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When In Doubt Throw It Out

Apr 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

We all have stuff we accumulate over the years. There is no better way to describe it but to call it stuff. That is the stuff that is not adding any value to our lives. Most of the time it actually creates a heavy burden. It weighs us down. It makes us feel smothered. Many […]



Haunted History Trail of New York State

Apr 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

The Haunted History Trail, a year-round opportunity, provides the opportunity to see what New York State has to offer those interested in paranormal activity. Twenty counties have come together to form a spooky trail spanning the entire state and several hundred years of hauntings. The trail offers ghost hunting locations that cater to all from […]



Tequila & Treadmills: How Bad is Drinking Before Exercise?

Apr 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

To be clear, I’m talking about drinking vodka, not Vitamin Water. Does a cocktail (or two) at Happy Hour mean you have to skip the gym on your way home? Will a greasy bacon-egg-and-cheese cure a hangover as quickly as an hour of Spinning class? The answers might surprise you. Happy Hour Before an Hour […]



Claudia Jacobs – Refresh Redesign and Remodel Event

Apr 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

The Builders Association of The Hudson Valley will be having a Mini Home Show & Presentation, Refresh-Remodel-Redesign, this Saturday, April 12, 10 am-noon. I will be hosting the presentation featuring vendors to help with your spring home improvement projects. Presentation starts at 10am with time for questions and answers to follow. Vendors will be available […]



Alcohol and Exercise a Match Made in Hell

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

“Beer doesn’t make you fat. Really – it’s practically calorie-free.” Penny meant it, too, even though she was one of the smartest women I worked with. “You just say that because you drink beer and you’re not fat,” I said. Actually, she made herself believe it because she wanted to power walk and then immediately […]



Spring Cleaning? Donate to Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a non-profit organization supported by funds from generous donors including individuals, federal, state and local government, foundations and corporations. Your donation will support the BBBS agency serving Orange County.  As a professional mentoring organization, BBBS requires resources to maintain a well-trained staff to screen volunteers, make matches and support […]



Lindsay Pietroluongo – Lifestyles of the Rich and Employed

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Last week, I talked about how happiness – or a lack of it – may be more a state of mind than a state of things. Aristotle, who was arguably the first self-help author, thought that happiness came from living virtuously. Today, society chases after happiness by avoiding work as much as possible and pursuing […]



Claudia Jacobs – Waiting for Spring

Mar 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Spring has not quite sprung. This winter seems like the longest winter ever with really strange teases of warm days that suddenly turn cold again. The only ‘S’ word I want to hear now is spring. No more white stuff please! With spring come thoughts of refreshing and renewing the home. Along with that comes […]



This Week in Orange County March 24 2014

Mar 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

My friend, Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s John D’Ambrosio, will retire at the end of the year. As Chamber President, John has presided over many important programs that continue to stress the Chamber’s mission of promoting economic growth in our communities. One of John’s last, and lasting, contributions to this mission will be the Orange […]



Perceptions, Misconceptions and the Popular Girls from High School

Mar 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Sitting down to write this column, I had a sinking feeling. “I don’t know what I’m interested in right now,” I thought. Many days, I watch the TODAY Show in bed when my alarm goes off at 7 a.m., scroll through Twitter, maybe even flip through one of the many magazines on my coffee table, […]