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Did You Know These Facts About The Holidays in the Hudson Valley?

Before you deck the halls, here are some specifics on festive local happenings.

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The Best Ways to Stay in Shape Over the Holidays

We asked Best of Westchester trainer Angela LoBrutto for a lineup of workouts great for those on-the-go during the holidays.

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This World-Record-Holding Light Display Is Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen

The Gay family of LaGrangeville continues to expand their world-record holiday light display.

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Plan Your Travels: Expect a White Christmas

Mind your meteorologists; parts of the Valley may be in for snow Christmas Day.

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The Valley Native Who Went From Model to Spy to Spanish Aristocrat

Aline, Countess of Romanones and Pearl River native, died at age 94. She wrote of her escapades in NYT best-sellers.

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The Hudson Valley Responds to the Senate Tax Bill

New details emerging on the compromised tax bill from the Senate and House may placate some residents, but not all.

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Here's Where to Spend New Year's Eve in the Hudson Valley

These local parties practically guarantee a stellar start to the new year.

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Perfect Peppermint Bark in Just 3 Ingredients

This red-and-white holiday sweet is all bark and no bite (well maybe a bit of a minty one).

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Your Essential Winter Hiking Checklist

What to bring, wear, and eat for those rewarding trips out into the snow.

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Watch This Hudson Resident Go Viral Singing Karaoke at Sam's Club

When Christina Kokonis-Viggers hit her local Sam's Club one day, she had no idea she would become a viral sensation overnight.

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Schumer Sides With Craft Beverage Industry Success

The Senate Minority leader wants more protections for grain growers in New York State.

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Make the Yummiest Thumbprint Cookies With This Recipe

These buttery shortbread classics are staples during the Christmastime.

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This Hot Cider Recipe Will Keep Your Chills Away All Holiday Season

Go to Wilkens Fuit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights for the lush trees, stay for the free cider.

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Your 2017 Guide to Local, Handmade Gifts on Etsy

These 10 incredible locally made gifts are all under $100.

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Round 3: Vote for Your Favorite Breweries in Our Craft Madness Bracket

In preparation for March Madness, we'd love to know your top spots for craft beverages. Vote in our final round!

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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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