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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. 

Vira Mamchur Schwartz's Contributions

  1. Friend, "Mom," Cultural Ambassador: North Salem's Maryanne D'Amato Helps Local Au Pairs

    Friend, "Mom," Cultural Ambassador: North Salem's Maryanne D'Amato Helps Local Au Pairs

    It all started because Maryanne D’Amato was a friendly neighbor. After working in television, she and her husband left New York City for suburban life in North Salem. And it is there where D’Amato met and befriended her neighbor’s au pairs while out and about with her own children.“I just adored these girls,” said D’Amato. “I enjoyed seeing them; they’d walk with me and tell me about ...

  2. Colonel Who? Bonchon Chicken Moves Into Fairfield County

    Colonel Who? Bonchon Chicken Moves Into Fairfield County

    Who can remember a time when chicken wings weren’t on a menu? Started as a bar appetizer in the 1960s, wings are now the star of the show. And they certainly shine bright at Bonchon’s. The Korean-based and internationally loved fried chicken purveyor has opened its first franchise in Fairfield County at 1565 Post Road. The grand opening was held on Oct. 7. Bonchon has four other ...

  3. 48 Years And Counting: Legendary Jam Band Max Creek Takes The Stage At Garcia’s In Port Chester

    48 Years And Counting: Legendary Jam Band Max Creek Takes The Stage At Garcia’s In Port Chester

    If you grew up in this area in the 1980s and 1990s, you’ll have heard of Max Creek. Perhaps you even saw them at the Capitol in Port Chester, the old Globe in Norwalk or the Rocking Horse in Hartford, among countless other clubs and outdoor festivals they’ve played. Max Creek was a fixture at the Gathering of the Vibes (last held at Seaside Park in Bridgeport in 2015), instrumental to ...

  4. Not The Childhood Toy And Companion You Remember: Possessed Dolls Hit The Norwalk Stage

    Not The Childhood Toy And Companion You Remember: Possessed Dolls Hit The Norwalk Stage

    The possessed doll has long been a horror trope. The "Chucky" film franchise is loosely based on an actual haunted doll called Robert, and Annabelle, of a recent movie of the same name, is an actual doll owned by the Warren estate, Connecticut’s famed supernatural investigators. These, however, are far from the only haunted dolls out there. Google “possessed doll” and you’ll find dolls ...

  5. CT’s Largest Private School Gets Its Largest Gift Ever: $10M From Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

    CT’s Largest Private School Gets Its Largest Gift Ever: $10M From Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss

    Former President George H. W. Bush. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard. These three are but some of the noteworthy graduates of Greenwich Country Day School, a co-ed, private day school in the town since 1926 which, with its acquisition of the former Stanwich School in 2017, is now the largest independent private school (grades K-12) in ...

  6. Ukrainian National Association Throwing Massive Anniversary Celebration In Parsippany

    Ukrainian National Association Throwing Massive Anniversary Celebration In Parsippany

    Had you ever thought of Ukraine prior to the news cycle of the past few months? Perhaps you went to school with a Ukrainian-American who consistently corrected that it was not “the” Ukraine, but simply Ukraine? Or maybe you admired Ukrainian Easter eggs every spring? If you wish to find out more about Ukraine, this is your chance, for there is perhaps no better way to learn a country’s ...

  7. Barbara Bigando, 73, North Salem High Class of '64

    Barbara Bigando, 73, North Salem High Class of '64

    Barbara A. Bigando, 73, of McGaheysville, VA died on Thursday, Oct. 17. The daughter of the late Dominic and Olga Ranalli, she was born August 9, 1946 in North Salem. She was a graduate of the class of 1964 of North Salem High School.On May 12, 1984, she married Donald Bigando who survives along with two sons, Mark A. Litz and Donald Bigando Jr; four grandchildren, Melissa ...

  8. White Plains Native Audrey Harlow, Taught In Yorktown Central School District For 48 Years, 85

    White Plains Native Audrey Harlow, Taught In Yorktown Central School District For 48 Years, 85

    Audrey Rose Harlow died on Oct. 12; she was 85. She was born and raised in White Plains, the daughter of Arthur Rose of New York City and Julia Keeler Rose of South Salem.She attended White Plains schools until 1949 when the family moved to Elmsford. There, Audrey graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in June 1951.Audrey earned both her BS and MS degrees from the State ...

  9. Former Yonkers Resident Patricia Harsche, 89, Loved Music, Dance

    Former Yonkers Resident Patricia Harsche, 89, Loved Music, Dance

    Patricia June (Gandee) Harsche, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Yonkers, died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 at age 89.She was born July 12, 1930 to Walter and Veronica (Palyo) Harsche. Pat was an accomplished Gold status Arthur Murray dance instructor and awarded a scholarship in classical piano from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Music. Travels took her to Mare Island, CA ...

  10. Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother Charlotte C. Zuckerman Of Yorktown Heights, 90

    Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother Charlotte C. Zuckerman Of Yorktown Heights, 90

    Beloved wife of the late Newton Zuckerman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Charlotte C. Zuckerman has died at home surrounded by her two daughters and her many grandchildren.Charlotte loved life and lived with it with amazing zest and generosity. She lived in Yorktown Heights for 63 years, raising two daughters while having a successful real estate career. She was always ...

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