March 13, 2011

RECORD-REVIEW "Talk of the Town"


Sometimes we all need a little push to put some zhush (pronounced: je +oosh) into our lives. Let Sue De Chiara lead the way. In 2009, this wife/mother/former attorney launched the design blog to share her passion for interior design, art and fashion. In November 2010, the companion retail site ( was launched and now the whole world is ready for primping. The stylish on-line shop brings smart, affordable, fashionable accessories straight from the pages of design blogs and magazines right to your desktop. And if you place an order, right to your doorstep. We asked the maven of fluff-up for her spring prediction and she got right to the skinny: “Embrace the hot florals- and bold colors-look with a stylish scarf or tote.” If jewelry is your thang, Zhush will help you get boho-chic with stylish wrap, bead and upscale-crystal friendship bracelets, including the celebrity fave, Shashi jewelry. Check out the snazzy Jonathan Adler iPhone covers, too. You’ll also find housewarming and hostess gifts. The ecommerce site is well curated by someone who is passionate about great design and good value. Put some pop in your step. Zhush a little.

Internationally known jazz pianist/composer/arranger, Steinway Artist Pete Malinverni will conduct the Purchase College Soul Voices Choir at their annual spring concert, “Oh Freedom!” on Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The group will perform songs from the American civil rights movement in celebration of the power of music to move people to action. Selections will include spirituals and protest songs as well as popular soul works by Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder. Pete, who serves on the Jazz Studies faculty of Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music, is also the pianist/conductor at the Westchester Reform Synagogue in Scarsdale (and for 18 years, was music director of the Devoe Street Baptist Church Gospel Choir in Brooklyn). He has performed at leading clubs, festivals and concert halls worldwide—including Carnegie Recital Hall—and his 12 albums consistently received high accolades and heavy airplay (See his home page at Tix to the Purchase gig are $22.50 and $15 for seniors. Call the Purchase Performing Arts box office at 914-251-6200 or go to

And now for the nature news segment of our broadcast: Several “Talk of the Town” readers have called in bobcat sightings. On Autumn Ridge Road: “We live near the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, so it's probably not too surprising but it was very surprising to us! It happened on a Sunday morning around 7:30 a.m. as we were sitting at the breakfast table. We thought that this information should be disseminated since many on our road, and those on nearby roads, have outdoor pets.” Then clear over on the other side of town on Old Mill River Road, Margery Schiffman and Chuck Dorris (founders of the Conant Valley Jam Company) reported that they saw in their front yard, “ … one big old bobcat, alias a Canadian Lynx, right here in Pound Ridge, 41 miles from New York City.”

There are three varieties of lynx cats: Canadian, Eurasian (living in Turkestan and Central Asia), and Iberian (living in the Mediterranean region). Our variety, the Pound Ridge Canadian lynx, has home ranges which vary from 8 to 800 square kilometers, depending on the animal's gender, season, abundance of prey, and the density of lynx population. In the wild, lynx cats disperse extremely long distances, when snowshoe hare population declines or just to establish new home ranges. Males are not aggressive; they prefer mutual avoidance. Young lynxes are usually transient or dispersing, searching for unoccupied habitat. With its dense fur and wide paws, lynx is highly adapted to deep snow. They locate food by sight and wait in ambush, and then stalk to prey as closely as is possible before pouncing with one or two bounds. Capture success averages 20-60%, depending on snow condition, and the distance between the lynx and the prey. Lynxes need at least one hare a day. (In the Shiffman-Doris case, they are down one squirrel on their property.) Nearly as long as their 40-inch cast iron garden bench, Chuck wrote, “The lynx in our yard was one BIG cat! It could easily have snapped up a small dog in a single bite. I didn't get shots of it catching the squirrel, because the action was out of sight behind a building, but those guys were pretty wild. Yikes, that was a BIG cat.”

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