Welcome to Your Weekend+
Mask mandate confusion in our schools; fancy fireplaces; the best British food in our backyard; what to this weekend (and beyond); the best eyebrow stylists; our Michelin-rated restaurants; and more
Good morning! Today is Saturday, February 5, 2022. You’re reading the Examiner+ Weekend+ Edition — the complete digital issue for this week.
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🎵 PRELUDE: Gimme Shelter
Although Lisa Fischer didn’t sing on the original Rolling Stones track (Merry Clayton did), she sang the duet with Mick and The Stones a multitude of times between 1989 and 2013 while on tour. You can watch these magnificent performances on YouTube.
Lisa Fischer grew up Brooklyn and studied opera, later turning to R&B. During her long, successful music career Fischer has recorded and performed on stage with Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner, Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, and many others.
A mesmerizing vocalist, Lisa Fischer also recorded and toured on her own earning a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1992 for “How Can I Ease The Pain”. She was also featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film about backup singers called "20 Feet From Stardom". Fischer recently sang alongside Jackson Browne and Larry Campbell at The Capitol Theatre for a special concert called “The Capitol Session”. It was her vocal performance that blew the audience away.
Tickets are still available for Lisa Fischer’s special Valentine’s show, “An Evening of Love Songs," at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck on Saturday, February 12. —ELISA ZUCKERBERG, Founder of HearItThere.com, an online resource for live music events in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County.
📰 ICYMI: This Week’s Features
Mask Mandate and Subsequent Court Flip-Flops Bring Turmoil to Local Schools
Frustrated parents and school officials become divided on how to proceed while confusion looms.
Local designer Malka Helft of Think Chic Interiors shares her favorite fireplaces, how to get the look, and what to consider when installing or redesigning one.
The British are Here
Anglophiles in search of a nosh or hemmed in by COVID travel restraints can satisfy their cravings at these nearby establishments.
Your Best Bets for This Weekend (and Beyond): What to Do and Where to Go
Spotting bald eagles from scenic vistas; a grand tour of a grand Gilded Age home; seeking Hudson Valley's lost amusement parks; ice fishing; Chinese brush painting; and more
Step Up Your Eyebrow Game with These Beauty Experts
Not everyone has the same eyebrow style, so why settle for one method of brow beauty?
Michelin-Rated Restaurants to Wine & Dine at in Westchester County
The prestigious Michelin Restaurant Guide bestowed its honors to several eateries in Westchester for the second year.
📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief
Eleven Charged in Police Raid of More Than 100 Illegal Weapons: A six-month, multi-police agency investigation led to the seizure of more than 100 illegal weapons and the arrest of 11 individuals in Westchester and Putnam counties last week. (Examiner)
New Amazon Facility Under Construction In Westchester: With e-commerce continuing to grow across the country due to the pandemic, it's no surprise that Amazon is building a new warehouse in Westchester County. (Daily Voice)
WCC to Lease More Space at Cross County in Yonkers: Westchester Community College has reached a deal to expand its current space at Cross County Center in Yonkers. (Examiner)
Nurses’ Union to Drop Bombshell Report on “Crisis” at Westchester Medical Center: What was once the Gold Standard of Health Care in Westchester has deteriorated to an alarming rate of dangerous conditions in the ER and ICU, according to the NY State Nurses Association. (Yonkers Tribune)
Longtime Putnam Newspaper Owner Don Hall Dies at 91: Don Hall, the longtime owner of the Putnam County Press and the Putnam Times, died Sunday, Jan. 30. Hall was 91 and died in Putnam Hospital after battling illness for many months accompanied by frequent stays at the hospital. The official cause of death has not yet been reported. (Examiner)
📅 FLASHBACK: 1909
This 1909 photo shows Leo Baekeland hard at work in his Yonkers lab. A Yonkers resident himself, it was in a barn on his property, better known as Snug Rock, that he created Bakelite, one of the first synthetic plastics ever made. After being introduced to the public at a chemical conference in 1909, Bakelite exploded. As the company slogan appropriately stated, it was “The Material of a Thousand Uses.” Despite the eventual downfall of Bakelite due to issues with color and competition, the plastic world would never have been the same without Baekeland's great invention. In 1944, Leo Baekeland died at the age of 80 and was buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Although Snug Rock burned down in 1957, items from Baekeland’s collection can be seen in several museums across the country, and some of Baekeland's personal items are on exhibit at the Hudson River Museum. — MADDIE STONE
(Photo: Baekeland Family Archives)
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