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This Dutchess County Home Gets a Modern, Ecofriendly Update

The former farmhouse was transformed with reclaimed materials and energy efficient technology.

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Bringing the Community Together, One Circle at a Time

The Restorative Center in Newburgh practices restorative justice through open-to-anyone community circles.

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Heritage Food + Drink To Open in Wappingers Falls This Summer

The restaurant will feature farm-to-table fare in a 6,400 square-foot space.

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These Wedding Cakes Are What Cheese-Lovers Dreams Are Made of

It isn’t easy being cheesy.

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Pie for Pi Day

Dessert desires by the numbers in the name of our nation’s nerdiest holiday.

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Just Breathe

A Capital District art project shines light on darkness visible.

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Get to Know the Family Behind Madava Farms

The Dover Plains maple farm is now one of New York's largest maple syrup producers.

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These Local Organizations Are Taking a Bite out of Food Waste

Organizations like Germantown's Long Table Harvest are trying to combat the national problem.

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4 Local Ladies Making Waves in the Culinary World

In the name of Women’s History Month, we introduce you to a few local ladies that are breaking boundaries.

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Where in the Valley: Trunk Show

Can you identify this trunk-topped treasure?

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On Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scout Cookie Sales

Because who doesn't absolutely love Girl Scout cookies?

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These 12 Original Valley Sites Make Us Proud to Be in the Hudson Valley

From the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world to the oldest state museum in the country, these superlative sites give us even more reason to be proud of the Hudson Valley.

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Out & About this March

Four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar goes acoustic in Tarrytown. Plus, West Point celebrates with Irish dance, and Sesame Street welcomes a new friend.

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9 Notable Valley Couples From the Past and Present

From FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt to Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, these famous couples have also called the Valley home.

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On Scotchtown Craft Bar & Kitchen's First Year in Business

The popular restaurant's owners reflect on their first year.

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The First Draft: Equilibrium Brewery in Middletown

Two MIT grads use their engineering knowledge to open Equilibrium Brewery in Middletown.

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY


Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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