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Longtime Westchester Country Club golf pro John Kennedy received the PGA of America’s Bill Strausbaugh Award for his contributions as a mentor to more than 100 local pros over the years and for community service.

President Paul Levy, at right, presented Kennedy with the national award at the PGA’s 101st Annual Meeting November 1 in Austin.

Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

 

By Janice Llanes Fabry

Zaltas Gallery just celebrated its 22nd anniversary at 900 East Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. The popular jewelry store may have had its genesis as owner Kathy Zaltas’ hobby, but in the last two decades it has earned a reputation as a trendsetting fine jeweler.

“Our story continues and we’ve morphed from craft jewelry in the 1980s into the custom and bridal jeweler that we are today,” remarked Kathy, who parlayed a heart pin her husband Fred gave her 40 years ago into a thriving business.

Today, the longtime Rye resident works closely at the shop with her daughter Rebecca and makes her colleagues and customers feel like family. “The biggest thing for me is the trust. Our clients trust us. From the beginning, I wanted people to feel they’re coming into my home and I like to get to know them,” she said.

As a matter of fact, Kathy is all about stories, those of her clients and her jewelry. She absolutely sparkles when relating how she recently created an engagement ring and a wedding band utilizing diamonds that belonged to a bride’s mother and grandmother. Then she went on to design a matching wedding band for the groom, complete with a hidden diamond he had inherited.

Zaltas’ bridal selections include Michael Bondanza’s exquisite platinum and gold pieces. The collection can be viewed online in a new and improved website that will be ready mid-November. Brides-to-be can sign up on a bridal registry that provides discounts as well.

“We have a beautiful bridal collection on hand,” noted Kathy. “However, if a bride sees something she likes, our goal is to totally accommodate her. I can get anyone any diamond and can meet any budget, as long as the diamond is beautiful and brilliant.”

In addition, Zaltas Gallery carries the masterfully handcrafted lines of top designers, from Kwiat diamond jewelers and John Apel’s vivid gemstones to the Italian Vergano line of heavy gold pieces. In time for the holidays, the shop will hold exclusive trunk shows, featuring the special collections of Yossi Harari and Alex Sepkus.

The store also offers the mid-range artisan lines of Anzie and Robindira. Moreover, it showcases the innovative jewelry of new and local designers, such as Sophie Ratner’s light and airy creations, ReRe Corcoran’s one-of-a-kind pieces, Evocateur’s gold and silver leaf cuffs with vintage maps, and Me & Em’s charms for charity.

Zaltas just trademarked “detox your jewelry box.” Bring in your old or broken pieces of jewelry and the gallery’s team will give them a makeover, whether it’s rhodium plating dull pieces or creating new settings for diamonds and gems.

The shop’s “spa treatments” include repair, cleaning, restringing, and refurbishing, as well as re-purposing, redesigning, and creating new pieces from those in your jewelry box. In addition, the jeweler herself is making house calls. If customers would rather not bring out their jewelry, Kathy is offering one-hour, at-home consultations.

“Jewelry has a lot of meaning. Whether it’s a diamond necklace or a charm bracelet, they tell a story and I love people’s stories,” she said.

The store also carries plenty of gift items by Michael Aram and Juliska, along with baby gift baskets. Radio Flyer wagons can be filled with sterling silver porridge cups, monogrammed sterling silver brushes, enamel baby bangles, plush stuffed animals, socks, and blocks. In the next few weeks, check off the holiday shopping list with Zaltas Gallery hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments and handmade Hanukkah decorations.

To make a private appointment, call 777-7304 or visit www.zaltas.com.

Zaltas Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-5:30 and Saturday,10–5.

 

Owner Kathy Zaltas wearing Yossi Harari baroque South Sea pearls with handmade 18-karat gold and diamond ornament

Vergano gold and diamond bangle and cuff bracelets made in Italy

 

 

The Jay Heritage Center is holding its annual Birthday Bash and Holiday Open House December 9 from 2-5. The festivities will feature <a capella> singing with the Yale Spizzwinks, candlelit tours, and plenty of seasonal activities and treats.

 Free for JHC members, $10 non-members.

At a board meeting last month, SPRYE officers approved an additional service for seniors. They formalized the role of the new Care Team, whose role is to help members who are temporarily confined to home or hospital. Depending on an individual’s situation, SPRYE volunteers will pay visits, deliver groceries and essentials, and regularly communicate with distant family members.

The local aging-in-place organization, serving Rye and neighboring communities, is always expanding its network of care.

For more information, call Betti Weimersheimer at 481-5706 or go to www.sprye.org.

Andy Bodnar, far right, and his Rock2Rebuild team produced an amazingly authentic replica of a 1973 Allman Brothers-Grateful Dead concert to raise funds for hurricane relief and Habitat for Humanity October 22 at, where else, Sheno<rock> Shore Club.

  • Photo by Tom McDermott

By Georgetta L. Morque

On several Saturdays last month, 13 Rye High School students spent their afternoon at Rye Recreation ironing and sewing, hardly a typical pastime for teen-agers. Yet they were there for a special community service project to transform pillowcases into dresses for girls in a Kenyan orphanage. As a result, they learned that sewing can be fun and useful and that their end product would benefit those in dire need through Kenya Relief.

Leading the group was Kim Mulcahy, a Rye mom and founder of Sew Happy, who has been teaching sewing in town and beyond for the past five years. Mulcahy discovered Little Dresses for Africa, an organization that encourages volunteers to make dresses out of pillowcases for needy girls. She mentioned this as a community service idea to Paula Fung, who helped get the ball rolling.

An initial post on Rye Moms Facebook prompted a response from Nadine Waxenberg, who connected the pair to her former high school cheerleading teammate, Devry Coghlan, a missionary at Kenya Relief which houses 98 orphans — 49 girls and 49 boys — who typically arrive with shredded clothes on their backs and little more.

Around 70 pillowcases were donated to the cause and Rye Recreation donated the space for the project. Fung started the group off with a tie-dying session and Mulcahy taught the sewing portion with several volunteers. Most of the students were sewing newbies, except for a few who were fortunate to learn the skill from a grandmother. Cailee Forman, who made a pale pink and light blue dress with blue ribbons, never sewed before but said once you learn it’s really fun. “It gets better and better as you do it,” agreed Becca Kaplan.

“These kids having a heart for kids hurting on the other side of the world is not only filling a need but filling their compassionate souls as well,” said Coughlin, who will send photos of the girls in the dresses to share with the students. A total of 51 dresses will go to the orphanage along with 50 caps donated by children at American Yacht Club. The next potential project will be shorts for boys to be made from T-shirts. Stay tuned.