From the Publisher: Crafting Westchester 2013 High School Feature

There have been a lot of changes here at Westchester Magazine recently. First, I’m happy to announce that Robert Schork has been named executive editor. Robert joined our team five years ago, and his experience and qualifications made him the perfect candidate to take over the ship. His first order of business was to promote John Bruno Turiano from managing editor to senior editor; after 12 years with the company, John’s promotion is also well deserved. We are also welcoming Kathryn (Kate) Walsh to our editorial team as our new managing editor. Kate comes to us from Bauer Publishing, where she had been the editorial manager of In Touch Weekly, Bauer’s number-one celebrity title. Personally, I’m happy to be working with Robert and his team on some exciting new changes moving forward, one of which is a redesign of the entire magazine.

We have a lot going on in the pages of this issue. Our high school package is essential reading for parents trying to choose the best schools for their children. Public or private? Religious or secular? Sure, all our schools are terrific, but how do you know which ones are known for a particular approach or level of accomplishment in a specific program?

We analyze more than a dozen public and private schools that excel in athletics, debate, math, music, science, or theater. These select schools are among the most outstanding, not just in Westchester, but in the entire country. We think you’ll be impressed with all our County has to offer.

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On a more topical note, it has been impossible to avoid the issue of gun control, particularly when the tragedy at Sandy Hook hit so close to home. We profile eight local gun owners in order to find out what everyday Westchester residents—not gun lobbyists or activists or politicians, whose views we already know—think of all the recent events relating to firearms and why they’ve decided to own them. No matter where you stand on the issue, we believe you will gain new insights from this article.

For the fashion-forward among our readers, we feature the hottest looks for spring. And we’re already busy working toward Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Weekend, which is coming up in June, with its grand tastings, seminars, and cooking demonstrations on June 8 and 9 at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, in White Plains, and our popular Burger Bash on June 6 at the Kensico Dam. Last year, tickets sold out quickly, so order them now at

Our Best of Westchester Party is July 24!

Our Westchester Home Design Awards event is June 26!

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

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