It’s Thanksgiving 2020!

I thought it would be fun to deliver some turkeys on Thanksgiving (albeit chocolate ones!).

It is always hopefully nice to put a smile on someone’s face.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Westchester is great!

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Rosen Vineyards Closes

Well, Rosen Vineyards has closed. Ha! It never opened, but we did have some fun along the way. I decided years ago to make our own wine, less sulphites, healthier – just the way everyday wine is made in Italy and France.

I bought all of the necessary equipment; the grape ‘de-stemmer’, the wine press, the big vats to use while the wine is fermenting, the  stainless steel vats to store and age the wine, the machine to insert the corks into the wine bottles, a wine bottle holder, and also a filter to make sure no sediment entered the bottle in the bottling process!  I had made a drawing of our home, and of course had labels printed up too.

We ….lll  how did the wine taste? I always said that if you were thinking of giving up drinking wine, all you had to do was to taste a glass of mine and that would do the trick!

I started to make the wine in 1993, and tried for several years and then life stepped in! I always wanted to return to making it, and  the other year, a friend (Juergen) and I were going to take the plunge again, but everyone is busy.

SO, after all of these years, and in trying to empty my garage, I just sold everything! I hope I made some nice gentlemen happy. They already make wine, own a pizza store, but wanted the stainless steel vats. They obtained so much more! Cheers!

 

Westchester is GREAT!

 

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159 Centre Avenue, Townhome #3 Public Open House Open House 11/8 1-3 p.m.

Please join me at an open house at this great town home on Sunday, November 8th, 2020.  Downtown, pet friendly Tri-level contemporary townhome (1186 + 600 addit’l sq. ft. in a great lower level). Convenience of a city with a neighborly community feeling. A minute away, you will find fresh bagels & pizza, International dining, theater/art, & trains to the city (30 min). To the south: parks, waterfront & beach. The “heart” of the home includes living/dining & powder room featuring an upgraded chef’s kitchen, LG pro stainless steel appliances, granite & European Birch butcher block-over 250sqft of countertop! The open living & dining area leads to a deck w/an automatic Sun Setter awning. The top, “tranquil” level has two bedrooms (one with a King-sized bedroom, walk-in closet & private bathroom) and a hall bathroom. The lower level great space is being used as a custom home office, guest area w/a ceiling track, washer/dryer & storage. 2 zone “smart” heating system & two coveted parking spots. Garden area w/new private barbecue station. Common charges include snow removal, landscaping & garbage removal.

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New Rochelle is GREAT!

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33 Petersville Road 10801 Public Open House 10/24 1-3 p.m.

Please join me at a Public Open House on October 24th from 1-3 p.m. at this delightful home 1584 square foot 3 bedroom 2 bath Colonial home located on 0.14 of a level acre with a 2 car detached garage. Granite counters in the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, a dining room, living room with a fireplace, enclosed porch all make this the perfect entry level home. Gas heat. Shared driveway. There is an enclosed porch too. New Rochelle is a vibrant city, and this home is located close to downtown, the trains (the Amtrak train currently being the only train that goes to Boston and Washington, D.C.)

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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It’s Halloween -2020!

Halloween is usually a fun time  (as it should be!). This year it might be a challenge with everyone trying to stay safe but still have fun. I thought I would take the party to the trick or treaters!  All in fun!

I made a Halloween goodie bag (and the wine is for the parents  NOT the children) but I thought it would be fun to have something for everyone. I am even  including some local market stats in their respective neighborhoods. Everyone likes to know what is happening on a local level!

If you would like to know what is happening in your neighborhood, please just let me know! If its before Halloween, you can expect a goodie bag too!

Westchester is GREAT!

 

 

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Ken Crutchfield’s ‘The ‘Great’ Kicking Dog –

Ken Crutchfield is well known in the music industry as a jazz musician, composer, comedian, actor and so much more. His wide, Terry Ballard was a School Principal, wrote, composed and starred in over 16 musicals and together are a dynamic talented and gifted force.

Ken just completed a book entitled “The ‘Great’ Kicking dog” is available on Amazon.

“Ex musician, assembly line worker and alcoholic, John Coleman Sr. is a man with deferred and shattered dreams. Living in a Chicago housing project during the 60’s he is a father raising his eight-member family; four girls, two musical prodigy boys and a mentally unstable wife, in a drug, gang and gun infested environment among households with absent dads. During a competitive time of young musical prodigies, he fights for a pathway out of the projects through his talented sons. On a quest to find a way out, he drags his gifted boys on a whirlwind journey of hope, from talent shows to south side Blues clubs and observes their reputation growing with each performance. But along with the journey to see his boys “get great”, is his ongoing struggle with alcohol, his wife’s neurotic behavior and the fortified barrier of resentment from his jealous daughters all brought on by a family history of mental illness. Not only does John Coleman Sr. have to contend with the inner turmoil of his family, but a family tragedy shakes him to the core and threatens the sanctity of his high-spirited loved ones.

The Family Tree is a Black experience during a turbulent time of civil rights in the 6o’s and free spirits of the 70’s embedded in the cradle of Chicago’s segregation. It is a coming of age saga of passion, perseverance and the courage to rise above; a compelling story of hope and the question of fate.”

Ken is so gifted, and this book is a memorable read. Ken resides in New Rochelle.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

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Totem Pole in New Rochelle 10804

Imagine purchasing a home, and having your very own totem pole located outside your home! That was the case for Debbie and her hubby Keith when they purchased 12 Old Orchard Road back in 2009.  It had been known as the ‘Murphy’ or ‘Totem Pole House’, and the Murphy’s had lived there for over 30 years raising their 6 children!  The totem pole was originally brought back from Alaska some 80 plus years ago, and for many years preschoolers from the surrounding schools would take a field trip to the totem pole in order to learn about Alaska.

However, it also became part of the local Iona College fraternity hazing activity, and would be ‘borrowed’ each year with the home owners getting the phone call the following morning, informing them where to find it.

Debbie and Keith got tired of retrieving it, and in being respectful of the beautiful antiquity, decided to place it in the family room (cutting out floorboard, and carefully installing new floorboards around the treasure).

Debbie just sold her home for $862,000 (homes in the area sell on average at $791,000 approx. at this present time) , and the new home owners did not want the Totem Pole, so Debbie spent some $4000 to carefully have it removed and floor boards replaced, and shipped it to her new home in another state. She would say that the Totem Pole was associated with love, Karma, and she wanted to respect it in every way.

Debbie is a lovely person, and she has certainly accomplished that.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Walking my Pooch 10804

Havana

Binky and Raleigh

I would never have thought that walking my pooch would be such a social event, but sometimes it just seems like it is! Our pooches greet each other, and we, as neighbors,  then have the opportunity to say ‘hi’ to each other, and get to chat for a few minutes. My dog, ‘Binky’ likes the smaller pooches, and so whenever he sees ‘Raleigh’, ‘Lucy’, Louis, ‘Scooter’ it’s a treat. We always like to go for a walk with “Havana’ who he has known for years.  We see labradoodles, German Shepherds, Boxers, Miniature Australian Sheepdogs, Beagles, Havanese dogs, poodles, and then some mixed breeds like my pooch! We have a Speech Pathologist on the street, a Yoga instructor attorneys, Psychologists and Botanists to name a few!

We will see runners from Iona practicing their craft (Paine Avenue is hilly) , I always see a mom and daughter running in the morning, and then there is the chap who races by on his  cross country skis which he has outfitted with wheels,  the many neighbors on their bicycles, fellow neighbors just walking with their friends, and everyone is cordial. I think it is a wonderful representation of our neighborhood. Friendly, caring and nice! Home prices can range from approximately One Million Dollars to Two Million. Discerning pooches and great area! In better climes we have the Paine to Pain Half Marathon, and we also are also proud to boast that we have the Thomas Paine Cottage & Museum too.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Scarsdale Area Market Stats 2020 – August

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Rye City Area Market Stats 2020 – August

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