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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. Scott Socquet, 53, Turned Love of Flying Into Successful Stratford Business

    Scott Socquet, 53, Turned Love of Flying Into Successful Stratford Business

    Scott Socquet, 53, of Milford, beloved husband of Jessica Socquet, died on Oct. 23.The son of Cliff (Arleen) Socquet and Linda (Jesse) Jameson, he was born on April 18, 1966 in Putnam, CT—in the car en route to Day Kimble Hospital. He lived in Connecticut through his childhood and teenage years. Much of his charismatic, honest and caring character was established in these small New ...

  2. Norwalk’s Ghost Storm Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts

    Norwalk’s Ghost Storm Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts

    It all started at the abandoned and purportedly haunted village in Litchfield County, Dudleytown. Go ahead and google it. Founded in the 1740s and abandoned in the 1800s, ghost activity is rumored there. But don’t expect to experience it for yourself as Dudleytown lies on private land closed to the public and trespassers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Luckily for Nick ...

  3. Run A Marathon Blind? Guiding Eyes Running Guide Dogs Make It Possible

    Run A Marathon Blind? Guiding Eyes Running Guide Dogs Make It Possible

    Thomas Panek, president and CEO of Yorktown Heights-based non-profit Guiding Eyes for the Blind, has been a runner his whole life. “I ran on my cross-country team in high school; it was around that time that I began losing more and more of my vision,” recalled Panek. “I would always follow the runner in front of me, afraid to get out in front, but I kept getting hurt.”Running became ...

  4. Gorton High Grad, Vietnam Vet, Craftsman Carpenter, Avid Sailor: James MacArthur Masterson, 73

    Gorton High Grad, Vietnam Vet, Craftsman Carpenter, Avid Sailor: James MacArthur Masterson, 73

    James MacArthur Masterson died on Monday, Oct. 28 after a short illness. The son of Walter J. Masterson and Anne (MacArthur) Masterson, he was born Oct. 27, 1946. Jim had lived in many places over the years and was residing in Yonkers at the time of his death. He attended Gorton High School in Yonkers and was one of the original members of the North End Surf Club. Jim was a Vietnam ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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