida Air Academy has developed young men and women who blend academic ability, integrity and good character, along with a knowledge of world cultures, into a powerful force—well prepared for future success, growth, and leadership. The school offers Advanced Placement, Honors and traditional academic classes, and students can earn college credit through dual-enrollment. With 100% college acceptance since 1978, F.A.A. provides a challenging academic program together with a structured environment that allows students to be successful in the classroom and well prepared for success in college and beyond. In the past three years, F.A.A. seniors have earned more than $4 million dollars in college scholarships and acceptances to top colleges and universities. For those students looking for Military Focus, F.A.A. has an active Air Force Junior ROTC program that has been an “Honor Unit” for a number of years—placing it in the top 20% of all AFJROTC units across the country. Students originate from more than 20 countries, and the school’s academic program provides individualized instruction while celebrating the diversity of the student body through academic study. F.A.A. has successfully implemented a 1:1 Apple iPad Program, which provides technology-centered activities and real-world probFLORIDA AIR ACADEMY lem solving to engage and challenge students. Teachers also promote curiosity and learning in ways that reveal each student’s intellectual strengths, interests and passions. Florida Air Academy recognizes that school is much more than just education—it’s about each child’s unique journey into adulthood. The strong academic program is enhanced with an established athletics program, forward-thinking elective courses, and fun extracurricular activities that can be tailored to a child’s interests and life dreams! The school is also located minutes away from the Melbourne International Airport, where students can gain the certified instruction and flying time needed to earn a pilot’s license prior to high-school graduation. F.A.A. is a member of and accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It is also a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), and the Association of Military Schools and Colleges (AMCSUS). For more information, visit: or call (321) 723-3211.

Gainesville, GA Founded in 1907, Riverside Military Academy (RMA) offers a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. RMA is first and foremost a college preparatory school. We offer high quality academRIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY ics in a structured environment designed to meet the needs of boys in grades 7-12. The military setting adds structure, responsibility, accountability and yes, consequences when necessary. All contribute to a well-rounded young man. This environment works for those who have historically underachieved, who simply have not been able to manage their time, and who tend to procrastinate in every endeavor. The rigorous days at RMA are filled with academics, military activities, social activities, and athletics. Over 70% of our faculty hold advanced degrees and encourage our cadets to develop the daily habits essential for success at home and in the workplace. These habits include organizational skills, time management, and the ability to manage stress through preparation and exercise. Cadets of Riverside Military Academy benefit from a small class size and a 15:1 student teacher ratio. Our entire educational program centers around the way young men learn best. Because Riverside believes that there is a strong connection between physical and mental development, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and outdoor activities play an important role in the daily lives of our cadets. The RMA program takes full advantage of its 206-acre campus, athletic facilities, and proximity to Lake Lanier which is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Riverside’s college center assists cadets in preparing for and placing their college applications each year. The graduating class of 2014 consisted of 97 cadets who were admitted to over 90 universities including the U.S. Air Force Academy , and the U.S. Military Academy –West Point, and received over $4.1 million in collegiate scholarships. 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 our cadets. Riverside Military Academy’s comprehensive program of rigorous academics, athletics and leadership development sets the stage for a lifetime of success. We invite you to learn more about Riverside Military Academy by visiting our web site at: or call our admissions office at 877.MY.CADET.



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE UNIVERSITY Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL Florida Tech is a national, doctoral-granting research university set just minutes from the beach in east central Florida. Known for its “High Tech with a Human Touch” approach, the university has been ranked a Top 200 World University by Times Higher Education and a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. Students from more than 100 countries around the world and all 50 United States choose Florida Tech. As a result, the university offers a vibrant and diverse environment. Florida Tech students are passionately focused on academics and building real-world career experience, but they are also serious about enjoying the Florida lifestyle and all the benefits of 300+ days of sunny weather annually. The university offers more than 60 hands-on undergraduate degree programs through five colleges: engineering, science, aeronautics, psychology and liberal arts, and business. Popular majors include aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, marine biology and aviation management. New programs include biomedical engineering, entrepreneurship, prelaw, and sustainability studies. All students, regardless of major, participate in undergraduate research, a career-oriented practicum, internship or co-op work experience, or some combination thereof. In addition, all students may elect FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY OLIN PHYSICAL SCIENCES to participate in Florida Tech’s FastTrack accelerated master’s degree program. Through FastTrack, students have the ability to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s in as few as five years of fulltime study. Outside of the classroom, Florida Tech students participate in 22 NCAA Division II men’s and women’s varsity sports, which include baseball, basketball, lacrosse and football. They also build skills, friendships and lasting memories in more than 100 student clubs and organizations, a wide array of intramural sports, and numerous music and performance ensembles. Florida Tech’s campus features a lush, AAA-rated botanical garden and one of the largest research telescopes in Florida. A modern fitness facility, sparkling aquatic center, high-tech library and first-class dining hall are all within walking distance from the suite-style residence halls where the majority of new students live. Getting around often takes place via skateboard, bicycle, or one of Florida Tech’s signature open-air trolleys. The university is located a short distance from downtown Melbourne—a historic main street full of shops and cafes—as well as the Melbourne International Airport and the Atlantic Ocean. The world famous Cocoa Beach is a 30-minute drive from campus while Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Orlando are both about an hour away. Students who visit campus are eligible to earn a Visit Grant worth up to $4,000 toward tuition. Ask a Question: or (800) 888-4348 Get Admissions Info: Find Your Major:

Quinnipiac University Graduate Programs North Haven, CT Making a world of difference. Making a different world. It is an exciting time for graduate study at Quinnipiac University – with new QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

programs, new facilities, and opportunities for collaborative learning. Named the top “up-and-coming” school with master’s programs in the Northern Region by U.S. News and World Report, Quinnipiac continues to grow as a great place for innovative graduate education and professional preparation. The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences The university’s North Haven Campus was in the spotlight this year with the opening of the $100 million Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, home to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing, and an array of graduate programs: Anesthesiologist Assistant, Cardiovascular Perfusion, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Pathologists’ Assistant, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy (online), Molecular and Cell Biology (Mount Carmel Campus), and Social Work (MSW), which welcomed its first class in the fall. New opportunities – Nurse Anesthesia* and Nursing Leadership* The Center’s exceptional resources, which include a state-of-the art operating room with anesthesia equipment, will be a benefit to students in the Nurse Anesthesia* track, one of two new options within Quinnipiac’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The other new track, Nursing Leadership* (online-pending state approval), is ideal for nurse managers who want to master leadership principles and practices. Professional study that leads the way: Law, Education and Business Quinnipiac’s outstanding School of Law joins the North Haven Campus in August, taking up residence in an impressive new Law Center. Also based in North Haven is the School of Education, with stellar programs like the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Sixth-year Diploma in Educational Leadership, and MS in Teacher Leadership (online). There are great options for graduate study on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, too. Quinnipiac’s AACSB-accredited School of Business offers the outstanding MBA program (on-campus, online and hybrid) with several specialized tracks and a focus on strategic decision-making, and the MS programs in Information Technology, Business Analytics and Organizational Leadership (all online). Focus on Communications – Social Media and Sports Journalism And for media professionals, the Mount Carmel Campus is the destination for dynamic programs in the School of Communications, including the newest options: social media tracks in the MS in Public Relations and MS in Interactive Media (online) programs and a specialized track in sports journalism in the highly regarded MS in Journalism for students looking to hone their skills in that fast-paced field. Quinnipiac University Graduate Admissions 275 Mount Carmel Avenue Hamden, CT 06518-1940 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE The Evergreen State College: Think Beyond the Ordinary Olympia, Washington While most colleges teach the same things in the same ways, Evergreen stands apart. We opened our doors in 1971, not 1791, and you’ll see the benefits in our innovative curriculum, student-driven academic pathways and focus on real learning. The Evergreen Difference • Full-time, multi-quarter interdisciplinary programs, often team-taught • Coordinated schedules for homework, tests and field study • Narrative evaluations • Customized academic pathways • Individual and group learning contracts to tailor your education • Extraordinary 1,000-acre campus in the Pacific Northwest Other Good News • Princeton Review 378 Best Colleges • Fiske Guides “Best Buy” THE EVERGREEN • Sierra Magazine top green colleges STATE COLLEGE • High acceptance rate to graduate school Learning in Community, Making Connections – Imagine studying art, science, history, writing and sociology in one integrated program focused on a central theme. Many students take just one 16-credit, team-taught interdisciplinary program per quarter (instead of four or five disconnected classes), studying with the same students and faculty for up to a year. Check out our catalog to get a feel for the unique and intriguing interdisciplinary programs you’ll find at Evergreen: Coordinated Studies – In a full-time interdisciplinary program, homework and tests for one subject don’t compete with another and you don’t have to miss other classes to take field trips, work at an internship, or study abroad. Focus on Learning – Your faculty will give you feedback in a narrative evaluation instead of reducing your hard work down to a letter grade. The focus is on learning and collaboration – often in small seminar groups – not competition for grades. The absence of grades doesn’t mean an absence of high expectations. National studies show that Evergreen students read more, spend more time preparing for class and work more in teams than their peers. More Flexibility – We don’t limit your options with formal majors. You can tailor your education to meet your needs and explore areas of interest without worrying that your credits won’t count toward graduation. Later in your studies, you can also design individual or group learning contracts to create customized learning opportunities. Great Value – Evergreen is both a nationally acclaimed public liberal arts and sciences college and a Fiske Guides best buy. Our total cost of attendance for non-resident students is less than tuition alone at many private institutions. Depending on your need and/or academic qualifications, your actual cost could be even lower. Living in the Pacific Northwest – Evergreen is located in Olympia, Washington’s capital city. Our 1,000-acre forested campus – a living laboratory and classroom – has a beach on Puget Sound, miles of trails, an organic farm, a Native American longhouse, and easy access to Olympia’s vibrant downtown. More opportunities for fun – the Pacific Ocean, Olympic and Mt. Rainier national parks, Mt. St. Helens, ski areas, and the urban scenes of Seattle and Portland, Oregon – are just an hour or two away. Learn more at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505. 360/867-6170.

DAY SCHOOLS Dwight-Englewood School Englewood, NJ “As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.” Dwight-Englewood (D-E) is a coeducational, independent school of approximately 900 students, serving a seamless education experience for students in preschool (age 3) through Grade 12. Comprised of three divisions – the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools -- each with their own distinctive personality, D-E is the most ethnically-diverse school in Bergen County, with students who represent more than 80 communities in New Jersey and New York. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. D-E is located on a beautiful 40+ acre campus, just minutes from George Washington Bridge. As the area’s longest-established independent PreK through Grade 12 co-educational day school, our students take advantage of an unparalleled rich academic experience that is both traditional and innovative. We provide a rigorous college preparatory program rooted in the classical liberal arts while at the same time preparing students with 21st century skills they will need for their futures. At Dwight-Englewood we all come to grow. We seek growth in respect, honesty, judgment, commitment, courage and community and expect each of us to work towards living these, our shared values. We believe that the opportunity to grow is a precious gift, one that brings out our best selves. Dwight-Englewood gives the highest quality preparation for college and university work while fostering independent thinking; the ability to solve problems; and the skills, tolerance, and integrity it takes to thrive in our multifaceted world. Students thrive here in a variety of ways including the arts, athletics, leadership and service. In the tradition of the nation’s finest independent schools, we offer small classes and stimulating coursework that encourages students to take risks and to learn to pursue their passions. Beyond the words of our Mission Statement, which charge us to “meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better,” our Profile of a D-E Graduate speaks to how “our graduates will explore ideas critically, communicate effectively, and lead active intellectual lives.” In turn our Profile of a D-E Teacher speaks to how our faculty and staff together “engage in the full life of our school, educating, supporting, and knowing our students beyond their academic experience.” We pride ourselves in having a friendly admissions team, eager to introduce you to our dynamic ‘community of learners’. Contact D-E Admissions today to arrange a visit to campus or to discuss your future at Dwight-Englewood. Dwight-Englewood does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in its admissions or employment, or in the administration of any of its programs. Dwight-Englewood School 315 E. Palisade Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631 201-569-9500, ext. 3500


Summer Rome Programs

Arete: An Introduction to the Classics (IRVING) Authors of essential texts of Western civilization – Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Faulkner, O’Connor – will be your teachers over the course of 14 days as you live on our Irving campus. Students view films, visit celebrated art museums and attend Shakespeare in the Park. You will develop and hone reading and writing skills essential for the college classroom while making long and lasting friendships that inevitably develop in a learning community.

Undergraduate Summer in Rome The undergraduate Summer Rome Program is a month-long program for both UD and non-UD undergraduate students. The program builds upon the two great pillars of UD: a commitment to the liberal arts and our Catholic identity. Students encounter and reflect upon some of the most profound texts, ideas and art of the church and Western culture while studying on the Eugene Constantin Rome campus at Due Santi.

Latin in Rome Latin in Rome seeks intermediate and advanced students of Latin who desire to refine and deepen their understanding of the language and the Romans who spoke it. Throughout the program, you will study passages from Cicero, Pliny, Virgil and Horace to enhance visits to sites in Rome and Naples. The program includes lectures by university faculty who have lived and taught in Rome, daily language tutorials and group discussions of texts, as well as visits to historical sites and museums. This 21-day program is not simply a summer tour, but a college-level Latin course.

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Shakespeare in Italy This 18-day program focuses on Shakespeare and the place that inspired him the most, Italy. You will study three of Shakespeare’s Italian plays (Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice). Additionally, you will tour Rome most mornings with faculty guides and take a trip to Venice and Padua. Unlike most study programs, your classroom is Rome, as well as the other cities and sites you visit. The program helps students prepare for college through small group discussions and writing tutorials; students emerge sharper readers and more polished writers.

The University of Dallas is dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, of truth and of virtue as the proper and primary ends of education. The university seeks to educate its students so they may develop the intellectual and moral virtues, prepare themselves for life and work in a problematic and changing world and become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and for the good of their family, community, country and church. The university has offered its Rome Program as a part of its undergraduate curriculum for more than 40 years. More than 7,000 undergraduates have spent an academic semester in Rome at the heart of our Western heritage. Programs in Rome are housed on our 12-acre campus, approximately 12 miles southeast of Rome. For 20 years, we have offered mature high school students summer and study abroad opportunities modeled after our signature Rome Program. Each program provides college credit while students study with university professors on our campuses both in Irving, Texas, and Rome.

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The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union has been preparing high school students to pursue undergraduate careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for over 25 years. The Summer STEM Program is an intensive experience that immerses students in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving, thereby placing them on the right track for careers in technological innovation. Students work closely with Cooper Union faculty on projects ranging broadly from robotics, digital fabrication, computer programming and app development to biomedical and genetic engineering, improved urban infrastructure and even race car design.

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At Quinnipiac University, our students are our main focus. It’s why we offer graduate degrees in fields ranging from business to health sciences. It’s also why Quinnipiac was ranked among the top master’s-level universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report and first in the northern region in U.S. News’ Up-and-Coming Schools category.


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6th Annual University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute International Summer Academy • • • Academy Dates: June 17 - August 8, 2014 • • • Application Deadline: March 1, 2014 The UPCI International Summer Academy is an 8-week program designed to prepare high school scholars to further their studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and pursue careers in scientific research and medicine. Our Academy comprises 7 Sites which focus on various types of cancers as well as different approaches to studying cancer and related diseases. Scholars are paired with a research mentor from 1 of the 7 Sites and spend the majority of their time (80%) working first-hand on a research project, which is specifically tailored to the scholar. All scholars present their work as both a research talk and poster at the end of the program. To complement the research training, the Academy also provides classroom instruction, research and career seminars, professional development opportunities, and a host of fun, social activities for our Scholars. CB: The Cancer Biology Hillman Cancer Center Site on the Shadyside campus prepares scholars to further their studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and to consider careers in cancer care and research. Through immersion in our dedicated laboratories with qualified faculty mentors, students will increase their knowledge of (1) careers in cancer care and research, (2) education in cancer biology and therapeutic strategies, and (3) development of research and communication skills. WCRC: The Magee Women’s Cancer Research Center Oakland campus site will expose scholars to various aspects of research in women’s health, with projects & presentations centered around breast & ovarian cancer, & state-of- the-art technologies & approaches, such as novel methods using tumor cell lines & animal models. TI: The Tumor Immunology, Oakland campus site will expose high school students to immunological research and prepare them for career opportunities in tumor immunology. Scholars will work with a mentor in a laboratory to create a research project working with data analysis and experimental design. Scholars will explore the exciting biologic basis for novel therapies being developed in the immunotherapy of cancer. CoSBBI: The Computer Sciences, Biology and Biomedical Informatics site on the Shadyside campus hosted by the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Pathology Informatics, will introduce students to the application of informatics to cancer research, detection and diagnosis, and treatment. This is done through teaching basic concepts in biology, statistics, programming, and bioinformatics tools, coverage of topics such as genomics, proteomics and decision modeling, and individual mentored research projects. DiSCoBio: The Drug Discovery, Systems and Computational Biology Site on the Oakland campus provides immersive training and teaching in both the Computational and Experimental research and theories used to tackle cutting-edge questions in Cancer Biology, Drug Discovery, and related fields. Professional development and other enrichment activities prepare scholars for success in college and future careers in Science and Medicine. CHERP: The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion Site on the Oakland campus will engage scholars in novel studies designed to discern the origins of and develop solutions for disparities in health care. CIO: Center for Integrated Oncology in Cologne/Bonn, Germany will focus on leukemias and lymphomas. PROGRAM DIRECTORS and CONTACTS Michael T. Lotze, MD, Program Director, UPCI Academy/CB Site: Steffi Oesterreich, PhD, Program Director, WCRC Site: Robert J. Binder, PhD, Program Director, TI Site: Mike Becich, MD PhD, Co-Director, CoSBBI Site: Joyeeta Dutta-Moscato, MS, Co-Director, CoSBBI Site: , Joseph C. Ayoob, PhD, Program Director, DiSCoBio Site: Michael T. Fine, MD, MSc, Program Director, CHERP Site: Michael C. Hallek, MD, Program Director, CIO Site: UPCI Academy Executive Administrator: Susanna Godwin: (412)-623-5977; UPCI Academy Administrator: Darren Gilmartin: (412)-623-6790;

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Five weeks of academic exploration and discovery at one of America’s outstanding independent schools

July 6-August 9, 2014 The UPPER SCHOOL — Comprised of students who have completed grades nine, ten, eleven, or twelve — enrolls some 500 students who come to us from more than 40 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and several dozen foreign nations. ACCESS EXETER — Open to students who have completed grades seven or eight — provides a challenging academic program for approximately 250 students. Together, these students embody a rich diversity of language, culture, religion and race.

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The Waiting Room by Gabi Coatsworth Setting: The waiting room of a group counseling practice. Woman 1: Reading anything interesting? Woman 2: No, just an article in this magazine. (Holds up a copy of Psychology Today) “How to Deal with a Dysfunctional Family.”(scornful) I don’t think this woman has any idea what she’s talking about. Woman 1: Really? Woman 2: I have first-hand experience. My ex-husband was a drunk. Woman 1: Mine too. They look at each other. Woman 2: What happened to yours? Woman 1: Well, I divorced him, of course, and he’s been married three more times since then. How about you? Woman 2: Mine’s still around, but he’s living with his... roommate. Says it’s purely platonic, but then Plato was no slouch when it came to liking guys. Woman 1: That’s tough. Woman 2: Did you marry again? Woman 1: Yup. This one’s a gambler. It’s terrible. He plays poker every night on the internet. Woman 2: That’s nothing. You should count yourself lucky. When mine’s on the internet, he’s checking his porn sites. Woman 1: Oh. (Silent for a moment) Do you have children? Woman 2: Uh-huh. (goes back to reading) Woman 1: At least you don’t have to worry about your children the way I do. Woman 2: (Annoyed) Of course I worry. What else is a mother for? I worry that my children will turn out like their fathers. Woman 1: Well, it’s a risk, isn’t it? How many 272


do you have to worry about? Children, I mean. Woman 2: I have three sons, one with my first husband, and two with my second. Woman 1: I have three sons (pause) and three daughters. Woman 2: You do? Well I must say you look almost too young… Woman 1: It’s kind of you to say so. I’m sure your children are no problem. Woman 2: I’ll have you know that two of them are in rehab and the third one’s gay. Woman 1: Oh, dear. Does the gay one have any children? Woman 2: (Surprised) Well, no. Woman 1: Why not? Woman 2: (Thinks) I’m sure he just hasn’t met the right man yet. Woman1: (Smugly) I have a lesbian daughter and she and her partner have two children (pause) by the same donor. Woman 2: How interesting. (Goes back to reading) Woman 1: Not only that, one of the children is ADHD. Woman 2: You have to be kidding! All my children are ADHD. Woman 1: I have two bipolar sons, actually. They’re lovely, but they can be trying. Woman 2: You don’t know trying if you haven’t met my daughters-in-law. One is a total bitch. Woman 1: My daughter-in-law is clinically depressed… Woman 2: (continues as if she hasn’t heard) And the other’s a kleptomaniac. Constantly in and out of court. Woman 1: At least she gets out of court. I have a nephew doing time for armed robbery.

Woman 2: Oh. That’s nothing. My sister was arrested for dancing topless at the Democratic Convention in 1987. It was in all the papers. Woman1: Really. (Thinks for a minute) I’ll see your topless sister and I’ll raise you a nephew who’s a psychopath. Silence Woman 2: Are you trying to count the psychopath and the guy who’s in jail twice? It’s the same nephew, I bet. Woman 1: (Embarrassed) Well, yes. But it still counts. Woman 2: It does not! I forgot to mention that my grandfather was schizophrenic, and my grandmother was addicted to diet pills. Woman 1: My cousin’s a bed-wetter. Woman 2: Don’t you think you’re kind of scraping the barrel here? Obviously, bed-wetting’s unfortunate. But it’s hardly dysfunctional, is it? Silence Woman 1: (resigned) Fair enough. I guess you win. Woman 2: (Magnanimous in victory) But I really liked your psychopath nephew. Woman1: You wouldn’t if you met him. (They laugh) So, which doctor are you here to see? Woman 2: Oh, I’m not a patient. I’m here to interview for the position of psychologist. I’m waiting to meet the head of the clinic. Woman 1: Delighted to meet you. I’m the head of the clinic. And you’re going to fit in perfectly.


Gabi Coatsworth is a writer and blogger whose work has been published in literary journals, online and in the anthology: Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life.

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