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🎵 PRELUDE: The Joke
In honor of the celebration of PRIDE in June, I have chosen a song this week written and performed by a queer songwriter named Brandi Carlile.
Brandi Carlile’s 2017 song “The Joke” was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year in 2019. According to Carlile, she wrote this song for everyone who feels they are “under-represented, unloved or illegal” in society.
Carlile has released seven studio albums and earned 18 Grammy Award nominations and has already won six.
— 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
Will New Yorkers Vote "Green" This Fall?
The $4.2 Billion Environmental Bond Act, Explained
Pack your basket and blanket and head to these scenic spots — and make our recommended pit stops to grab your grub on the way
Where to celebrate Juneteenth around the county.
What To Do This Weekend: Your Best Bets
Sway to the tunes of Buddy Guy; laugh your way through a musical comedy; hike while hearing legends of the area; learn how to can the veggies from your garden; and more
Enjoying More at Caramoor
Caramoor President and CEO Ed Lewis discusses the venerable music venue's return to normal post-COVID and previews this summer's season of performances.
My Reflections on Ukraine
The unique threat of right-wing nationalism on steroids takes center stage — and it’s a horror show.
Today’s supporting sponsor is Dana Levenberg for New York Assembly.
📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief
Croton High Students Charged with Painting Racist Graffiti in Yorktown: Three Croton Harmon High School students have been charged with painting racist and hateful graffiti that was discovered last month on the northbound overpass on the Taconic State Parkway on Croton Dam Road in Yorktown. (Examiner)
Electric Rates to Rise Sharply for 90,000 Households: The increasingly volatile energy market has disrupted plans by Sustainable Westchester to nail down new long-term agreements for 90,000 households in 24 Westchester municipalities. (lohud)
Abinanti, Shimsky Square Off in Intriguing Democratic Primary: Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Pleasantville) is seeking a seventh two-year term in the 92nd Assembly District, a position he has maintained since winning the seat in 2010. But Abinanti will have to first beat County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Dobbs Ferry), who is challenging the veteran public servant in the June 28 primary. (Examiner)
Westchester DA Announces New Gun Safety Plan: District Attorney Mimi Rocah announced a five-point plan to highlight how her office will ensure the state's new gun laws are used as effectively as possible. (News 12)
Student Assistance Services Rolls Out New Anti-Bullying Resources: Students, parents, and school personnel have another resource to seek out to help combat the scourge of bullying. The Tarrytown-based Student Assistance Services (SAS) Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides various programs and support for students, launched a new suite of resources on June 1. (Examiner)
Former “Trump Tower” In Westchester Announces Name Change: The board of a Westchester County residential tower once branded for former President Donald Trump announced that the property's new name has officially taken effect. (Daily Voice)
Business Council Reactivates Coalition for Westchester County Airport: With County Executive George Latimer resuming his efforts to create a new Master Plan for Westchester County Airport, the Business Council of Westchester (BCW) has reactivated its Coalition for Westchester County Airport. (Examiner)
🌐 SITE SEEING
Traveling the web in search of the best life hacks
Do you love to compare and contrast things? Or maybe you have a burning curiosity to understand where the similarities between two terms or concepts end. Get your questions answered at this remarkably niche website. Whether you want to know the difference between a violin and a fiddle, an apostle and a disciple, an arbitrator and a mediator, white eggs and brown eggs, a Galaxy S10 and S20, Differencebetween.net addresses all manner of subjects — from technology and politics to consumer goods, economics, pop culture, history, and more.
📅 FLASHBACK: 1861
An 1861 depiction of Nevis in Irvington. Almost everyone in the Westchester area has heard the soundtrack of the Tony award-winning musical, but not everyone knows the local connection to Alexander Hamilton — or his son, at least. Col. James Hamilton built his home in the Irvington area in 1835, naming it Nevis after the birthplace of his father and founding father. Many renovations were made to the house as it was passed through the family, such as new south and north wings. The house would stay with the Hamiltons until 1915, and shortly after in 1920 it was purchased by Thomas Coleman du Pont, who would later become a US senator of Delaware. After du Pont’s death in 1934, his widow donated Nevis to Columbia University. Now known as Nevis Labs, the property remains a part of Columbia and is used for scientific research and conferences. The original house of the Hamiltons is preserved and still stands. —MADDIE STONE
(Image Credit: “Benson John Lossing, The Hudson, From the Wilderness to the Sea” (Virtue & Yorston 1866)
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