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The Money Issue

January / February 2024

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Depending on who you ask, money either makes the world go round or is the root of all evil. And while we believe it’s a little of both, we also believe it’s a topic that should be discussed more frequently than it is.

When we set out to create an issue about money, we knew there would be a few things we wouldn’t do. We wouldn’t give anyone advice on how to invest their money. We went to journalism school, and they didn’t teach us how to do that. We wouldn’t predict or even opine on the economy – we’re not qualified for that either. And we cannot even begin to explain how cryptocurrency works. 

Instead, we wanted to make it personal. So without opening your wallets or peering into your bank accounts, we chose to cover topics that can make a difference in your everyday lives. We explored how to talk to your spouse about money, created a budget worksheet (yes, you can write in the magazine and even tear it out – you have our permission), and shared some of the best budgeting apps on the market today. Plus, we decided to help you improve your bottom line thanks to the free or inexpensive resources offered through our public libraries and towns. And we’re answering teens’ questions about money, thanks to our very own teen writers.

But if the idea of reading about money makes you just as squeamish as talking about it, there are other stories you can read. From learning about jewelry designer Cynthia Ryan whose unique architecural style has wowed folks since day one or Jason Charles who owns the food truck Bazodee Street Foods and a new deli in Bedford Hills, to meeting Jewel of Himalaya owner Tshering T. Lama and Ian Hendrickson-Smith who owns the Brewster jazz club Uncle Cheef, we’re continuing to introduce you to the interesting people in our communities. 

And we’ve begun a new series this year in collaboration with local artist Oscar Andy Hammerstein called “Up Close With.” Hammerstein will share his conversation with a notable artist or changemaker in our community and then invite you to learn more during a live, in-person conversation at one of our local venues. First up is artist V. L. Cox, who is best known for her work surrounding issues of human rights and equality. She’s a new-ish Peekskill resident who left her life in Arkansas because she feared for her future. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be the new year without a story about resolutions. So we’re exploring how to make and actually keep those New Year’s resolutions (yes, you’re not alone). If you’re curious about our resolutions, we have three:

1. Spend more time with our spouses (no, we’re not married to each other) and children.

2. Enjoy exploring more of northern Westchester (let us know your favorites – info@connecttomag.com). 

3. Continue our path to world dominance through this magazine, our video production division and our new app (head to the App Store or Google Play for the Connect Pass, which will give you discounts for local businesses).

Finally, we’d like to say hello to all our new readers. We now mail to over 21,000 homes and businesses in northern Westchester, so if this is your first time receiving our magazine, welcome. Head to our website to learn more about us and catch up on all the incredible stories we’ve told since our launch in 2022.

Caring for Senior Dogs

Caring for Senior Dogs

Writing by Dr. Sarah J. Cutler Artwork by Monique Ford If we are lucky, our pet dogs live until they are eight, 10 or 16 years old. We start using the descriptive term “senior” around eight years of age, although, sadly, some giant breeds may begin this phase of life as early as age five. This “senior” time period can ...
All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Writing  by Gia Miller Photography by Justin Negard When Ian Hendrickson-Smith (a.k.a. Uncle Cheef – a college nickname that stuck) was a high school sophomore in State College, PA, he rebelled against his parents by buying a saxophone. Already a serious musician, Uncle Cheef practiced the flute eight hours a day, and his grades were suffering. His parents told him ...
Crafting Glamour

Crafting Glamour

Writing by Amy Baker Photography by Justin Negard In the mid-1990s, jewelry designer Cynthia Ryan created her first Lunette ring while enrolled in a beginner’s jewelry-making course at the Fashion Institute of New York. Her professor was amazed. “What exactly do you do during the day,” he asked. “Your design is a different approach than most, more architectural and reminiscent ...
Higher Ground

Higher Ground

Writing by Gia Miller Photography by Justin Negard It’s a story we all know. A group of high school kids form a rock band. They play at school events and local concerts. They’re typically the “cool kids” or the rebels, and they haven’t given any thought to what will happen after high school. But we’d like to tell a story ...
Dear Luz #8

Dear Luz #8

Writing  by Luz Michelle Artwork by Justin Negard Dear Luz, My very devout husband has no idea that I’m faking it. I don’t care about religion, and I’m really sick of going to church every Sunday. How do I tell him it’s just not for me? - Sundays are for sleeping Good morning, Queen of Sundays! Girl, it’s time to ...
New Year's Financial Resolutions

New Year’s Financial Resolutions

Partner Content by Judi McAnaw Now that we’ve reached 2024, you might be thinking about your goals and hopes for the new year. But in addition to whatever personal resolutions you might make — volunteering, going to the gym more, learning a new language and others — why not make some financial resolutions, too? Here are a few to consider: ...
Out Loud: Give Me The Oscar...And Give Me Death

Out Loud: Give Me The Oscar…And Give Me Death

Writing  by Pete Rosch This piece was written based on the following writing prompt: Your main character is just about to get the thing they’ve wanted more than anything else in life when suddenly, they find out they have only 24 hours left to live. They have to make a choice: get the thing they want and die, or get ...
Up Close with V.L. Cox

Up Close with V.L. Cox

Writing by Oscar Andy Hammerstein Artist V.L. Cox was born in Louisiana and raised in Arkansas. She’s best known for her work surrounding issues of human rights and equality, which has made her both a hero and a villain. In 2021, she left her life in Arkansas, fearing for her future. Today, she lives in Peekskill. Here’s part of her ...
From Truck to Table

From Truck to Table

Writing by Ava Fleisher Photography by Justin Negard Envision, if you will, a hot summer day amidst the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2020. With the sun beaming down on the parking lot of Northern Westchester Hospital, healthcare workers flocked to a trailer where free lunches were served by Jason Charles and his family, who own what is ...
From Kathmandu to Westchester

From Kathmandu to Westchester

Writing by Gia Miller Photography by Justin Negard It’s hard work running a restaurant, much less two. But the Jewel of Himalaya owner is perfectly suited for it — he's worked tirelessly his entire life. When Tshering T. Lama was five years old, his parents enrolled him in a boarding school. He lived in a small Nepalese village called Solukhumbu, ...
Making an Impact

Making an Impact

It was several thousand more than they ever imagined. Bags and boxes of books were everywhere. In just three weeks, they’d collected more than 4,500 books during their very first book drive. The plan was to divide the books among a handful of their philanthropic partners, but there were so many that they started two libraries at elementary schools in ...
Budget Worksheet

Budget Worksheet

Knowing your monthly budget is vital to responsibly organizing your finances. To complete this worksheet, review your last 6-12 months of income and bills, and write your average here. https://connecttomag.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/ConnectTo-Budget-Worksheet-1536x1016.jpg This article was published in the January/February 2024 print edition of Connect to Northern Westchester ...