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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. Spreading Good Will In Norwalk And Beyond In These Uncertain Times

    Spreading Good Will In Norwalk And Beyond In These Uncertain Times

    Stuck at home, one of the few outings we might allow ourselves is a solitary walk during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Have you noticed everyone you safely pass seems friendlier? You feel good will in the air. Is it because we’re so desperate for socialization that we’re grateful to see a new face? Or is it because we just never paid attention to our smiling neighbors? ...

  2. Margot Cantrall, 82, Of Danbury: Chemist, Accomplished Singer

    Margot Cantrall, 82, Of Danbury: Chemist, Accomplished Singer

    Margot (Benz) Cantrall, 82, died on March 22 in Danbury Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was born in New York City on August 21, 1937 to Max and Louise (Steudle) Benz, who emigrated from Germany in the 1920s.Margot grew up in the Pelham Bay area of the Bronx and attended both Hunter High School and Hunter College, graduating with a BA in Chemistry in 1959. That same ...

  3. Domenica Scotto Dittmeier, 94, Formerly of Valhalla, Remembered For Her Strong Spirit

    Domenica Scotto Dittmeier, 94, Formerly of Valhalla, Remembered For Her Strong Spirit

    Former Westchester resident Domenica Scotto Dittmeier died peacefully at the age of 94 on March 18 at Spring Hills Senior Residence in Alexandria, VA. She was born on March 15, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York and was the last surviving child of Domenico and Adele Scotto. She graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science and then obtained a Master of Arts at Manhattanville ...

  4. Surviving Hate Is A Heroic Act: Westchester Author Shares Her Father’s Tale

    Surviving Hate Is A Heroic Act: Westchester Author Shares Her Father’s Tale

    “Survivor’s guilt” is part of our lexicon now. But did you know it was first identified in the 1960s as a condition suffered by Holocaust survivors? Can you imagine, feeling such guilt for having survived when no one else — not your parents, your siblings, your friends, people you used to pass in the street — made it out alive? Seeing it as a failure of character that you lived when ...

  5. From Football To The FBI, Longtime Fairfield County Resident Milton Graham Shares His Story

    From Football To The FBI, Longtime Fairfield County Resident Milton Graham Shares His Story

    The way the story was shared in the news a couple of years back, you’d think Charles Tillman, known as one of the best cornerbacks in Chicago Bears history, was the first retired professional football player to become an FBI agent. But you’d be wrong. That honor actually belongs to another (albeit briefly) former Bear — 85-year-old Milton Graham.Graham now calls an assisted-living ...

  6. CT High Schools Can Apply Now for New Grant For Free Tech Curriculum

    CT High Schools Can Apply Now for New Grant For Free Tech Curriculum

    These days, budget cuts have school districts scrambling. Vital programs are being cut while the demand for talent in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)  is growing. To help fill this need, New Haven-based District Innovation and Venture Center (DIVC), the nonprofit parent organization behind Holberton School in New Haven announced that it has ...

  7. True-Crime Buffs & Podcasters: Westchester's Friends For Ever Tell Of Murder And Mayhem

    True-Crime Buffs & Podcasters: Westchester's Friends For Ever Tell Of Murder And Mayhem

    The guitars snarl, the drums beat and cymbals clang. It’s intense, loud, and fitting. It’s the opening to the podcast Nefarious New York and no other musical intro could set the stage better for the discussion to come about rapists, murders, serial killers and unsolved crimes in and around Westchester County.Fans of crime and the unexplained since their formative years in New Rochelle, ...

  8. Mount Kisco's Brenda Barnes, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Longtime Laerdal Medical Employee, 80

    Mount Kisco's Brenda Barnes, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Longtime Laerdal Medical Employee, 80

    Longtime Mount Kisco resident Brenda Elizabeth Barnes — a loving mother and grandmother, cherished sister and beloved aunt who savored the arts, culture and literature and whose experiences across the globe gave her a gracious wisdom and sense of humor — died on Sunday, Jan. 26. She was 80. Brenda was born on June 2, 1939, one of the first to be born at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in ...

  9. Former Teacher From Englewood Charlotte Benner, 86, Lived Remarkably Merry Life

    Former Teacher From Englewood Charlotte Benner, 86, Lived Remarkably Merry Life

    Charlotte Benner, 86, died peacefully in her sleep at home in Yarmouth Port, MA, on Feb. 13Charlotte was born in New York City on August 1, 1933, the “one and only” child of Charles Van Antwerp and Katherine Karcher Benner. She spent her formative years in Englewood, where she attended the Elisabeth Morrow and Dwight-Englewood schools. Among the accolades that the Dwight ...

  10. Jurassic World Live Tour Brings Film Universe to Bridgeport's Webster Arena

    Jurassic World Live Tour Brings Film Universe to Bridgeport's Webster Arena

    Dinosaurs have captivated human imagination since the first fossils were found. Modern cinema has created lifelike creatures from imagination, and now Jurassic World Live Tour brings dinosaurs to life right before your very eyes.Part of an almost year-long tour, Jurassic World Live Tour will be at Bridgeport’s Webster Arena from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8. Using life-size ...

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