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The Home Issue

March / April 2024

Read our latest issue below, or keep scrolling for behind the scenes pictures, videos and information.

View our March/April 2024 trailer.

Welcome to our second home issue and our first attempt at repeating a theme.

We’re not the people who like doing the same thing twice, and we know no one wants to read the same thing twice, so creating a second home issue presented us with a new challenge: how do we tell stories about the same topic in a very different way? The answer: Let’s talk about living in our homes. Then, we had too many ideas (it’s a problem we’ve grown accustomed to).

You’ll find stories with an environmentally friendly theme, such as Ali Voron’s shop, Piece Revival, easy (and affordable) ways to green your home and how to sell or donate your spring cleaning finds so they don’t end up in a landfill. And, because living in a home also means having fun, we, along with the famed Emily Post, are sharing tips on how to host a memorable dinner party.

We also created a section-within-a-section called “How to Home” that includes shorter stories about how to refresh your home, create a productive workspace and Airbnb your home, along with a story on the financial/legal things you should know when buying a home and what you should know/consider when making the transition to senior living.

Since one of our goals is to help you, we also help you prevent and prepare for a home disaster. And, speaking of helping, the home-related problem we hear about the most often is “I’m ready to downsize, but I don’t know where to go.” So, we’re answering that question. And we also go on a day trip to Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt.

And when you’re all “homed out,” you can read about your incredible neighbors, like a teen building a mini-golf course to spread awareness about climate change, a local artist who recently passed away, a high school track coach who was one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and a John Jay High School alum who is making it big on Broadway.

Plus, there’s always stuff for you to learn. We’ll help you understand why your dog chews on your socks or eats “gross” things, how to buy/care for hydrangeas and if family therapy is right for you.

Yes, we packed a lot into this issue—so much, in fact, that we had to increase our page count.

Finally, a little plug for the other things we do, because Connect To isn’t only on the pages of this magazine. On our ever-growing website, we’ve begun publishing the Record Review’s beloved police report (connecttomag.com/policereport), penned by the same writer. And we’re starting something completely new, a project we’re calling The Buzz (connecttomag.com/thebuzz). Here, you can hear your neighbors “buzz” about a topic and even record your own thoughts about the topic (voice only, all completely anonymous).

Plus, our app is growing. You can subscribe through the App Store or Google Play to get discounts for local shops, restaurants, businesses and more.

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The Buzz: Home Edition

Try our voice-only social experiment. The Buzz is a fun and engaging way to connect with members of our community through audio. Listen to the thoughts and opinions of your neighbors in a completely anonymous setting. For the home issue, we asked our community what the most unique thing is in their house.

The results will surprise and entertain you.

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Hydrangea Mania

Download our hydrangea chart to help you take care of whatever hydrangea you have in your yard.

Hole in One

Learn more about how Ossining High School’s Max Lazarowitz is helping build awareness about climate change throughout our community.

The Work of Roy Lerner

View more images and photos of the late Vista artist Roy Lerner who we featured in our March / April issue.

Dr. Elixir’s Coconut Fat Wash

Check out the detailed fat wash recipe that is an important ingredient to our Cocktail Corner recipe as featured in our March / April issue.

Upcycling Your Clutter

Upcycling Your Clutter

Writing by Susan Trumpbour Artwork by Phoebe Polk Ready to embark on a  spring cleaning journey?  Here’s what to do with  all your “trash.” Spring is in the air, and you know what that means—it’s time to give your home a good old-fashioned cleaning. It’s the perfect opportunity to declutter, organize and freshen up your living space.  According to the ...
How to Refresh Your Home

How to Refresh Your Home

Writing by Clare McAlpin Artwork by Aeneas Eaton Do you want to breathe new life into your home this spring without completely redecorating? Would you like your rooms to better reflect your personality? Are you hoping to create a personal sanctuary tailored to your tastes? Then you might need a home refresh. Buying completely new furniture and fully redecorating can ...
How to Create a Productive Workspace

How to Create a Productive Workspace

Writing by Kayla Schmidt Artwork by Aeneas Eaton In the age of artificial intelligence, productivity can no longer be measured by a person’s efficiency to complete tasks.  “Productivity needs to be redefined to measure how you think about and approach problem solving,” says Yoko Kawai, co-founder of Mirai Workspace, lecturer at Yale University, and principal art architecture designer for Penguin ...
How to Airbnb Your Home

How to Airbnb Your Home

Writing by Clare McAlpin Artwork by Aeneas Eaton Looking to rent out your home but don't know where to start? Try listing your home on Airbnb or similar sites. But if you’ve never done this sort of thing before, how do you get started?  Katonah resident Jeanine Isabella, who rents out her Vermont condo, and Cross River resident Kristen Tegtmeir, ...
Finding a Home

Finding a Home

Writing by Gia Miller Photography by Justin Negard Author’s note: Beginning in 1987, the Sudanese civil war caused an estimated 20,000 young boys to flee their homes in southern Sudan and leave their families behind. Most of these boys were only six or seven years old; they fled to escape death or capture—the former being a horrific thought and the ...
A Happy Home

A Happy Home

What is family therapy and who is it for? Writing by Ana Dorta Artwork by Tal Doron You’ve likely heard a lot about the many benefits of therapy—it can help you open up, tackle issues that may impact your mental well-being, and is often instrumental in overcoming challenging situations.  When we hear the word “therapy,” we typically think of private ...
Navigating the Transition to Senior Living

Navigating the Transition to Senior Living

Writing by Aerin Atinsky Artwork by Aeneas Eaton There are social outings, opportunities for new hobbies and activities, friends within walking distance, delicious meals prepared for you, housekeeping services and even entertainment—there's plenty to be excited about when it comes to community living.  ProMatura, a market research firm focusing on residential communities, reports a nearly 90 percent satisfaction rate of ...
Dear Luz #9

Dear Luz #9

Writing  by Luz Michelle Artwork by Justin Negard Dear Luz, I’m in love with my neighbor. We’re both married to other people, but she’s my soulmate.  She’s everything I always wanted in a woman, and I’m pretty sure she feels the same way about me. We have these really amazing conversations about everything from parenting to philosophy. I want to ...
Out Loud: Listen

Out Loud: Listen

Writing  by Laura Hull Founders’ note: Not everyone is born with the ability to use their voice. Not everyone can easily communicate their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams. On this page, we’re give nonspeaking people in our community the opportunity to be heard. The authors are students at Mouth to Hand Learning Center in Mount Kisco. Listen to my silence ...
How to Protect Your Home From a Disaster

How to Protect Your Home From a Disaster

And what to do if it happens to you Writing by Lindsey Gaynor Artwork by Cara McPartland Here’s a riddle for you: What is difficult to imagine but impossible to forget? The answer: a natural disaster.  “We were once called to provide additional aid for a fire in Bedford,” says Michael Roper, a volunteer firefighter with the Katonah Fire Department ...
Connecting with Andre Catrini

Connecting with Andre Catrini

Writing by Oscar Andy Hammerstein Northern Westchester native André Catrini graduated from John Jay High School in 2007 and is now a musical composer and lyricist in Manhattan. A graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (CCM), Catrini composed the score for the new musical S/He & Me, which tells the story of Alexandra Billings; ...
Remembering Roy Lerner

Remembering Roy Lerner

The Vista-based artist passed away last May at the age of 68 Writing by Rob Cavenagh Photography by Justin Negard Some children have fond memories of watching their parents in the kitchen or going to their workplace on days off of school. Yvonne Lerner, however, remembers doing her homework in her father’s studio, located approximately a quarter mile from their ...