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Vira Mamchur Schwartz

Writer vschwartz@dailyvoice.com

Vira Mamchur Schwartz is the quintessential jack-of-all-trades...and master of a few of them. Vira’s editorial career started in technology publishing, writing and editing at the Ziff-Davis publication Computer Shopper. Later she served as Managing Editor at CD-ROM World and then Internet World, before moving to freelance writing.

Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, L.A. Times, Folio, Portable Computing, Internet Shopper and other websites and magazines that no longer exist. She ghost-wrote and designed an award-winning diet and fitness book for a popular fitness personality and, currently, loves to tell stories about people and animals. 

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  1. Longtime Wilton Schools Employee, Former Stamford Resident, Jack Droney of Darien, 94

    Longtime Wilton Schools Employee, Former Stamford Resident, Jack Droney of Darien, 94

    Longtime Wilton Schools employee John (Jack) Droney of Darien died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 28. Jack was born April 29, 1925 to John and Kate (Howley) Droney in Bellharbour, County Clare, Ireland. He was the youngest of four children: Mary (Sisty Scarsbrook), Michael, Martin, and Jack. Jack immigrated to the United Ståtes in 1947 with his cousin and lifelong friend, James (Gus) ...

  2. Lifelong Peekskill Resident Pauline Hunt Dies

    Lifelong Peekskill Resident Pauline Hunt Dies

    Pauline Marie (Frugis) Hunt, 82, of Peekskill died Sept. 15 in the Royal Cape Cod Rehabilitation Center in Buzzards Bay, MA. She was the widow of the late Charles R. Hunt and the daughter of the late Sebastian Frugis and Beatrice (Tritto) Hongach. Pauline was born in White Plains and was a lifelong resident of Peekskill. She graduated from Peekskill High School in 1955. Mrs. Hunt was ...

  3. Former Trumbull Women's Club and Welcome Wagon President, Sally Garrick, Dies At 103

    Former Trumbull Women's Club and Welcome Wagon President, Sally Garrick, Dies At 103

    Sally Dorothea Toth Garrick, 103, died on Sept. 22 at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC. Born in Fairfield, she was the last of 10 children born to Hungarian parents, Joseph and Suzanna Kanotz Toth. She enjoyed swimming and golf. She married architect Joseph E. Garrick in 1940 and remained married for 65 years until his death in 2004. Sally and Joe traveled to ...

  4. Bronxville Native Sandy Guidera, 67, Dies

    Bronxville Native Sandy Guidera, 67, Dies

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra “Sandy” Guidera or “Dee,” as she was affectionately called by her granddaughters. After a courageous battle with cancer, Sandy passed away peacefully at her home in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, surrounded by family and friends. Sandy was born in New York City in 1952 and raised in Bronxville. She attended Bronxville ...

  5. Stars, Awards, And Gin: NY, NJ, CT Represent At Primetime Emmys

    Stars, Awards, And Gin: NY, NJ, CT Represent At Primetime Emmys

    Did you catch the Emmys? For many we're currently living in  the “Platinum Age” of Television, and there were many great shows, writers, and actors—several of whom have a local link—to root for and honor at last night's awards.Of the trio from North Jersey nominated in acting categories, only Vera Farmiga (Passaic County born and raised) didn’t win; she was nominated in the ...

  6. New Name + New Menu = Win! For West Nyack's Crossroads Gastro

    New Name + New Menu = Win! For West Nyack's Crossroads Gastro

    Made from scratch. That’s what Crossroads Gastro wants to emphasize. All beef for burgers is ground on the premises and sausages are stuffed in the kitchen; Crossroads Gastro takes time to ferment and pickle as well. The rebranded former Grub Café noodle bar in West Nyack is now serving a locally sourced, fresh, seasonal menu featuring vegan options and changing daily specials. They ...

  7. CT's Highclere Castle Gin In Viking Cruises Extensions Gin Tastings At Real 'Downton Abbey'

    CT's Highclere Castle Gin In Viking Cruises Extensions Gin Tastings At Real 'Downton Abbey'

    You’ve watched the series as it aired and later binge-watched to your heart’s content, and now you’re eagerly awaiting the movie’s release on Sept. 20. Wouldn’t you like to visit the real "Downton Abbey"? Wouldn’t you like to step back in time for a moment and stand in the library of Highclere Castle while sipping a gin and tonic served by your very own Carson? You can.Connecticut-based ...

  8. Musician, Teacher And — Most Of All — Beloved Friend, Nino Getts Of Ossining Dies At 74

    Musician, Teacher And — Most Of All — Beloved Friend, Nino Getts Of Ossining Dies At 74

    On the morning of June 28, Nino V. Getts, 74, died quietly in his sleep. Nino was born on Nov. 12, 1944 to William and Mary Riccardi Getts. He grew up in the Battle Hill area and was a nostalgic fan of the old White Plains, where he often sat on the steps of the old courthouse with friends  and walked Main St.Nino graduated from White Plains High School in 1962 and/or ...

  9. Highclere Castle Gin Evokes The Elegance Of A Time Gone By

    Highclere Castle Gin Evokes The Elegance Of A Time Gone By

    Picture it: A woman with her hair bobbed wearing a flapper-style dress dangles her gin cocktail from bejeweled fingers as she whispers in the ear of a man in black tie and tails. The magnificent halls, wall-size paintings, tables exquisitely set with china and stemware too numerous to count, the servants in their starched black and white. This is the Highclere Castle of a different ...

  10. Posh Highclere Castle Gin, Launched By CT Company & The Real 'Downton Abbey,' Makes US Debut

    Posh Highclere Castle Gin, Launched By CT Company & The Real 'Downton Abbey,' Makes US Debut

    How does a Connecticut-based spirits company partner with the real-life Earl and Countess of TV’s "Downton Abbey," Highclere Castle? They connect through email of course.It was after watching an episode of "Downton Abbey," followed by a documentary about Highclere Castle, that Adam von Gootkin got an idea. Von Gootkin was already successful in the spirits business, having launched New ...

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