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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. Yorktown Native Thomas John Lee, 30, Will Be Remembered For His Huge Heart

    Yorktown Native Thomas John Lee, 30, Will Be Remembered For His Huge Heart

    Thomas John Lee, age 30 died unexpectedly on April 28, 2020 in Pompano Beach, FL. TJ was born on June 18, 1989 in Yorktown Heights, NY. He was the son of James and Mary (Hand) Lee. He graduated from Yorktown High School in 2007. He was employed as an installer at Jones Awnings in Pompano Beach, FL. He loved his job and skateboarding and will be remembered for his huge heart and ...

  2. Ossining's Barbara Brewster, 98, Former Teachers Union Head, Outdoor, Art Enthusiast

    Ossining's Barbara Brewster, 98, Former Teachers Union Head, Outdoor, Art Enthusiast

    Barbara (Murphy) Brewster, a Connecticut native and longtime resident of Ossining, died on March 31 at the age of 98. Predeceased by her husband Frederick R. Brewster and daughter Susan (Brewster) Eisenmann, she is survived by three daughters, Deborah Ferrenz (husband Mark) of Roslindale, MA; Abigail McGahey (husband David) of Santa Fe, NM and Alison Brewster (husband Ray ...

  3. Samuel Oswald Talbot, 79, Mount Vernon Resident, Real Estate Broker

    Samuel Oswald Talbot, 79, Mount Vernon Resident, Real Estate Broker

    Samuel Oswald Talbot, 79, of Mount Vernon died on Saturday, April 25. Born on May 28, 1940, Samuel was a real estate broker and longtime resident of Mount Vernon. He is survived by his wife, Cicely; children: Ingrid, Kenlyn (Leslie), Coleen, Jennifer, Adrian, Staye, Leeann, Lauren, Brian, Anthony and Brent; 18 grand children and 4 great-grandchildren. Samuel Oswald ...

  4. Norwalk's Ripka's At The Beach Is Ready With The Burgers, Lobster Rolls, Oysters, Fries & More!

    Norwalk's Ripka's At The Beach Is Ready With The Burgers, Lobster Rolls, Oysters, Fries & More!

    Going to culinary school was just an excuse to find out what Clyde Ripka didn’t know about food. Turns out it wasn’t much.When he was 12, the Long Island native and current East Fishkill, N.Y., resident, spent his summer traveling to a New Jersey Holiday Inn, where his father was a partner, to peel potatoes and wash dishes. By 14, Ripka, blonde and tall—the stereotypical surfer dude—was ...

  5. Doris Athans, 92, Former Mount Kisco Elementary School Teacher

    Doris Athans, 92, Former Mount Kisco Elementary School Teacher

    Doris Jean (Biddle) Athans, 92, of Bradenton Beach, FL and formerly of Mount Kisco, died on April 27 at Serenity Gardens of Bradenton Assisted Living Residence. She passed away peacefully of natural causes in the company of family and friends who loved her. Doris was born on June 30, 1927 in the rural outskirts of Ann Arbor, MI where she spent her childhood with younger sister, Janet, ...

  6. Stamford-Based Catalyst Wins Six Awards From CT Press Club

    Stamford-Based Catalyst Wins Six Awards From CT Press Club

    Catalyst Marketing Communications of Stamford has won six awards from the Connecticut Press Club for work on behalf of the agency’s clients.Catalyst Public Relations Account Executive Tom Renner, formerly of Bethel, was recognized with six awards, including three first-place prizes. His work won first place in the “Media Pitch,” “Specialty Articles – ghost-written for someone ...

  7. You're Invited: Join Lord And Lady Carnarvon For Virtual Cocktails At Highclere Castle

    You're Invited: Join Lord And Lady Carnarvon For Virtual Cocktails At Highclere Castle

    What to wear… It’s cocktail hour at Highclere Castle, and you’re invited. There’s no better place to enjoy a Highclere Castle Gin cocktail than at the castle itself. So once you decide on your wardrobe (formal attire optional—this time), sit back with your cocktail in hand and let Lord and Lady Carnarvon share their stories that celebrate the best in life—and let you escape the world ...

  8. Ray Allen On 4-CT: I Just Learned Of A New Way To Help

    Ray Allen On 4-CT: I Just Learned Of A New Way To Help

    There's no doubt that the Nutmeg state holds as much a place in Ray Allen's heart as he holds in the hearts' of the state's residents. Which is to say, it's a mutual love affair.Known for his three-point shot at UConn (1993 to 1996) as well as during his 20-year Hall-of-Fame NBA career, where he won two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat and holds the record for most ...

  9. Longtime Hillsdale Resident Larry Loeffler, 90

    Longtime Hillsdale Resident Larry Loeffler, 90

    Lawrence Edgar Loeffler formerly of Hillsdale died March 16. He was 90 years old.Born June 8, 1929, Loeffler was raised in Oakmont, PA by Emil “Dutch” and Hilda Loeffler, along with identical twin Emil and sister Louise. He and his brother started working at an early age with their father at the Oakmont Country Club, where Dutch was the greenskeeper and Pro. Larry graduated from ...

  10. Lawrence Littig, 81, Active Church Member In Greenwich

    Lawrence Littig, 81, Active Church Member In Greenwich

    After a multiyear battle with dementia and short-term illness with COVID-19, Lawrence (Larry) W. Littig, 81, died in Norwalk on May 3. Born July 18, 1938 in Kalamazoo, MI to John and Dorothy Littig, Larry was a competitive youth tennis player coached by the legendary Vic Braden. After graduating State High School in Kalamazoo, Larry attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, ...

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