Remainders: Ariel Levy makes lesbian weddings and bat mitzvahs look good; Bob Woodruff heads to Cuba; Keith Olbermann gets a new pad; Nick DiPaolo performs live this weekend

++One of my favorite NY writers, Ariel Levy, has a piece in this week’s NY Magazine—the Sex and Love issue—about her lesbian wedding, which, the writer says, totally “rocked.� “I do not believe in crummy parties,� Levy writes. “I believe in glamour… There was no way I was going to let this thing be shoddy—some pathetic hers-and-hers imitation of the real thing.�

Levy, who grew up in Larchmont, also talks about her equally rockin’ bat mitzvah:
<blockquote><div>As a 10-year-old, I decided that I wanted to have a bat mitzvah. I was the only kid in the history of Westchester County who demanded Hebrew school. And as I stood in front of the racks of red at Bergdorf Goodman, I recalled the feeling I’d had at some point in my preteen Jewish odyssey when I looked down at the sacred ancient letters on the scroll: What have I done?</div></blockquote>

++Meanwhile, in Cuba…

Rye’s Bob Woodruff is making his first overseas reporting trip this weekend, since an attack last year in Iraq that nearly killed him. The former anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight, is heading to Havana…and he’ll be accompanied by cameraman Doug Vogt and sound technician Magnus Macedo, the same people who were with him during the attack last year (Vogt suffered less severe injuries in the explosion and the two-pictured below-remained close).


Woodruff will be covering May Day commemorations on the island nation. His reports will be seen starting Sunday night on World News and then throughout the week.tjndc5-5ee50hbfa9ljlk84dfj_layout.jpg

++Keith Olbermann seems to be cashing in on his recent big-time pay raise at MSNBC. The Hastings-bred host of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann� is apparently eyeing a $4.2 million dollar marble-adorned apartment on the Upper East Side, according to The New York Observer. The 5-bedroom, 3-balcony monster pad is on the 40th floor of a Trump condominium. The paper notes, the apartment is far from (in more ways than one) the home of his arch-nemesis, Bill O’Reilly, who lives in a gated, waterside Manhasset spread.


++And, if you need something to do this weekend, check out Westchester’s Nick DiPaolo (who puts the classy in totally not classy) performing live at Comix in Manhattan. DiPaolo, who also has a radio show on 92.3 FM, will perform four times—today and tomorrow night at 8 and 10:30. It’s a rare opportunity to see the popular standup (at least when he’s not riffing on Pam Anderson, Andy Dick, and Courtney Love on Comedy Central roasts), since, as DiPaolo told me recently, he’s traveling less and less in order to concentrate on his radio gig. (Tix are $22; 353 W. 14th St.; 212-524-2500; The only downside for the combative comic: it seems Don Imus stole his act.
(Photos: Woodruff and Vogt-AP/ABC,Ida Mae Astute; Olbermann-AP/Reed Saxon; DiPaolo-Mark Vergari/Journal News)

Lower Hudson Valley rocks the senior beauty set

Flipping through this week’s People Magazine (the annual list of the 100 Most Beautiful People), I noticed a glut of Lower Hudson beauties (as opposed to last year when we kicked air-brushed, photo-shopped butt).
Besides former Rockland pretties Hayden Panettiere and Angelina Jolie, and Bedford-raised hot momma, Felicity Huffman, the list was Westchester/Rockland/Putnam-free…that is, until I got to page 202: “Sexy, Stunning and 60+,� where no less than four current and former area residents made the list: Glenn Close (60), Susan Sarandon (60), Diane Keaton (61), and Martha Stewart (65).


So what is it about our neighborhoods that attract all these attractive, older women?And, while we’re at it, which local pretty people were most undeservedly left off?

(Photos: Close-AP/Paramount Pictures, Albert Ferreira; Sarandon-AP/Susan Walsh; Keaton-AP/Stuart Ramson; Stewart-AP/Bebeto Matthews)

Hayden Panettiere is beautiful, tired of nasty bloggers

tjndc5-5e63g89ca2ctu3ltf5h_layout.jpgThe 17-year-old Heroes star from Palisades tells People Magazine (which named her one of the world’s 100 Most Beautiful People) that it’s hard growing up in the public because:
<blockquote><div>You go on these internet blogs and people say the meanest things. I’m a normal person. Just because I’m in the spotlight doesn’t mean I’m God’s gift to the world. I’m learning and making mistakes just like every other 17-year-old girl out there.</div></blockquote>
Jeez, Hayden, way to make us feel bad about this…and this…and this…and this…and definitely this.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

People: Sanjaya is not gay, just sensitive

tjndc5-5ehuwrgieusihdpk2bu_layout.jpgThe bounced Idol sets the record straight (pun intended) in this week’s People Magazine.
<blockquote><div>I’ve always gotten along with girls better because I was raised by women. [As a result] I got teased in school because people figured I must be gay because I understand women. I think that’s why guys didn’t like me—because I got along with girls so well. When I went up to girls they would give me a hug and a kiss on the cheek like I was their gay friend. But I was the straight guy that understood them.</div></blockquote>

His mother backed him up:
<blockquote><div>He’s very sensitive. He understands how to interact with women.</div></blockquote>

So, you know, totally not gay!

Picking fights: With whom do you side when Howard Stern’s staff argues with each other?

Former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern yesterday got into an epic clash with Gary Dell’Abate, the show’s executive producer. Stern was angry that Dell’Abate (a.k.a. “Bababooey”) broadcast a prank phone call on the post-show program without first asking Stern’s permission.

During this already uncomfortable exchange, an argument within an argument broke out. Sal “The Stockbroker” Governale entered the studio, claiming he tried to tell Dell’Abate not to play the prank call without asking Stern first. Dell’Abate exploded with expletives at the writer, who was telling the truth but appeared to be kissing up to Stern. It was at this point that I realized that I’m almost always going to side with Dell’Abate over both Stern and Governale, because Dell’Abate seems to be the among the most prepared, justified and well-intended member of the crew.

That got me thinking: With whom would I side if two or more Stern show personnel were arguing, if both/all arguments were equally valid? So, I came up with an arbitrary list of 13 active Stern show regulars (no Jackie Martling or “Stuttering” John Melendez here), ranking them from my most frequent argument ally to my least-frequent argument ally. The list does not include infrequent guests, such as staff members’ family or significant others.

Here are my top three allies, with the rest of the Stern crew listed after the break:

1. Fred Norris – Rarely speaks, but when he does, he’s usually the best voice of reason. I’d actually give Dell’Abate the edge here, but Norris is a Yankee fan while Dell’Abate roots for the Mets. He can be a bit of a music snob, though. Agreement score: 9.5.

2. Gary Dell’Abate – As I mentioned, the guy seems to be the most prepared, justified and nicest guy on the entire staff. He also can remember the details of some of the most obscure moments in show history, so he is a trusted authority. Agreement score: 9.

3. Artie Lange – Perhaps the most naturally funny member of the staff, Lange’s well-placed punchlines, self-effacing nature and generous attitude make me empathize for the guy when the staff is picking on his weight or history with gambling and drugs. Plus, he’s a huge Yankees and New York Giants fan. Agreement score: 8.5.

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In case anyone forgot what Vanessa Williams looks like naked

Back in February, we reported that Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams would be appearing nude for Allure Magazine’s May 2007 issue. Well, the issue has come out and the photograph is quite stunning. Sure, it’s been airbrushed beyond recognition, but I’m just happy that it’s tasteful enough that I can link to a scan of it here.

vanessawilliams.jpgAllure isn’t the only magazine to get Ms. Williams this May. Thanks to intrepid freelancer Adam Stone, Vanessa is also gracing the pages and the cover of InTown Westchester. She’s one of five famous Westchester residents who agreed to appear with their moms for a kind of Mother’s Day tribute. Check out the story, “Mother Knows Best,” as well as our photo gallery of a fully-clothed Vanessa Williams.

Martha dumps her Westport estate

tjndc5-5bhvj8ftjig128wy36jw_layout.jpgI always had a hunch Martha favored Westchester over Connecticut. I mean, you don’t see her see her trying to trademark “Westport,” and why else would she choose to serve out her house arrest in Katonah? But now it’s official: Stewart is selling Turkey Hill Farm, her grey clapboard 19th century house. Eat it, Westport!

Stewart confirmed the home’s sale to The Daily News, adding “I was very depressed after I signed the contracts and had to go home and go to sleep.” The four-acre estate has a three-bedroom, two-bath 1805 farmhouse, a heated pool, and more than four acres of orchards and gardens. It had been the domestic diva’s home base for more than 25 years.

According to WestportNow, Stewart put the property on the market last year for $9 million, but when it didn’t sell she divided it into two parcels, offering the house and 2 acres for $4.5 million with the option of buying the remaining 2 acres and “party barn.â€? The buyer ended up purchasing both properties, although Martha’s real estate agent didn’t give out the sale price or buyer.

Amawalk may not have bonafide celebrities, but at least they’ve got look-a-likes

jenniferhill1.jpgThis much we learned on Monday’s “Live with Regis and Kelly,â€? when seven guests participated in the show’s “Celebrity Look-A-Likeâ€? week. Among those vying for a $10,000 gift certificate to Jennifer Hill of Amawalk, who did bear a vague resemblence to Sarah Jessica Parker.

Thanks to Bob Heisler for the tip.

(photo: Buena Vista television)

Forget Rosie, Hire Helene!

boygeorge.jpgI’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve been checking out Rosie’s video blogs, which she records right before taping The View, and I can’t get enough of her quirky stylist Helene. Ok, so that’s not Helene with Rosie—it’s Boy George—but how could I resist posting a picture like that? You can see Helene here on Rosie’s personal flikr page (she’s the one in the middle) or check out Wednesday’s blog in which Helene, in her aviators and model-esque haircut, chows down on a gigantic drumstick—for breakfast.

If The View were smart they’d snatch this lady up and put her on air. Everyone knows stylists hear the best gossip and according to Ro, Helene’s worked with Edie Falco, Mariah Carey, Susan Sarandon, Liam Neeson, Jamie Lynn Sigler, and the freakin’ Queen of Jordan.

Also: Just becuase you spent the last half hour going through all 388 of Rosie’s personal pictures doesn’t mean you’re sad, weird, or voyeuristic. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
(AP Photo/Ed Bailey)

What’s next for Rosie O’Donnell? Les Miz, perhaps?

The exiting View host may be eyeing another Broadway role. O’Donnell has previously starred in “Fiddler on the Roof,� “Grease� and “Seussical� (and produced “Taboo,� but I’ll do her a favor and forget about that). After yesterday’s show, according to The New York Times, the South Nyack funny woman told the studio audience that she would be interested in joining the cast of “Les Miserables,� which was revived last fall on Broadway, in the role of Madame Thenardier, the bawdy, over-the-top inn keeper’s wife.


The paper reports that producers of the show have approached O’Donnell about the role, but nothing has been finalized.

“We think she would make a terrific Madame Thenardier and would love to have her join the show at some point in the future,� said Marc Thibodeau, a spokesman for the production.
(AP Photo/The Publicity Office/Michael LePoer Trench )

Pup it up: Paul Shaffer to appear at SPCA fundraiser

CBS Orchestra leader and Bedford resident Paul Shaffer is expected to join family members Saturday at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in Yorktown as guests of honor for the 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Wags & Whiskers Walk-a-thon, which raises money and awareness for the Briarcliff Manor-based SPCA of Westchester.

The sidekick to North Salem resident David Letterman will appear to help the organization raise cash for its animal rescue programs.

Dogs, families and owners are invited to trek 2.5 miles around the park and attend the SPCA Pet Fair, slated to include games, crafts for kids and dogs, animals for adoption, food and music. The event costs $35 per family or $20 per person. (Dogs attend for free.) For more information on the Walk-a-thon, call 914-941-2896 or visit

Not only is Shaffer’s appearance expected to boost a good cause, but it gives me an excuse to post some adorable originial YouTube footage of some of the animals I met at the SPCA facility last week. On the tour, the staff introduced me to a rescued Cortlandt dog, five cozy cats in the cattery and a 3.5-week-old kitty named Princess Xena.

(Associated Press file photo/Tina Fineberg.)

Rosie O’Donnell ‘will be missed’ at The View

tjndc5-5dtk6xitq3n93pps8f8_layout.jpgThe official word came at the opening of today’s show. “Breaking news,� the combative South Nyack comedian said, before announcing she would not be returning next year as a full time co-host (her last show will be in late June). O’Donnell said she couldn’t come to terms with ABC management over her contract. Some sources say she was asking for as much as $40 million a year. On the show, O’Donnell mentioned only one reason for the negotiation breakdown: ABC wanted her for three years, she only wanted to commit to one.

But it’s not all bad news for Rosie fans. She said she would be returning from time to time to guest host and do one-hour specials on topics such as autism. “I’m not going away,� she said.

She also told her co-hosts (and the audience) not to be “sad.�

But Barbara Walters, who was sitting next to Rosie, responded, “I am.�

She added, “We have had, to say the least, an interesting year.� It was “fun-filled and provocative.�

“You will be missed,� she told O’Donnell.

Joy Behar brought up the elephant in the room: Donald Trump. “He’s on a ledge right now,� she said, adding it’s been an “exciting year.�

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie’s frequent conservative on-air sparring partner, had kind words for the woman she called a “catalyst.� This last year felt, she said, like “we’ve taken off the shackles and had some purely honest conversations.�

For her part, Rosie conceded she “kicked it up a notch,� before telling Walters she was the reason she agreed to do the show, because, she said, she’d do anything Walters asked her to. “You’re a legend, a living legend.�

For fans, detractors, and everyone else who tuned in to see what she would say next, Rosie had some advice: “I’ll still be on my blog.�

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)