For people like myself who love exploring the outdoors but not enough to brave the cold and rain, this spring has felt especially frustrating sometimes. Each time it appears that winter has finally left, the thermometer drops, and, once again, I find that I’m stuck inside. So I was especially excited to accept an invite to the Westmoreland Sanctuary for a chance to walk around some of the 640 acres of woods and interview the facility’s director.
A stroll through the woods may not be too big an adventure, but it’s a start, and Westmoreland is the subject of one of many adventure-themed articles in our June issue of Inside Armonk. For some, like Armonk dad Danny Tateo, who was the Road Runners Club Runner of the Year, adventure might mean embracing a new passion and pushing yourself to your limits. If you’re someone like Jack Kiernan, a local Eagle Scout candidate who helped build beds for 100 Armonk shelter dogs, adventure may mean using your skills and your time to help others. If you’re Ruth Reichl, it can mean ignoring your doubts and diving into the beginning of a multi-faceted culinary career. For Todd Shapera, regular walks through the Rockefeller Preserve can be an adventure with no special goal at all other than to find balance in a busy life.
We highlight these stories as well as others, including profiles on Hudson Stage Company plus different business spotlights on those who make shopping local such a great success. This issue’s cover story profiles Assemblyman David Buchwald, whose district includes North Castle. My article, following a two-hour interview with the assemblyman in his Mount Kisco district office, focuses on Buchwald’s political background, his legislation targeting corrupt officials, his family, and his position on current issues like the $15 minimum wage. The profile doesn’t cover every aspect of Buchwald’s background and record, as no single article can.
If I can make readers feel like they know their elected official a little bit better, then I believe I’ve accomplished something valuable.
I hope readers will approach this summer with an adventurous spirit and take advantage of all Armonk and the surrounding communities have to offer. This issue contains just a few of many possibilities.