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The Fascinating Fishers

The Fascinating Fishers

Photos: Carter Fish The Fishers are fascinating. Murray and Emily. Individually and as a dynamic duo. B&NC MAG readers will recall, from the narrated photo essay titled American Road School in the September/October 2021 issue of B&NC MAG, that it was the...

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Jayni & Chevy Chase… LOTS OF LAUGHS!

Jayni & Chevy Chase… LOTS OF LAUGHS!

Photos: Emily Neville Fisher     |     Hair & Makeup: Eva Scrivo     |      Video: Shane Handler Famous as Chevy Chase is, not too many locals realize that Chevy and his wife Jayni moved to Bedford in 1995; that their three girls, Cydney, Caley, and Emily, were in...

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Nicole Bloom… Blossoming!

Nicole Bloom… Blossoming!

Written by: Casey Kaplan, B&NC Mag President   Photos: Andrea Ceraso      Hair & Makeup: Brett Jackson Nicole and I were in the same First Grade class at Pound Ridge Elementary, and we were playmates around that age. I remember lots of playdates over at the...

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JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN

JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN

photos: Andrea Ceraso     Jean-Georges is ebullient! He’s the ‘Toujours Pret Lapine’, but full of heart! He developed, owns, and is fully involved in running the largest haute cuisine enterprise in the history of the world! And at 66 - and recently single -...

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MISSY WALKER & BANKS MEYER WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT

MISSY WALKER & BANKS MEYER WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Elizabeth ‘Missy’ Mandeville Walker grew up in Bedford, attended Rippowam Cisqua before heading off to boarding school, and she is a fourth generation parishioner at St. Matthew’s Church.    “I am lucky to come from a large extended family, many of whom live in...

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The Celanese House

The Celanese House

Photographer: Marcott Studios While the ‘Harvard 5’ of mid-Century Modern architects, who designed dozens of the flat roof specimens still standing in the area - including, Noyes, Breur, Gores, Johansen, and Johnson - may be more well known locally than Edward Durell...

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment - a good time to clean out the basement, or the garage, or a few closets, or all of the above - but the truth is that it’s always a good time to organized and make things neat and tidy. First, you need to clear the clutter!...

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From Ordinary To Extraordinary

From Ordinary To Extraordinary

Photography: Rana Faure Getting it right is no easy task! Function must dictate design within the particular physical limitations, but style is critical. The room must be laid out to accommodate a simple work pattern and an easy traffic flow, and to include the...

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Inside The Guest House

Inside The Guest House

PHOTOGRAPHY: NICHOLAS VENEZIA This two-story, three-bedroom Guest House is set on a sprawling estate, up an impressive hill, off a charming dirt road, in Pound Ridge. This project was the first of several projects that interior designer, Merrin Jones, has now...

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Living The American Dream

Living The American Dream

PHOTOGRAPHY: CARTER FISH With Carlos, there are no pretenses. “I was born in Guatemala in 1981, and I have a younger sister and brother,” he explains with a calm smile that says he’s at peace with his history and with himself. “When I was little, my father, Willmar,...

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Extown Farm

Extown Farm

PHOTOGRAPHY:NICHOLASVENEZIA Extown Farm is a 17+ acre spread, with a main farmhouse and seven other structures, on a property that spans Laurel Road, on a hill in backcountry New Canaan. Its history is...historic! The original core of the house, on one of the choice...

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Modern For the 21st Century

Modern For the 21st Century

PHOTOGRAPHY: CARTER FISH “We had a great apartment in Brooklyn, but we spent most of Covid living in what was our weekend house in Sharon, Connecticut,” Greg Witzman explains. “As things returned to normal, we realized we’d become too addicted to life in the country...

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Artisanal Woodwork

Artisanal Woodwork

PHOTOGRAPHY: NICHOLAS VENEZIA About the Spring Street Farm renovation, Freddy says, “This place had great bones! Exposed beams, original 10+ inch wide-plank floorboards, and a lot of original stone work. Despite being 200 years old, there are plenty of windows that...

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Sound Spectacular A Darien Dream

Sound Spectacular A Darien Dream

PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDREA CERASO John Scura, an uber-successful personal injury attorney and all-around really nice guy, and his wife, Jeanne-Marie, an uber-successful globetrotting denim designer and producer for major retailers and VP at Vanilla Star Jeans, were living in...

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Terry Hanratty

Terry Hanratty

Photographer: Andrea Ceraso LONG-TIME NEW CANAANITE TERRY HANRATTY IS AN ALL-AMERICAN LEGEND! Born in 1948, he’s from Butler, a town of about 15,000 outside Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania; in the same area that’s fostered 6 of the 23 quarterbacks currently in the...

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RESCUE RIGHT

RESCUE RIGHT

DISCLAIMER: if you came to see cute puppies and kittens... you're in the right placePenny Smith-Berk is the driving force behind Rescue Right - the animal rescue operation she runs, on a shoestring budget and as a labor of love, out of her Northwind Kennels business...

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Emily Morris & Ryder Bohlander Wedding

Emily Morris & Ryder Bohlander Wedding

In a quintessentially local wedding, Waccabuc-native Emily Morris married Ryder Bohlander from Katonah at the Waccabuc Country Club on July 16, 2022. The pair met at John Jay High School more than a decade ago and were good friends in school, but went on to University...

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Kathy Hoets: Pet Portraitist

Kathy Hoets: Pet Portraitist

Kathy (nee Williams) Hoets was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to America with her mom when she was ten years old. They first moved to Malibu, California, then settled in Walnut Creek in Northern California, where Kathy attended public school at Los Lomas High...

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MARCH/APRIL COVER: ARIELLE KEBBEL

MARCH/APRIL COVER: ARIELLE KEBBEL

Arielle Kebbel is precocious and thoughtful, giggly, and charming. She gives off girl-next-door vibes and could certainly pass for a twenty-something, but is also perfectly cast in an array of more serious, sophisticated or sexy roles. She is always poised, and is...

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Bluepath Service Dogs

Bluepath Service Dogs

BluePath, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2016, raises, trains, and places service dogs for area children with autism. Headquartered in Hopewell Junction in nearby Dutchess County, the organization was co-founded by long-time Bedford resident, Michelle...

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My First Year on the PGA Tour Champions

My First Year on the PGA Tour Champions

By Rob LabritzIt’s truly amazing when a life long dream becomes a reality. My dream of playing the PGA Tour started when I was 4 years old in Southington, Connecticut. There wasn’t anything that I wanted to do more than hit a golf ball and play all the time. It was my...

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Matt Bruck & Swetha Doppalapudi Wedding

Matt Bruck & Swetha Doppalapudi Wedding

Matt grew up in Bedford, was known as something of a ‘wiz kid’ at Fox Lane, and went on to graduate from Columbia University. Swetha was born in Hyderabad, India, and immigrated to the United States with her family at age 6. She too excelled academically, graduating...

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Sherry Levin Wallach

Sherry Levin Wallach

Photographer: Andrea CerasoA resident of Pound Ridge for 21 years, Sherry Levin Wallach is both Deputy Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, and President of the New York State Bar Association. As the bedrock of her fundamental belief in...

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Clara Martey: The Joy Of Living

Clara Martey: The Joy Of Living

By Rachael PalaciosWhat's on at Heather Gaudio Fine ArtColor and joy have descended in downtown New Canaan at Heather Gaudio Fine Art PROJECTS. The show features richly saturated portraits and figurative works created with thread and embroidery by Clara Nartey. For...

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Sam Hollander: Back in Bedford

Sam Hollander: Back in Bedford

By Matthew del Negro Photographer: Andrea CerasoIt’s hard to believe that I was only introduced to Sam Hollander, via text, in mid-August of this year. And given that he graduated from my former arch-nemesis high school, Fox Lane - I’m a John Jay grad - it’s shocking...

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Katie Sise Sweeney & The Bedford Oak Mystery

Katie Sise Sweeney & The Bedford Oak Mystery

IT'S   A MYSTERY Katie explains her method of writing bestselling mystery novels saying, “The twist always comes first, and the characters follow. When I start to write, I don’t have an outline or a plot. I throw the characters together and let them interact,...

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A LIVING LEGEND IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Clive Davis

A LIVING LEGEND IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Clive Davis

Long-time Pound Ridge resident Clive Davis is most often referred to as a ‘living legend’ in the music industry. Over the course of a 60+ year career that’s still going strong at age 90, Clive has signed a list of recording artists that most famously includes Janis...

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Swimming In The Shark Tank With Storage For Students

Swimming In The Shark Tank With Storage For Students

These days, appearing on the hit TV show Shark Tank, no less getting investment from one or more of the Sharks, can be better than having a Harvard MBA. Entrepreneurs are today’s industrialists. And an investment from Kevin O’Leary, Damond John, Robert Herjavec, Lori...

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CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC: Transforming a New Canaan Kitchen

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC: Transforming a New Canaan Kitchen

The Nicolet family, including executive parents, two sporty teenagers, mother-in-law, a friendly Labrador Retriever and a GoldenDoodle puppy, decided to undertake a renovation of their kitchen, mudroom and bar, in the middle of covid - and while living in the house...

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The Silvermine Group of Artists

The Silvermine Group of Artists

In 1906, Solon Borglum, the renowned sculptor - and brother of Gutzon Borglum, who carved Mount Rushmore - purchased a modest farmhouse on the eastern bank of the Silvermine RIver. Attracted by Borglum and the bucolic surroundings, other artists, including Addison T....

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Matt & Katie: A Golf Themed Wedding in New Canaan

Matt & Katie: A Golf Themed Wedding in New Canaan

Photographer: Taylor Kemp Matt Ziance and Kate Stringfellow’s first date, in June 2020, was something of a disaster. Because of restaurant closures, a beach pass mishap, and heavy traffic on I-95, they spent about two-and-a-half hours sitting in the car. But the...

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Exclusive Resorts

Exclusive Resorts

Photographer: Patrick KelleyBEACH BREAK: The gift of luxury vacations is the best legacy of all...Our family has the (luxury) travel bug. Like many of you, we’re always looking for the next adventure, or to check-off another cultural institution or historical site...

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The Bedford by Martha Stewart

The Bedford by Martha Stewart

By Casey Kaplan Bedford’s haute cuisine...is now being served in Las Vegas! Martha Stewart has opened a new restaurant in the Paris Hotel on the Vegas Strip - somewhat-eponymously named The Bedford by Martha Stewart. The open kitchen, dining areas, and overall design...

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Sam Fertik: Carbon Custom Builders

Sam Fertik: Carbon Custom Builders

Photographers: Carter Fish and Rhonda Spevak Sam and Julie Fertik and their almost three year-old daughter, Emily, will be moving-in to the house he’s building in Pound Ridge - intending to stay for the long-term - and to use his house, and method of building, as a...

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Newcomers Holiday House Tour

Newcomers Holiday House Tour

Author: Sue DechiaraB&NC MAG HOMES EDITOR HOUSE 1    Entering through the large stone porte cochere, a front-to-back foyer welcomes visitors with expansive views. This gorgeous home is stately and homey at the same time, cozy, and yet classic. Once dubbed...

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Newcomers: David Gordon & Marisha Pessl

Newcomers: David Gordon & Marisha Pessl

In the now almost-three years since covid hit, one-third of all houses in the B&NC Mag area have been sold to newcomers - the vast majority of whom are young families!…Welcome!   To illustrate the evolution, we’ve featured four young newcomer families in this...

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Newcomers: Stephanie Sandler & Libby Kountzman

Newcomers: Stephanie Sandler & Libby Kountzman

In the now almost-three years since covid hit, one-third of all houses in the B&NC Mag area have been sold to newcomers - the vast majority of whom are young families!…Welcome!   To illustrate the evolution, we’ve featured four young newcomer families in this...

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Newcomers: Coltrane Curtis & Lisa Chu

Newcomers: Coltrane Curtis & Lisa Chu

  Coltrane Curtis is indeed named after John Coltrane. And he and his wife, Lisa Chu, have continued the family’s jazz-infused legacy in naming their boys: 10-year-old Ellington - after Duke, and 3-year-old Count - as in Basie.    The Chu-Curtis family bought...

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NEWCOMERS: Andy Yu & Evan Goldstein

NEWCOMERS: Andy Yu & Evan Goldstein

In the now almost-three years since covid hit, one-third of all houses in the B&NC Mag area have been sold to newcomers – the vast majority of whom are young families!…Welcome!   To illustrate the evolution, we’ve featured four young newcomer families in this...

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2022 18 Under 18

2022 18 Under 18

When I was going around and looking at colleges as a young high school student, I was gobsmacked when the Director of Admissions at Harvard announced that she could “fill the class twice-over with Straight-A’s and Perfect 800s on the SATs - but the resulting assembly...

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Lindsay Sher and Matt Rindini: Wedding

Lindsay Sher and Matt Rindini: Wedding

Lindsay Sher and Matt Rindini tied the knot this Summer, alongside both of their families, at a winery in Brooklyn, opting for a fun and meaningful gathering that brought together the most important people in their lives to celebrate. The couple met through a friend...

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Artfully Done: The Mallin House

Artfully Done: The Mallin House

Photographer: Andrea CerasoThe news that Joel and Sherry Mallin just listed their 13.85-acre Pound Ridge estate made the front page of the New York Post. The Mallins are world-class collectors of contemporary art, and for the last 40 years their weekend home in Pound...

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Gray Matters

Gray Matters

PHOTOGRAPHER: CARTER FISHIT’S LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF STAR TREK, BUT IT’S REAL AND ACCEPTED SCIENCE!At Gray Matters, in Westport and Greenwich, Anthony Silver is using brain imaging to help diagnose and treat children and adults with a variety of issues, including...

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Good for the Mind and Body

Good for the Mind and Body

The Indian words Sthira Sukham Asanam - which translate to being steady and easeful in your practice - are a basic tenet of yoga. But in any language - yoga is good for the mind and body! In a kind of awareness training, yoga involves mastering breath and movement....

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Destination: New Paltz

Destination: New Paltz

DESTINATION: NEW PALTZ  One day road trips have always been a staple for families and friends. Post-pandemic, the easy escape is the rage! The destination should be far enough away from home that it feels like going someplace, but not so far that the day is spent in...

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Thespians: Chazz and Gianna Palminteri

Thespians: Chazz and Gianna Palminteri

Photographer: Yolanda Perez Around 535 B.C. a greek playwright named Thespis became the first actor, when he stepped out of a chorus to add the dimension of playing the text. Actors have been called ‘thespians’ ever since, and it’s the perfect tag for Chazz and Gianna...

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Bedford Rising: Jordan and Brooke Vogel

Bedford Rising: Jordan and Brooke Vogel

THE TRANSFORMATION OF BEDFORD VILLAGE, FOR THE BETTER, IS UNDERWAY... MORE RESTAURANTS, MORE RETAIL, AND MORE PLACES TO GATHER... MEET: THE VOGELS Just one night at the Bedford Post led Jordan and Brooke Vogel to rent a weekend place in Bedford in the Fall of...

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Bedford’s First Bash

Bedford’s First Bash

SomethinglikeBedford’sownWoodstock,theBedford Music Festival will be ‘nothing but peace and music’ ... with 2,000 people expected! The Bedford Music Festival is sponsored by ‘Destination 39.3’, a non- profit organization focused on Bedford’s 3 hamlets - Bedford Hills,...

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Black Bridge: Luxury at its finest

Black Bridge: Luxury at its finest

Photographer: Carter Fish BlackBridge’s latest Defender-styled concept - called the Mark IV - is the perfect vehicle for summer! At first glance it looks like a traditional Land Rover Defender - but it’s actually a brand new, custom- built SUV. If you look hard...

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$100,000,000 BIG!

$100,000,000 BIG!

PHOTOGRAPHER: MARCOTT STUDIOS & HOMETOURVISIONLARGEST PRIVATE PROPERTY IN WESTCHESTER GOES UP FOR SALE There’s big, and then there’s $100,000,000 BIG...and this 740 contiguous acre estate - the largest private property in Westchester - is worthy! To begin with,...

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Caramoor to Present: Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Caramoor to Present: Chevalier de Saint-Georges

This Sunday, July 10, at 4pm in the Venetian Theater, Caramoor will present a Concert Theater Work about Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This Sunday, July 10th, Caramoor will present a very special concert theater work by Bill Barclay about a little known,...

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SOPHIA

SOPHIA

Her art is bold, bright, expressive, textured and raw. Her marks are strong and decisive. Her work comes from a genuine place in her spirit, and she conveys her unique voice onto canvas. In works such as American Gothic, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck, she translates...

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A Cowboy Casual Wedding at the John Jay Homestead

A Cowboy Casual Wedding at the John Jay Homestead

photos: Heather Huie/Apollo Fields   Both Sam and Helen grew up in the area, riding since a young age, and competing in the hunter/jumper scene. They each took jobs in the equestrian industry. But it wasn’t until stints at a barn in Florida that the pair met and...

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ROUGHAN INTERIORS: REDESIGN OF THE WETMORE MANSION

ROUGHAN INTERIORS: REDESIGN OF THE WETMORE MANSION

by: Sue DeChiara - B&NC Mag Homes Editor and @Zhush     |     house photography: Jane Beiles     |     family photography: Carter Fish Along the twists and turns of a backcountry Bedford road, hidden from view, behind alarge wrought iron gate and up an impressive...

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Chris Russo

Chris Russo

As headliner of Mad Dog Sports Radio, at Ch. 82 on SiriusXM Radio, and host of the afternoon radio show on that channel called Mad Dog Unleashed, as the television host of High Heat on MLB Network, and with his new gig on First Take as partner to Steven A. Smith on...

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PETER SPIEGELMAN

PETER SPIEGELMAN

photos: Carter Fish In 2003, at the age of 45, Peter Spiegelman had his first novel, Black Maps, published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book, set in and around Wall Street of the early aughts, follows the exploits of private-eye John March, the black-sheep son of a...

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OUR BASKETS RUNNETH OVER

OUR BASKETS RUNNETH OVER

photos: Carter Fish   Here in the B&NC Mag area...our baskets runneth over! Picnics are a high art form. Meant to enjoy summer’s bounty, and set the scene for most memorable gatherings. Anything from the most casual to the full ‘dejeuner sur l’herbe’ warrants...

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Summer Party at The Glass House

Summer Party at The Glass House

Bedford & New Canaan Magazine is excited to announce our media sponsorship of The Glass House 15th Anniversary Summer Party - which is set to be a not-to-miss event of the season.   About the Glass House (from our 2021 Homes Issue) - written by James McCown...

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Becoming Martha Stewart

Becoming Martha Stewart

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16 Guard Hill

16 Guard Hill

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Fran Hauser

Fran Hauser

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Emily Bayuk: The Future of STEM

Emily Bayuk: The Future of STEM

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Heather Guadio – Femme de Fine Arts

Heather Guadio – Femme de Fine Arts

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Shaz Khang

Shaz Khang

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O’Hagan & Carlson Wedding

O’Hagan & Carlson Wedding

Kathleen O'Hagan marries Tore Carlson in a beautiful barnyard wedding in Bedford. [pdfjs-viewer url="https://bedfordnewcanaanmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Wedding.pdf" attachment_id="7283" viewer_width=100% viewer_height=800px fullscreen=true download=true...

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Wiz Kid To Watch

Wiz Kid To Watch

James D’Ambrosi was born and raised in Pound Ridge. He’s one of three founders of a start-up called Chalk, which aims to identify deep tech start-ups originating from a network of two dozen top U.S. universities and match the best with venture capital from established...

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Lax Queen: Sammy Jo Tracy

Lax Queen: Sammy Jo Tracy

Sammy Jo Tracy’s two-time All-American performance at UNC puts her at the top of women’s college lacrosse history. She tells B&NC Mag, “Growing up in Bedford, I always felt that the sky was the limit!” [pdfjs-viewer...

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Acting Through Adversity: Matthew Del Negro

Acting Through Adversity: Matthew Del Negro

Matthew Del Negro has Cary Grant good looks. He’s Rock Hudson handsome. But it’s Matt’s discipline and motivation that define him - as an actor and, now also, as an author and inspirational guru. [pdfjs-viewer...

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Running Girl

Running Girl

You’ve seen her out there...running. That long-legged girl with the blond ponytail, tight black top and shorts and a backpack, running...everywhere! She was out there on Oenoke when you were driving from Pound Ridge to New Canaan, she was on Westchester Ave when you...

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