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So I got some nice feedback from my little Examiner+ reading list brain dump from last Friday so I’m back to deliver more. But this time I’m mostly flagging stuff from our newspaper coverage. A few miscellaneous pieces you might have missed; ones to quickly catch before our next wave of stories crash over you! Plus a little bonus pick from The New Times Magazine. The NYT piece is behind a paywall but, if a digital subscription is in your budget, it’s well worth subscribing. However, before you subscribe to The Times, please support your local journalism and journalists by subscribing right here to our Examiner+ newsletter newsmagazine! We actually have a free 30-day trial we unveiled yesterday. You're just a few clicks away from becoming a full access E+ member and local news champion, at least for the next month. Click here to give us a test drive.
Anyway, without further ado...
Let me start with a vexing issue our communities have been wrestling with for more than a generation now, one that seems to grow in severity with each passing year: a shortage of volunteers. Especially young adults. The problem has reached crisis proportions and the implications are concerning. But Westchester County has introduced a new incentive to entice community members to serve. Check out Examiner Editor-in-Chief Martin Wilbur’s report to learn more: Westchester Offers Tuition Program to Increase Volunteer Fire, EMS Ranks
All right, you have to hear what’s going on at the hottest post-pandemic spot in Pleasantville. Examiner freelance writer Brian Kluepfel checks in with Rob Catalano, the manager of Lucy’s. The popular Pleasantville music nightspot was reconfigured during COVID, transformed into a place that would be “recognizable to anyone who spent their teen years in the 1970s or ‘80s.” Here ya go: That ‘70s Bar: Lucy’s Garage Basement Reboot
For you high school sports fans, I’m putting little a pin in this column by Examiner Sports Editor Ray Gallagher. Local lax heads know Yorktown is a powerhouse. But it’s been a head-spinning three-straight Section 1 championship losses for the 40-time (not a typo) Section 1 kings. But first-year head coach Tim Schurr is hoping to end the uncharacteristic dry spell for his alma mater this spring. And no one on the planet knows Section 1 better than local legend Ray Gallagher with his special and inimitable gift of local sports gab. The scoop: Yorktown Seeks Return to Prominence, Mahopac has Firepower
This next Examiner reading pick is a tad random but also a cool little nugget, I think. Hudson Highland residents Barry and Mary Jean (MJ) Ross recently donated their Hudson River postcard collection to the Putnam History Museum. Comprised of 240 distinct early 20th century postcards, these are pretty neat historical artifacts. Here’s the quick synopsis: Early 20th Century Postcards Donated to Putnam Museum
Last but not least, my bonus non-Examiner read of the day. I’ve always loved The Ethicist section in the NYT Mag. It forces us readers to ask really tough questions of ourselves and calibrate our moral compasses. I thought this week’s installment was particularly thought-provoking. Someone’s brother-in-law treats his girlfriend terribly. Is it ethical to try and break them up? You decide: My Brother-in-Law Is Awful to His Girlfriend. Should I Break Them Up?
Have a great day, folks, and see you next time. Maybe even as soon as next week if you want me to keep this up! Shoot me an e-mail (email@example.com or just reply here) if you have any worthwhile reads you want me to share with your fellow subscribers in this space. And did I already tell you in my opening we have a new 30-day free trial offer where you can support our work and workers? I don’t recall. Just in case I forgot, here you go again :)
Adam Stone is the publisher of Examiner Media. When not running local news outlets or chauffeuring his children, Stone can be found on the tennis courts at Mt. Kisco’s Leonard Park, on his Ipad playing chess, or on the floor cleaning after his two dogs.
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