If you have been living in Chappaqua for any length of time, you have likely already heard of Dawn Greenberg! Dawn wears multiple hats around town, spearheads all kinds of charitable undertakings (often via her “Chappaqua Cares, Chappaqua Shares”), directs our Chamber, and to my delight, agreed to guest edit this “Back to Cool” themed issue. I wanted to bring the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival “to life,” and Dawn, its founder, rose to the occasion–together with her talented team.
As for me, it has been a fabulous summer. I may be “empty nest,” but have discovered multiple reasons to continue to love New Castle. The Town wants others to feel similarly; I covered a “Roundtable Discussion” on this topic, so a story here, too, on that. Also, after months of collaborating with the Town of New Castle, we released “Inside my New Castle: Welcome to our Neighborhood.” Do save your copy (like, forever!), or download the PDF. The tremendous support the guide received is really too cool and reflective of the high caliber of area merchant support.
I’m also feeling very honored by the “MHA Media” award being presented in October to The Inside Press by the Mental Health Association of Westchester; along with past coverage of mental health topics and MHA events, I know the “Time to Talk” theme in both Winter editions touched both Castle communities and I’m grateful to the openness and insights of local writers Janine Crowley Haynes and Rich Klein, and to Executive Editor Beth Besen.
There’s also a lot of love and compassion in this issue; stories about the 2015 Sunrise Camp Walk and the upcoming Empty Bowls Westchester fundraiser are just some examples. For that reason, I’d like to dedicate this edition to my dear friend, Chappaqua’s Lori Sachare, who passed after a courageous battle against a Stage 4 cancer. Lori, a long time contributor to IC too, always seemed to have an endless reservoir of love and compassion. Like so many, I will miss her a great deal.