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Bagel Puffs at Sinapi’s Bagel Cafe

September 25, 2016

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Forget about Mini-Bagels you have to try the newest creation from Anthony  Sinapi called Bagel Puffs. They are miniature versions of a traditional Bagel without the hole; instead they are filled with cream cheese or butter. Perfect for the commuter or Mom on the go.

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The size is perfect and there is no mess. I ordered 2 dozen for a business meeting and they were a huge hit. It saved me a lot of time since I didn’t have to bring along cream cheese or butter (and no knife was needed) – just bite and go. The only problem I see is that- you can’t just eat one!

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I spoke with a Mom who said the size was perfect for her 3 year old to hold in his hand during car rides (kept him tantrum free on his ride to pre-school).Personally I thought the center would be mushy, boy was I wrong – the center definitely stands up to the robust filling. Don’t take my word for it get to Sinapi’s and try them yourself.

Personal Stories From 9/11

September 11, 2016

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Written by Mark Corpron a friend:

Although I hadn’t worked in the Emergency Room for a number of years, I put on my lab coat and walked the four blocks, certain they would need my help. Not only were we a level one trauma center, we were the burn center for Manhattan. I confirmed that my family was safe and I was mentally preparing myself on the walk over for the mass casualties that would be pouring in by the dozens. Hundreds even. The ER was packed with physicians and nurses. Empty stretchers was were lined up with IV’s primed and waiting. We were ready. Waiting. Any patient who could possibly be discharged was sent home. We were ready. The first tower had not yet fallen. We were waiting. Where were the casualties? We reasoned that they must be taking them to the nearest hospitals first. Perhaps they were treating and stabilizing near the scene in a giant makeshift triage area. We waited. Some victims with severe burns came through, but went directly up to the burn unit, to beds that had been emptied and made ready. As we waited for the victims, we all gathered in the waiting room, where the only television was broadcasting the events as they unfolded. Now the pentagon. Now the crash in a field. What was happening? Where were the patients? We were ready. We were waiting. As we saw the image of the first tower collapse, we let out a collective gasp, as hands covered mouths or grasped heads. “Oh my God!” Slowly, a few victims trickled in. Some EMS workers, first responders and people on the periphery, with respiratory distress and eye irritation from the smoke and dust. I irrigated the eyes of one of our own EMS workers who was covered in grey soot. He tried to tell me what he had witnessed, but broke down in tears. I hugged him. I stayed until midnight. Maybe there would be survivors found buried in the rubble. I came back the next day, this time in a pair of stolen scrubs that I still had at home. The same empty stretchers with the IV’s ready were still there, waiting for those who never came. It was finally sinking in. They were all gone.

This was written by a friend Mark Corpron who worked at Weil Cornell – New York Presbyterian . Thank you Mark for this moving piece.

Modell’s Grand Opening

August 25, 2016

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What an energetic crowd showed up today for the opening of Modell’s in Mt. Kisco . The first 150 patrons were treated to a $25.00 Gift Card. Bianca and her brother Wyatt were two of the lucky ones.modellskids

Mitchell Modell proudly showed off his stores Large selection of Athletic shoes.ModellsMitchel

State Assemblyman David Buchwald , The Mayor Of Mt. Kisco Michael Cindrich and Chairperson of Recreation Linda Cindrich all came out to congratulate  Mitchell Modell with the opening of his Store.ModellsMayor

Grand Openings in Kisco

August 24, 2016

This has been a very active Month in Mt.Kisco and surrounding areas with new businesses opening up.The long awaited opening of the old Borders site will happen this Thursday when Modell’s finally opens. Although there have been mixed feelings about this store opening, most agree it will be wonderful to see this corner of town bustling again.modells

Another business located just down the street is the Mount Kisco Meat Market that will open early next month.meat

Just slightly out of town you will find a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Corner. They have free delivery and offer catering.poh2

Mother’s Day Memories

May 8, 2016

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Here are some photographs of my mother, Margaret, between 1959 and 1991. She was a very strong, liberal, and independent woman. A Massachusetts Democrat. Outspoken. A Union member. A real-life Norma Rae or Maude. Ahead of her time.

My mother was a great woman who had a difficult childhood because Margaret’s father died in 1924 at the age of 28 when she was only 4. Before her father became too ill from what was probably diabetes, he drove the family to Florida during the last few months of his life: Driving from Boston to Lake Okeechobee and back must have been a fun adventure in 1924! Margaret was an only child and was raised by a single parent. The statuesque Margaret married the love of her life in 1938 and that union produced three children. However, before the youngest was a teenager, their young father died, leaving Margaret to become a second-generation single mother. Margaret was very talented and skilled with a Singer sewing machine and she would make beautiful clothing for both men and women, thereby supplementing the income she earned at the textile mills. The money was needed to support her family of four. Margaret certainly made stylish dresses for herself and children (even her daughter’s wedding gown) and was a remarkable cook, gardener, best friend to a few, and regular beachgoer. In the late 50’s my parents married and Margaret finished her three decades (30’s, 40’s, & 60’s) of childbirth. However, shortly thereafter, Margaret returned to the single mother role…a successful role, once again.

Margaret worked hard to support her family of two. Relatives thought that I just might not make it to age six because of high tension levels between mother and son-all unsubstantiated, I say. It was very difficult for Margaret to work in the un-air-conditioned mills and to deal with the ‘change’ – I know first hand that her hot flashes seemed to last most of my adolescence…they were real and they occurred often, and they created a lot of tension. In the late 70’s Margaret’s diabetes and other medical issues allowed her to retire early and to let her begin to regain her strength.richards mom

Margaret had four children; eleven grandchildren (many more great and great-great since her passing and her 12th grandchild was born in 1997) and everybody always included her with the family events and trips to Cape Cod. By 1984 or so Margaret moved into Elderly Housing in her hometown and that marked the first time she lived alone. Margaret enjoyed life there as it was convenient and she learned whom to avoid but befriended the good neighbors. We lost our mother in July 1991. She was 71 and I was only 29. RIP Margaret Rosanna. We miss you.

Sinapis Pastries and Cakes

February 28, 2016

Aunt Betty’s Birthday request was for a Strawberry Short Cake and a Napoleon. Now I have to mention that Betty can sometimes be a little ‘Strong Minded’, and I was a bit apprehensive with given the task of getting these cakes for her celebration. I knew I need to call in the Big Guns – Anthony Sinapi from Sinapis Kettled Bagels Cafe.cakes1postercake If you haven’t tried his cakes and pastries you are really missing something. Anthony is a master baker and uses only natural and fresh ingredients. How many times have you been lured into purchasing those great looking pastries from the supermarket bakery only to be disappointed when you realized that they taste like sh**. Have you ever been shocked how the icing stained your kids’ teeth and cloths from those large sheet cakes purchased from the big Warehouse Stores? Do yourself a favor and order your next cake from Sinapis’s. You can’t beat the price and quality of the ingredients that Anthony uses. Watch out Buddy Valastro,there is a new ‘Cake Boss’ in town!cake90
If you’re looking for some Homemade Soups or great Sandwiches try Sinapis for lunch. In a rush, can’t find a parking spot, why not try the ‘Curb Side’ pickup service. Just give them a call and your order will be delivered right to your car – no need to even get out. Have an issue with Gluten, try Anthony’s Gluten Free Bagels.mrsinapi Rainbow Bagels and Funfetti Cream cheese were available for the first time last weekend and boy were they a hit (24 dozen were sold in the first hour) No need to travel to Brooklyn – ‘Mt. Kisco Has It’.
Aunt Betty’s 90th Birthday Celebration was a huge success and everyone raved about the Cakes. Betty gave the cakes a 2 thumbs up and has already put in an order for her Birthday next year bettypic

Record Low Temps and Frozen Pipes

February 14, 2016

Last nights temperatures hit a record low in the Hudson Valley (below zero in most areas – these were actual temps and not wind chills).As you can imagine many pipes froze. I spent the evening checking in on some of my listings to make sure that they were prepared for the cold. Below are some tips to follow. Tonight’s temps won’t be as cold but pipes can still freeze.thermomiter
The first thing you should do is keep the cabinet doors open on all sinks that are located on an exterior wall.The trick is to allow a circulation of warmer air around the pipes.I take it a step further by using a foam insulation panel on the back of the cabinet.If you have young children please REMOVE all chemicals from under the sink before you do this.sink
Check your house for any openings around pipes,electrical service,dryer vents etc. and seal them up with insulation. Cold air coming in near pipes can cause them to freeze.Don’t forget to check those drafty basement windows and insulate those as well.
The best thing you can do in weather like this is to keep the water moving through the pipes.Turn a faucet on in your house that is farthest from the water main to a slow steady trickle.If you notice a decrease in water pressure your pipes might be beginning to freeze so run warm water through them to loosen any ice that might be beginning to form.
water mainIf your pipes do freeze the first thing to do is turn off your water main (everyone should know where their main is for emergencies) to minimize damage and call a professional to help.