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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. Simonne Quigley, 99, Red Cross Translator In World War II, Local Community Organizer, Activist

    Simonne Quigley, 99, Red Cross Translator In World War II, Local Community Organizer, Activist

    Simonne (Lanowitz) Quigley, 99, of Newton, Massachusetts, formerly of Peekskill, passed away peacefully on January 18 at her home in Newton.Born October 25, 1920 and raised in Paris, France, Simonne worked as a translator for the American Red Cross during World War II. Following the end of the war, she immigrated to the United States, settled and worked in New York City, marrying her ...

  2. Can You Have An American Dream If You’re Not In The USA Legally?

    Can You Have An American Dream If You’re Not In The USA Legally?

    Editorial Note: Names and certain identifying details have been changed to protect the individual called “Osmin Garcia” in the article.No high school student could have been happier or prouder of winning a statewide academic competition and, more importantly, the prize of a sizable scholarship to a local college. It was a dream come true for high school sophomore Osmin Garcia. He had ...

  3. Hackensack Native William 'Billy' Ferrante Was Griller Extraordinaire, Beach Lover

    Hackensack Native William 'Billy' Ferrante Was Griller Extraordinaire, Beach Lover

    Hackensack native William V. “Billy” Ferrante Jr., died on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. He was 63 years old.Born to William V. Ferrante and Marian Gerfoil Ferrante on May 11, 1956, Billy had been living in Loxley, AL. He is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Linda Ferrante.Billy could often be found at the beach, where he spent most of his time relaxing. This was certainly his ...

  4. Former Fort Lee Bridal Shop Owner, Northern Valley HS Grad Laura Jefferson Dies, 51

    Former Fort Lee Bridal Shop Owner, Northern Valley HS Grad Laura Jefferson Dies, 51

    Laura F. (Squires) Jefferson of Port St. Lucie, FL, passed away peacefully on the evening of Dec. 25, 2019 due to a short-term illness surrounded by her immediate family. She was 51 years old.Laura was born in Hackensack and was the beloved daughter of Armand and Andrea Squires. She attended Northern Valley Regional High School Demarest. In partnership with a close friend, she ...

  5. Annelies Herzl, 95, Rye Resident, Holocaust Survivor, Mental Health Counselor, Optimist

    Annelies Herzl, 95, Rye Resident, Holocaust Survivor, Mental Health Counselor, Optimist

    Annelies Herzl died on Sunday, Dec. 22 after living with Alzheimer’s for more than 10 years. Annelies was born in Neustadt an der Sale, Germany, on Nov 30, 1924 to Irma and Selig Lustig. Her loving husband, Henry, predeceased Annelies in 1991. She is survived by her children Roy Herzl of Mamaroneck (wife Allison) and Vicki Herzl Watkins of Alplaus (husband Gray) as well as her ...

  6. Tarrytown Native, PA Artist, Teacher Cecelia S. Lyden Dies At 78

    Tarrytown Native, PA Artist, Teacher Cecelia S. Lyden Dies At 78

    Cecelia S. Lyden died on Dec, 20, 2019, succumbing to pulmonary fibrosis. Born February 12, 1941 in Tarrytown, she is the daughter of the late Peter and Mildred (Mascola) Barbella.She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard A. Lyden; her daughter, Cheryl Anne Cochran; her son, Christopher Paul Lyden; three grandchildren, Caroline Cochran, Ryan Cochran and Ricky Vega; her ...

  7. Listen To Your Heart: Getting To The Root Of Heart Disease

    Listen To Your Heart: Getting To The Root Of Heart Disease

    If a plant-based diet and more exercise lead to greater heart health, why don’t we follow these recommendations? The numbers don’t lie: Heart disease (and all it entails) is a serious problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is the leading cause of death among most ethnicities in the United States; that’s 610,000 people annually—one out of four ...

  8. Through Her Lens, Westport Native Lynsey Addario Tells The Stories We Need To Know

    Through Her Lens, Westport Native Lynsey Addario Tells The Stories We Need To Know

    Perhaps it’s because Lynsey Addario grew up the youngest of four sisters. Perhaps it’s because she was raised to be nonjudgmental and encouraged to be open and accepting by her hairdresser parents. Or, perhaps, it’s because she cares about capturing entire stories through her photographs, bearing witness to things that others may turn away from.Actually, it’s all this and more that has ...

  9. Can Support Kangaroos Fly With You? Westchester Airport Awaits Federal Answer

    Can Support Kangaroos Fly With You? Westchester Airport Awaits Federal Answer

    Dogs, cats, squirrels, pigs, miniature horses, ducks, peacocks and, yes, even boa constrictors and spiders. All of these creatures have achieved their 15 minutes of fame as emotional support animals brought—or attempted to be brought—on airplanes. Is it a violation of federal law to deny them in the main cabin? Are they really service animals or pets in disguise? Those are the ...

  10. Formerly of Katonah, Weston's Margaret H. Broudy, 95, Was A Bookstore Owner, Prodigious Reader

    Formerly of Katonah, Weston's Margaret H. Broudy, 95, Was A Bookstore Owner, Prodigious Reader

    Margaret H. Broudy of Weston, formerly of Katonah, died at the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Danbury on Nov. 29 at the stroke of midnight, age 95 ½. She left on her own terms.Margaret (aka Maggie and Margie, depending on which circle of family and friends was in the room) was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Lt. Colonel Morris H. “Steve” Broudy, in ...

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