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Vacation Time in Westchester: The Healthy Vacation Guide

Vacation season is finally here and you deserve a break from all that exercise and healthy eating, right? Vacation time is a time to relax and take a break from daily routines, stress, and work, but it shouldn’t be a time to break from healthy habits. With a little planning, you can enjoy your vacation and be healthy, whether you’re traveling by car, flying, or taking a cruise.

If you’re traveling by car, pack a cooler full of healthy snacks and meals. Don’t skip meals and try to eat every 4 to 5 hours. Avoid eating your meals in the car. Take time to stop, relax, and enjoy your meal. After you’ve eaten, take a 10 minute walk or run around with the kids. Stay away from coffee and caffeine because you will be more tired as the short energy burst they give wears off. Drink plenty of water. If you have no other options than to eat fast food, choose the healthiest items and keep portion sizes small.

Flights and airports offer plenty of nutritious food and opportunity for activity if you know where to look. Call the airline 48 hours in advance to see if a meal is offered. If so, special order a diabetic, low-fat, or vegetarian meal. Or pack your own to make sure you get exactly what you want. Try to eat a healthy meal before arriving at the airport. In the airport, spend a little time scoping out healthy food options like fresh fruit, salads, soups, and grilled chicken. Use the stairs and take every opportunity for extra movement since you’re about to sit for an entire flight. Drink plenty of water since flying can easily dehydrate you, and walk up and down the aisle a few times during your flight.

Cruises offer so many opportunities for fun and exploring. But they are also famous for rich, gourmet food that is available around the clock. Believe it or not, you don’t have to totally deprive yourself to stay in shape. Moderation, as well as participating in the many fitness opportunities cruises offer will ensure you return to your Westchester home in great shape.

It’s summer! Enjoy all this gorgeous season has to offer. And if you are in need of a realtor, contact our friendly, experienced management team at Prudential Centennial Realty 7 days a week.

A Win-Win for Businesses in New Rochelle

New Rochelle is a beautiful place to live. With sixteen neighborhoods and pre-World War II architecture, it is one of the country’s more historic cities.

But New Rochelle isn’t only a beautiful place to live, it is a wonderful place for business. With a balance of white-collar and blue-collar businesses and occupations, New Rochelle is a city of professionals, sales people, office workers, and service providers.

If your New Rochelle business is looking for summer help, look no further than the Center for College & Careers (CCC) program at the Guidance Center of Westchester in New Rochelle. The CCC focuses on helping students who are first-generation college attendees reach their potential and gain support to make college an option or to explore other career opportunities.

The staff at CCC is working with, interviewing, and screening more than sixty students from New Rochelle High School. Out of those applicants, thirty-one will be selected for summer employment.

“This is really a win-win for local businesses,” explains Laura Achkar, director of the Center for College & Careers. “Not only does the Guidance Center of Westchester staff interview and screen the applicants but also, thanks to a grant from the Westchester/Putnam Local Workforce Investment Board, the salary for the student employees is covered.” CCC counselors also provide weekly job coaching and supervision visits. It is truly a win-win situation.

The CCC believes the keys to success for high school graduates are:

  • experiential learning
  • soft skills development
  • intensive academic case management/life coaching
  • hard skills development
  • integration of increased self-awareness
  • college and career exposure
  • college and career retention and support
  • resource connection and coordination

The CCC also partners with school districts to provide on-campus counseling to students. They believe this partnership encourages students to make plans and set goals once their high school education is finished.

Students ages 14-20 will work five hours per day for a total of 20 hours a week. The program runs Monday, July 7 through Friday, Aug. 15.

If you have a business in New Rochelle and are interested in hiring one of the student employees, contact the CCC at (914) 479-7204.

Taking the Stress out of Selling Your Larchmont Home

Selling your home can be stressful. But now is a great time to sell! According to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors, 41% of recent home sales were on the market for less than a month. At Prudential Centennial Realty, our skilled, friendly management team is here 7 days a week to make selling your home a pleasurable experience.

You will need to price your home to sell, but that doesn’t mean you have to give it away. Our management team will help you set a competitive price by comparing recent sales of Larchmont NY homes for sale in our area.

Most people spend a lot of time shopping on the Internet, and that is also true for home buyers. According to the Wall Street Journal, photos are the first thing buyers go to in the MLS listing, and it is where they spend most of their time. So you will need to put your home’s best face forward. Make certain photos are taken at the time of day when the sun casts the perfect light on your home, and be sure each room and the yard looks like it belongs on the pages of a magazine. Of course, you can take the photos yourself, or you can choose to use a professional photographer.

You will need to accentuate the positive, and staging is the perfect way to achieve that. Staging spotlights your home’s best features while downplaying possible problem areas. Cleaning and decluttering, as well as painting and re-arranging furniture can make your home shine in the eyes of perspective buyers. A recent study by the Real Estate Staging Association found that homes that were staged before being listed sold in an average of 26 days. If you aren’t certain what you need to do to get your home in its best selling shape, our management team can help.

If you are leaving Larchmont, we hate to see you go and wish you well. If you are relocating elsewhere in Larchmont, we’re glad you’re staying. Selling your home doesn’t have to be stressful. With over 60 years of combined experience, our outstanding management team here at Prudential Centennial Realty has exceptional knowledge of the Larchmont market. We are committed to providing you with the best possible real estate service. Contact us 7 days a week and let us help you sell your home.

Lower Westchester NY Homes for Sale? We’ve Got You Covered!

If you are looking for New Rochelle NY Homes for Sale or Pelham Manor NY Homes for Sale, we’ve got you covered! Take a look at these open houses this weekend, June 22.

Westchester’s Burgeoning Healthcare Technology

Westchester already has a $15-billion healthcare, life sciences, biotech and IT sector, and those industries continue to grow because Westchester provides key advantages, including affordable real estate. Tech and startup commercial space in White Plains leases for $25 to $30 per square foot compared to $65 in New York City.

Technology is transforming healthcare leading to medical advances, data mining, therapeutics and applications that once seemed like something only George Jetson could dream about. But on May 7-8, Mercy College sponsored Health Tech ’14: Fueling Innovation in Westchester, and the conference hosted some 600 attendees from the science and business communities solidifying Westchester as one of the best places to live.

The conference offered incomparable opportunities for entrepreneurs, scientists, financiers, and healthcare executives and professionals to network and gain important business intelligence to help their businesses grow in Westchester. Terms like brain-machine interface devices, bioinformatics, and human leukocyte antigen sequence-based typing were tossed around as panelists, guest speakers, and those in attendance discussed opportunities to nurture and grow Westchester’s burgeoning health tech industry and ways to attract additional companies in the industry. And you don’t have to understand technology-speak to understand what a boon this is for our county’s economy.

Attorney Bill Harrington, Westchester County Association chairman and partner Bleakley Platt, White Plains put it this way, “We are in the midst of a healthcare tsunami – and it is a  tremendous opportunity for Westchester. Our goal is to be one of the largest health tech, biotech, and med tech hubs in the Northeast. We think it can be a $15 billion economic engine for us.”

Neil Stahl, PhD, senior vice president, research and development sciences, Regeneron, Tarrytown, expressed his delight at the possibility, “Wow – Westchester. Who knew? We are excelling in the business of healthcare – and it is the most noble enterprise . . . The excitement here is palpable.”

Steven Safyer, MD, CEO, Montefiore Medical Center exclaimed, “Our strategy is . . . to build the full spectrum and capacity to care for this population. Our goal is to keep patients in Westchester – and we will fulfill that promise.”

Yes, George Jetson the future you dreamt about is here, and Westchester is leading the way in providing a place for these industries to continue to grow and innovate.

Living in Scarsdale NY

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Choosing the best place to raise your children can be pretty daunting. Great schools, libraries, playgrounds, parks, family-friendly activities, convenient shopping, exceptional places to eat, beautiful, well-kept neighborhoods, and an easy commute all weigh heavily on your decision. If you are looking for just such a place, look no further than Scarsdale.

Much like the rest of Westchester County, the big draw to Scarsdale is the excellent school system. Each of the five neighborhoods in the Scarsdale Union Free School District has its own elementary school, and there is also one middle school and one high school. The schools in Scarsdale are highly competitive, but worth the hard-driving education.

The Scarsdale Public Library was started in 1925 when Scarsdale residents John W. and Mary F. Dickinson gave 2,500 books to start a library and a $10,000 trust fund to maintain them. Today, the 25,000 square foot building houses approximately 147,000 items.

The Weinberg Nature Center is a wonderful family-friendly afternoon excursion with many weekly children’s programs as well as vacation camps and beautiful walking trails. There are also many lovely parks like Aspen and Chase, golf courses, an open-air complex with four pools, tennis courts and many places to worship.

With stores like Lulu Cake Boutique, Rothmans Menswear and more, the shopping district in Scarsdale is very quaint. You can shop at Trader Joe’s, Staples, ShopRite, Balducci’s Gourmet Food Lovers Market, and DeCicco’s, just to name a few.

You won’t have to leave town to enjoy a pleasant meal. Different cuisines and atmospheres are at your fingertips! From the hip vibe of Savona to the tasty offerings of Moscato, Chat and Bistro 808 to  Taiim Cellar, Sakura, and scrumptious wings from the Candlelight Inn. These are just a few of the fabulous restaurants and eateries Scarsdale has to offer.

But what makes the village of Scarsdale so attractive are the fancy colonial and medieval-style Tudor buildings and homes that give a nod to the area’s colonial roots dating back to 1701 creating a mosaic of five neighborhoods that range from the modest homes of Edgewood to the estates of Heathcote.

The morning commute from the Scarsdale station to Grand Central Terminal takes less than 40 minutes.

If living the good life in Scarsdale is just what you are looking for, contact our management team here at Prudential Centennial Real Estate 7 days a week. Living the good life in Scarsdale is just a phone call or click away.

We recently sold a home at 17 Ellis, #WhitePlains. Read what the buyers had to say about our realtor Pat Cassese.

“We were referred to your office to help us navigate purchasing a home in Westchester. Specifically, we were told to ask for Pat Cassese, who guided us throughout the process until we recently purchased a home in White Plains.  Please note that this is not just any home.  For my wife and I, this is our first home, which, coincidentally, we closed on two weeks after having our first born child.

I am contacting you to let you know that, as a first time home buyer, I could not have asked to work with a better realtor.  Pat was great from start to finish.  Her insight into the towns and neighborhoods really helped us make an informed decision on where we were going to call home.  Not only was she easy to work with but we genuinely felt like we were working with a longtime friend and advocate.  We always felt like she had our best interest in mind and she was always available to answer questions (and we had many).

We had what we now refer to as our dream team of Pat, Mary Ann Scaggs, our mortgage broker and Nancy Cifone, our attorney.  The three of them had great chemistry and guided us through each step of this process.

Since we were purchasing from an estate, Pat had to do a lot more than expected on order to make this go somewhat smoothly.  If she is still in the business, we will definitely call on Pat (and the dream team) again for any subsequent purchase we may make in Westchester.

I can go on for pages so, please free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to further discuss our experience working with Pat.”


Michael and Angela

Fresh Is Best in Westchester NY

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

In Westchester – Fresh is Best

Visiting a farmers market is a weekly treat where you can delight in freshly picked, locally grown produce and other foods. Your senses will tingle as you smell the aroma, take in the array of colors, and see the wide assortment of offerings. These delightful eats are brought to you by farmers and other vendors who sell their products directly to you.

What should you expect when you visit a local farmers market? Seasonal regional fruits and vegetables. Foods that tastes better and are higher in anti-oxidants. Foods that are produced with fewer toxins.

If you have never tasted a freshly picked tomato, your mouth is in for a surprise. One bite and their flavor bursts with sunshine in your mouth. Their colors range from bright red to rich golden yellow. And tomatoes aren’t the only multi-colored goodies you will find. Did you know carrots come in a hue of different colors? Of course, you will find the familiar orange ones, but why not be venturous and try a white or purple carrot?

During the summer months you will find a variety of locally grown berries so sweet and succulent your mouth will water in anticipation of that first delicious bite.

Onions, asparagus, cucumbers, greens, radishes, peaches, apricots, cherries, a potpourri of fruits and vegetables are there for the choosing. Eggs so fresh you can almost hear the rooster crow. Dairy products, meat and  poultry without added hormones.

And did you know that approximately $62 out of every $100 you spend at a farmers market goes back into the local economy?

The freshest fruits and vegetables, the tastiest meat and poultry, dairy and eggs with no added hormones, and a boost for the local economy? Farmers markets are where it’s at. Why don’t you visit a farmers market right here in Westchester this weekend? Here are a few you might be interested in:

Down to Earth Farmers Market – Larchmont

Grand Market – New Rochelle

White Plains Farmers Market

Mangone’s Farmers Market – Mamaroneck

Scarsdale Fresh and Natural

Nature’s Cradle Nursery and Farm – Eastchester

H Mart – Hartsdale

If you are looking to live in one of the best places in America, Westchester has it all. Let our dedicated management staff here at Prudential Centennial help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us 7 days a week. And here’s to your health!

Come see some of our Westchester NY Homes for sale this weekend!

When: June 8 between 1-4pm

562 Pinebrook Blvd.                          New Rochelle

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Text M363575 to 85377


1076 Hunter Avenue                          Pelham Manor

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Text M359767 to 85377


1 Bronxville Road                               Bronxville PO/Yonkers

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Text M329425 to 85377


Purify Your Hartsdale Home With Indoor Plants

The air in our homes and offices is some of the worst air we breathe because it is inside and full of indoor air contaminants, including smoke, toxins, pesticides, detergent and household cleaner fumes, mold, bacteria, and more. Cleaning takes care of some of the problems, but cannot clear out many contaminants. However, a NASA study found that “houseplants can purify and revitalize air in our homes and offices, protecting us from the negative effects of such common toxins as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene.”

Filling your home in Hartsdale with beautiful plants will improve the quality of the air you and your family breathes. As they absorb toxins through their leaves and release fresh oxygen, plants act as filters. And unlike air purifiers, they are pleasant to look at, quiet, and don’t require power generated from a power plant. They are also much more efficient. And because they filter out toxins before those toxins reach your noses and lungs, allergies, asthma, and reactions to mold may be lessened.

So where do you begin? First, pick your plant according to their benefits. Larger leafed varieties such as English ivy, peace lily, rubber plant, weeping fig, Boston fern, and dwarf date palm are some of the best. Christmas cactus and snake plants do well in rooms where there is little direct light.

Second, decide where you want your plants. TV rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, studies, bathrooms, and offices all benefit from plants that purify the air. Just make sure they are easily accessible for watering and feeding. And be sure whatever surface they are on won’t be adversely affected with the occasional water spill.

Third, keep your plants in good shape by understanding their watering and fertilization needs.

Healthy plants work best and are the most attractive. Take good care of your indoor plants and they will take good care of you, your lungs, and your Hartsdale home.

Looking to upgrade your current home, or relocate to beautiful Hartsdale?  Contact Prudential Centennial Realty, we can help you find the perfect place for your family.

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