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Business Briefs 6-27-14

Avon back in New Rochelle

Avon, the company for women is back in New Rochelle. The global beauty company with more than $8 billion in annual revenue markets to women in over 100 countries. The Avon brand has been around 127 years.

Linda Ruggiero, Avon recruiter and New Rochelle resident, has set up shop in New Rochelle. The Avon Center is located at 63 Memorial Highway across from the public library. Summer hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 772-8293.

Stop in to pick up a brochure, purchase a lipstick, sample a fragrance or to learn more about the Avon opportunity

Where else can you start your own business for just $15.00?

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Weichert Larchmont recognizes top associate for regional award

Jo Ellen Ashby, regional vice president of Weichert Realtors, announced Thomas Burns of the Larchmont office was individually recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of May.

A top producer, Burns led the region, which is comprised of offices throughout Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties, in resale dollar volume.

Invite this top neighborhood specialist in to learn about the real estate services Weichert Realtors has to offer. He can be reached in Weichert’s Larchmont office at 2090 Boston Post Road, or by phone at 833-0800.

Since 1969, Weichert, Realtors has grown from a single office into one of the nation’s leading providers of homeownership services by putting its customers first. A family of full-service real estate and financial services companies, Weichert helps customers buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate and streamlines the delivery of mortgages and home and title insurance.

For more information, Weichert’s customer service center can be reached at 1-800-USA-SOLD. Weichert franchised offices are independently owned and operated.

Local insurance agent named chair-elect of state trade group

R. Todd Rockefeller, vice-president of DeRosa, Rockefeller, Sohigian, Werdal, Inc. in Harrison, was elected chair-elect of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York.

The membership of New York’s oldest insurance producer trade organization elevated Rockefeller to the post at the group’s annual business meeting held May 15 in Riverhead. He will serve a one-year term during which he will act as chair of the board of IAAC, the association’s member services division; chair of the IIABNY executive committee and serve on other IIABNY committees. He is also first in line to be the association’s chair of the board in 2015.

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. has represented the common business interests of independent insurance professionals since 1882. More than 1,900 agencies and their 18,000 employees currently rely on the DeWitt, New York-based, not-for-profit trade association for legislative advocacy, continuing education and other means of industry support. In addition, many IIABNY members represent Trusted Choice, a national consumer brand uniting more than 7,000 independent agencies across the United States. For more information, go to or

Petchester Veterinary opens

On May 31, 2014, Petchester Veterinary celebrated its grand opening along with the Eastchester/Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce and Eastchester town councilmen Joseph Dooley and Glenn Bellitto, patients, friends and family.

Petchester Veterinary is located at 309 White Plains Road in Eastchester. Dr. Lester Sills and Dr. Zsach Ben-Adi treated visitors to a tour of the brand new facility.

Dr. Lester Sills has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 26 years. His doctorate in veterinary medicine was obtained in 1988 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He began practicing small animal medicine in South Windsor, Conn., for four years and practiced in Scarsdale from 1992 to 2013. His many years as a seasoned clinician and surgeon culminated in his being voted one of the top veterinarians in small animal medicine and surgery in Westchester County and featured in Westchester Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has served as a volunteer, consulting veterinarian and board member for The Greenburgh Nature Center, treating many different exotic animals for the last 20 years. He received the GNC’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001. He has a special interest in avian medicine and treats many other exotic pets in addition to birds such as reptiles, rabbits, ferrets and rodents. He is also well known for his ever-present willingness to accept and treat injured wildlife.

Dr. Sills was one of a group of veterinarians that helped treat the rescue dogs at the site of the 9-11 World Trade Center disaster. He has also served on the board of the Westchester-Rockland Veterinary Medical Association for 21 years and has been chairman of the Ethics Committee since 1999. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Association of Avian Veterinarians. He also continues to volunteer for Bully Baby Rescue and Pet Rescue for their spay and neuter programs.

Dr. Ben Adi is a member of the Westchester-Rockland Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association. He also continues to volunteer his time and expertise for the spay and neuter programs of New York’s Pet Rescue. Prior to his veterinary medical career, Dr. Ben Adi served as a paratrooper in the Israeli Army. After his military service, he traveled through South America for an entire year. It was there, in the Galapagos Islands, where he met his wife, who is from Langenfeld, Germany.

Dr. Ben Adi is fluent in many languages including English, Hebrew and German and has some basic knowledge of Spanish. Dr. Ben Adi likes to hike and bike and is a coach of a boys’ travel soccer team. Dr. Ben Adi has two children, two dogs, and two cats and lives in Garrison, N.Y.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam names Sweeny president and CEO

United Way of Westchester and Putnam announced the selection of Alana Sweeny as its new president and CEO, effective June 2. Sweeny joins the organization following former president and CEO Naomi Adler’s departure after six years of devoted service.

Sweeny, a Mahopac resident, has dedicated her career to working directly with children, individuals and families facing challenges such as poverty or special needs and supporting their cause through policy, partnerships and funding.

“Ms. Sweeny’s extensive background in fundraising, human services and government as well as her strong focus on children’s issues, make her the perfect fit to lead the United Way of Westchester and Putnam,” Gregory D. Bassuk, chair of the UWWP Board of Directors and chief operating officer of IndexIQ, said. “Ms. Sweeny will be a passionate advocate for critical programs such as United Way’s 2-1-1 and will help us make tremendous strides in our education, income and health initiatives.”

All contributions go toward improving the education, income and health of the children, youth and families throughout Westchester and Putnam. United Way’s Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1, covering Westchester and Putnam as well as Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties, answers up to 500 calls and 1,000 online inquiries per day ranging from tax, heating and mortgage questions to childcare, basic needs, natural disaster and crisis calls. United Way of Westchester and Putnam is at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 10606. They can be reached at 997-6700 or by visiting

Follow United Way on Facebook at and Twitter @UnitedWayWP for the latest news and updates.

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Business Briefs 5-23-14

Larchmont Lions welcome two new members

Two new members were inducted into the Larchmont Lions Club, a local chapter of the largest service organization in the world, on May 4.

Approximately 1.37 million members in 46,000 Lions clubs in 208 countries are united globally in fighting eye diseases, blindness and measles as well as supplying disaster relief, environment preservation and youth development.

The highlight of the evening was the induction of Robert and Laura Pastore—proprietors of the recently opened Manor Inn Restaurant on the Post Road in Larchmont—the venue for the spirited evening of fellowship and fundraising.

Daniel Link, a past district governor of the Lions, inducted the Pastores at the event, which was attended by the local Lions and their friends.

Proceeds from the evening and the ongoing sale of the discount coupon books will be donated to several Lions causes, including local charities such as Guiding Eyes for the Blind, VISIONS Center on Blindness and Screening Eyes Early, for preschoolers who are too young to read an eye chart.

The discount coupon books, which contain 40 coupons with some inviting reductions, are valid until Dec. 31. They are for sale to the public and can be purchased for $10 each by contacting Jag Rao, 914-630-1873, or John Keenan, 914-384-8542

Weichert Realtors’ Rye office recognizes top associate for regional award

Jo Ellen Ashby, regional vice president of Weichert Realtors, announced Joanne Vanaria of the Rye office was individually recognized for her exceptional industry success during the month of March.

A top producer, Vanaria led the region, which is comprised of offices throughout Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties, in resale dollar volume.

Invite this top neighborhood specialist in to learn about the real estate services Weichert, Realtors has to offer. Vanaria can be reached in Weichert’s Rye office at 83 Purchase St., or by phone at 914-967-0460.

Local bank working to help county meet affordable housing goals

CMS Bank has announced it recently completed more than $1 million in mortgage loans to local families for affordable housing in Westchester. Several of the loans are for residences at the recently completed Comstock Heights Condominium on North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, while others have been made at Cottage Landings condominium in Rye.

CMS Bank is working closely with the Housing Action Council, a Tarrytown-based not-for-profit dedicated to expanding housing opportunities for moderate income households throughout the Hudson Valley. In closing on these residential mortgages, CMS Bank is reinforcing its goal of providing financing to families seeking such opportunities in Westchester.

By working together, CMS Bank and the Housing Action Council are also helping Westchester County meet its obligations under an affordable housing settlement with the federal government.

“As a local community bank, CMS’s goal is to help families achieve the American dream of home ownership,” John Ritacco, president and CEO of CMS Bank, said. “Providing mortgages to low-and-moderate income borrowers is in keeping with the bank’s mission to serve our local community. These loans are yet another way we are providing important and personal services to the community.”

Headquartered in White Plains, CMS Bank provides a wide range of banking products and services to the retail consumer and small business customers, including residential and commercial real estate loans and small business loans primarily in Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and Putnam counties as well as Fairfield County, Conn.

CMS Bank has branches in Eastchester, West Harrison, Greenburgh, Mount Vernon and Mount Kisco. CMS’ lending decisions are made locally by employees who live and work in the community. For more information, visit

College of New Rochelle graduates to host summer program for children

The College of New Rochelle Graduate School provides summer programs at Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old. The program runs from July 7 through August 1, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 3 to 5 years old in the program will participate in group activities involving literacy and math, creative arts, dramatic play, music and movement, block building and outdoor play.

Children ages 6 to 8 years old will engage in group activities including social studies, science, nature, outdoor play, creative arts, music and movement and technology. Children will also participate in small group and individualized periods of instruction each day.

For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr. Angela Grille at or call 914-760-0079.

Manhattanville College GPS to launch professional development workshop series

This June, Manhattanville College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies—GPS—will host a series of on-campus professional development workshops, focusing on women’s leadership, June 3; Myers-Briggs personality type indication, June 10 and resilient leadership, June 18. The Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness Professional Development Workshop Series is the fourth event in celebration of GPS’ 20th anniversary.

The first of three workshops, “Lead In: Balanced Leadership for Women,” is an integrative program specifically designed for female leaders and women emerging in the corporate environment. The June 3 workshop will help define enhanced methods of leading, working and contributing more holistically in the workplace.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to determine a clear leadership style, develop a disciplined approach to innovative and critical thinking, demonstrate ways to sustain results with greater impact and purpose and learn how to lead through continued change and evolution.

The workshop will be facilitated by Trish Kyle, a strategic organizational development and culture specialist and management consultant; Pat Drew, an executive leadership coach and Barbara Garber, a leadership coach, career counselor and management consultant.

The second workshop, “Understanding Type and Type under Stress: A Myers-Briggs Workshop,” is dedicated to understanding one’s “type,” “type preferences” and how one’s type experiences and responds to stress. Participants will learn to identify their type and how to best use those characteristics to their advantage. The session facilitator is human resources practitioner and adjunct Manhattanville College professor Dr. Richard Montanaro.

The final workshop, “Introduction to Resilient Leadership,” is an innovative and powerful approach to leadership effectiveness based on the acclaimed book “Resilient Leadership” by Robert Duggan and James Moyer.

The workshop will introduce participants to a unique approach to cultivating resilience, both in leaders and in the organizations they lead. Topics will include developing a non-reactive, calming presence; the importance of positioning oneself in triangles in a way that prevents burnout and skilful ways to calm the reactivity in the organizational systems of which participants are part of.

The June 3 and June 10 workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both workshops, which include lunch, are $375 per person. The June 18 workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $575, which also includes lunch.

Maximum capacity will be capped at 30 participants due to the experiential nature of each workshop.

All workshops will be held at Manhattanville College Reid Castle, 2900 Purchase St., Purchase.

To register, visit For more information, call 914-323-5413 or email

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Business Briefs 4-25-2014

Jeffrey Gerson named to Barron’s top 1,200 financial advisors

Morgan Stanley announced Jeffrey Gerson, executive director, senior portfolio management director and wealth advisor in the firm’s Penn Plaza wealth management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s “Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.”

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud Jeffrey Gerson is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” Frank Novello, branch manager of Morgan Stanley’s Penn Plaza office, said. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, banking services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.

For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit

GeldwertLocal doctor named team podiatrist for
New York Lizards Lacrosse Team

Dr. Josef Geldwert has been named team podiatrist for the New York Lizards Lacrosse Team.

Geldwert is an authority on podiatric surgery and sports medicine. He has written and lectured extensively on the surgical correction of bunions, the management of athletic injuries, the use of orthotic devices and children’s foot disorders.

Geldwert is a graduate of Yeshiva University, received his degree in podiatric medicine with honors from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.

After completing his training, Geldwert opened up his Manhattan practice and taught foot surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He is presently a clinical instructor in the Department of Orthopedics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is very active in the foot and ankle surgical residency program at Beth Israel Hospital.

He is board certified in foot and ankle surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

Geldwert has extensive experience in sports medicine. He is the medical director of the New York City Triathlon and Hamptons Marathon. He has served as the co-chief of lower extremities for the New York City Marathon, as the podiatrist for numerous professional tennis tournaments and an expert analyst in sports medicine for Foot and Ankle Quarterly.

Geldwert has also been a member of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Advisory Committee, a podiatrist for Women’s Cup Soccer and was the podiatric consultant to the N.Y. Power and N.Y. Liberty.

Dr. Geldwert has attending privileges at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center.

For more information, go to

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty participate in real estate conference

HolmesWilliam Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty announced the firm recently participated in the 2014 Sotheby’s International Realty Leadership Forum, which brought together nearly 300 network members worldwide.

This dynamic, three-day event, which was held March 31 to April 2 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., provided a unique opportunity for Sotheby’s International Realty brokers, owners and managers to network and share best practices.

Attendees from the firm included president and CEO Paul Breunich, Rye brokerage manager Pati Holmes, Larchmont brokerage manager Jim Whittemore, Scarsdale brokerage manager Jason Wilson, Darien brokerage manager Gigi Melillo, Fairfield-Southport brokerage manager Brad Kimmelman, Danbury brokerage manager Adele Unger, Litchfield Hills brokerage manager Carolyn Fugere and chief operating officer Vin Socci.

“The Leadership Forum provides a great value to our firm,” said Whittemore. “It offered the opportunity to network with some of the world’s most talented real estate professionals and learn more about the industry and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s vision for the future.”

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. In
addition, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele.

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the firm also has the unique ability to refer its real estate clientele to the auction house for jewelry, art, unique furniture and collectible appraisal services.Whittemore

Property listings from William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the global website, as well as on the firm’s local websites, and

“The Leadership Forum brings together our network members from all over the world with the common goal of sharing their unique experiences and market insights,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This year’s conference provided attendees with an overview of the brand’s strategic vision and priorities for the future. They heard about our exciting and innovative plans on the marketing front and how to leverage our unique relationship with the Sotheby’s Auction House.”

Coldwell Banker recognizes Acocella, Galvin and Morrow

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in New Rochelle is pleased to announce that the following professionals have been recognized for their sales achievements: Beth Acocella, associate real estate broker; Brian Galvin, real estate salesperson and Miriam “Lori” Morrow, associate real estate broker.

Acocella, Galvin and Morrow have been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society award. This distinguished honor is awarded to the top 11 percent of approximately 85,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

The sales associates were honored during a special celebration at the Mohegan Sun on April 3. Invited guests enjoyed food, music and dancing. Each year, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recognizes the work of exceptional sales professionals through its distinguished awards program.

“Beth, Brian and Lori are among an elite group of local real estate professionals in New Rochelle,” said Cathleen Smith, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County. “I am pleased to recognize them and anticipate another year of milestone achievements from them again this year.”

Acocella, Galvin and Morrow are affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in New Rochelle located at 1331A North Ave. They can be reached there at 914-633-5540.

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Business Briefs 3-28-2014

Ronald McDonald House becomes newest member of Nonprofit Westchester

Nonprofit Westchester recently announced the Ronald McDonald House of the greater Hudson Valley as its newest member.

McDonaldNPW is an advocacy organization that represents more than 90 nonprofits in the county.

“The Ronald McDonald House of the greater Hudson Valley has been a key resource to our community, having served as a home-away-from-home for many families throughout the Hudson Valley area and beyond,” Joanna Straub, executive director of NPW, said. “We are confident they will benefit from the resources we provide, helping to strengthen the capacity, increase the impact and raise the visibility of nonprofit organizations in the region.”

Since it opened its doors in May 2011, the Ronald McDonald House of the greater Hudson Valley has provided a temporary home for families with critically ill or traumatically injured children. The house is a critical part of a child’s treatment, providing the ability for families to stay together. The organization provides families with a low-cost, safe and comfortable home-like setting with the convenience of being steps away from the hospital. Its staff and volunteers provide comfort and support to families during the most difficult time of their lives.

NPW provides the nonprofit sector with a single unified voice for the role it plays in the economic vitality and sustainability of the county. The organization focuses on sharing resources, connections and information, and works to strengthen the nonprofit sector’s partnership with the for-profit and government sectors for a more just and caring community.

For more information about Nonprofit Westchester, visit or call

A.G. Williams named finalist for family-owned business award

A.G. Williams Painting Company, a third-generation, family-owned and operated residential and commercial painting firm servicing the tri-state area since 1906, was named by the Westchester County Business Journal as a finalist for its first annual Family-Owned Business Award.

AwardFinalists and winners were recently recognized at a celebration at Mapleton at Good Counsel in White Plains.

“We are extremely proud of our long family history of growth and unwavering employee support through economic ups and downs,” George Williams, A.G. Williams co-president and CEO, said. “Being recognized as a leading family-owned business in Westchester county is a great honor.”

Although times were tough during the Great Depression, founder Arthur Ratsikas ensured all his employees were kept working as he knew they had families to support. Another slowdown in growth motivated Ratsikas’s eldest son, George, to relocate the company to Pelham in the early 1960s to take advantage of growth opportunities. Today, under the direction of George’s two sons, Arthur and George, it is experiencing a period of steady growth and continues to uphold its policy of caring for its employees.

A.G. Williams maintains offices in Westchester and Greenwich, Conn. and employs more than 40 full-time painters, five estimators and an office staff of two. It is recognized in the industry as one of the most highly respected and successful painting companies in the country.

The WCBJ event was attended by business finalists and their extended families. Red Oak Transportation in Port Chester was named winner among companies in business for more than 50 years. Murphy Brothers Contracting,Inc. in Mamaroneck won the 26 to 50 year award and Adcorp Media Group in Irvington and Strategy Leaders, Inc. in Chappaqua tied for the 5 to 25 year award.

A.G. Williams Painting Company is located at 411 Pelham Ave., Pelham, 800-227-1906, with offices at 500 West Putnam Ave., Suite 400, Greenwich, Conn. 06830, 203-618-0058,

Experienced therapist hosts support groups

Shari Cohen, LMFT, J.D., experienced licensed therapist, is trained in mediation and collaborative law. She works with individuals, couples and families and offers support groups for divorced and divorcing women.

“My goal and my passion is to work with my clients on whatever concerns they may have and to help them—with compassion and competence—make their lives more satisfying and fulfilling,” Cohen said.

Cohen specializes in working with individuals, couples, families and groups going through life changes that may result in stress or anxiety including: marriage, divorce, remarriage, relationship issues, extended family, children, personal development, aging and illness.

Support groups are held on Tuesday evenings in White Plains. Registration is open now. Individual sessions are by appointment.

For more information, contact or 914-305-1878.

Premiere agent Dobson teams with top marketing expert Greene

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty has recently announced the teaming of marketing expert and new sales agent Ali Greene with top-producing broker, Willoughby Dobson. The Willoughby Dobson and Ali Greene team brings more than 30 years of combined sales and marketing expertise.

Dobson-GreeneThe agents will work out of the firm’s Larchmont office.

With 22 years of marketing and sales expertise, Willoughby Dobson has ranked as one of the top two agents in her office for the past several years. She has repeatedly been an area top producer throughout her career.

Prior to transitioning into the role of an agent, Ali Greene was the regional marketing manager of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. Her background includes extensive property marketing and market trends, design, technology and photography.

“Willoughby’s testimonials are stellar and speak for themselves, and her references are many and impressive, while Ali brings extensive marketing skills to the table,” said Jim Whittemore, brokerage manager of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty’s Larchmont Brokerage. “Together, they form an unparalleled team. Ali’s background, combined with Willoughby’s proven sales record and the Sotheby’s International brand, provide the utmost comprehensive service for buyers
and sellers.”

For more information, contact Willoughby Dobson at or Ali Greene at

GwenAdolphCollege of New Rochelle welcomes new trustee

The College of New Rochelle announced the appointment of Gwen Adolph to the college’s Board of Trustees.

“We are so pleased to welcome Gwen to our Board of Trustees. With her diverse background, I am confident she will be a great resource for our board and play an important role in the advancement of the college,” Judith Huntington, president of the College of New Rochelle, said.

Gwen Adolph describes herself as a “North Carolinian by birth, a New Yorker by choice, an attorney by training, a community servant by legacy and a writer by divine happenstance.”

After careers in law and government, Adolph works today as a professional writer.

In addition to ghostwriting for select clients, she devotes much of her personal time to community service through various national and local organizations. These include the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation Board and the Westchester chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., for which she recently accepted the position of foundation chair.

Beginning in 1996, Adolph co-founded and ran the Pierce/Blount Agency, a boutique speakers’ bureau, to represent notable African-Americans with domestic and international appeal. In this role, she matched speakers to client organizations, wrote speeches, traveled with speakers to locales as far-flung as Perth, Australia, and Khartoum, Sudan, and managed all aspects of media relations for clients of the agency. Adolph closed the bureau in 2002 upon moving to New York.

Previously, Adolph worked with a small London-based trading company, overseeing its contracting practices. Her work included ventures in England, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium.

Before entering the international corporate environment, Adolph served as deputy director of purchasing for Fulton County, Ga. Hired in a tumultuous public contracting climate, Adolph quickly developed a reputation for fairness, honesty and efficiency among government officials, citizens, vendors and the press.

A graduate of Duke University and Emory University School of Law, Adolph started her professional career as a corporate attorney. She resides with her family in New Rochelle.

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Business Briefs 2-28-2014

CPWExecutive Association presents donation to Cerebral Palsy
The Executive Association of Westchester generously donated funds in 2013 to update CP/W’s Assistive Technology Center, which has had a tremendous impact on the program participants at CP/W.
The Executive Association’s generosity to CP/W is deeply appreciated. This year, they donated $13,000 to support CP/W’s sensory room. The sensory room will be equipped with new technologies that will bring instrumental enhancements to the learning process for adults and children with developmental disabilities at CP/W. These special technologies will make it easier for individuals who don’t have the normal use of their senses to touch, see, hear and smell like never before in their lives.
CP/W is very thankful to the Executive Association of Westchester for their help in realizing tomorrow’s potential today.
The executive association originated as a small forum of individuals working in a family-owned business. The association’s goal is to provide members an opportunity to discuss their business challenges with others working in similar environments. The forum also provides networking opportunities amongst the members.
In the 29 years since its inception, the executive association evolved into a business networking association of entrepreneurs with a philanthropic heart. The association holds two to three fundraising events per year and donates all proceeds to local charitable organizations.
Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities. It is a nonprofit organization that provides essential educational services, vocational training, recreation, rehabilitation and advocacy to thousands of children and adults in Westchester County. CP/W is an organization proud to say that it realizes tomorrow’s potential today.
For more information about Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, visit their website at or contact Joan Colangelo, director of development at 914-937-3800 ext. 215 and by email at

Signature Bank named second-best bank in America by Forbes
Signature Bank, a New York-based, full-service commercial bank, recently announced it was named the second-best bank in the country by Forbes in its annual list of the best banks in America.
Signature Bank’s position advanced one notch to the second slot in the 2014 list from 2013, when it ranked third. The 2014 list inclusion marks Signature Bank’s fourth consecutive appearance on the list, where each time it ranked in the top 10.
Signature Bank has been recognized industry wide throughout 2013. Other accolades consist of ranking seventh in the list of top performing big banks domestically from the ABA Banking Journal, a trade publication; rating fifth in Bank Director Magazine’s annual bank performance scorecard; being named the No. 1 attorney escrow provider, the No. 2 business bank and the No. 2 private bank by the readers of the New York Law Journal in the legal periodical’s annual survey.
Forbes ranked the 100 largest publicly-traded banks and thrifts using nine measures of financial health: return on average equity; net interest margin; nonperforming loans or NPLs as a percentage of loans; nonperforming assets as percentage of assets; reserves as a percentage of NPLs; three capital ratios‑Tier 1, risk based and leverage‑and revenue growth. All data was provided by Charlottesville, Va.-based financial data provider SNL Financial, with the exception of revenue growth. Forbes compiled the ranking of the best and worst banks based on an average of the individual ranks of each metric.
The fifth annual ranking of Forbes’ America’s Best and Worst Banks 2014 was released on Dec. 19, 2013, on
“The fact that Signature Bank’s position continues to rise—despite an increasingly competitive and tumultuous banking landscape—is a true reflection of the dedication and talent of our entire network of private client bankers and financial professionals,” Joseph J. DePaolo, president and chief executive officer at Signature Bank, said.
“We continue to emphasize our single-point-of-contact approach, demonstrating our commitment to client care and this philosophy has served our institution, clients and bankers well since our founding nearly 13 years ago. We have consistently delivered record results across all our key metrics, including significant growth in deposits, loans and earnings, and we are honored that the bank’s performance was once again recognized by Forbes as well as other industry trade publications,” DePaolo said.
Signature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York based full-service commercial bank with 27 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. The bank’s growing network of private client banking teams serves the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers. Signature Bank offers a wide variety of business and personal banking products and services. The bank operates Signature Financial, LLC, a specialty finance subsidiary focused on equipment finance and leasing, transportation financing and taxi medallion financing. Investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services are offered through the bank’s subsidiary, Signature Securities Group Corporation, a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC.
Since commencing operations in May 2001, the bank has grown to $21.0 billion in assets, $16.05 billion in deposits, $1.76 billion in equity capital and $1.76 billion in other assets under management as of Sept. 30, 2013. Signature Bank’s Tier 1 and risk-based capital ratios are significantly above the levels required to be considered well capitalized.
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Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s sponsors Mamaroneck schools foundation event
On Feb. 5, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, the premier real estate firm in Westchester, announced the firm is the exclusive corporate sponsor of this year’s annual spring benefit event held by the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation. The benefit raises funds in support of programs, facilities, faculty training and more at Larchmont and Mamaroneck public schools.
“We are deeply honored to have the opportunity to participate in this gala event as the premium corporate sponsor,” said Linda Filby, Larchmont brokerage agent and member of the MSF advisory board. “All of us at Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty have deep ties to our local community and many of us have children attending schools in Larchmont and Mamaroneck. Supporting the foundation in its efforts to maintain educational excellence is very meaningful to us.”
As a sponsor, the company will be able to generate increased exposure in the local area by having its name appear on the MSF website, on the event invitation to be mailed to 1,400 local residents and on the event program. The company will also advertise its property listings in the program and attending agents will have an occasion to mix and mingle with members of the community.
The spring gala event will be named “Here Comes the Sun” in celebration of the British rock invasion of the 1960s. It will include a dance party and Beatles tribute band who will perform live music. The event, which will also feature a silent and live auction, will be held on the evening of April 26 at the Larchmont Shore Club.

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Business Briefs 1-31-2014

GoldsteinTwo top-producing agents join Douglas Elliman Westchester
Douglas Elliman Real Estate anno-unces that two industry leaders–Henry B. Goldstein and Stacey Oestrich–have joined the company’s Armonk brokerage. Both Goldstein and Oestrich are anchored in the Westchester community and possess strong knowledge of the local markets.

“Stacey and Henry are extremely respected, not only in their professions, but in their communities. They understand the local market for every type of buyer and seller, and exceed expectations for their customers. I am thrilled they are joining us at Douglas Elliman and look forward to an exciting future with them,” Westchester Executive Vice President Gabe Pasquale said.

Goldstein is considered one of the top real estate professionals in the region. An attorney who specializes in entertainment and communications industry, he is now turning his focus entirely to real estate. His unique approach and expert negotiation skills give him a distinctive edge when it comes to representing his buyers and sellers. Every year since 1995, Goldstein has achieved the AV preeminent peer review rating, the highest possible rating in both legal and ethical standards. He has lived in the Westchester area for more than two decades–in Bronxville, Larchmont, and Yonkers. He currently resides in Armonk.

OestrichOestrich brings with her more than 20 years of experience in business and commercial real estate and specializes in the northern Westchester and Greenwich, Conn. markets. After graduating from New York University in 1993, Oestrich began her career at Price Waterhouse as an auditor. She made the switch to commercial real estate in 1997 at Cushman and Wakefield in New York City and later joined Shopping Center Properties and Perlmutter Properties, Inc. With a wide variety of successful projects in her portfolio, Stacey now resides in Armonk and is putting her expertise to work for her customers.

“Douglas Elliman has more resources and more reach than any other brokerage in the area. With offices in Westchester, New York City, Long Island and now Los Angeles, the opportunities to serve our clients locally and beyond are unmatched,” Goldstein said.

“I am really excited to join such a dedicated team at Douglas Elliman. It’s a local brokerage with global reach and that’s extremely important in today’s real estate market, which is increasingly growing on an international scale,” Oestrich said.

Douglas Elliman Real Estate is New York’s largest residential brokerage, with more than 70 offices in New York City, Long Island, the Hamptons, Westchester/Putnam, Los Angeles and south Florida and more than 4,000 real estate agents and a network of national and international affiliates. They are strategic partners with London-based Knight Frank LLP for residential business in all of their New York markets. Douglas Elliman ranked in the top four of all real estate companies in the nation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The company also controls a portfolio of real estate services, including Manhattan’s largest residential property manager, Douglas Elliman Property Management, as well as DE Title and DE Capital Mortgage. For more information on Douglas Elliman as well as expert commentary on emerging trends in the real estate industry, visit the  Douglas Elliman site at

CasseseWomen’s Council of Realtors awards Patricia Cassese Entrepreneur of the Year
Patricia Cassese of Prudential Centennial Realty was honored by the Women’s Council of Realtors, Empire Chapter with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Patricia Cassese was recognized during the installation dinner held in December.

The Women’s Council of Realtors is a national organization, whose mission is to deliver pertinent information and resources to its members to effect positive change in the profession and in the broader community.

“We congratulate Pat on this outstanding achie-vement. She is admired by her peers in our organization and in our local market,” Mark Nadler, president/principal RE bro-ker of Prudential Cen-tennial Realty, said.

Patricia Cassese ente-red the real estate field and joined Prudential Ce-n-tennial in 1984. Pat has won numerous awards during her real estate career and has attained the prestigious CRS and GRI designations.

Prudential Centennial Realty was founded in 1981 and became a member of the Prudential Real Estate network in June 1994. Since that time, it has earned a host of honors.

Prudential Real Estate franchises are independently owned and operated. Prudential Real Estate is a network brand of HSF Affiliates LLC, of which HomeServices of America, Inc. is a majority owner. HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is the second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm and one of the largest providers of integrated real estate services in the U.S.

Prudential Real Estate provides franchisees with business strategies using operation reviews as well as numerous benefits, including access to Prudential Real Estate’s Online Seller Advantage program, which is designed to provide real-time information to sellers with the touch of a keystroke; and Online Buyer Advantage, which enables consumers to easily search for property in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

HastieNew members appointed to PPHP and PPHP Action Fund boards
Planned Parenthood Hudson Pec-onic has appointed four new members to its Boards of Directors. Jeffrey Hastie and Ramon Padilla were appointed to the PPHP Board, which oversees the non-profit organization that provides sexual and reproductive health care, and Augustine Backer and Tom Gardner were appointed to the PPHP Action Fund Board, the agency’s political and advo-cacy arm.

Jeffrey Hastie, a New Rochelle resident and former vice president at JP Morgan Chase & Co., is active in the community and currently serves on the New Rochelle Board of Education. He is a board member and Nominating Committee chair for National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Fairchester region. Jeffrey also serves on New Rochelle’s Telecommunications Advisory Council. At JP Morgan Chase & Co, his responsibilities included information technology risk and control measures, business management and planning and budgeting. He also started a consulting firm specializing in call center strategy, operations and management and spent 10 years overseeing the global technology infrastructure at The Associated Press. Jeffrey earned a BS in systems engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and an MBA from Col-umbia University.

PadillaRamon Padilla of Bronxville is an active member in the Latino and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. He has worked at Pfizer for 10 years and was recently promoted to manager, quality assurance for the PGS-Quality Operations-Oncology department. He is well versed in both the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical business, most notably in the areas of vaccines and oncology. Ramon is a microbiologist by education and has a strong compliance and investigative background. Ramon received his BS in 2000 at Binghamton University and is currently taking graduate courses at Columbia University.

BackerAugustine Backer of New Roc-helle is currently on the PPHP Board of Directors. He has worked for IBM since 1999 and his areas of expertise include conflict resolution, finance, suicide prevention counseling and contract negotiations. While earning his Ph.D. in physics, Augustine served as graduate student employees’ union president at the University of Massachusetts. He also holds an MBA in finance. He currently chairs the PPHP Investment Advisory Committee and serves as a member of the Budget & Finance Committee.

GardnerTom Gardner of Bedford Hills is a retired executive with extensive board experience and a life-long interest in politics. He held a variety of senior management pos-itions at The Reader’s Digest Association, including serving as president of Reader’s Digest International from 2003 to 2007. Since 2009, Tom has served on the boards of Dex Media, a publicly traded company, and Guideposts, a privately held publishing company. He has previously served as a trustee of the Northern Westchester Hospital and the Reader’s Digest Foundation. Tom received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford University.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. is the 20th-largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 11 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. In 2012, PPHP provided services to more than 33,000 patients in more than 66,000 visits. PPHP has served the community for 80 years and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The PPHP Action Fund is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization formed to serve as the political arm of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. Each year, more than 30,000 women, men and teens in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties come to Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic for their reproductive and sexual health care needs. The PPHP Action Fund engages in education and electoral activities including issue education, legislative advocacy and voter education campaigns. Visit Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Karlinsky LLC expands with Murray D. Schwartz
Karlinsky LLC has tapped New Rochelle resident Murray D. Schwartz as corporate counsel, further strengthening the firm’s business operations and initiatives and enlarging its practice to encompass corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

While the New York City-based firm continues to focus on civil and business litigation, this acquisition will enable a broader range of service offerings and a deeper level of client support in both litigation and corporate practice.

Schwartz will advise Karlinsky LLC on governance and management, strategic planning and growth, and marketing and public relations. He will likewise continue an almost 40-year practice in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, principally to mid-market entities. His combined business and legal experience derive from his serving at counsel and partner level for leading law firms, including Herrick, Feinstein LLP; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; and Pryor Cashman LLP as well as senior executive for publishing concerns.

Schwartz’s input on the firm’s structure and development and policy implementation will deepen its leadership role in dispute resolution.

“Mr. Schwartz and I practiced law together as partners during 2006 and 20077 and found that we were a good fit. His substantive expertise as a lawyer expands our ability to offer additional services to existing litigation clients and our existing platform and client base offer him new clients that can use his expertise,” Martin E. Karlinsky, the firm’s managing member, said.

A member of the New York State Bar Association, Schwartz is a 1974 graduate of New York University School of Law where he was an editor of the NYU Law Review. He is active with the Advisory Board of the New York University Medical School Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain.

Karlinsky LLC is a New York City-based litigation firm, specializing in business, civil, commercial, constitutional and personal litigation, trial and appellate work, alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration, and corporate and mergers and acquisitions. The firm provides litigation expertise, experience and judgment and will henceforth offer corporate services at an equivalent level.

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Business Briefs 12-6-2013

Harrison dentist inducted into the International College of Dentists 2013
Dr. Kenneth Magid, D.D.S., was inducted into the International College of Dentists in recognition of his services to the field of dentistry.

The ceremony was held in New Orleans on Nov. 1, 2013. The International College of Dentists is a worldwide honorary dental organization established in 1928 with more than 12,000 members designated as fellows. The ICD is the preeminent honorary organization of the world’s outstanding dentists who have, by their actions, demonstrated an abiding interest and concern for their communities and profession. The qualifications of a candidate are evaluated by as many as 25 fellows during the screening process, and approximately the top 4 percent of dentists worldwide are offered fellowship.

Fellowship in the college is by invitation only and is granted in recognition of an individual dentist’s, “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”

Dr. Kenneth Magid of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester said, “Being inducted into the International College of Dentists is one of the most significant events of a dentist’s career. I am honored to be recognized as a fellow in the Class of 2013.”

Dr. Magid has practiced dentistry in Westchester County for more than 40 years. He is currently the director of pre-doctoral laser dentistry and associate clinical professor at NYU College of Dentistry and is the assistant director of honors esthetics. He has appeared on nationwide television and radio programs to discuss high tech and cosmetic dentistry including, ABC and the New York Times. Dr. Magid lectures throughout the U.S. and Canada and is a contributor to many journals on topics including minimally invasive dentistry, laser dentistry, digital radiography, air-abrasion dentistry, 21st Century dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Magid received his dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry.

The International College of Dentists is the oldest and largest international honorary dental organization established in 1928 with more than 12,000 members, designated as fellows, around the globe. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only and is granted in recognition of a dentist’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”

Prior to being recognized as a fellow of the ICD, the candidate’s qualifications and achievements are evaluated by a series of credential committees in order to insure that he or she is deserving of this high honor and adhere to the ICD motto, goals and objectives. Additional information on ICD governance, global humanitarian programs and other service projects may be viewed at or by contacting the media center at or by phone to Chelsea White, executive assistant at 810-820-3087.

Health Through Massage welcomes new therapist
Elizabeth Rivieccio is both an ambitious and dedicated woman with a strong belief that massage therapy allows people to feel their best. She is constantly building new skills to provide the best services for her clients. She was drawn to massage therapy because of her belief in therapeutic touch and the powerful effect it has on the healing process, both physically and mentally. She studied at the Swedish Institute College of Health Science building skills in Swedish massage, sports massage, shiatsu, and reiki. Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth to our practice by booking your first massage before Jan. 31 at a special one-time rate of $100 for 60 minutes. Enjoy some relaxation this holiday.

Please find us at or by phone 610-909 5299.
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Liebert to receive award for stem cell education
Genetics Policy Institute will bestow its 2013 Education Award on Mary Ann Liebert, president and CEO of the company that bears her name, citing her work in educating patients, researchers and the broader stem cell community, and in raising the standard in medical research journalism.

Liebert is the president and CEO of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., a media empire known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in promising areas of science and biomedical research. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, debuted in 1980. It was the first in its field, and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. Stem Cells and Development is an authoritative, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to developments in the biology, characteristics and therapeutic utility of stem cells. Many journals she publishes intersect the field of regenerative medicine, contributing to the scholarship and advancing stem cell science. Liebert is also the founder and executive vice president of the Rosalind Franklin Society, which recognizes and advances important contributions made by women in the life sciences.

“Stem cells hold enormous promise in so many areas of medicine and surgery,” Liebert said. “This most important summit exemplifies the urgent need for a broad, global coalition to advance its research and application–the researchers, regulators, investors, clinicians, and members of the public and private sectors. Patients and the public at large need to understand the promise of stem cell research and clinical usage and urge support for ongoing and new initiatives. I salute the Genetics Policy Institute for bringing these constituents together, and I am honored to receive this prestigious award.”

Since 2005, GPI has honored the stem cell community’s top innovators, leaders and champions at its Stem Cell Action Awards Dinner during the annual World Stem Cell Summit. This year’s awards will be presented on Dec. 5 at the ninth annual Stem Cell Action Awards Dinner, during the 2013 World Stem Cell Summit at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully-integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in areas of science and biomedical research. A complete list of the firm’s 80 journals, books and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publisher’s website.

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Three physicians at Phelps Hospital named “doctors of distinction”

Three Phelps Memorial Hospital Center physicians were honored at the first-annual “Doctors of Distinction” awards ceremony.Doctors

The event was co-sponsored by Citrin Cooperman, Westchester County Medical Society, Westfair Communications, and the Bristal Assisted Living facility, where the awards ceremony and reception were held.

“We are particularly proud that three of the seven doctors honored are members of the Phelps medical staff,” Keith E. Safian, the hospital’s President and CEO, said. “Our congratulations go to all the honorees, but particularly to Dr. Larry Faltz, Dr. Robert Raniolo and Dr. Avraham Merav for these well-deserved recognitions.”

Robert Raniolo, MD, received the Community Service Award

A trauma-trained and board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Raniolo has maintained a private surgical practice in Westchester and has been a member of the medical staff at Phelps Memorial Hospital since 1988. In addition to being a well-respected general surgeon, Raniolo is known in the community as a doctor people can talk to about their medical problems–very often having nothing to do with surgery.

In accepting his award, Dr. Raniolo spoke about the life experiences that led him to become a surgeon–including his humble beginnings in a tightly knit family, his medical school years in Guadalajara, Mexicowhen the care he offered to the indigent was so gratefully receivedand his placement in a surgical residency program by a mentor physician who saw his potential. He closed by thanking his family and many friends and colleagues who supported him on his path to becoming and practicing as a general surgeon.

Avraham Merav, MD, received the Lifetime Achievement Award

A cardiothoracic surgeon for several decades, Dr. Avraham Merav has performed thousands of open heart and thoracic surgical procedures. He did pioneering work on lung transplantation while at Montefiore Medical Center, where he was chief of thoracic surgery. In addition to being chief of thoracic surgery and medical directory of surgical services at Phelps Memorial Hospital, he is an associate clinical professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At Phelps, he recently established the Westchester Lung Nodule Center for lung cancer screening in response to new guidelines that recommend low-dose CT scan screening for high-risk individuals.

In accepting his award, Dr. Merav said his greatest reward has been helping to save, prolong and improve the quality of thousands of lives over several decades and he marveled about the profound experience of seeing a heart start beating again following a surgical procedure. He mused about receiving a lifetime achievement award when he feels that there is so much more for him to do in years to come.

Lawrence Faltz, MD receives Leadership in Medical Advocacy Award

Lawrence Faltz, MD, MACP, is senior vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer at Phelps, where he has been the head of the medical staff since 1994. He was instrumental in founding the Family Medicine Residency program at Phelps in partnership with New York Medical College and Open Door Family Medical Centers. He was recently appointed as clinical professor of medicine at NYMC.

In addition to his activities at Phelps, Dr. Faltz was chairman of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Institute and is a member of the Quality Steering Committee of the Hospital Association of New York State. He is a master and former governor of the American College of Physicians, the national internal medicine specialty organization. In 2009, he completed a six-year term as the American College of Physicians representative to The Joint Commission Hospital Professional Technical Advisory Committee.

In accepting the award, Dr. Faltz said his medical advocacy is not for physicians or hospitals–it is for patients because, ultimately, it is they who benefit from improvement in the delivery of healthcare.


Rye Arts Center Music School introduces new teachers

Marirose Dempsey (violin, viola, beginning cello) received her BM and MAT in music education for Manhattanville College.Rye-Arts-Center

Howard Levy (trombone, baritone horn) received his BM from Manhattan School of Music and his MAT from Lehman College. Howard is also the band director at Blind Brook High School.

Anthony Meloni (piano) attended Manhattan School of Music and received his BA in music from SUNY Purchase.

Grace Kim (piano) received her BA in music from Queens College and her MM in piano performance from SUNY Purchase.

The Rye Arts Center Music School offers lessons and classes to more than 200 students.

Lessons and classes are offered in piano, guitar, drums, piccolo, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, harp, cello, trumpet, trombone and baritone horn.


New Ro’s Leghorn named Super Lawyer

Thomas A. Leghorn of New Rochelle has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” from the Metro New York region in the area of professional liability defense. This is the seventh year in a row that Leghorn, a partner at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, has been named. The publication “showcases attorneys who exemplify excellence in the practice of law.”

Leghorn, a native of Brook-lyn, attended Stuyvesant High School and New York University, where he graduated with a BA in history. He received his law degree from St. John’s University Law School, returning to NYU for his LL.M. from the law school.

Leghorn clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York before joining the law firm of Wislon, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, where he is a senior partner and one of the six members of the firm’s operations group. His practice focuses on professional liability, intellectual property, complex civil litigation and international litigation.

Leghorn has written numerous articles published in the New York State Bar Journal and publications of the American Bar Association. He served as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics for nine years and he speaks at several continuing legal education seminars each year, generally on the topics of legal professionalism and ethics.

Tom Leghorn is married to Theresa Kump Leghorn and is the father of Nick, 25, and Juliana, 21. Since moving to New Rochelle, Tom Leghorn has served his community as a volunteer, coaching both soccer and baseball, and serving as a Boy Scout leader for 12 years.

Leghorn became involved with the New Rochelle Public Library as a founding member of the non-profit Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library, which established the Huguenot Children’s Library. Leghorn was appointed to the New Rochelle Public Library’s Board of Trustees and was twice re-elected to that post in a citywide election. He served three terms as president of the Board of Trustees. Leghorn serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in Larchmont. Leghorn is also a partner in the restaurant Alvin & Friends.


Adam Bryant to kick-off Manhattanville’s 20th anniversary speaker series 

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Manhattanville College will host a networking reception and special program featuring Adam Bryant, The New York Times “Corner Office” columnist, on Monday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be held at Manhattanville’s historic Reid Castle in Purchase, attracting members of the Manhattanville community, including Adam-Bryant-1alumni, students, and faculty as well as the Westchester and Fairfield business communities.

In addition to his work at the Times, Bryant is the best-selling author of “The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed.” His next book, titled “Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation,” will be published in January 2014.

On Nov. 18, Bryant will present “Lessons from the Corner Office: Qualities of Effective Leadership.” Having interviewed hundreds of CEOs and business leaders, Bryant has identified qualities that set high-performers apart, and will share key lessons with the audience that will help speed the trajectory of their careers.

Learn what top CEOs consider to be the secrets to effective leadership and what it takes to lead an organization—whether it’s a sports team, a nonprofit, a start-up or a multinational corporation.

Bryant will share memorable stories and eye-opening insights from chief executives such as Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, Alan Mulally of Ford, Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard, and Tony Hsieh of Zappos.

The “Insights into Leadership” series will offer speakers with a broad range of business expertise, presenting their views on local, national and global trends. These are scheduled to include presentations on global finance, sport business, marketing communications, and human resource management.

Tickets for the Nov. 18 event are $25 each and reservations are strongly encouraged at Limited space is available. The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Bryant’s best-selling book “The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed.” The event is sponsored by Westfair Communications, Heineken USA and LSW Chauffeured Transportation.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Julia Emrick at 914-323-5413 or

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Rye lawyers honored
Super Lawyers has recognized Dorf & Nelson LLP partners, Jon A. Dorf, Jonathan B. Nelson and Daniel R. Alcott for their excellence in the practice of law and is including them on the list of 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyers, an honor that is limited to only five percent of the attorneys in the state.

Managing partner Jon A. Dorf was selected for his work in his primary practice area, business/corporate law. Jonathan B. Nelson is being recognized in the area of business litigation, and Daniel R. Alcott is being acknowledged for his accomplishments in the area of non-profit law.

Dorf & Nelson is headquartered in Rye, N.Y.

The Rye Arts Center  welcomes new board members
Steve Cadenhead, a market risk manager with Deutsche Bank, brings an eclectic portfolio of interests to The RAC. He is an avid cyclist, music performer and arts collector. His past and current affiliations include several community traffic and pedestrian safety initiatives, member and past organizer of the Westchester Acoustic Guitar Society, past chorister with the N.Y. Chamber Symphony Chorus and the Juilliard Evening Division Chorus, and president of the DratelisHajji Baba Club, the oldest and most prestigious rugs-as-art club in North America. Steve has lent works from his private collection to RAC Gallery shows and has performed in RAC’s live music events such as Festival 51 and Rye Rocks Earth Day. He is interested in expanding RAC’s music programming, with a focus on the “boomer” generation of music lovers, and possibly curating a future gallery exhibit. Steve and wife Melanie live in Rye along with their two high school-aged children, Alexander and Amanda.

Athena Dratelis, an executive at MasterCard International, brings to the RAC a background in corporate development with a focus on strategic equity investment and acquisition. She is an active volunteer with the Cornell University Alumni Association, The Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Westchester Cycle SandlingClub. She enjoys hiking, biking and photography.

Jennifer Sandling, an active community volunteer, has a deep interest in music and the performing arts. Her entire family, including husband Jim, and four children‑Katie, Jackie, Cristina and Jimmy‑have taken music lessons or performed in theater workshops at the RAC over the last 10 years. Jennifer has served in numerous capacities as a parent volunteer at Rye Country Day School and is a board member of Stanford University’s Alumni Club and its NYC Arts Immersion Committee. She previously worked for Korn/Ferry International and Heidrick & Struggles. She cites The Rye Arts Center as a major factor in her move to Rye after 13 years of living in Tokyo, recognizing that “Rye is a community that values and embraces the arts.”Taylor

Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, is an assistant professor of arts management at Purchase College and an art advisor and appraiser. He has lived in Rye along with his wife, Andrea, and 6-year-old son Benjamin since 2011 after living abroad for 20 years. He is an art historian consultant and a member of the Elmyr Foundation. Fluent in Hungarian and an expert tour guide, Dr. Taylor is interested in fine art-related public programming and will chair The RAC’s Gallery Committee in the upcoming year. A little known fact about Jeff is that he plays back-up quarterback for the Westchester Steelers, a local semi-pro football team.

Douglas Elliman welcomes two star agents to its Westchester division
EllimanDouglas Elliman Real Estate welcomes two of Westchester’s top-producing real estate specialists, Tory Miller and Debbie Goldenberg, to the firm’s Chappaqua brokerage. The two were formerly at Houlihan Lawrence and are now partnering together as the Miller Goldenberg Team at Douglas Elliman.

“Tory and Debbie’s extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in Chappaqua and throughout Westchester County make them a perfect addition to the Douglas Elliman team,” said Gabe Pasquale, executive vice president and regional director. “Both are longtime area residents with a deep understanding of Westchester’s communities. We are thrilled that they have joined us.”

Tory is an award-winning real estate sales agent with an extensive knowledge of the local real estate market, a keen understanding of the buying and selling process; she pays attention to detail and has a network of service providers. She can assure an easy, seamless process to all of her clients.

Before selling real estate, Tory was a director of marketing for several Fortune 500 companies, including Unilever and The Limited. The marketing, sales, negotiation and communication skills she honed serving in those positions are evident in the glowing testimonies given by her current real estate clientele. Tory currently is a co-chair of the New Castle Historical Society House Tour and a member of Westchester PTA, the Real Estate Buyers Agency Council and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Multiple Listing Service.

Debbie is accomplished in the world of real estate and has served a diverse clientele ranging from first-time homebuyers to empty-nesters as well as relocations, banks and corporations. As a certified home-stager, Goldenberg has prepared many homes in the area and sold them quickly. Prior to real estate, Debbie spent 15 years in fashion and design in New York City as head designer and design director for prominent handbag and accessories companies. She holds a BA from Tulane University and underwent professional training in design at F.I.T. Debbie is a member of the New York State Association of Realtors and headed the House Committee at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester for many years.

Both serve as members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Empire Access Multiple Listing Service and National Association of Realtors.

Awisco to be honored by Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle
AwiscoOn Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, New Rochelle resident and Awisco President Lloyd Robinson will be recognized as corporate community leader by the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. This recognition will take place during the organization’s 51st annual golf outing dinner reception at Wykagyl Country Club. This award is presented to Robinson and his company for their commitment to the community and steadfast support of youth development. Robinson and his wife Barbara are the parents of two current club members. The family has been longtime supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle’s mission and message. Whether making monetary donations to benefit programs, needed facility improvements and general operations or strategizing with Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle senior staff about the feasibility of implementing a flag football program for children under the age of 10, the Robinson family is always on hand to support the organization and those children it serves each day.

“I can’t think of a corporate leader more deserving of this recognition,” Quay Watkins, Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle executive director, said. “Lloyd is a shining example of the sort of corporate supporters that have enabled the club to thrive and grow since its founding over 80 years ago.”

The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle’s 51st annual golf outing is co-chaired by Bruce Daniele and John J. McCarthy, longtime supporters of the organization. This year’s outing offers a barbeque style luncheon, 12 p.m. shotgun start, gift for each participating golfer and dinner reception complete with award presentations for top golfers. Individual tickets are $450 and a foursome is $1,800. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities and journal advertising options are available for purchase by calling the club’s Development Department at 914-235-3736.

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Local realtor achieves national recognitionDiMinno
Christina DiMinno with Bronxville-Ley Real Estate has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.

DiMinno joins more than 16,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

Christina has the unique skills associated with helping buyers and sellers of the Baby Boom generation—1946 to 1964—as well as those associated previous generations.

In particular, DiMinno likes to work with empty nesters. An empty nest is a home where the children have moved out and the homeowners are tired of the work and expense of their houses, but still want to maintain an active, vibrant lifestyle.

Bronxville-Ley Real Estate will be offering a free seminar for empty nesters on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bronxville library. Expert panelists will include a CPA, a financial planner, a move specialist, and a New York City real estate agent. Please contact Bronxville-Ley to reserve a seat.

“As we age, we may demand specialists in our health needs, so why not in our housing and equity needs as well?” DiMinno said. “I bring a customized approach to a client’s situation, working to fit their living situation with their overall life plan.”

The SRESC, founded in 2007, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. There are more than 16,000 active members of the organization worldwide.

You may contact the Christina DiMinno by telephone, 914-337-1234, or by e-mail,

Weichert Realtors’ Larchmont office recognizes top associate for regional awardscarimbolo
Jo Ellen Ashby, regional vice president of Weichert Realtors, announced that Bonita Scarimbolo of the Larchmont office was individually recognized for her exceptional industry success during the month of July. A top producer, Scarimbolo led the region‑which is comprised of offices throughout Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties‑in resale dollar volume.
Invite this top neighborhood specialist in to learn about the real estate services that Weichert Realtors has to offer. She can be reached in Weichert’s Larchmont office at 2090 Boston Post Road, or by phone at 914-833-0800.

Since 1969, Weichert Realtors has grown from a single office into one of the nation’s leading providers of homeownership services by putting its customers first. A family of full-service real estate and financial services companies, Weichert helps customers buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate and streamlines the delivery of mortgages and home and title insurance.

Weichert leverages its customer website,, one of the most visited real estate websites in the nation, to help families and individuals realize the dream of homeownership through quick and easy access to listing information and the services of its real estate professionals nationwide. For more information, Weichert’s customer service center can be reached at 1-800-USA-SOLD. Weichert franchised offices are independently owned and operated.

White Plains Hospital takes steps to reduce Affordable Care Act readmissions  White-plains-hosp.
There is a lot of critical information for a patient to absorb while being discharged from the hospital. What prescriptions are needed? How often should treatments be applied? When is the next follow-up appointment?

Thankfully, patients who are leaving White Plains Hospital do not have to remember all of these details on their way out. The hospital is taking innovative steps to assist its patients during the weeks and months after their discharge. Two new programs will continue the exceptional patient care at White Plains Hospital and cut down on readmissions‑one of the key measures of the Affordable Care Act.

The hospital recently implemented a new multimedia solution called Good to Go, which is a personalized communications system developed by ExperiaHealth. It is designed to clear up any confusion that could come from an anxious discharge process.

Discharge instructions are recorded on an iPad as the nurse gives them to the patient. Included are a description of the medical condition, a summary of the patient’s medical history, and, most importantly, the regimen the patient needs to follow once he or she is home. It also provides an outline of next steps and sends appointment reminders.

In addition to the audio instructions, patients can remotely access videos, pictures and documents‑including medication information‑from their homes. All of the information is password-protected and meets HIPAA privacy standards, but, with the patient’s permission, can also be accessed by a family member or caregiver. Access can be via phone, computer or tablet enabling all relevant people to participate and assist in the recovery program.

“There is a lot of information to process about follow-up treatments and you don’t want to be confused or forget something,” said Dr. Michael Palumbo, chief medical officer at White Plains Hospital. “Good to Go is an effective way of helping patients stay organized and armed with the information they need when they leave the hospital, a crucially important element in assuring successful patient recoveries.”

Palumbo said the hospital initially invested in iPads and began using them on its maternity and medical surgical units as a pilot program.

“Based on initial results, we plan to expand the solution to our ambulatory surgery department to enhance our teaching with same-day surgery patients and family members,” Palumbo said. “The Good to Go solution is making a significant impact on how we engage our patients at discharge from the hospital. The patients, families and nursing teams have been enthusiastic and see this as a good solution.”

Hospitals using Good to Go have experienced a 15 percent reduction in readmissions and a 63 percent improvement in HCAHPS scores for questions related to discharge communication, according to data collected by ExperiaHealth.

In addition to the technological investment, White Plains Hospital recently hired a transition coach to ensure that patients adhere to their follow-up regimens after leaving the hospital. The transition coach is a licensed social worker who stays in touch with patients by phone and routine home visits after their discharge, making sure they keep their follow-up appointments and are remaining compliant with their discharge instructions. The coach serves as a personal point of contact, which helps to foster a sense of trust and accountability for the patient.

Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals that readmit too many Medicare patients within 30 days of initial discharge face significant financial penalties in the form of reduced Medicare reimbursement.

“White Plains Hospital has been extremely proactive in its strategy to comply with the Affordable Care Act,” Palumbo said. “These investments will set the standard for health care institutions across the region, leading the way into a new era of national health care policy and—more importantly—giving our patients the best care possible.”

Mamaroneck Knights of Columbus announce new website Mamaroneck Council 2247 of the Knights of Columbus is proud to announce the launch of its new website. They have served the community for generations.

The council takes great pride in the various charities in which they take part. Recently, it assisted with the Church of St. Vito’s Festa and donated scholarships to deserving children in the community.
The website is designed to finally give the council an online presence to inform the community about the Knights’ works, including the history of the Knights, ways to join and contribute, and various other ongoing projects.

For more information, please visit the Knights of Columbus Council 2247 website at

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