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Podcast: Sept. 1809.18.08

On the show this week: I name-drop Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan, who makes a strong “SNL” debut; Eva Amurri rolls her eyes at the style of Pound Ridge mom Susan Sarandon; and former LoHud dwellers Denzel Washington and Henry “The Fonz” Winkler were among a star-studded crowd to check out the USC-Ohio State game.

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“American Idol” finalist Kimberley Locke helped organize a fundraiser that will be held this Saturday at Caramoor in Katonah to benefit the charity Camp Heartland. Which star of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” is scheduled to host?
A. Wayne Brady
B. Drew Carey
C. Colin Mochrie
D. Ryan Stiles
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Martha Stewart to be honored in Bedford08.28.08

Next month, Westchester Community College’s Native Plant Center will present the first ever Acorn Award to Martha Stewart, for her dedication to gardening.tjndc5-5c1uunryhx05eacyg52_original.jpg

Who knows if Martha will bring her arborist along.

If you want to check it out, perhaps even get a chance to meet Martha, the event is taking place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. Tickets aren’t cheap though, it’s also a fundraiser so individual tickets start at $350.

(AP Photo/John Smock)

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Podcast: May 2105.21.08

On the big show this week: Joe Girardi visits Fox Lane High School, Emeril jumps ship from the Food Network, and Diddy’s Foxwoods bash.

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Quiz: Leona Lewis, one of the hitmakers to be helmed by Pound Ridge resident Clive Davis, scored an international No. 1 with her hit “Bleeding Love.” Which singer with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley cowrote the song?

A. Mariah Carey, formerly of Bedford
B. Kimberley Locke, North Salem resident
C. Jesse McCartney, Ardsley native

The answer, as always, is at the end of the video or after the break. It’s also revealed in, uh, the next post down.

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Paired with vintage Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse will be seen at same BAM time, different BAM channel05.21.08

It’s not an Emeril Lagasse story without a pun involving the word “Bam!”, is it?

emeril-martha.jpg According to Yahoo!, the outspoken chef will be moving his show from the Food Network. He’ll be setting up shop — er, kitchen — for the Fine Living Network and paired up with a show featuring Bedford resident Martha Stewart. The chef’s show will keep its 7 p.m. time slot when it debuts July 7.

In February, Stewart’s company bought out his line of cookbooks, TV shows and kitchen products for $50 million, but Lagasse retains control of his restaurants. And that’s a good thing.

It’s not a Martha Stewart story without a pun involving “It’s a good thing,” is it?

(AP Photo/The Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg)

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘American Idol’ alum Kimberley Locke recruits celebs for charity events in Lower Hudson Valley03.24.08

locke-pic-07.jpg“American Idol” alum Kimberley Locke is wasting no time getting herself acclimated to New York City’s northern suburbs.

While chatting with Suburbarazzi last week, she revealed that the nicest A-lister in the music industry was the one and only Patti LaBelle. But it seems Locke won’t be on her own when it comes to planning regional charity events.

Not only is she hoping for LaBelle to appear at an upcoming event at Katonah’s Caramoor to raise money for Camp Heartland, but it appears that “Don’t Forget The Lyrics” host and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” mainstay Wayne Brady will provide hosting duties. Camp Heartland, which Locke said recently purchased the Birch Family Camp in Carmel, caters to children living with AIDS.

We love the charity work, of course, but we also love her dedication to bringing more celebs to the Lower Hudson Valley. It keeps us busy in the best way possible.

Find out how why Locke lists LaBelle as her favorite music industry icon and more about Locke’s charitable works in the following clip:

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In case you missed any of the other audio clips of my interview with Locke, here’s what you might have missed on Suburbarazzi and sister blog Remote Access:

If you want to hear why Locke moved to the region, click here. If you want to know who her one-to-watch pick is for “Idol” Season 7, click here. Hear about her love of motorcycles here, her decision to audition for “Idol” here and her approach to losing 42 pounds here. And you know you want to know what’s on Locke’s iPod.

(Photo by Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

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Campbell Scott to do some story-telling at Katonah Museum03.17.08

campbell.jpgOnce upon a time, there was an actor named Campbell Scott who prepared for his April 10 return to the Katonah Museum.

There, legend has it, he planned to read a selection of short stories centered on a single object for the museum’s ongoing series called “Here’s the Thing: The Single Object Still Life.”

The prodigal son would be no stranger to the facility. The John Jay High School alumnus appeared at the museum June 8 for a showing of his 2002 film, “The Secret Lives of Dentists.”

How will this tale end? Find out for yourself! Scott’s April 10 presentation at the museum, 134 Jay St., is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required and are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

For more information, visit www.katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.

(Photo courtesy of the Katonah Museum.)

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Emeril sells out to Martha for $50 mil02.19.08

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Who knew “Bam!” had such market equity. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia forked over $45 million in cash and $5 million in stock to purchase the rights to Emeril Lagasse’s line of cookbooks, TV shows, and kitchen products yesterday. What’s more, according to the AP story on CNN, that sum could rise $20 million higher “if certain benchmarks are achieved.” Mind you, this does not include Lagasse’s restaurants — just the television and gadget rights.

Now, if only Martha could figure out a way to sweet talk the Katonah Village Improvement Society into giving her the same kind of deal for “Katonah.” If “Bam” is worth as much as $70 mil (including bonuses), a word twice as long is surly pushing a cool $150.

(AP Photo/The Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg)

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Christmas leftovers with Martha Stewart: a prison-made nativity set, holiday donkeys, and more good things!12.26.07

martha-reindeer.jpgLet’s just make this clear upfront: I didn’t actually watch the episode of Martha Stewart’s NBC show that aired yesterday. I’m pathetic, but not quite that pathetic. Still, maybe I should have. According to the AP, it included one truly memorable moment, with Martha showing off a creche that she created while serving time in West Virginia. As Stewart explained, “Every inmate was only allowed to do one a month, and I was only there for five months. I begged because I said I was an expert potter – ceramicist actually – and could I please make the entire nativity scene.”

Alas, when I went looking for an image of this fabled scene — which supposedly includes ornate clay forms of the Baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary, three camels and others she sculpted at a pottery class — I couldn’t find any evidence of the reveal on MarthaStewart.com. No luck on Hulu or YouTube either.

But what I did find, on Martha’s blog (yes, Stewart has a blog), is an image of her two miniature donkeys, all dolled up like Santa’s reindeer, plus plenty of pics from the domestic diva’s holiday party in Katonah. Nothing says “I value my stable manager, foreman, electrician, and carpenter” like a Kirkland Signature Martha Stewart Favorite Holiday Ham, “available at Costco Wholesale warehouses nationwide!”

(Martha Stewart with a real reindeer, not her miniature donkeys: AP Photo/The Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg. To see the donkeys go to Stewart’s blog.)

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People of the Year — 8. Martha Stewart12.21.07

itw_people08.jpgDon’t call it a comeback. Judging by the indomitable growth of Stewart’s empire in the last year, her prison stint wasn’t so much a setback as it was a speed-bump. Of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s 15 licensed product deals, nine came in 2007 (including 2,000 home products at Macy’s, a crafts line at Michaels, wines made by E&J Gallo, and prepared foods at Costco). Add to that the continued successes of her daytime show and magazine, and she seemed unstoppable. That is, except in her present hometown of Katonah. After attempting to trademark the village’s name for a line of home products, she encountered an organized resistance from the chamber of commerce and the Katonah Village Improvement Society (KVIS). Among their tactics: a satirical Marthometer newsletter (themarthometer.com) and two protest songs. Meanwhile, Martha showed up at a town meeting in February to plead her case bearing plenty of chocolate-chip cookies.

Prediction for 2008: Stewart won’t get off that easy. Villagers and KVIS have been trying to organize a Times Square Stewart roast (originally scheduled for early November), a pending lawsuit, and other shenanigans. Next time, Martha, try brownies.

UPDATE: As with some of the other “People of the Year” writeups, there were some breaking developments with Martha that took place after we already went to the printers. The roast did indeed take place, on November 28. But that was about a week after Martha and the KVIS came to a settlement about her usage of Katonah, and what products she can and can’t trademark the name under. To read more on the compromise, check out our post from November 16.

Adapted from “People of the Year,� InTown Westchester, December 2007

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

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EXCLUSIVE: A Martha Stewart Roast, without the main course12.11.07

tish.JPG These days it might seem like Martha Stewart and Katonah couldn’t be any cozier if they were cuddling in a color-coordinated pillow and duvet set, but Katonah resident Bill Tisherman is still taking a few more jabs at the business magnate/ baking queen via YouTube. Tisherman (“Tish” to anyone but Martha) recently posted several video clips from “The Martha Stewart Roast,â€? an amateur comedy show and wine tasting sponsored by his company, Wine For All.

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Martha Stewart settles on ‘Katonah’ kerfuffle11.16.07

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The great “Katonah” trademark battle of ’07 appears to be coming to an end. As the AP reported, the compromise boils down to this: “Katonah furniture, OK; Katonah paint, no way.”

In other words, Stewart has said she’ll drop her applications to trademark products “such as hardware, paint, lighting and home textiles,” while the Katonah Village Improvement Society and other people fighting the domestic diva have said they’ll drop their challenge to certain other products — i.e. her furniture, mirrors, pillows, and chair cushions, a product like that is already on sale.

It’s worth pointing out that Stewart also already had a line of KB houses that uses the Katonah name, even if the buildings weren’t officially trademarked as “Katonah.” Still the joint statement from Stewart and the KVIS does clearly set a precedent for the future.

Bill Tisherman, formerly of the KVIS, told the AP, “Martha Stewart caved. That’s my opinion. She gave up a huge chunk of what she was looking for and that’s good for the future of this town.” No word yet on what this all means for the Martha Stewart Roast, which was just recently scheduled for Nov. 28 in Times Square. Perhaps instead of a roast, we can just now call it a toast? Ba dum bum.

“Settlement in Stewart Trademark Feud” [AP]

(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Rachael Ray poaches Martha Stewart publisher11.08.07

Martha, Martha, Martha, it seems you have a new enemy every day. After reporting on the ongoing battle between Stewart and the Katonah activists, today we learn that Rachael Ray has entered the fray, stealing one of the publisher of Stewart’s old “Everyday Food” magazine.

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