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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. Bronxville Native Sandy Guidera, 67, Dies

    Bronxville Native Sandy Guidera, 67, Dies

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra “Sandy” Guidera or “Dee,” as she was affectionately called by her granddaughters. After a courageous battle with cancer, Sandy passed away peacefully at her home in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, surrounded by family and friends. Sandy was born in New York City in 1952 and raised in Bronxville. She attended Bronxville ...

  2. Stars, Awards, And Gin: NY, NJ, CT Represent At Primetime Emmys

    Stars, Awards, And Gin: NY, NJ, CT Represent At Primetime Emmys

    Did you catch the Emmys? For many we're currently living in  the “Platinum Age” of Television, and there were many great shows, writers, and actors—several of whom have a local link—to root for and honor at last night's awards.Of the trio from North Jersey nominated in acting categories, only Vera Farmiga (Passaic County born and raised) didn’t win; she was nominated in the ...

  3. New Name + New Menu = Win! For West Nyack's Crossroads Gastro

    New Name + New Menu = Win! For West Nyack's Crossroads Gastro

    Made from scratch. That’s what Crossroads Gastro wants to emphasize. All beef for burgers is ground on the premises and sausages are stuffed in the kitchen; Crossroads Gastro takes time to ferment and pickle as well. The rebranded former Grub Café noodle bar in West Nyack is now serving a locally sourced, fresh, seasonal menu featuring vegan options and changing daily specials. They ...

  4. CT's Highclere Castle Gin In Viking Cruises Extensions Gin Tastings At Real 'Downton Abbey'

    CT's Highclere Castle Gin In Viking Cruises Extensions Gin Tastings At Real 'Downton Abbey'

    You’ve watched the series as it aired and later binge-watched to your heart’s content, and now you’re eagerly awaiting the movie’s release on Sept. 20. Wouldn’t you like to visit the real "Downton Abbey"? Wouldn’t you like to step back in time for a moment and stand in the library of Highclere Castle while sipping a gin and tonic served by your very own Carson? You can.Connecticut-based ...

  5. Musician, Teacher And — Most Of All — Beloved Friend, Nino Getts Of Ossining Dies At 74

    Musician, Teacher And — Most Of All — Beloved Friend, Nino Getts Of Ossining Dies At 74

    On the morning of June 28, Nino V. Getts, 74, died quietly in his sleep. Nino was born on Nov. 12, 1944 to William and Mary Riccardi Getts. He grew up in the Battle Hill area and was a nostalgic fan of the old White Plains, where he often sat on the steps of the old courthouse with friends  and walked Main St.Nino graduated from White Plains High School in 1962 and/or ...

  6. Highclere Castle Gin Evokes The Elegance Of A Time Gone By

    Highclere Castle Gin Evokes The Elegance Of A Time Gone By

    Picture it: A woman with her hair bobbed wearing a flapper-style dress dangles her gin cocktail from bejeweled fingers as she whispers in the ear of a man in black tie and tails. The magnificent halls, wall-size paintings, tables exquisitely set with china and stemware too numerous to count, the servants in their starched black and white. This is the Highclere Castle of a different ...

  7. Posh Highclere Castle Gin, Launched By CT Company & The Real 'Downton Abbey,' Makes US Debut

    Posh Highclere Castle Gin, Launched By CT Company & The Real 'Downton Abbey,' Makes US Debut

    How does a Connecticut-based spirits company partner with the real-life Earl and Countess of TV’s "Downton Abbey," Highclere Castle? They connect through email of course.It was after watching an episode of "Downton Abbey," followed by a documentary about Highclere Castle, that Adam von Gootkin got an idea. Von Gootkin was already successful in the spirits business, having launched New ...

  8. Song, Food & Fun At Blues & Views Festival In Westport This Weekend

    Song, Food & Fun At Blues & Views Festival In Westport This Weekend

    Cool tunes, satiated tummies and smiling faces will be found on the banks of the Saugatuck River as the 12th Annual Blues & Views Festival hits Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. Anders Osborne, Lawrence, Neville Jacobs and The Main Squeeze lead the two days of killer music, which starts Aug. 31 and continues Sept. 1—rain or shine. Also performing on the Pavilion’s stage will be Flow ...

  9. Rye Native, Former Noroton Publishing Employee John "Kevin" Hogan, 77, Known For His Kindness

    Rye Native, Former Noroton Publishing Employee John "Kevin" Hogan, 77, Known For His Kindness

    John "Kevin" Hogan, 77, died Aug. 22. A former longtime resident of Rye and publishing employee in Fairfield County, Kevin was the son of Mary Jean and Joseph Hogan, who owned Hogan Transportation in Rye. He was born in Rye and was predeceased by his parents as well as his brother Peter J. Hogan. Kevin graduated from Rye High School and CW Post College on Long Island. Kevin made ...

  10. Adventurous, Kind, Loving: Joan Mary Ramaccia Formerly Of Franklin Lakes, Morristown, 94

    Adventurous, Kind, Loving: Joan Mary Ramaccia Formerly Of Franklin Lakes, Morristown, 94

    Joan Mary Ramaccia (nee Cesaretti), formerly of Franklin Lakes,  Morristown and Naples, F.L, died on Friday, Aug. 16, in Omaha, NE at the age of 94.Joan was born on February 8, 1925, in Amsterdam, N.Y. She graduated from Union Hill High School in Union City and the McDowell School of Design in New York City, where she was employed as a dress designer ...

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