Letters to the Editor



Best of Westchester

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A round of applause for your Best of Westchester issue, especially the “Bargain” sections. In these tough times it’s nice to know that a magazine in such an affluent area like Westchester is still considering those who are trying to watch their wallets. Your bargain food guide is the perfect resource for those nights you want to go out but not spend a fortune.

Kathryn LaGrassa
Briarcliff Manor

It was disappointing not to see in this year’s Best of Westchester issue a mention of the best electrolysis/permanent hair removal facility. Your readers’ ballot didn’t give an option for the best hair removal. If readers actually had a specific category line to fill out, then maybe our industry would have a chance.

Lori J. Arena
Tarrytown

I’ve been living in White Plains for two years and didn’t really know all the great things Westchester County has to offer.  While the entire Best of Westchester issue has given me many ideas of how to better enjoy my time, I specifically enjoyed the article “Adrenaline Adventures” by W. Dyer Halpern.  In a county with so much great shopping and dining, I never realized all the high intensity activities that are right in my backyard. As a thrill seeker myself, I can’t wait to get started!

George Schreiner
White Plains

We’re Not Leaving

Your article “Do We Stay or Do We Go?” (July 2009) did a great job analyzing a familiar problem for Westchester parents. My husband and I moved to Chappaqua in 1988 for our kids to attend great schools, but now, in 2009, we’re staying for us. The county still has a lot to offer in its extensive restaurant selection, community programs, county parks, and cultural offerings. We’re certainly not looking to leave anytime soon.

Claire Gurfein
Chappaqua

Journal Jinxed?

Lynda J. Moore’s “Paper Jam” (July 2009) was insightful reporting concerning long-term survival prospects for the Journal News. The continued loss of daily newspaper readers reminds me of how fortunate we are to be living in one of the few remaining free societies with a wealth of information sources available for any citizen to access. At the end of the day, increasing the newsstand price or shrinking content or actual newsprint size will not be the determining factor for the survival of the Journal News or other daily newspapers.

Sadly, most American cities and suburbs are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper. They have to deal with continued increasing costs for newsprint, delivery, and distribution, along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership. The suburban-based Journal News faces New York City-based competitors such as the New York Times, New York Post, and Daily News, along with USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. There are also all-news radio stations (WCBS, 1010 WINS, and Bloomberg News). ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS have national network news with local affiliates, along with local independent news broadcasts such as Fox 5, MY9, and PIX 11, cable news stations such as CNBC, CNN, FOX, BBC, News 12, and the Internet for late-breaking news, which is stale when reaching print the next day. The growing populations of new immigrants support their own newspapers, radio, and television stations.

In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone including the Journal News and our own Westchester Magazine.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, Long Island

Oops: The N Spa in Hartsdale, the winner for Best Brazilian Bikini Wax, was incorrectly listed in last month’s Best of Westchester issue as Spa & Skin Center.
In our Best of Westchester issue (July 2009), we gave incorrect prices for some services offered by Zokkoz Salon of Briarcliff Manor. The correct prices are: blow-outs for $25 and single-process color for $35 from five of its junior and senior stylists.

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