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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 Westchester Resident, Ad Man, Fly Fisherman Bob Doherty, 89

    Longtime Westchester Resident, Ad Man, Fly Fisherman Bob Doherty, 89

    Robert (Bob) Cunningham Doherty was born in New York City on Sept. 30, 1930, the son of Francis Joseph and Helen Utley Doherty. He grew up in Westchester County and attended public schools there (first in Mount Vernon and then “out in the country” in Chappaqua). He was a Cub Scout for several years, took piano lessons and frequently played sandlot baseball with his older brother, ...

  2. Westchester Native,  Harrison High Class of '45, Korean Vet, John P. Witzel, 90

    Westchester Native, Harrison High Class of '45, Korean Vet, John P. Witzel, 90

    John P. Witzel of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 1.John was born in Manhattan on Dec. 6, 1928 and later moved to Harrison. He attended Harrison High School, graduating in the class of 1945, and continued on to Columbia University where he graduated in 1949. John served overseas during the Korean War and, upon return home, he worked for the Bendix ...

  3. Tradition! Make Highclere Castle Gin One Of Yours

    Tradition! Make Highclere Castle Gin One Of Yours

    Holiday and tradition. Have two words ever been more synonymous? Following your grandmother’s recipes, going to Aunt Mary’s house for an annual feast, having the youngest pass out family gifts. Tradition at holiday time—Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s and any special day—provides comfort, gives us a sense of history and connects us to something greater than ourselves. At Highclere ...

  4. Former Longtime New Rochelle Realtor, Gloria Claudet, 95, With Family In Fairfield County

    Former Longtime New Rochelle Realtor, Gloria Claudet, 95, With Family In Fairfield County

    Gloria Claudet, 95, known to her friends as "Glo," died on Nov. 24 at her home in Southbury, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Henri Claudet. Gloria was born in Asbury Park, NJ in 1923 to the late James and Elizabeth (Kirwin) Jennings.For more than three decades, Gloria sold real estate at Emile Rellstab Real Estate in New Rochelle, gaining a ...

  5. Move Over Martha: Trumbull’s Diane Morrisey Is Social Media’s Rising Foodie Star

    Move Over Martha: Trumbull’s Diane Morrisey Is Social Media’s Rising Foodie Star

    Tomato Tortellini Beef Soup. That’s the recipe that was forwarded to me by a friend who raved about it and other recipes she’d found on the Facebook page Diane Morrisey Cooking. After picking up a few ingredients at my local supermarket, I was ready to give it a try on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Not difficult to make, hearty, and filling. Perfect comfort food. Family and guests loved ...

  6. Sol Krongelb, Developed Innovative Technology At IBM, Longtime Member of Yorktown Jewish Center

    Sol Krongelb, Developed Innovative Technology At IBM, Longtime Member of Yorktown Jewish Center

    Sol Krongelb died on Monday, Nov. 11, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.Sol was born on Aug. 15, 1932 in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Benjamin and Anna Bloom Krongelb. In 1953, Sol married his high school sweetheart, Gladys Anne Steinfeld. Sol and Gladys moved to Cambridge, MA, where they both pursued advanced degrees. In 1959, the couple built a home in Somers, ...

  7. Egg-citing, Egg-ceptional, Egg-squisite: The Tasty Yolk Makes Bacon, Egg And Cheese A Star

    Egg-citing, Egg-ceptional, Egg-squisite: The Tasty Yolk Makes Bacon, Egg And Cheese A Star

    What came first? The food truck or the restaurant? In this case, it’s the egg.Long before he became a New England Culinary Institute-trained chef and winner of Food Network's Chopped "Breakfast Battle," Fairfield native Eric Felitto was known for his bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. From an early age he was frying them up for all his friends, his older brother and his brother’s ...

  8. James L. Perkins of Port Chester, 83, Greenwich Firefighter

    James L. Perkins of Port Chester, 83, Greenwich Firefighter

    James Lewis Perkins, 83, born to Frederick and Charlotte Lewis Perkins of Port Chester, died on Tuesday, Nov. 12  in Fort Pierce, Florida.He graduated from Port Chester High School in 1954 and married the former Dorothy Rennie in 1957. They were married for many years and have four daughters, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.Jim became an electrician in 1960 after ...

  9. Norwalk Actor Bartek Szymanski Has A Head Full Of Dreams And The Drive To Make Them Reality

    Norwalk Actor Bartek Szymanski Has A Head Full Of Dreams And The Drive To Make Them Reality

    Google audition tips. You’ll find many that would hold for any job: Be confident, bring a photo and resume, do your research. Bartek Szymanski has one more: Audition for everything to gain experience, get that role and follow your dream.“I auditioned for things I never imagined doing,” admitted Szymanski. “When I was a senior in high school, I started to apply to anything anywhere and ...

  10. Mary Bendlin, 91, Port Chester Native, Nurse In Orange County

    Mary Bendlin, 91, Port Chester Native, Nurse In Orange County

    Mary Webster Bendlin, known to her family and friends as “Scotty,” died on Nov. 11 at the age of 91 in Kissimmee, FL. She was a retired registered nurse employed in Orange County at Horton Memorial Hospital in Middletown for 35 years and was Head Nurse of the OB/GYN Department before retiring in 1985. Born and raised in Port Chester, Mary graduated from Port ...

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