ArtsWestchester Elects New Officers to Board, Microsoft Makes Huge Donation to Andrus, Three New Food Businesses Open in Pleasantville
(Above) Jacqueline Adler Walker
ArtsWestchester, a White Plains nonprofit, has a new board of trustees president: Jacqueline Adler Walker of Harrison. She succeeds Joseph P. Oates of White Plains. Also elected to the board of trustees were Executive Vice President Froma B. Benerofe of Purchase, and Treasurer Joseph P. Oates and Secretary David V. Ring, both of Yorktown. John Peckham of Waccabuc continues to serve as chairman. Walker, a board member since 2002, served as a director of human resources at American Express and Lever Brothers and received her master’s degree in teaching from Columbia University and her bachelor of arts from Elmira College. She also serves on the boards of the Scarsdale Adult School and the Neuberger Museum of Art. “The arts…there is no living without them,” Walker says.
(Right) Froma B. Benerofe
New Businesses, Relocations, and Operations
Murphy Brothers Contracting, Keller Williams NY Realty eco-broker Gerry Angel, and a team of design and construction experts will answer the question, "Is green construction just a fad?" when Angel gives a final public tour of her home of more than 30 years, a 1953 raised ranch at 64 Holbrooke Road in White Plains. The structure was transformed by Murphy Brothers into a model of green living. On July 14 from 10 am to 2 pm, the City of White Plains, as part of its "Das Haus” exhibition on green homes, will be providing buses to transport people to and from the ranch to the Das Haus exhibition (125 Court Street, White Plains), and a bicycle rack will be installed at the home to encourage folks to cycle there. A team of professionals who were involved in the project will be at the home to discuss trends in the sustainable shelter industry. Architect Christina Griffin of Hastings-on-Hudson will talk about the benefits of building smart, along with project representatives from Murphy Brothers Contracting; Green Star Energy Solutions of Elmsford, energy-efficient insulation experts; Total Green of Monroe, New York, specialists in designing and installing DX geothermal and hybrid renewable energy systems; Authentic Window Design of White Plains; Sunrise Solar Solutions of Briarcliff Manor; and Greener by Design of New Rochelle, experts in organic, sustainable landscaping. The entire project cost approximately $500,000. The homeowner's monthly energy bills will be, on average, less than $100 per month for heating and cooling, hot water, and electricity.
Curry Suburu-Hyundai in Cortlandt Manor, part of Curry Automotive, is commemorating its new 30,000-square-foot, LEED-registered showroom by donating a vehicle to the not-yet-completed Westchester Children's Museum (WCM) to use for two years. It will serve as a "moving billboard," because it will be wrapped with WCM graphics. WCM’s new vehicle will help build awareness for the museum, which still needs $7.5 million in order to open. “My family and I have been strong supporters of the Westchester Children’s Museum since the beginning,” says Curry Automotive CEO Bernard F. Curry, III. “We’ve seen firsthand the educational and emotional rewards that our region’s youth have experienced as a result of the Museum Without Walls program."
Louie Linguine's of Marble Avenue in Pleasantville unexpectedly shut its doors after six months, amidst reports that the restaurant owed more than $61,000 in back rent. Three new food establishments opened recently in town. Louie & Johnnie’s Cheese Steaks & Clam Bar, which has locations in Eastchester and Yonkers, also features Steiner Sports memorabilia at its new restaurant on 501 Marble Avenue. Says partner Mike Mannarino, "The area needed something new, and people always need to eat. We're on a main thoroughfare and we've been very busy since we opened in May." Yogolicious is now serving up frozen treats and toppings at 59 Marble Avenue. The eagerly anticipated Miyabi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar opened last week at 25 Wheeler Avenue in Pleasantville, just around the corner from the Burns Center. Bedford resident Andy Lin’s third eatery in Westchester features a full sushi bar as well as a variety of Southeast Asian entrees.
J.A. Henckels International, a cutlery manufacturer, will be moving from Hawthorne to Marble Avenue soon, taking over the long-vacant Medical Laboratory Automation building. Consumers may miss their carbs, but they can enjoy carving knives, cookware, clams, and candy.
Microsoft Corporation donated software valued at more than $170,000 to Andrus, a Yonkers-based nonprofit childcare agency in Yonkers. The donation was made through Microsoft’s software donations program, which empowers nonprofits to best serve their local communities. “This amazing gift is of tremendous value to us as it supports the rapid programmatic growth we’ve enjoyed in recent years, and supports the expansion of our services to more children and families throughout Westchester County,” says Nancy Ment, president and CEO of Andrus. The software will improve project management, develop video and web capacities, and reduce email clutter.
Former ABC News President David Westin of Bronxville is finally getting to tell his story after leaving the media giant in 2010 after almost 14 years and writing a book, Exit Interview. Says Westin, “I felt the urge to write partly because what I heard and read people on the outside saying was often off the mark; but I also wanted people to learn the things that I was learning; things I didn't know when I came to ABC News in 1997 as a non-journalist.” Westin has been touring the country promoting the book. “I've been to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Washington, DC. In every town the publisher has set up breakfasts and lunches and radio interviews and TV appearances and book parties. It feels a bit like running for office. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate deeply the great support the publisher has given me, but it is intense.” Westin, a firm believer in digital journalism, is now working with a group of newspaper industry companies (including Associated Press, the New York Times, and the Washington Post) to explore new ways for print media companies to benefit financially from the spread of online news.
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The Westchester County Association will hold its Annual Summer Networking Reception and celebrate the Blueprint for Westchester County's first anniversary. The Blueprint is a private-sector-led economic-development initiative. The event is at Tappan Hill Mansion (81 Highland Ave, Tarrytown) and costs $100. RSVP at http://www.westchester.org/eventregister.php?event=212.
Learn the basics of PR without leaving your desk. TheONswitch marketing is launching a new series of webinars every Wednesday at noon. (Full disclosure: theONswitch CEO Nancy A. Shenker is a contributing blogger for 914INComing.) The first 30-minute practical session will teach "insider secrets," including how to write a pitch, how to target specific journalists, and what to do with media mentions. Limited to 25 attendees. Each session is $30 and includes a free personalized consultation for the first five people to register. Register at https://student.gototraining.com/r/6382609267041286400.
The 6th Annual Erin O'Connor Memorial Golf Outing takes place on Monday, July 23, from 10:30 am to 8 pm at the Salem Golf Club in North Salem and benefits Friends of Karen, a children’s charity based in Purdys. Eileen and Michael O'Connor initiated this event to honor their daughter, Erin, who died of a brain tumor at age 13. Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial, and advocacy support to families of children with life-threatening illnesses, from diagnosis through treatment. Other sponsors of the event include Entergy; NE Moves Mortgage, LLC; Travelers Insurance; Rockingham Motors; and Park Ford of Mahopac, Inc. Full golfer package: $225. Cocktails, dinner, and networking only: $75. Hole sponsorship: $100. Information and reservations can be found at https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=fad519.
The Westchester County Association’s Young Professionals Group and The Volunteer Center of United Way present "The New Generation of Service," a networking event, at 1133 Westchester Ave. No cost to attend. Email email@example.com to register.
Cruise and network. The Business Council of Westchester is setting sail on the Hornblower Hybrid, the newest yacht in New York Harbor, to the Statue of Liberty. Complimentary food and cash bar. Reservations are required. Rain or shine. Fee is $95 for Business Council members and $125 for future (non) members. Register at http://events.westchesterny.org/sbaweb/events/events.asp?&id=1&wpid=-101&details=true&cale_id=548&newsession=FALSE&sid=399637947.
The Young Professionals Group of the Westchester County Association partners with the Blueprint for Westchester at 5:30 pm at PepsiCo World Headquarter in Purchase on a special event to discuss the need for housing. The event is in cooperation with Project for Public Spaces. Register at http://www.westchester.org/article.php?a=213
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