Thanksgiving Day Parade & pre- parade Pancake Breakfast – Saturday November 17th, 8 a.m.

Come hungry, and have a blast at the pre- Thanksgiving Parade Pancake breakfast at the New Rochelle High School. A yummy breakfast consisting of pancakes,  juice and coffee for just $3 children,  students under the age of 18 and senior citizens, and $5 for adults. What a baragain and so much fun as the teachers are on hand to serve and join in the merriment. The proceeds go to New Rochelle‘s Fund for Educational Excellence.  For more information, contact 576-4657 or email sweisman@newrochelle.k12.ny.us

http://newrochelleny.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=978

Then, it is onward to view the 48th annual Valenti Thanksgiving Parade which starts at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester
Road and then makes its slow procession  south on North Avenue to Main Street.

For more information on the          
parade, participation or float sponsorship call the Chamber of Commerce at
632-5700.

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New Rochelle’s Farmer’s Market – Last Call 2012 – November 16th

The last Farmer’s Market of the year will be held this Friday, November 16th from 8 am -3 p..m next to the New Rochelle library on Library Green (Huguenot and Lawton Streets). As you can see, there is a vast array of fresh and abundant produce, and some delicious nut butters (I purchased the maple almond butter and it is scrumptious!

              

 

http://www.farmersmarketonline.com/fm/NewRochelleFarmersMarket.html

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Waterfront Property BUT no damage from Sandy…. “Four Chimneys” New Rochelle 10804

In speaking to friends who live in the local waterfront areas of Larchmont Manor and Rye, it has been obvious that there has been basement flooding, many trees down, and some are still without power nearly 2 weeks later… I have been mentioning in my blogs with regard to “Four Chimneys” (10 Sheldrake Lane, New Rochelle 10804), that while it overlooks the Sheldrake Lake, it doesn’t have those harsh winds and tides of the waterfront properties along the Sound Shore. No flooding, and no damage to the house. Not only that, but the property size is also 1.79 acres (including riprarian rights), and offers privacy, a beautiful infinity pool,a putting green, a perennial garden, an outdoor basketball/sports court, an indoor half basketball court and a simply stunning ball room which is currently utilized as a large gym overlooking the great expanse of property. The 7 bedroom, 7 bath Mckim, Mead & White home reflects a lifestyle of elegance and beauty, and is being offered at $5,400,000.    New Rochelle is GREAT!

Aerial view of 10 Sheldrake Road

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Evicted by Sandy – New Rochelle 10804

We all know how the squirrels – well squirrel away for the winter… Whilst walking my pooch, I had noticed how one squirrel (or perhaps s family) were busy taking their nuts into the various open knot holes in the tree featured. Then Sandy visited us, and so many of the branches of the tree fell down, that it was marked for destruction. I would still see the squirrel busying himself, totally unaware of what would eventually be…. Today is the fateful day. I hope he has friends to stay with… and hopefully he will still have enough time to make a nest elsewhere.

The squirrel was nowhere to be found today….. I wish him the best…

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Surviving Sandy 10804

I finally received power back last night, just 8 days without. We were very lucky and fortunate. Wow – what a week..  all I can say is the people on my street and surrounding streets were so so very, very fortunate and lucky… trees are down everywhere, but I only saw one tree on a home..No flooding in my immediate area and I think we can all face no heat, electricity for 8 days or so compared to those who lost their homes due to flooding, high winds or fire.. Was it cold? Of course, but we can all don another sweater.. We were simply lucky, and it will be just another life experience for us… not so for so many others.

I would look in my freezer each day to see  what is defrosting in my freezer each day, and then I would seek inspiration for our dinner- which was around 5 p.m. each day due to the lack of light..(even though we had candles of course!)…it was still nice to clean up with some semblance of light…While I had no heat, I did have a gas stove and so I still had hot water and I could cook on the stove… I made a nice chicken soup the other day (bought some crisp, fresh bread to go with it)…. Indian food the next (nice and spicy to keep away any colds)..the next,  a spicy Spanish chicken dish with sausages and rice, and a South American chicken soup last night with cabbage, corn, cumin, etc…  We were lucky,…. I had found a tiny portable television last year (3 X 4 inches) for Hurricane Irene so we had a lifeline to the outside world even if it was just two television channels. My husband found a portable transistor radio that we had never opened – a radio yeah! I also had an old fashioned stove top perculator so coffee (with the aid of cartons of the parmalot milk) I changed over my closets one day, cleaned my office and organized files another day – all of those chores we hate to do when we have choices. No computer, phones, light… I got caught up on those chores… I cleaned out my car too.

The strangest experience was walking the pooch at night.. The firs few nights, the full moon of the night of the storm cast a light over the sky… After a few nights, it was so dark outside… and a flashlight was required so as to step on the downed wires. One funny things that happened, was that my dog saw a piece of white paper one night and went to investigate. The pie of white paper turned out to be a skunk, and luckily for us, he ran away without spraying on us! I laughed so much…

It all makes me recall how I grew up in England.. Our home had no central heating.. so the house would always be cold unless you were near the wood burning fire, or the small gas stove in the kitchen area… and my dad used to use a paraffin heater (so dangerous – we were lucky with that) on a landing.. my mom (mum) used to buy fresh meats each day as the refrigerator was so small… no television, just a radio… so – my point is, this is the way life used to be for so many …so many years ago.. and we have all moved on to a better way of life, and some of us take it all for granted, and get a little too upset when faced with some adversity …. As long as we all have our health, our homes – we will all be fine…. cocktail hour just starts a little earlier! G–d bless those who have lost their loved ones, have no home, no food, our prayers are with you.

Westchester is GREAT!

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Kissing up to Sandy 10543

Sandy 10543Preparing for Sandy 10543

Kissing up to Sandy…..And why not? We need all of the help we can get, and as you can see from this storefront in Mamaroneck 10543, the owners have piled sandbags to help keep any potential water at bay. We are all praying that those sandbags will not be required.

My prayers are with the Larchmont and Mamaroneck residents who might be affected. I just heard that parts of Mamaroneck are already flooding..

Westchester is GREAT!

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What is a Computer – Sunday Funny – Circa 1994

I recently saw this clip at a company event, and it certainly made us all laugh ! This little video was from a 1994 Today Show with Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel at al discussing a new invention “the computer” Bryant comments on how he doesn’t understand what the “@” symbol is for and it takes some off-screen geeks to explain it to them all. It is funny, but also reminds us how far we have come, and how far we will be going… Have a great one!

 

Westchester is GREAT!

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Hurry up & buy those cultivars of the Cucurbitaceae Family!

Halloween 2012As I drove by a nursery the other day, I had to take a quick photo.. the sun was shining, the pumpkins were in great abundance.. but with only a few more days left before Halloween… people better to buy these multi-purpose gourd like squashes. From the Cucurbitaceae family, it commonly refers to cultivars

of any of the species. They could be the Cucurbiuta pepo, Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita mixta or the Cucurbita moschata variety… We all know they are native to North America, and we also all know that when they are toasted or roasted with a little salt and oil, they are delish!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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What Does $670,000 Buy in New Rochelle, 10804?

Designer Kitchen 2 Edna Placeliving room 2 Edna PlaceThe Broadfield area of New Rochelle, 10804 offers some charming homes in a desirable area. One such home recently closed for $670,000, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and was 2467 square feet. While there was no garage (it had been converted into a lovely family room), what set this particular home apart was the beautifully designed kitchen by the Award winning team of Joan Schindler

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Designs. Perfect!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Don’t Forget the 3.8% Potential Tax on property sales in 2013

Fall 2012 New RochelleAs the end of 2012 is drawing near, I am now entering into closing dates for 2013.. and to that regard, I am reminding my clients that they might be impacted by the new 3.8% sales tax derived from some investment property sales . Some examples have been published by NYSAR, and the information makes it quite easy to understand for all. Firstly, the 3.8% new tax will be utilized to offset some costs for the Obamacare and Medicare overhaul plans.

The Tax will apply to individuals who earn an adjusted gross income (AGI) of over $200,000 and couples (filing a joint return) who earn an adjusted gross income of over $250,000. The new tax will apply to dividends, interest, rents (less expenses) , capital gains ( less capital losses ).

Westchester is GREAT!

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