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Savor Local: The Taste of Towns – Sunday, Aug 11

TownVibe is proud to host another Savor Local event bringing together great local restaurants, distillers and entertainment for a delicious, fun afternoon. The focus on this event is summer fun, party food, sweets, and good wines and spirits. There will be music, standup comedy and roving entertainment. The venue is the lavish Salem Golf Club [...]read moreSavor Local: The Taste of Towns – Sunday, Aug 11

Ten Minutes With an IVF specialist – Rachel A. Bennett, MD

Rachel A. Bennett, MD is a reproductive endocrinologist, or to put it more simply, an IVF specialist. She opened her private practice, Westchester Reproductive Medicine, in Mount Kisco in 2006 and has been practicing for 24 years. She trained with some of the world’s leading pioneers in the field at Cornell Weill and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Her practice is considered to be a “boutique” operation; she sees about 150 women and couples a year.


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Deep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Susan and Coleman Burke’s garden is alive with the sound of birds and insects: a pollinator’s paradise. Susan, sitting in the sunshine on her red brick patio, is debating the growth of the fig trees she has planted in pots—just released from their winter hibernation in the basement—while pausing to name the various birds swooping [...]read moreDeep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Weird Science – local innovative health & wellness advances

deep freeze Cryo-Arctic is a new cryotherapy studio in Mt. Kisco where they treat inflammation and pain by exposing the skin to temperatures between -150°C to -180°C for three minutes in a whole-body cryotherapy machine. The studio’s owner, Sean Dawson, says “I suffered from lupus for over 20 years. I realized that medication was not [...]read moreWeird Science – local innovative health & wellness advances

Clean as a Whistle

“Cleansing allows people to break an unhealthy eating habit,” says Elyce Jacobson, co-owner of Skinny Buddha, a popular vegan/gluten free food establishment in Mt. Kisco, where delicious fresh soups, desserts, and prepared meals are made daily. “It mentally puts an end to the habit and gives your system a tune up.” If you’re looking to [...]read moreClean as a Whistle

Burning of Bedford

Just after dawn on the morning of July 11, 1779, four hundred British cavalry under the command of Lt. Col. Samuel Birch rode into Bedford and proceeded to plunder and set fire to the meeting house and, in turn, nearly every house in the village. Only one house, owned by a widow reputed to have [...]read moreBurning of Bedford

The Right Stuff – Katonah space enthusiast explores on Netflix ‘Space Dealers’

Cole Sommers is The Right Stuff-obsessed. He stars in “Space Dealers,” a series produced by WAG TV that’s had successful runs in Europe and Australia and is now available on Netflix. It’s a kind of “American Pickers” meets “Antiques Roadshow”—for space collectibles. The Katonah resident also runs Moon Space Suits, a company that sells high-end, made-in-the-U.S.A. space suit replicas that range in price from $1,799 to nearly $13,000. He’s particularly passionate about NASA, using his 1:48-exact-scale models to show “the incredible growth in size and sophistication from the Mercury Redstone to the Apollo Saturn V, in only a six-year period.” And he’s ebullient getting to show off his own prized finds, like the personal preference kit that Buzz Aldrin used to carry the items he needed to take Holy Communion upon landing on the Moon. Sommers gushes, “Can you believe it? It’s the holy grail! It’s been on the Moon! Anything from Apollo 11 is precious, but this...! Aldrin’s communion bag! I tremble every time I take it out, and I’m totally humbled to have this unique piece of history!”


Sommers is not one of those enthusiasts out in Area 51 looking for UFO parts left by aliens. In fact, he doesn’t even pay much attention to memorabilia from Russia or elsewhere, saying: “It’s not like in the U.S., where we have a law that grandfathers things Apollo and pre-Apollo astronauts were given, but strictly prohibits owning just about anything significant from the shuttle era. That’s why there’s a real market for any Mercury, Gemini, or Apollo tidbit with provenance. Even something as unusual as this uneaten food ration that Alan Bean took from Apollo 12 that I just picked up. It’s been to the Moon, and it’s fully authenticated. You can spend a lot of money on some Russian capsule or space suit and never really know what you have!”


But for Sommers, “the right stuff” is actually about something more important than his space “stuff” being “right.” Sommers is particularly impressed with what he calls the “can-do attitude, bravery, fortitude, ingenuity, glory, and honor” of the NASA astronauts. He can pinpoint when he first became fascinated with “the right stuff” to March 16, 1966, when he was just six and watched Commander Neil Armstrong and co-pilot Dave Scott launch Gemini 8 on the black-and-white TV at his kitchen table in Mahopac. Sommers breaks into a detailed history, recounting the 50-year-old mission as if it happened yesterday, and as if everyone had the same encyclopedic recall: “The mission nearly ended in disaster when a stuck maneuvering thruster sent the spacecraft into a faster and faster roll. The astronauts were blacking out when Armstrong used the re-entry thrusters to gain control of the vehicle.” Sommers has ever since been simply taken with the challenge and adventure of human space exploration!


Sommers can tell you everything about each of the astronauts, whom he refers to as “explorers,” and talks most proudly about being friends with a few. On request, he can give you a full Ken Burns on any NASA mission, with documentary detail about each astronaut’s life and exploits. When Sommers gets to the narrative about Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, and how “with warning alarms sounding and not far from the surface, and the computer targeting a landing zone that was filled with giant boulders, Armstrong took over manual control, firing full thrusters to pilot the lunar module Eagle to a perfect landing at ‘Tranquility Base’...with only 15 seconds of fuel remaining! Everything it took to get there! Their lives depending on the engine to ignite to get them off the surface and then back to rendezvous with the orbiting command module! Now that’s the right stuff!”


Sommers, a former dentist, is himself an aerobatic pilot and did apply to NASA to be an astronaut. He’s got the letter of reference that his friend, Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell, sent to NASA on his behalf to give provenance to even that space detail.


He’s yet to gain the kind of relationships and access at SpaceX that he’s enjoyed at NASA, but, even at 58, the father of two proclaims, “If Musk asks, I’m fit to fly, and I’m ready to go!” Sommers’s motto is “Your Deeds Are Your Monuments,” and he does define himself as a man of principle...so he might just have “the right stuff” to be chosen. To be sure, as his license plate reads, Sommers is the “ROCK8MAN!”


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Fields of Steel – A sculpture garden blooms in Katonah

Two birds about to take flight. An Asian-inspired gate. Snoopy on a rocket ship. Those are just a few of nearly 150 sculptures found on the property of Donald and Susan Bittker’s Katonah home. The couple has lived there since 1980, but the collecting started in 1996 on a trip out west. At a pit [...]read moreFields of Steel – A sculpture garden blooms in Katonah

Readers Choice Awards – Bedford Survey 2020

Your opinion matters! Have a favorite restaurant, doctor, fitness club? Let people know and enter the Bedford Readers Choice survey! There are 100+ categories to choose from, but you only need to select TEN for your votes to count, and … as a thanks… you can enter in to a drawing to win dinner for [...]read moreReaders Choice Awards – Bedford Survey 2020

Q&A: An Inside Look at Rippowam Cisqua School

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(Sponsored) Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK through Grade 9 school that teaches an immersive and experimental curriculum designed to deepen learning and build a growth mindset in students during these critical wonder years. RippKids are challenged daily through an integrated academic, arts, sports, and innovation program that creates independent thinkers, confident communicators, engaged leaders. We [...]read moreQ&A: An Inside Look at Rippowam Cisqua School

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