Aidan Quinn, Didi Conn to visit Palisades, discuss acting


Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn will discuss his acting career at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday as part of the Palisades Library’s Sunday Symposium series. Quinn reportedly will talk about his work in movies such as “Desperately Seeking Susan” and his Emmy-nominated role in “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

Also slated to chat about acting is Palisades resident Didi Conn, who’s known for her roles in the feature film “Grease,” the sitcom “Benson” and the PBS show “Shining Time Station.” She also appeared in Julie Taymor’s film “Across the Universe,” part of which was filmed at Muscoot Farm in Somers.

Fun facts! According to, Conn once visited Nyack Middle School to see its production of “Grease,” whose Danny Zuko role was played by “Freaks and Geeks” star John Francis Daley. Most recently, JFD appeared in four episodes of “Bones” as Dr. Lance Sweets.

The Palisades event will be held on the esplanade of 640 Oak Tree Road. The suggested donation to benefit the library is $10. Reservations are required and can be secured by visiting by the library at 19 Closter Road or calling 845-359-0136. For more information, visit

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Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

The public relations reps for Westchester County became unofficial Suburbarazzi late last week, informing the public about county-based TV and film projects featuring high-profile stars, including Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney (pre-motorcycle crash).

george.jpgClooney was quietly wrapping up a New Rochelle shoot at a “private home and inside CostCo” for the Coen brothers movie “Burn After Reading,” according to a Sept. 21 county press release. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, is about a former CIA agent who writes memoirs after being fired. Perhaps Clooney forgot this weekend that he wasn’t playing Evil Knievel.

meryl.jpgAlso according to the release, Westchester “soon” will host Oscar winners Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the big-screen adaptation of “Doubt,” the Tony Award-winning play. Streep plays a Catholic school principal who accuses Hoffman’s character, a priest, of pedophilia in 1964. “Numerous locations will be used,” but the county does not specify which.

glenn-close.jpgBedford resident Glenn Close, a five-time Academy Award nominee, didn’t have to travel far to film parts of her new TV series, “Damages,” in a featured Harrison house and, earlier this month, in the Rye Town Hilton.

quinn-margulies.jpgSuburbarazzi already gave you the scoop about Spring Valley native Julianna Margulies and Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn teaming up for “Canterbury’s Law,” but what you might not know is that the courtroom drama was shooting scenes at Larkin Plaza in Yonkers last week.

After the break, check out news about more Westchester shoots involving Tim Allen at Westchester County Airport, Julie Taymor in Somers and New Rochelle, and “Law & Order: SVU” in Yonkers.

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Montel Williams talks the talk, walks the walk in Yorktown to raise money for MS research

Talk show host Montel Williams visited Yorktown on Saturday morning for his foundation’s inaugural Westchester Walk to Defeat MS. The Manhattan resident was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and launched the Montel Williams MS Foundation a year later.

Today the foundation reported that the inaugural event attracted 83 people and raised $98,844, which would be dedicated to MS research and the quest for a cure. Foundation Manager Janine Quijije said the donation deadline for this intitiative would be extended until Oct. 19 in an effort to reach and surpass the $100,000 goal.

In a phone interview Wednesday, Williams told me that the foundation has donated more than $1.2 million since its inception.

“We’re funding research at some of the top research hospitals in the world, including the Nobel Institute,” he said. “We’ve been funding a project there for two years, and they’ve now been published for having identified one of the genes that may be responsible for MS – based solely on the money we’ve given them.”

Somers resident Sue Walsh, who also lives with the disease, had never met Williams prior to the event, which she co-chaired. “He’s a nice man,” she said. “And you can tell he’s very passionate about (the cause).”

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Extreme Northern Westchester Rerun

screenshot1.jpegOK, all you Ty Pennington fans (or wanna-be beatniks, or ADD enthusiasts), get ready for some Extreme Makeover: Home Edition news. We just got word that the Arena family episode — that would be the one filmed in the Northern Westchester town of Purdys, about the family who lost their son to a brain tumor — is re-airing this Sunday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m.

If you’ve been keeping up to date with your InTown magazines, you may remember that we published an exclusive, behind-the-scenes account of what went on during that Extreme Makeover (and our brothers at the Journal News covered the heck out of it as well). Unfortunately, our story came out in August, months after the episode aired.

But now, happily, you can read about Ty’s flubbed lines, find out who really builds the homes (it ain’t the celebrity designers), and see how they pull it off before watching the artifical, Disney-fied ABC version of events.