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By Flo Anthony Looking stunning in a gown by Oscar de la Renta, Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff posed with Chelsea Clinton at the School of American Ballet’s 2015 Winter Ball at Lincoln Center’s David Koch Theater on Monday, March 9. The event raised $1.3 million. The evening was sponsored by legendary French jeweler, Van Cleef &…

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By Joe Alexander Broadway’s best new musical is An American in Paris with music and lyrics by the legendary George and Ira Gershwin. This sure to be Tony nominated production stars The Great White Way’s newest star Robert Fairchild who is moonlighting from his duties as a principle dancer with the New York City Ballet.…

Sufi Wines Launches Trio of French Wines

By W. A. Muller   Following a highly-successful 24-year career airline industry veteran Sam Bhatia chose to unite a team of passionate wine lovers to create Mirza Ghalib, a trio of French wines (white, red and rose), under his newly-launched company, Sufi Wines. The Cabarnet Sauvignon (red), Viognier (white), and Syrah (rose) are all from the Pays D’Oc region of France and are especially…

The Brand Wagon : #2

The Hook, the Line, & the Unsinkable DeVito/Verdi By Don Winter & Rory Winston I feel like the advertising of the 60’s, they were nervier. You know why?” proclaimed Jerry Seinfeld, “Because there was less at stake.” Although someone like Don Draper of Mad Men would likely have disagreed with the assessment of having less…

Country to Country

By Rory Winston

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It’s not enough to be American. You always have to be something else, Irish-American, German-American, and you’d wonder how they’d get along if someone hadn’t invented the hyphen,” wrote the late great Frank McCourt, in Tis: a memoir. Another Irish-American who’d undoubtedly agree with the author is the Joseph M. Murphy, Chairman of Country Bank, who could not only justify the Irish-American hyphenation but could as easily make a case for hyphenating community with bank, intimate with corporation, and relationship with institution; the last hyphen, of course, being his evolution from the son of a teamster from Dunworley, County Cork, Ireland to President of a large real estate investment banking corporation; to being an initial investor and Director of the ever-burgeoning enterprise, Country Bank.