In the age of new media, as Lindsay Hand tells us in our new edition, opportunities to express ourselves abound and that it’s most compelling when writing comes from the heart.
I write my column today after sharing my shock and pain from reading updates about the mayhem on French soil, the appalling inhumanity of which just seems entirely incomprehensible.
I have also pondered violence at home due to our inability to respond effectively to free floating guns that travel crossing state borders like toy pistols; guns that are apparently so easily accessible to terrorists too. I turned to Congresswoman Nita Lowey to help relay any hope she feels surrounding this issue she works so hard on, and also explain recent initiatives important to our community or dear to her heart.
Another person courageously speaking from the heart is Susan Chatzky. Nita Lowey, in my interview, speaks of the reasons she supports Planned Parenthood and of their vital health care services. Susan, a local resident on their board, explains just how special a place Planned Parenthood really is.
This “Winter/Holidays” edition is not “all” issues oriented. It’s full of great artistic expression, including ones from our own Jon Cobert, a two time Emmy nominated keyboardist who has performed with superstars. Insights into what makes a winning theatre production can be found in a story about Pleasantville’s unique Arc Stages. Grateful too to Francesca Hogadus for her very personal tribute to ‘the man who tried to stop the Holocaust,’ Jan Karski.
There is more. I’m proud to offer a forum for residents to express themselves. Please enjoy our holiday sponsored dining guide and various chefs’ expressed desire to please. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Wishing always for peace and good will on Earth.
Full Hearts for Empty Bowls Westchester
Hundreds turned up in November at the Whipporwill Club for a generous show of support to benefit the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, the Community Center of Northern Westchester, and The Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry in Pleasantville. Some 15 festive painted bowls signed by celebrities, including Billy Joel and Pharrell Williams, and also ones by “local celebrities,” were put out for bid. Everyone took home a painted bowl, prepared by volunteers organized by the Empty Bowls committee. About $100,000 was raised!