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LopolitoLopolito in charge at Rye Golf Club
In January 2013, Jim Lopolito accepted the challenging position with the City of Rye as Rye Golf Club’s consulting and interim general manager. With initial challenges in facility upgrading, a closed restaurant, and no service and kitchen staff remaining, Lopolito was able to successfully reopen Whitby Castle Restaurant within two months of his start date. Lopolito hired new Executive Chef Ken Pulomena and Special Events Manager Samantha Mastroberti as well as a full kitchen, catering, and restaurant staff.

Lopolito is in the process of rebounding Rye Golf Club’s success, especially Whitby Castle Restaurant. Just a short five months later, Lopolito is proud to announce that the Rye Golf Club’s private and public operations have improved, with excellent service and incredible food. Jim walks the grounds each and every day visiting and talking with pool members and golf members listening to how they see things at the club. At times, you will find Lopolito at the very busy pool snack bar, in the main dining room, at a banquet event, or just talking to staff. He will make sure the staff is happy and service is going well. Staff will say Jim is rarely at his desk and always helping to run the club.

Lopolito came to the Rye Golf Club as a former certified club manager and certified executive chef with a lengthy background in the hospitality industry. Lopolito has worked in fine restaurants, a private city club, a large catering and concert production venue, and country clubs. A few locations include: The River Café, Tavern on the Green, Weill Cornell University, Rolling Hills Country Club, Tamarack Country Club, The Capitol Theatre, and The Larchmont Shore Club.

Most recently, Lopolito has been moving to reinforce the “open to the public” concept for Whitby Castle Restaurant, as many people think the facility is entirely private. In order to invite the public to try the delicious food at Whitby Castle Restaurant, Lopolito has recently introduced Themed Thursday Night Dinner Specials and Friday night “Music at the Castle” events produced on the outdoor terrace, including water views, during these summer months.

Whitby Castle Catering has also had a busy year thus far and is already looking forward to a prosperous 2014. From weddings and bar/bat mitzvah’s to brunches and baby/bridal showers, Whitby Castle serves as the perfect backdrop for all of life’s celebrations.

The Rye Golf Club is proud to have Jim Lopolito as the general manager. He has proven himself to the Town of Rye, the club members, and even his staff. The employees of the Rye Golf Club stand behind Lopolito, and, if you visit Whitby Castle’s Restaurant, or if you would like to talk about membership, you will understand why.

Lopolito believes that Rye Golf Club and Whitby Castle have a bright future.

“The course we are on is encouraging and progressive,” he said.

Restaurant reservations are available at 914.835.3200 x16.

For more information on hosting a Special Event at Whitby Castle, please call 914.835.3200 x19.

Jump Start Tutoring opens new tutoring center in Ardsley.
Jump Start Tutoring, which has long provided one-on-one tutoring for Eastchester, Bronxville and Scarsdale students, has recently opened a new tutoring facility in Ardsley, at 631 Saw Mill River Road to service the river town’s school districts. Led by its founder, Matt Warshay, a graduate of Fordham University and NYU Stern’s School of Business, JST “motivates students to succeed,” with carefully selected tutors, diagnostic testing, and personalized instruction. Both offices have private study rooms fully equipped with the latest teaching technology. For further information, visit

Preview issue of LGBT health journal launched
Mary Ann Liebert Inc., publishers has published the preview issue of LGBT Health, a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting optimal healthcare for millions of sexual and gender minority persons worldwide. The journal provides a valuable forum for members of the research, medical, and advocacy communities to present and discuss the latest research findings and critical issues related to all aspects of the health and healthcare of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. LGBT Health is published online with Open Access options and in print. The preview issue is available free on the LGBT Health website.

“This is a historical moment for LGBT healthcare,” Editor-in-Chief William Byne, MD, PhD said in his editorial, A New Era for LGBT Health. “Increased recognition of LGBT health disparities, together with recent progressive developments, have created an extraordinary window of opportunity to profoundly lower the barriers to healthcare for LGBT-identified persons, to research the most important health concerns and needs of specific LGBT populations, and to train clinicians in the best practices to meet those needs. We must act now to ensure that this window of opportunity does not close but opens into a new era for LGBT health around the globe.”

The preview issue includes an interview with Leonard Harvey, MD, MBA, senior medical director of Aetna, southern California, which focuses on insurance issues that are especially important for LGBT individuals.

In LG(BT) Persons in the Second Half of Life: The Intersectional Influences of Stigma and Cohort, Brian de Vries, PhD, San Francisco State University, reviews the issues faced by aging LGBT individuals in terms of health, social support, and other needs. Nils Daulaire, MD, MPH, assistant secretary for global affairs with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presents the global scope of LGBT health issues and emphasizes the role of the World Health Organization, the health arm of the United Nations, in his article The Importance of LGBT Health on a Global Scale.

The full table of contents of the preview issue is available on the LGBT Health website.

The full inaugural issue of the journal, publishing in September 2013 and launching at the GLMA conference in Denver, CO, will feature a wide range of articles and topic areas aimed at clarifying LGBT health needs, defining clinical and educational best practices, identifying means to increase access to care, and educating and empowering medical consumers.

Spanning a broad array of disciplines, LGBT Health brings together the LGBT research, medical, and advocacy communities to address current challenges and improve the health, well being, and patient outcomes of LGBT populations. The journal publishes original research, review articles, clinical reports, case studies, legal and policy perspectives, and much more. LGBT Health is published quarterly online with Open Access options and in print. Sign up today to receive email alerts for LGBT Health.

Douglas Elliman’s Westchester brokerage welcomes two new agents
As Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s Westchester presence continues to expand, two new additions have been made to the firm’s Armonk brokerage with the hiring of Associate Broker Antonette “Toni” Guido and Licensed Sales Agent Vanessa Flores.

“We are thrilled that Toni and Vanessa are joining the team at Douglas Elliman,” said Gabe Pasquale, executive vice president and regional director “Together, they bring a vast knowledge of business and financing, tenacity and professionalism, and a dedication to their clients, which make them both a great fit for Elliman.”

Toni, a real estate attorney, has brought those skills to her career as a real estate agent. Having represented clients in real estate closings throughout Westchester, Toni can identify issues before they arise and ensure that any problems are dealt with expeditiously and effectively.

At the age of 26, Vanessa purchased her first “to be built” home and was instrumental in dealing with the general contractor and sub-contractors. She later sold that home for over 100 percent return on investment and 50 percent return on cost–showing a natural knack for real estate, prior to getting her license in 2006. Combined with a 10-plus year accounting and finance background working at large companies such as IBM, Pricewaterhouse, Coopers, KPMG, and Stone Point Capital, Vanessa’s skills are a winning combination and her clients know they can rely on her from start to finish.

Toni received her undergraduate degree from Manhattan College and a doctorate of Law from Fordham Law School. She has lived in various parts of Westchester, both Southern and Northern, and currently resides with her three children. Vanessa holds a BBA in accounting from IONA College and currently lives in Putnam County with her husband, six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son.

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