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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. James L. Perkins of Port Chester, 83, Devoted Family Man, Greenwich Firefighter, Electrician

    James L. Perkins of Port Chester, 83, Devoted Family Man, Greenwich Firefighter, Electrician

    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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Artist And Award-Winning Novelist Barbara Hazard, Formerly Of Chappaqua, Has Died

    Artist And Award-Winning Novelist Barbara Hazard, Formerly Of Chappaqua, Has Died

    Barbara (Booth) Hazard, a former resident of Chappaqua, died on Oct. 25. in Boston, surrounded by family. Born in 1931 in Fall River, MA, the daughter of Albert L. and Lillian (Holland) Booth, she was raised and educated in New England. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1953 and was briefly employed by Ginn & Company in Boston as a ...

  5. TV Stars In The Making? Fairfield County's Connecticut Junk Removal Is Hopeful

    TV Stars In The Making? Fairfield County's Connecticut Junk Removal Is Hopeful

    Storage companies. Pawn brokers. Hoarders. Housewives. Connecticut Junk Removal? “Storage Wars,” which has been an A&E Network stalwart since 2010 may be in for some tough competition if Glen Jennings, owner of Connecticut Junk Removal, LLC has his way.The family-owned Fairfield-based junk removal company is looking to capitalize on the reality TV craze. Hoping for an A&E deal ...

  6. When Nuts Are Life-Threatening: Family Food Allergies Push Wilton Mom to Action

    When Nuts Are Life-Threatening: Family Food Allergies Push Wilton Mom to Action

    About 10 years ago, Jenny Wooten Andjelkovic and her family experienced a scare that changed their lives forever. Scare, perhaps, isn’t strong enough a word. Wilton mom Andjelkovic had just had her third child, another daughter after a girl, then 5, and a son, 3 at the time. She knew her eldest, Bella, had a tree nut and peanut allergy: Eating anything with a tree nut or peanut would ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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