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Hillary has a corps of dedicated neighbors in Chappaqua, New York who energetically support her every day they can in every way they can. The Chappaqua  Friends of Hill and Tim have organized local events to raise voter awareness and funds for the campaign. They diligently register voters, canvass, and phone bank both from home and at campaign headquarters in Brooklyn.  For them, distance is no obstacle so it was no surprise that they organized a field trip to Philadelphia where they attended the convention to see Hillary make history.

Here’s how the hometown magazine, Inside Chappaqua/Inside Armonk, reports their story.

Joy-Filled Members Celebrate Hillary Clinton’s Historic Nomination

By Susan Youngwood

It started with a single Facebook post, on April 12, 2015, the day Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president of the United States.

Dawn Evans Greenberg invited her friends in Chappaqua to join her for a drink to celebrate. A small group gathered, and decided they wanted to help the campaign. The group mushroomed, and now has 750 members ages 16 to 69. A satellite group in Rivertown has 200 participants.

Fifteen months later, after hours of making phone calls, knocking on doors and registering voters, ten members of Chappaqua Friends of Hill and Tim (the name officially changed last week) attended the Democratic National Convention to watch Clinton accept the nomination.

Chappaqua Friends of Hill and Tim arrive for their first night in the arena on Wednesday. (L–R): Beth Sauerhaft (in orange), Julie Gaughran, Jason Lichtenthal, Dawn Evans Greenberg, Iris Weintraub Lachaud and (front, center) Randee Kessler Glazer

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They will continue to work hard for Hillary and Tim through the general election cycle. Who knows?  One day you might pick up the phone and one of them might be at the other end of the line encouraging you to volunteer or to vote for Hillary!

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It will probably be the last time for awhile that Hillary will be able to march in her hometown parade.  Next year, she will be leading ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Chappaqua showed itself to be solidly behind her today.  The local grassroots group, Chappaqua Friends of Hillary, gathered to distribute stickers and cupcakes and to sign up volunteers.  Dawn Evans Greenberg organized the effort, and her team did a great job!   Up and down South Greeley, folks were sporting Hillary stickers as they cheered the parade: the vets, the scouts, the bands,  the pipers, the musketeers, the first responders, the soccer kids, Governor Cuomo, and  both Clintons.

The morning had been iffy.  It had rained – no poured.  But as folks began setting up, the drizzle stopped and the sun began trying to break through.

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The Hillary tent was where the action was.  Everyone wanted to pose with the cutout of Hillary. One little girl about three-years-old called to the Hillary figure as she walked past.  “Hillary!”  There were homemade signs, lots of Hillary gear, and kids- lots of kids and lots of dogs!

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Then came the parade!

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The Revolutionary War contingent shot off their muskets every 1000 yards or so  – deafening.  The kids loved it!

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As the parade ended everyone drifted to the ceremonies at the monument on the green.

Our fallen heroes deserve our profound gratitude for giving their lives to protect our freedom, today and every day. -H


The sun came out.  The roads dried up.  Hillary was happy to see us.  She said “Thank you, so much,” and put two thumbs up.




It seems there are questions about the Navy officer next to Hillary.  He is Oscar Flores, U.S. Navy Ret., who worked in the White House during the first Clinton administration and is employed by them now in his retirement. If you have read any of the many emails Hillary released, you will see his name on some of them. The Clinton family attended his retirement celebration some years ago. He is a trusted friend and member of the household and deserving of our thanks and respect for his service.  So, please  no more malarkey.  He has been there all along.  He is an officer and a gentleman. Please be respectful and thank him for his service!


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No more of this nonsense!  (Thank you Snopes!)




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This morning, Hillary did what Bernie Sanders cannot do today.  She voted for herself in the NY primary at the Douglas G. Grafflin School in Chappaqua, New York.

Hillary’s neighbors were out bright and early to greet the Clintons at the polls and to cast their own votes of course! A nearby house was decorated with Hillary signs.

Here are some great pics compliments of Francesca Hagadus.



… and here they are!!!!

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It is a moment in history when a candidate votes for herself for POTUS accompanied by a spouse who is a former POTUS who also is voting for her.  In fact, it has only happened once before – in the same location – same candidate – same spouse.

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What a great day!!!


Polls open at noon upstate.  All polls are open till 9 p.m.

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Be a part of it, New York! New York!  Let’s step up to the plate and hit this one out of the park for Hillary Clinton!

GO VOTE!  Hillary did!

First stop on New York primary day.



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It is Community Day in New Castle New York. The local grassroots crew, Chappaqua Friends of Hill, were out bright and early in their custom-designed tee shirts to show their support for the hometown candidate with a table full of Hillary swag.  Thank you to Grace Bennett who arranged the effort, lined up the volunteers, got the Hillary gear, and supplied the great photos!  As we can see, some of Hillary’s very young neighbors are on her bandwagon!


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Congresswoman Nita Lowey and State Assemblyman David Buchwald both stopped by.  Lowey accompanied Hillary on her final official trip to Africa as did Grace Bennett.

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Thank you, Rumana Alvi, for these great pictures!

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Hillary for America

Friend —

I learned the meaning of Memorial Day from my father, Hugh.

During World War II, my dad was a chief petty officer at the Great Lakes Naval Station outside of Chicago, responsible for training thousands of sailors before they went to the Pacific Theater. Sometimes, my dad accompanied his trainees to the West Coast before they shipped out. He told me later that it broke his heart to know that some of them would never come home.

When my dad died twenty-two years ago, many sailors who had served under him sent me letters and photographs. My favorite photo shows my dad in his uniform smiling broadly. To me, he looked as handsome as any 1940s movie star. It meant a great deal to me that these men took time to honor my dad, the same way my dad taught us to honor those who fell in the line of duty.

Today, I hope we’ll all take a moment to remember the many men and women who gave their lives to protect our country. These brave Americans knew that freedom is earned by each new generation.

My thoughts today are with those families whose sons and daughters sacrificed so much so that all our children can be safe. I hope all of us will honor their memories with our own service to our country, and to each other.

Thank you,


We have a sacred responsibility to those who serve and sacrifice for this country—today we remember and honor the values they fought for. -H


Clintons march in Chappaqua, NY, Memorial Day parade

Adam Edelman NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Today
Hillary Clinton returned to her adopted hometown of Chappaqua, N.Y., on Monday to march in the village’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

The recently minted presidential candidate, sporting a navy blue sweater and an American flag-themed scarf, was all smiles as she walked down the streets of the town of 1,500 alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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The pretty lady on the left in the banner above is my friend Ronni Diamondstein who writes for WAG Magazine.  Ronni was kind enough to share this article from WAG with me, and I thought some of you might enjoy it too.  There is a great slideshow, too!


Synergy is a word that comes to mind when I think of Hillary and Bill Clinton. They are a formidable team. Both with impressive resumés of years of service, most recently, the tireless work they do for The Clinton Foundation and its many worldwide initiatives. Both have had many titles, too, but no doubt one that brings them much pleasure is their latest, “grandparent.” However, there is one title that those of us in Chappaqua are quite fond of: neighbor.

Fifteen years ago this month the Clintons made Chappaqua their home. Over the years they have become part of the fabric of the community and I have had the pleasure to talk to them and observe them around town.

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Thank you, Ronni!

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Those of us who have had the privilege of having met Hillary Clinton know that she is warm, generous, and encouraging.  Always gracious, she is open, welcoming,  and a cheerful good sport.  Participants in the Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program had their chance to meet and greet Hillary on Sunday upon completion of their summer courses.

The arts enrichment program affords talented young people from low-income urban schools the opportunity to work with professionals and adult mentors in a variety of activities and was initiated in the wake of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy whose Senate seat Hillary once filled.

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Hillary Clinton’s Fee for a Hometown Speech: Free

Here is some terrific local coverage thanks to Grace and Ari Bennett at Inside Chappaqua Magazine!  Grace is always right on top of all things Chappaqua!


Hillary Clinton Reminds CSSP Grads to “Pay Kindnesses Forward”

inside4Following Seven Teens’ Fun and Heartfelt Speeches

By Grace Bennett
Photos by Ari Bennett

Like any teenager anxious about culinary choices in a new environment, Jejomar Ysit was taking no chances. “I packed an ample supply of Twizzlers and Doritos …just in case,” the Dewitt Clinton High School student (in an Einstein Honors program) quipped to a delighted gathering of host families, alumni, board members, and friends of the Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program. His remarks were also directed to a beaming town resident in the front row: Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, a second Clinton to graciously address and meet with the kids on their momentous event. In 2005, her husband Bill Clinton was keynote speaker for graduation from CCSP, now in its 46th year.

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Hillary brought her marathon book tour to a close this afternoon at the Chappaqua Library in the town she calls home.  Friends and neighbors showed up early for wristbands and filed in to have a few words with her and receive their signed copies of Hard Choices.  Originally, phones and cameras were not going to be allowed, but at the last minute they were permitted, so my friend Rumana Alvi was able to get these pictures.  Thank you, Rumana!


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At her Aspen Ideas event tomorrow,  she will be signing some books, but this is being billed primarily as a speaking event.  It will be live on Facebook.





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The vets were in perfect form along with all the uniformed services.  Chappaqua was declared a Purple Heart Town.  The bridge into town was dedicated to Army Staff Sgt. Kyu H. Chay who was born in South Korea, grew up in Mount Kisco, and died serving in Afghanistan.


The weather was perfect,  beautiful, warm, and sunny.  The Greeley High School band and the Kerry Pipers were in perfect and touching tune.  Hillary Clinton was swarmed by admirers.  A few long-time Hillary buddies showed up.  Of course Maggie Mae, pup reporter,  was on the scene with her mom and collaborator, Ronni Diamondstein, and channel 12 and channel 4 news. Ronni was interviewed by channel 4. Governor Cuomo, who lives there,  was on Staten Island at another parade, and his opponent, Rob Astorino marched with Hillary.

It was a lovely, and special day.

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Listening to Hillary speak at the closing plenary of the American Jewish Committee Forum this morning reminded me of why I so prefer to hear her with my own ears rather than depend on some reporter’s interpretation of her words.  I am pretty sure someone will call her address a “campaign speech.”  I would not agree.

Placing Israeli regional concerns in the context, perhaps even right between the covers of her soon-to-be-released memoir, Hard Choices (which she touted as “a summer read that will be great on the beach”), she lent the event the flavor of a dress rehearsal for one of her upcoming book tour speeches.  Before some oh-so-much-more-experienced-and-wiser-than-I personage comes along and patiently explains to me how the book tour is designed to mutate into a presidential campaign, you can go here and likely find the video available later today.  If I find that I can embed it,  I will.   You should hear and interpret for yourself.

Walking us all back to 2009 when the Obama administration offered Iran the choice between a clenched fist or an open hand, she reviewed the hard work that went into extracting sanctions from the international community via the U.N. Security Council and went on to explain how those sanctions coupled with others imposed by the United States Congress influenced the 2013 Iranian election.  Fast-forwarding  to today, she told the audience that “no deal is better than a bad deal”  with Iran.

Some may, with clenched teeth and forced smile,  call that a campaign slogan and  patiently explain to me that she is defending her part in laying the groundwork for her successor’s possible success in getting a deal with Iran.  My experience from watching her over the years tells me that this is pretty much excerpted from her book which was always intended as a lens through which to view her tenure at the State Department.

She exhorted the audience to be prepared for all possible outcomes with Iran including their potential rejection of a deal.  “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” were her words.  I am sure than is another slogan we shall see go viral in media headers over the next few days.

She concluded her address with some words regarding the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian negotiations, predicting further hard choices ahead, and telling the audience that she would like to see our own democracy work a little more smoothly.

So make of her words what you will, the interpretation above is my personal take on the event, but one thing was on full display at the Grand Hyatt this morning, and that was Hillary Clinton’s clarity and depth of thought.  For everyone’s information, no matter how you choose to interpret or label this address, her brain is in perfect working order.  She also looked fabulous in lace-trimmed light Spring tweed as the photos below attest.

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The event was a trifecta for Chappaqua, New York as David Harris introduced Harriet Schleifer who welcomed Hillary.

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