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Tuesday, March 27, 2018


The Seeing Place Theater

The Seeing Place Theater presents The Whistleblower Series, three plays in rep: The People VS. Antigone, I Am My Own Wife, and My Name is Rachel Corrie from April 21 - May 13, 2018 at the Paradise Factory, 64 E. 4th Street, NYC. Tickets to each show are $20 general admission ($30 Premium Seating, $10 5@50%) and are available at, including discounted ticket packages to all three plays for $45.

The Seeing Theater's eighth Season has focused on bringing together stories that challenge the ways in which we relate to our fellow man. The season concludes with a triple-header: THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE, a world premiere adaptation by Brandon Walker, running in rep with two searing one-person shows: I AM MY OWN WIFE, the Tony Award winning play by Doug Wright and MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie.

Each play in the Whistleblower Series explores the female protagonist as anti-hero. Each has mysteries around their actions with the public vilifying them and diluting their intended message. Additionally, all three plays explore international themes: Antigone is set in Greece, I Am My Own Wife is set in Germany but also has Americans, Russians and even the Japanese represented. And My Name Is Rachel Corrie has an American girl going to Israel/Palestine.

With THE WHISTLEBLOWER SERIES, The Seeing Place examines the fallout when someone in our society calls out tyranny. "Society likes to romanticize the whistleblower, but when an activist stands up and says 'NO' there is often more backlash than support," said The Seeing Place's Managing Director, Erin Cronican. "We see abuse victims shamed and activists killed, and yet most people believe in the tenets these whistleblowers have put forth. So, what explains this gap? Our ensemble is using these three challenging and polarizing plays to expose that gap and ignite a conversation - with the hope that empathy and deeper understanding will emerge."

Even though the plays of The Seeing Theater's 8th Season span a hundred years and countless generations of storytelling, the subjects broached, and lessons learned are achingly relevant today. TSP chose these plays to open up a dialogue with an audience about the world. How can we build on what we've learned from the people who've come before us?

An adaptation by Brandon Walker from the play by Sophocles
Directed by Brandon Walker

The Seeing Place presents a world premiere adaptation of Sophocles tragic story - THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE. A modern take on the classic myth, this new play explores a rebel daughter taking on the patriarchy: will she lose her life when she breaks Theban law by burying her dead brother's body against decree?

by Doug Wright
Directed by Erin Cronican

Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I AM MY OWN WIFE tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award.

by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie
Directed by Brandon Walker

On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and it has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.

Schedule of Performances:

Saturday, April 21
5pm - I Am My Own Wife (preview)
8pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie (preview)

Sunday, April 22
2pm - The People VS. Antigone (preview)
4:30pm - My Name is Rachel Corrie (preview)
7pm - I Am My Own Wife (preview)

Monday, April 23
7pm - The People VS. Antigone (preview)

Tuesday, April 24
7pm - The People VS. Antigone (opening night)

Friday, July 14, 2017



Southampton Inn


Southampton Inn

Plan your next getaway on beautiful Long Island, New York. With the most magnificent beaches, elegant estates, fabulous shops, and über recreational opportunities (swim, surf, boat, golf, tennis, bike and horseback riding), Southampton Inn is the perfect getaway for all. Great for couples, corporate outings, honeymooners, and also kid-friendly, Southampton Inn is walking distance to the beach, village, culture, and shopping, and right next door to spas, salons, and exercise studios. Weekends are $525 per night with a 2-night minimum, but the midweek specials, Sunday-Friday, offer rates as low as $120 per person per night for double occupancy.

As the winner of numerous awards including “Best Breakfast,” “Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location,” Southampton Inn is a warm and welcoming haven with an exemplary reputation that is richly deserved. Celebrate the art of pure relaxation, indulge in a romantic rendezvous, or enjoy precious time with the entire family – Southampton Inn is the only destination for the discerning traveler.

Southampton Inn’s newest restaurant, Claude’s, will be open daily from 7:00am to 7:00pm and features a menu full of favorites of the last 5 years. Bites and salads are garden-to-table and nothing costs over $20. Enjoy your meal inside the gorgeous dining room, al fresco in the beautifully planted courtyard, or in Claude’s “Secret Garden.” Utterly charming, totally welcoming, and absolutely unpretentious.

91 Hill Street, Southampton, New York

T: 631-283-6500

Hotel ZE

Hotel ZE

Hotel ZE, owned by restauranteur and nightclub owner Zach Erdem of 75 Main Group, is a Parisian-inspired boutique hotel with a total of 9 rooms: 5 suites and 4 standard rooms. The hotel and rooms are designed by world renowned architect Costas Kondylis, in a modern European style, and is open year round. The hotel is adjacent to Kozu restaurant, where diners can enjoy delicious Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine.

136 Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968

T: 631-619-6660


Farm to Table at Claude’s, Southampton Inn – NEW Summer 2017

New for Summer 2017 is The Southampton Inn’s latest restaurant, Claude’s, opening May 13th, 2017 from 7am-7pm, 7 days a week. Claude’s features all the delicious home cooked menu selections of its “Best” breakfast, lunch and light bites. Situated outside in the beautifully planted courtyards and pool patios, as well of course “Inn-side.” What ‘s new for 2017 is that nothing on the menu is over $20. This is definitely the prettiest outdoor dining in Southampton.

91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968

T: 631.283.6500

Union Cantina

Modern Mexican at Union Cantina, Southampton

Do not miss the exciting new menu specials and entertainment at Long Island’s most vibrant, social and delicious destinations - Union Cantina, the Hamptons only authentic modern Mexican restaurant. This popular eatery, designed by Southampton Social Club owners Ian Duke and David Hilty, sits in the iconic Bowden Square and is open all year-round. With Duke and Hilty working alongside award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf, who has been featured on Food Network’s Iron Chefs of America, the trio continues to bring innovative Mexican cuisine to Southampton throughout the year.

The restaurant sits behind the 400 Rabbits Tequila Bar, which is reminiscent of a prohibition-era speakeasy. Bartenders mix fun favorites for diners that perfectly complement any meal. The tequila bar carries 100+ types of tequila, producing a unique signature cocktail program and an extensive tequila menu consisting of sangrias, punches, and frozen drinks.

Union Cantina’s festive atmosphere incorporates both the sleekness of the Hampton’s high society with the rustic beauty of Mexican culture. The dark woods are balanced by the bright cerulean colored walls, and are also decorated with Mexican artwork. Union Cantina is the hotspot all year round for festive dining, live music, and A-list celebrations!

What’s New: 

Some of the things happening this summer at Union Cantina include; a new cocktail menu, new food menus with new tacos, enchiladas, and a whole new category of fajitas & new entrees. New menu items include but not limited to; Mahi Tacos, Skirt Steak Tacos, Angry Lobster, Pan Snapper, and Apple cinnamon Empanadas. Of course Union Cantina will still feature classic favorites such as the Deconstructed Enchiladas from their renowned menu. Exciting entertainment will be offered 3 nights a week Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The bar will be offering Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. In addition, lawn games and other fun special events will be happening throughout the summer season. Check the website for latest updates.

40 Bowden Square, Southampton NY 11968

T: 631.377.3500

Kozu, Southampton

Zach Erdem of the 75 Main Group, returns with another exciting season at the Japanese Fusion restaurant Kozu. The menu features signature dishes such as the Kozu Jalapeño Yellowtail with Smoked Tomato Ponzu. Celebrities who have frequented this hot new restaurant include Nicky Hilton, 50 Cent, Amber Rose, O.T. Genasis and Hugh Jackman. Aside from the delectable dishes, the chic décor also attracts diners to the restaurant’s elegant atmosphere, featuring dark wooden floors and white walls covered in colorful artwork by Raphael Mazzucco. Fresh flowers add a sense of luxury to the restaurant, as do the scorched ash tables in conjunction with rich hues and soft lighting. The large outside patio, which seats 150 people, offers additional dining space “al fresco” during the summer season.

Former Brand Director of the exclusively unique nightclub, The Box, and nightlife empresario, Jono Mason, brings his vast experience to Kozu’s already exciting night time extravaganza’s.

On Saturdays, Zach, Jono and Richie Hosein will feature BRUNCH parties from 12pm-6pm with DJ's / Performances and a good amount of champagne!

So after dinner, check out Kozu’s night club, Kozu Lounge, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday with name DJ’s from around the world and more. The venue also encompasses boutique Hotel ZE.

136 Main Street, Southampton NY 11968

T: 631.619.6660

Classic American at 75 Main, Southampton 

Restaurateur Zach Erdem has transformed the Hamptons summer dining staple 75 Main into a year-round hotspot under his stewardship. Erdem reinvented his Southampton eatery, combining the classic style of the Hamptons with the enticing elements of New York City nightlife. Some celebrity guests include Leonardo di Caprio, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Scott Disick, 50 Cent, French Montana and Sarah Jessica Parker.

75 Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968

T: 631.283.7575

Tuscan at Sotto Sopra, Amagansett


Sotto Sopra has quickly become one of the most sought-after restaurants on the East End. The restaurant has a warm open interior, highlighted by cedar-paneled walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an outdoor patio, all of which mirror its Tuscan roots. New Executive Chef, Benitez, who will oversee a versatile menu consisting of antipasto, primi patti, pesce, carne, as well as classico bisteccheria and piatti laterali per due, or side dishes for two. Alex Baldwin, Cameron Diaz and Cindy Lauper have dined the rustic Tuscan restaurant. Sotto Sopra opens for the season Thursday, May 18, 2017.

231 Main Street, Amagansett, NY

T: 631-267-3695


Lawrence Scott Events

Lawrence Scott

A signature Lawrence Scott Event offers guests a chance to enter a magical environment that allows them to escape and connect in a magnificent space unlike any other. Lawrence Scott Events’ services are in-house, so clients receive only the best customized décor, food, flowers and entertainment which blends together to make a perfect event. Larry Scott has a long undisclosed list of loyal A-list celebrity clients that keep rehiring him for his bespoke events and discreet and personable approach. Some of his high profile clients include Michael Bolton, Judge Judy, Howard Stern, Vera Wang and John Varvatos.

For more information, please visit website


Southampton Social Club

Southampton Social Club


This season, Southampton Social Club returns to set the bar for a season of dining, drinks and dancing to which others aspire. As the pre-eminent fine dining supper club in the Hamptons, Social Club continues to set the standard for hospitality.

From Executive Chef Scott Kampf’s cuisine and his dedication to the classic “Farm to Table” cooking style to the summer 2017 cocktail program featuring many new refreshing libations, not to mention the integration of the classic social beer garden concept to SSC’s outdoor area.

On a weekly basis, the entertainment will reach a crescendo with Live Music and DJ’s performing together creating an undeniably brilliant sound and vibe to set your summer to. Boasting an exquisite interior dining room, “South Beach” style cabanas and beautifully manicured outdoor gardens, Southampton Social Club continues to put the capital ‘S’ in Social.

256 Elm Street, Southampton, New York

T: 631-287-1400

Rand Luxury Presents Private Brand Luxury Events in the Hamptons

Luxury Charity Brunch with Aston Martin

(July 22, 2017)

RAND Luxury is proud to produce a Private Brunch in the Hamptons in association with Hamptons Magazine, LG Signature, Long Island Sports Cars showcasing the latest models from Aston Martin. A portion of sales from the event’s sponsors along with our Silent Auction shall benefit North Shore Animal League America. Please visit

A Private Brunch with Ferrari & Maserati

(August 5, 2017)

RAND Luxury is proud to produce a Private Brunch in the Hamptons in association with Ferrari Maserati of Long Island & Hamptons Purist. On display will be the latest models from from Ferrari & Maserati. A silent auction will be held with proceeds benefiting the Every Woman Counts.


2017 Feinstein Summer Concert featuring Pitbull, produced by Lawrence Scott Events (July 13, 2017)

The Feinstein Institute will celebrate the 12th Annual Feinstein Institute Summer Concert featuring American performer Pitbull. The event will be produced by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events. Last year's concert was record-breaking, raising nearly $2.4 million. The 12th Annual Feinstein Institute Summer Concert will take place on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

For more information, please visit

Southampton Hospital's 59th Annual Summer Party (August 5, 2017)

Southampton Hospital’s 59th Annual Summer Party is an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing to benefit the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. Lawrence Scott Events will provide the ambiance and gourmet offerings. Attendees from last year’s event included president and chief executive of the hospital Robert Chaloner, VP, Robert I. Ross, Senator Ken Lavelle, Lawrence Scott, Jean Shafiroff, Chuck Scarborough, Steve Bernstein, Jay Schneiderman, Robret Zimmerman, Steven Bellone, Mayor Mark Epley, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Debra Halpert, Sara Herbert-Galloway, David Greenberg, Alina Cho, Congressman Lee and Diana Zeldin, and Victor de Souza.

The Southampton Hospital's 59th Annual Summer Party will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

For more information, please visit

Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center’s GET WILD Summer Gala (August 12, 2017)

GET WILD Beth Ostrosky Stern

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons will celebrate the Hamptons summer season with its annual GET WILD Summer Gala hosted by Molly Channing of Channing Daughters Vineyard. Notable attendees from last year’s event included: Beth Ostrosky Stern, Howard Lorber, Leslie Alexander, Liz Brown, Ginnie Frati, Jackie Rogers, Curtis Sliwa, Shelley Berkoski, Sylvia Channing, Molly Channing, Ingrid Arneberg, Will Marin, Frances Cole Jones, Cindy Clifford, Missy Hargraves and Jill Rappaport.

The 2017 Get Wild Event will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For more information about the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, please visit

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Odell Beckham Jr.

Following months of perfecting the flavor and design of the packaging, ROAR Beverages and Odell Beckham Jr. announced the other day the first product in ROAR's Odell Beckham Jr. Series.

 ROAR's OBJXIII is an all-natural strawberry and watermelon flavored coconut water based sports drink, scientifically formulated rich with B-Vitamins and charged with electrolytes. The new OBJXIII bottle features the ROAR Performance brand logo interlocked with Beckham Jr. Iconic one handed catch and carbon fiber backdrop that is consistent with the brand's innovative and edgy packaging.

Saturday, March 28, 2015



Brooke Moriber

NEW YORK -- For native New Yorker Brooke Moriber, having a knack for stage performance came very early on. After garnering the role of Young Cosette in Broadway’s “Les Miserables” as her first audition at age 8, it was clear the young actress had an abundant amount of talent and a bright future in show biz. But “Les Mis” would be just the tip of the iceberg, as her flourishing talents would lead her to the stage yet again as a singer-songwriter at age 15. Flash forward some years later, with seven Broadway shows, roles opposite such stars as Lili Taylor and Kristen Johnston, and a burgeoning recording career--she’ll hit the stage with her band Wednesday, April 8th for a taping of Verizon Fios1’s “Rick’s Rising Stars” at Revolution Bar & Music Hall, located at 140 Merrick Rd, Amityville, NY 11701.

Growing up down the block from NY’s Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village--an area known for being an artists haven since the 1960s--its no wonder Moriber was drawn to the stage at such a young age. Celebrated for her “clarion voice” by the Associated Press and as “A ravishing star with a paint-peeling belt”, she’s had the opportunity to work with legendary Broadway director Harold Prince in Parade- a musical in which she originated the role of “lola Stover”.

Continuing the pattern, she soon went on to create original roles on Broadway as “Nadine” in The Wild Party and “Lily” in James Joyce’s The Dead, performed with Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming in The Threepenny Opera, played a young opera singer in Follies on Broadway, and even received praise off-Broadway for her murderous portrayal as “Mindy” in Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan and Lemon. Premiering Randy Newman's "Stupid Little Songs" would follow, where she would play Randy's first wife in The Education Of Randy Newman.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson In Cigar Aficionado
Liam Neeson takes the weekend box office by storm – literally, Taken 3 took The Hobbit out of the top spot, drawing in $40.4 million in domestic theaters and $41 million abroad. But Neeson takes a break from kicking some serious ass on the big screen to chat with Cigar Aficionado for their February 2015 issue, discussing everything from the evolution of his career to his upstate getaway where he enjoys fly-fishing and more. Liam Neeson is truly the thinking man’s movie star. With a filmography ranging from the critically-acclaimed drama Schindler’s List to the blockbuster trilogy Taken, he’s proven himself a box-office magnet and action hero–and he’s not done yet. At age 62, Neeson is experiencing the renaissance of his career, boasting seven different movies in theaters in 2014 and four movies up for release this year. The movie audiences love to watch him kick serious ass, but Neeson also has a softer side and longs for his stage drama roots behind the scenes. 


On his breakout role in Schindler’s List, before he was a household name: “I remember thinking that, if Steven Spielberg thinks I can carry a film, maybe I can.”

On the unexpected success of Taken (which ultimately took in more than $220 million worldwide): “I knew we’d made a good, pacey little European thriller, but I figured that was the end of it…I was totally surprised.”

On film not even being part of the plan in his early days: “I loved movies but I never saw myself being in them. I didn’t even know how you would go about it.”

On how he thinks Hollywood perceives him now: “Hollywood sees me in a different light. I’ve had several scripts come through where I could see that the heroes were meant to be in their mid-30s. But that had been scratched out, so now it said, ‘early 50s.’”

Tuesday, October 07, 2014


Mario Lopez

New Rochelle’s Albert Leonard Middle School in honor of Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention. Lopez hosted a special pep rally for students - along with Ross Ellis, CEO of STOMP Out Bullying and representatives from event sponsor Armour® - encouraging them to come together and take a stand against bullying and cyberbullying.

After and special performance by the ALMS chorus and step team, Lopez participated in a Q&A with students and shared some of his own experiences with bullying, saying “I got teased a lot, so I can say it does have an impact.” He added -- “even as an adult, I get some cyberbullying from the ‘keyboard gangsters.’”

Photo Courtesy Of: Amy Sussman

Sunday, July 21, 2013



The Drivers Seat

Since first opening its doors in 1960, The Driver’s Seat, a true “Main Street” bar and restaurant has been a favorite of Hamptons locals and visitors alike, earning it the nickname, “Southampton’s Meeting Place. The popular eatery – now owned by restaurateur Irma Herzog – offers a traditional American menu of fresh, flavorful fare and a casual, friendly atmosphere that embodies the effortless and breezy style of the East End. With its sunlit, airy interior bar and dining rooms, outdoor patio and backyard bar, The Driver’s Seat is the perfect choice for afternoon drinks and dining during the summer season.

With Executive Chef Hortensia Martinez at the wheel, guests will find classic summer favorites including The Driver’s Seat’s Famous Baked Clam Casserole (chopped clams with a house blend of seasonings, baked in a casserole until crispy), Lobster Roll sandwiches (succulent lobster salad in a toasted New England style roll, served with a side salad), The Driver’s Seat’s award-winning Eight Ounce Burger (signature burger made from freshly ground 100% Grade-A beef, served on a toasted roll with lettuce, tomato, a pickle and choice of fries or coleslaw), Stuffed Flounder (two fresh, local flounder fillets, stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp and scallops, then grilled to perfection), Roasted Long Island Duck (half a tender, roasted Long Island duck, topped with orange-ginger sauce and served with rice and vegetables) and Irma’s Fajitas (choice of tequila marinated steak, chicken or shrimp fajitas, sautéed with onions and peppers on a sizzling pan, served with Mexican-style rice, refried black beans, flour tortillas and salsa).

A charming neighborhood bistro, The Driver’s Seat has a relaxed, contemporary style with traditional roots that create an ideal environment for socializing throughout the year. Inside, The Driver’s Seat features a large, welcoming oak bar, Tiffany-style hanging lamps, and the restaurant’s original dark wood paneling. Late afternoon sunlight filters through blue stained glass windows that wrap around the ceiling of The Driver’s Seat’s rear dining room, creating an ambiance that reminds guests that they are at the beach. At the front of the restaurant, a wall of glass doors opens up to a spacious patio that is perfect for both al fresco dining and people watching. To the rear of the restaurant, guests will find one of The Driver’s Seat’s most popular summertime features: a spacious, canopied backyard bar and a second outdoor dining area with a picturesque adjoining garden.

The Driver’s Seat is open seven days a week throughout the year, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. From Monday through Friday, guests can take advantage of The Driver’s Seat’s Happy Hour specials at both the restaurant’s interior and backyard bars between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

For further information about The Driver’s Seat, please visit

The Driver’s Seat is located at 62 Jobs Lane in Southampton Village, New York. Call (631) 283-6606 for more information.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


John CRASH Matos

Antiquorum is proud to announce it will host “CRASH: Back on the Block,” an exhibit of new works by celebrated graffiti artist and avid watch collector John CRASH Matos. The show will be held September 13 through October 6 at Antiquorum’s Gallery space on 57th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City and will feature approximately 12 new large-scale works, as well as a “pop-up shop” of watches for sale by Antiquorum.

For the first time since he famously painted English guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton’s five guitars, one of which sold at auction for over $321,000 in 2004, CRASH will hand paint another special object — this time, a Patek Philippe clock. “I’ll be using pop-inspired colors to paint the clock, something a little ‘street’, but keeping some of the refined elements intact,” said CRASH. The proceeds will be donated to the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA).

“We are thrilled to host CRASH’s exhibition in Antiquorum’s Gallery,” said Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO, Antiquorum. “It is an exciting collaboration between two symbiotic disciplines — art and watch collecting — both of them rooted in creativity and innovation and which share a unique and personal connection with collectors.”

In conjunction with this exceptional event, Antiquorum will host a “pop-up shop,” featuring a selection of fine and rare vintage watches, contemporary wristwatches and small clocks for sale throughout the exhibition. The items will be carefully curated and selected by Antiquorum’s renowned experts and include offerings from luxury brands such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and Rolex, according to Michael Friedman, Horological Director of Antiquorum. Friedman, who has collaborated with CRASH on numerous projects in the past, partnered with him on the idea to host the exhibition at Antiquorum's Gallery.

The show’s name references the heyday of the New York Art Scene when it had a large presence in midtown before shifting to Chelsea in the 1980s, according to CRASH. Today, he is one of the more successful, underground and respected figures of the movement and is thrilled to return to the same block that gave graffiti art its start almost 30 years ago. With a show that gives a nod to his roots while showcasing his artistic growth and maturity, one could say it is a return that has been subconsciously planned — almost 30 years in the making.

Friday, May 25, 2012


 Jim Kerr

Q104.3, New York’s Classic Rock, announced today that its morning show host, Jim Kerr, was honored by HeartShare Human Services of New York during a house dedication ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. HeartShare, a nonprofit organization that provides residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities, will name one of its group homes for adults the Jim Kerr House.

Kerr hosts the Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show weekday mornings from 5-9:00 a.m. on Q104.3. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for HeartShare Human Services of New York since 1987. To celebrate Kerr’s 25 years of dedication and commitment to the nonprofit organization, HeartShare will name one of its group homes for adults with developmental disabilities the Jim Kerr House. HeartShare Human Services of New York has 28 group homes and 35 supported apartments, in addition to all of its other services. The Jim Kerr House opened in 2002 in Flushing, Queens and is home to six women with developmental disabilities.

“We felt that Jim’s years of devotion to HeartShare warranted this special recognition,” said HeartShare’s President and CEO William R. Guarinello. “Jim’s involvement in the house will be as steadfast and engaging as his role on the Board of Directors. HeartShare is proud to have Jim’s name on one of our homes.”

“Jim is one of the most humble and modest people you'll ever meet, especially given his professional and civic accomplishments and contributions,” said Joe Puglise, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York. “Jim is not only an institution in New York City radio, but he is also a model public servant. We're thrilled to have him on the Q104.3 team entertaining listeners and serving the local community.”

Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor Company 

Friday, May 11, 2012


The New York Women’s Foundation

25th Anniversary Celebrating Women Breakfast

Jean Shafiroff

Hillary Clinton With Marty Markowitz

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Honoree)
And Abigail Disney (NYWF Honorary Chair)

Merble Reagon (Honoree) With Ai-jen Poo (Honoree)

Merble Reagon (Honoree)

Christine Quinn (New York City Council Speaker)

Jean Shafiroff With Diana L. Taylor (NYWF Board Chair, 
And Abigail E. Disney (NYWF Honorary Chair)

 Louise Wachtmeister

The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) Celebrating Women® Breakfast honored Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-jen Poo, and Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement Merble Reagon, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Secretary Clinton was awarded with The Century Award, while Ms. Poo and Ms. Reagon were awarded the Celebrating Women® Awards. Others in attendance included Ana L. Oliveira (President & CEO NYWF), Diana L. Taylor (NYWF Board Chair), Taina Bien-Aimé (NYWF Secretary), Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez (NYWF Treasurer), Abigail E. Disney (Honorary Chair), Helen LaKelly Hunt (NYWF Founding Mother & Chair Emerita), Betty Terrell-Cruz (NYWF Founding Mother), Christine Quinn (New York City Council Speaker), Elizabeth Krueger (New York State Senator, District of Manhattan), Charles J. Hynes (NY County District Attorney), Scott Stringer (Manhattan Borough President), Marty Markowitz (Brooklyn Borough President), John C. Liu (New York City Comptroller), Tina Brown (Editor in Chief Newsweek Daily Beast), Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist), Louise Wachtmeister (Founder, Best of All Worlds), Tamsen Fadal (Anchor, WPIX 11), Phillip Bloch (Celebrity Stylist), Betty Terrell-Cruz (NYWF Founding Mother), Anita Channapati (Celebrating Women® Breakfast Co-Chair), Anne E. Delaney (NYWF Vice-Chair & Celebrating Women® Breakfast Co-Chair), and Robyn Brady Ince (Celebrating Women® Breakfast Co-Chair).

In twenty-five years, the NYWF will reach $33 million in funding to over 280 women-lead, nonprofit organizations, improving the lives of 5.4 million women and girls in New York City; 81% of those nonprofits succeed in thriving today. This year, the NYWF Celebrating Women® Breakfast had over 2,300 guests in attendance.

NYWF Board Chair, Diana Taylor welcomed all attendees and introduced the 69 Grantee Partners for the NYWF, seated on stage on the dias, to the Breakfast. Speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn then spoke regarding her work with the gay and lesbian community, applauded President Obama on his support for marriage equality and praised the NYWF for “making [New York City] and the world, a better place for every girl.” Afterward, NYWF Founding Mothers Helen LaKelly Hunt and Betty Terrell-Cruz, were brought to the stage, and spoke about the advancement of the NYWF since its inception in 1987.

Merble Reagon, honoree, was introduced and spoke regarding the self-sufficiency calculator she helped to create and her desire to sustain the work that NYWF supports for the future, “I started doing this work for my generation, I continue for my daughter’s and granddaughter’s generations.” Honoree, Ai-jen Poo, also spoke regarding the work, “care, love and support,” that NYWF does which spans multiple generations. Ms. Poo noted that, “when women on the front lines of inequality come together to affect change, everyone wins.”

Following the two honorees, four women were introduced and spoke regarding their experience with grantee partners of the NYWF. According to Sheena, “failing is not a sign of weakness, it’s the steps you take after that.” Another young woman, Ebony, then spoke about being arrested at a young age, while pregnant, and having her daughter while in jail. After her release from jail, she lived in a grantee partner run home where she built herself up and changed her life, she said, “change takes time, love makes the difference.”

Ana Oliveira, President & CEO of the NYWF took the stage and spoke about the ‘game changing time of 2012’ for the foundation. She then introduced Robyn Brady Ince, Anita Channapati, and Anne Delaney, Co-Chairs of the 2012 Celebrating Women® Breakfast.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the Century Award from Abigail E. Disney, her longtime friend. Secretary Clinton honored the grantees that comprise the New York Women’s Foundation and spoke about overcoming difficult circumstances as women, movingly referencing her mother as an example. Secretary Clinton noted that her mother overcame financial difficulties but remained resilient and committed to her family not only by helping herself, but with the assistance and kindness of others. She mentioned that we now take this kindness for granted, “but in the 1920’s there weren’t a lot of formal organizations doing this kind of work.” Secretary Clinton also “expressed on behalf of [her] mother great gratitude for reaching out that hand, for providing that support, that safe place, and for giving hope and love to so many who need it.”

ABOUT THE HONOREES: On January 21, 2009, Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States. Secretary Clinton has an unparalleled commitment of nearly four decades of service and history of leadership –– as Secretary of State, ground–breaking Presidential Candidate, United States Senator from New York, First Lady of the Nation, child advocate and activist, she will receive the 2012 Century Award. Secretary Clinton and the Obama-Biden Administration are committed to advancing America's national security, furthering America's interests, and respecting and exemplifying America's values around the world.

Ai-jen Poo has been organizing immigrant women workers in New York since 1996, where she started as the Women Workers Project organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. In 2000 she helped start Domestic Workers United, an organization of nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in New York organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build the social justice movement. DWU led the way to the passage of the first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, historic legislation to extend basic labor protections to over 200,000 domestic workers in New York State. DWU helped to organize the first national meeting of domestic workers organizations at the US Social Forum in 2007, which resulted in the formation of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In April 2010, she became Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Ai-jen also serves on the Board of Social Justice Leadership, the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation, the Labor Advisory Board at Cornell ILR School,, National Jobs with Justice, the New Labor Forum Editorial Board, Working America and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Merble Reagon is Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement in New York City. The Women’s Center was established as a program of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) in 1970 to meet the workforce development needs of women who had a marginal relationship to the paid work force and continues to serve low-income women and their families through a variety of programs and services designed to help them achieve economic security. She has worked for more than 35 years to create greater opportunities for low-wage workers in the business and public sectors. She has conducted management, diversity and workforce development training for non-profit, legal and women’s organizations, government agencies and others. Her early work in the Civil Rights Movement included community organizing in Harlem and Newark, NJ; it was followed by community development work in several states across the country. Her current work includes introduction and promotion of the groundbreaking Self-Sufficiency Standard for the City of New York and the enthusiastically welcomed web-based New York City Self-Sufficiency Calculator.

Sunday, March 18, 2012



NOTE: This was sent to us by Liz Krueger on March 15th, so we guess this underhanded vote took place the night of the 14th and the early morning hours of the 15th. The Republicans continue to use underhanded tactics not only in the presidential race, but here in Albany New York. The message is clear from everyone in the Republican party these days. Protect the rich at all cost and use every under handed way to reach their goal. The Republicans need to be voted out of office once and for all. We need more honest politicians like Liz Krueger. When will this madness stop?

Liz Krueger

I want to take the opportunity to explain what happened after midnight last night in the State Legislature.

Last night, around midnight on the morning of the Ides of March, my Senate Democratic colleagues and I refused to support a backroom deal on redistricting that protects incumbent legislators by disenfranchising minorities, discriminating against voters from New York City and Long Island, and blatantly violating the Voting Rights Act.

When we tried to raise these issues in debate, the Republican Senate leadership silenced us – violating a previously agreed-to time frame for debating the measure. Faced with a bill that would violate New Yorkers’ voting rights, and denied even the opportunity to speak on the floor of the Senate, we stood up for New Yorkers in the only way left to us – by standing up and leaving the Senate Chamber. We refused to legitimize their cowardly censorship of floor debate, an open attack on deliberative democracy. We were thus marked absent on the vote, but let me be clear: my vote was NO!

Then, continuing into the dead of night, the Senate passed bills that had just been introduced on Tier VI Pensions, casino gambling, teacher evaluations, and DNA collection. All of these bills were then voted on while the ink was still wet, after I and my Democratic colleagues had left the chamber. These are all important legislative measures that should have been reviewed, discussed and debated on the merits – but instead they were passed between midnight and 4 a.m., with no real opportunity for legislators to review or consider them.

There was no committee review or discussion and no public notice, nor did they age for three days as required. They were delivered with Messages of Necessity from the governor – which allows skipping the normal process under emergency circumstances. What was the emergency?

This procedure was used because passing them was the trade off for the governor agreeing to sign the gerrymandered redistricting lines. I and my colleagues would have loved the opportunity to study and debate these specific proposals, but because that was not permitted, we were prepared to vote no last night.

I feel my colleagues made an important statement by refusing to participate in the farce that occurred last night in the Capitol. There has been much talk about a ‘new New York’ and in particular a new, functional, transparent Albany, but passing bills in the dead of night certainly does not meet that description. With backroom deals on redistricting and constitutional amendments, with 4 a.m. votes on bills too new to even have been read, with the doors to the Capitol literally locked down to shut out the public – we have been brought back to the ugly days of the past.

I am proud of my Democratic colleagues for being the only ones willing to take a stand for 19.5 million New Yorkers’ voting rights, for small-‘d’ democracy in our state, and for the ‘new New York’ I will continue to fight for that is, sadly, not yet a reality.


Liz Krueger

State Senator

Thursday, February 02, 2012






John Mahdessian

Over the years, President of the world-renowned custom couture cleaner Madame Paulette®, John Mahdessian has researched, experimented and pioneered processes and techniques that have set new standards for the entire cleaning industry worldwide, dedicated to the mastery of cleaning, restoration and preservation of home furnishings and interior textiles. His extensive interior innovations include:

v Private Yacht & Aviation Interior Cleaning

v Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

v Draperies & Window Treatments

v Upholstery Cleaning

v Antique Carpets and Oriental Rugs

v Area Rugs (Reweaving, Re-Dying & Restoring)

v Fabric Blinds, Balloon Shades & Curtains

v Estate Interior Cleaning & Restoration

v Water, Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

v Soot & Smoke Removal

v Air Purification & Ionization

v Debris & Comprehensive Dust Removal

v Ozone Treatment (Odor Removal)

v Fabric Wall Treatments

v Mildew Removal

Due to these innovations, John as partnered with top restaurants such as Jean-Georges, Bouley and Brushstroke, top hotels such as The Plaza Hotel, The Mandarin Hotel and The Four Seasons, iconic establishments such as the Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, 15 Central Park West and Cosmopolitan Club, and lastly, real estate agencies such as Stribling & Associates, Sotheby’s International Real Estate and Corcoran Group Real Estate.

Each year, the luxury cleaning industry is faced with increasing challenges as designs become more intricate, and new, innovative fabrics are developed. This can present a variety of difficulties in the care and cleaning of textiles. Madame Paulette® and its skilled team are equipped to meet these challenges, continuing to set the standards for its industry. Each item is meticulously cleaned, no matter how large or how small the job may be.

As an expert in the industry, John Mahdessian suggests homes and personal valued possessions must be regularly serviced in order to maintain its integrity and value. As experts in the field, Madame Paulette® suggests that homes and valued personal properties in addition to textiles and furnishings undergo a comprehensive dust removal and interior cleaning service at least once a year.

John’s success has allowed him to pursue numerous philanthropic ventures. Recently, John was awarded the American Liver Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Honors Gala honored John with the Spirit of New York Award for his charitable efforts and dedication to the cause. In addition, John and the Madame Paulette ® Organization professionally and meticulously cleaned the dresses exhibited (and later auctioned) for Swarovski Elements’ 22 Ways to Say Black, which benefited the American Cancer Society— John was also the winning bidder for one of the exclusive frocks. At the New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala, John led the Madame Paulette® team in donating cleaned and tailored suits for twenty different children who benefit from the organization’s wonderful work.

John serves as Chairman of the Board for Fashion Donations, and has created partnerships with CANCER 101® and the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation. Madame Paulette has made numerous contributions to charitable organizations, including American Liver Foundation, New Yorkers for Children, Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation, the New York Junior League and the Armenia Tree Project. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police as well as an Associate Member of the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Agency. A graduate of Villanova University (B.S. Business Administration), John Mahdessian almost began his career at one of New York City’s most prestigious investment banking firms, ultimately deciding to join the family business, allowing his father to retire following 30 years in business.