Legion of LoHud celebs donates artistic skills to benefit Brewster charity

The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!

Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.

This Monday, the artwork of celebrities – many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley – will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.

gere.jpgAbout 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.

The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.

For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.

Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad O’Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.

Check out and bid on all the dogs at www.CharityFolks.com and learn more about Green Chimneys at www.GreenChimneys.org.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign to open office in White Plains

hillary.jpgChappaqua resident Hillary Clinton won’t have to drive far to get to a new regional campaign office when it opens this week in White Plains.

Shortly after 1 p.m. today, her campaign committee announced via e-mail that the state senator is opening an office in Suite 210 at 170 E. Post Road. It’s one of nine regional offices throughout the state to open this week, with others expected to open in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Farmingville, Garden City, Poughkeepsie, Rochester and Syracuse.

While some of Clinton’s staff will set up shop in Westchester County, other Hillary fans, according to the e-mail, have been happy to leave the county to promote her campaign.

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Over 1,000 New Yorkers headed to New Hampshire for the final five days of the primary on buses from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Westchester, Long Island and New York City and in carpools.

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(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Unlike members of ‘Making the Band,’ Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to be immortalized on Walk of Fame

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Mount Vernon-raised Sean “Diddy” Combs will be the newest celebrity to be represented on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for this Friday.

In a quote posted by Hip Hop Galaxy, Combs was thrilled about the honor during an interview conducted by Jaime Foxx on Foxx’s Sirius satellite radio show:

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I’m from Harlem, New York, so to get a star in Hollywood is just mind-blowing. You can get a lot of things but when you see those stars on the ground… that’s something I can’t even say I dreamed of and to be getting recognized for it is definitely something I’m gonna have my whole family out there for.

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I’m not taking anything away from Harlem, and he might have mentioned Mount Vernon at another point during the interview, but here’s hoping he shows more love for his Westchester roots.

Arguably, Diddy’s least relevant contribution to pop culture could be his rapping skills. (His most memorable lyrics might be a tie between “Uh” and “Yeah” on Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize.”) But as a music producer, clothing mogul and music icon, it’s hard to argue against his overall success. Even if he’s merely famous for being famous, he’s done it successfully for more than a decade.

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Survivor’s lead singer is a Real Man of Genius who teaches tunes to Chappaqua kids

bickler.jpegAs I recounted on RNN this week, Survivor’s original and most recognizable lead singer, Dave Bickler, moved into Chappaqua a few years ago. But my Journal News colleague Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy was the one who discovered fun revelations about Bickler — and my favorites have nothing to do with “Eye of the Tiger.”

For starters, Bickler’s the vocalist in all those fantastic “Real Men of Genius” TV and radio commercials for Bud Light. You know, those tongue-in-cheek salutes to Mr. Athletic Groin Protector Inventor and Mr. Really Bad Toupee Wearer? Arguably, Bickler himself is the Real Man of Genius, especially when his tracks involve speed-singing the phrase “Mr. Overly Competitive Touch Football Game Player” or simply yelping “Ugggh!” at the top of his range.

Even cooler, Bickler started teaching music this fall at Village Nursery School in Chappaqua. Take a moment to think about how amazing that is. The school’s director, Ruth Swetonic, surely has:

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The children are so charmed and enchanted. The guitar is so good. We’ve never had a rock star sing ‘Old McDonald’ and ‘Bingo’ to our kids before.

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After the break, check out an exclusive LoHud video clip of Bickler working his vocal magic and turning on a “Genius” neon sign crafted in his honor.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Chevy Chase goes green, Fred Norris is King, and Survivor’s Dave Bickler is a Real Man of Genius

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My apologies to the great Dave Bickler for unintentionally dropping the “r” in his last name during this segment. It’s almost like the French pronunciation thereof. Classy, but inaccurate in this case. My bad. I clearly did not have the eye of the tiger in that moment.

At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Which Yankees broadcaster sang Broadway hits at a one-night-only concert in Irvington this weekend?

A) Michael Kay
B) Paul O’Neill
C) John Sterling
D) Suzyn Waldman

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: LoHud Halloween costumes, Charles Grodin’s book and Al Roker’s reports from the ‘Office’ convention

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This week’s quiz: When Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins took the Webster Hall stage at an Oct. 17 tribute concert, he sang songs originally performed by the artist being honored that night. Who was this man of honor?

A. Bob Dylan
B. Woodie Guthrie
C. Pete Seeger

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.

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From Lauer to Leno to Letterman, LoHud celebs dominate Forbes list of TV’s Top Earners

letterman.jpgNorth Salem resident David Letterman earned $40 million from June 2006 to June 2007 through television, ranking him fourth on Forbes magazine’s new list of TV’s Top Earners and tops among celebrities who have lived or attended college in the Lower Hudson Valley.

His newest BFF, Oprah Winfrey, tops the list. And it isn’t even close. She made $260 million in that one-year span, about $200 million more than the runner-up, Jerry Seinfeld ($60 million) and even more over “American Idol” staple Simon Cowell ($45 million).

Suddenly Alex Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.

Other LoHudders on the list: Westchester real estate maven and golf course owner Donald Trump (No. 5, $32 million); New Rochelle native Jay Leno (No. 6, $32 million); former Putnam County resident (Judge) Judy Sheindlin (No. 7, $30 million); former Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer (No. 17, $13 million); Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters (No. 18, $12 million); and Irvington resident Meredith Vieira (No. 20, $10 million).

(AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)

Suburbarazzo finds LoHud stars all over Walk of Fame

Hey, ‘Burbies! Guess where I was for a long-weekend vacation?

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For those of you who guessed “Knoxville,” you clearly missed all those Reading is Fundamental public service announcements from the ’80s. Ah, yes. Tinseltown. Even in the warm California sun, Suburbarazzi was on my mind. I mean, how couldn’t it be? Strolling the Walk of Fame caused for moments of celebration and inspiration. Observe:

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Sarah Lawrence College alumna Barbara Walters inspires me to strike a pensive pose. What kind of tree would I be?

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I can’t really think of a good pose for former Bronxville resident Ed McMahon, so I do my best to look stately and interested. Or just feel inclined to punch my hip. “Yes!”

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Here I am next to the star of former Larchmont resident Joan Rivers. I’m pulling the skin back on my face. Botox, shmotox.

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Vanessa Williams reportedly tells gala-goers she’s living with her exes

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Apparently Enzo the Yorkie isn’t the only guy to find his way back to Vanessa Williams’ Chappaqua home.

Williams laughed while telling guests at a June 6 gala that “both her ex-husbands are currently living with her,” according to an item appearing Friday in Page Six.

If this is true, Ramon Hervey and Rick Fox evidently aren’t in the doghouse — mostly because Enzo is already occupying that space.

According to the New York Post’s gossip page, Williams “said it was a ‘long story,’ but didn’t explain” as she accepted the Dress for Success gala’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Westin Times Square Hotel.

(Associated Press file photo by Jim Cooper.)

Matt Lauer, Stone Phillips, Taylor Hicks to tee off at Mamaroneck charity outing

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Local NBC veterans Matt Lauer and Stone Phillips are expected join Season 5 “American Idol” champ Taylor Hicks and other celebs at Winged Foot Gold Club in Mamaroneck this Monday to fundraise for an autism charity at the ninth-annual Celebrity Golf Challenge.

Founded by former NBC CEO Bob Wright and his wife Susan, Autism Speaks sent invitations to the “Today” show co-host, who spent part of his childhood in Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale; the “Dateline” alumnus, who owns property in Dobbs Ferry; and the silver-haired “Idol,” who, um, will be in Westchester County possibly for the first time.

Among the other celebrities expected to attend are Gregg Bello, Joe Kernen, Jeremy Lincoln, Jack Ford and Don Criqui, according to the organization.

Many thanks to fellow Remote Access contributor Amy Vernon for the tip.

(Lauer photo by Mark Vergari/The Journal News; Phillips photo by Stuart Ramson/Associated Press; Hicks photo by Frank Micelotta/Fox)

Is Billy, Chynna, Bryce or Chelsea the ‘World’s Sexiest Vegetarian’?

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Are you the sexiest vegetarian celebrity in the world? Or are you at least a vegetarian with millions of fans who have nothing better to do than to stuff Internet ballot boxes? Either way, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has an award for you.

With connections to the Lower Hudson Valley, power couple Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips join Bryce Dallas Howard and Chelsea Clinton as nominees for PETA’s annual award for “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian.”

Howard, an alumna of Byram Hills High School in Armonk, arguably is the region’s hottest prospect, after heating up the screen with all eight-and-a-half lines she had as Gwen Stacy in “Spider-Man 3.” Baldwin and Phillips, who live in Bedford, also are on the list as separate entries. (Phillips was acknowledged as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1991, but it’s uncertain if that’s an asset or liability in 2007.) Clinton, whose politico parents live in Chappaqua these days, also is up for the trophy.

Last year’s winners? The stunning “Veronica Mars” herself, Kristen Bell, and some dude named Prince.

Vote if you must. I’m off to get a cheeseburger. In the meantime, I’ll ask Suburbarazzi readers the following: Who’s the Lower Hudson Valley’s Sexiest Vegetarian (or Carnivore)? Post your answer in the comments section below.

(All file photos by Associated Press. Photo of Phillips by Tina Fineberg. Photo of Baldwin by Chitose Suzuki. Photo of Howard by Jennifer Graylock. Photo of Clinton by Seth Wenig.)

Vanessa Williams (a.k.a. belated birthday girl) claims star on Walk of Fame

After turning 44 on Sunday, Vanessa Williams hiked it to Los Angeles to claim her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. Even when she returns to Chappaqua, her star will continue to shine from the pavement of 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Quite a week for Ms. Williams!

According to Wikipedia, Williams follows the path of fellow Walk of Fame Lohudders, including Bedford residents Chevy Chase (7021 Hollywood Blvd.) and Donald Trump (6801 Hollywood Blvd.), Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon (also 6801 Hollywood Blvd.), former Larchmont resident Joan Rivers and former Bronxville resident Ed McMahon (both at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.).

Not to take anything away from Williams’ special day, but it’s important to remember that the Walk of Fame includes both Marlon Brando and Ryan Seacrest. Interpret that as you will.

(Associated Press file photo by Jim Cooper.)