Natural Foods Store Opens in Yonkers

Wholesome Goodness Conquers Yonkers

Satisfied customer at Wholesome Goodness in Yonkers

This winter, Yonkers residents welcomed the opening of Wholesome Goodness Market in their midst. This 2,500 square foot natural foods store, featuring a coffee and juice bar and delicious prepared foods, is located just one block from the Yonkers train station, with easy parking nearby.

Visitors to Wholesome Goodness can treat themselves to a Coconut Spice Latte with a Carrot Bran muffin, a “Blazin’ Beet” juice combo, or a variety of savory and colorful soups, salads and hot entrees that are made from scratch daily by a talented chef using organic ingredients. The store also carries fresh produce—including local and NY state farm products—along with local breads and baked goods, dairy, juices, dry goods, pet supplies, green cleaning supplies, an extensive selection of vitamins, supplements and remedies, and a full offering of organic health and beauty products.

Formerly known as Body and Soul Essentials on North Broadway, the store’s supportive and appreciative customer base urged owner Dorette Brown to expand her offerings. Brown says her new store is creating quite a buzz. “Fifteen minutes before closing last Friday, a man walked into the store and announced, ‘The whole town is talking about this new phenomenon, so I had to come see for myself.’”

Wholesome Goodness Market is located at 66 Main St. in Yonkers. Call 914.375.7133 or visit for more information. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 8p.m. from Monday through Saturday.

Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway This Fall in Westchester

On three Sundays this month, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway will close to motor vehicle traffic and open to the exclusive use of bicyclists, in-line skaters, joggers, walkers and those with scooters and strollers. These popular Bicycle Sundays take place on September 12, 19 and September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 13.1 mile round-trip course begins at the Westchester County Center in White Plains and runs south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. There are many points of access and exit along the route, and parking at the County Center lot is $4.

Bicycle Sundays is presented by Westchester County Parks. In case of rain, the program is cancelled. Go to or call the County Center at 914.995.4050.

New Location for REN DAO, Holistic Wellness Center in Downtown Yonkers

The sign outside REN DAO Wellness Center

The REN DAO Wellness Center has moved to a new location at 2 Bashford Street, next to the Yonkers Metro North train station and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The center houses many talented holistic practitioners and wellness instructors. For the last five years, REN DAO has been a source for health and wellness services for the downtown Yonkers community. The center offers community acupuncture, massage, nutritional health counseling and Reiki. Qigong, yoga, children and adult self- defense classes and workshops on various wellness related topics are also offered.

Owner, Michael Kelly is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. He is a licensed acupuncturist and holistic health practitioner.

The REN DAO Wellness Center is located at 2 Bashford Street in downtown Yonkers. For more information about the center or to schedule an appointment, call 914.548.7585 or visit

Fishing for fun with Nets at Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers this Summer

Catch of the Day Seining at Beczak in Yonkers

Looking for something refreshing to do with the kids that’s more educational than a water park? Head to Beczak Environmental Education Center for Catch of the Day Seining.

Seining is the ancient way of fishing by dragging a net through the water. No marine life is harmed, and it’s fun. At Beczak’s Hudson River beach, educators show visitors of all ages how to seine with a thirty-foot long, hand-woven net. They distribute chest waders—waterproof overalls available in sizes toddler to XXL—before showing the group how to wade into the river, stretch the net as far as it can go, and walk the ends of the net together. They then return to the beach to see what they’ve caught before returning the catch to the wild.

“We catch about 10,000 fish each year—mostly white perch, striped bass, American eels, blue crabs, hogchokers, and pipefish,” says Vicky Garufi, Beczak’s Director of Education. “We look, touch and learn, then release the fish back into the river.”

Catch of the Day Seining takes place on August 7 and 8 from 2 to 4 p.m., August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., and September 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Reservations are needed. The cost is $5 per person.

Beczak Environmental Education Center is an eco-friendly renovation of a former factory social club on a two-acre Hudson River park in downtown Yonkers. The center is steps from the Yonkers Amtrak and Metro-North station, with ample free parking. The address is 35 Alexander St. Yonkers, NY. For more information contact; 914.377.1900 x 13 or visit

Relay for Life Celebrates 25 Years, Activities in Westchester 2010

Relay for Life

A cancer diagnosis is scary, life changing and…a reason to grab at least 10 friends and family members and stay up all night celebrating? The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life invites participants to do just that at the annual overnight event that honors and celebrates cancer survivors. More than 4,800 relays will take place across America this year, 265 of them in communities throughout New York and New Jersey.

The event opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk, run, or move around a track for the first lap. This emotional display is followed by a festive atmosphere that develops around the track as teams of 10 to 15 people spend the night raising awareness and money to support cancer research, education, advocacy and services.

A highlight of the evening is the candlelight vigil, held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer. The candles line the track and burn throughout the night to remind to participants about the importance of their involvement. Participants are also encouraged to fight back by learning about their own risk of various cancers based on their age, family history and race. At some locations this year, participants can enroll in a study to create better understanding about what causes cancer and how to prevent it.

To learn more about Relay for Life in your community, call 1.800.227.2345 or visit Interested team captains can build their team and raise funds online at


Mahopac – June 5 to June 6, 7am-7am. Mahopac High School, Baldwin Place Road. Luminary Ceremony at 9:30pm. June 6: Sunrise Mass Closing Ceremony.

Mount Vernon – Friday, June 11, 3pm to 8pm Saturday. Hutchinson Field. Info:

Ossining – June 5, 7pm-7am. Anne M. Dorner Middle School. Info:

Patterson – June 12, 12pm- midnight. Patterson Fire House. Opening Ceremony at noon. Luminary Ceremony at 9:30pm. Closing Ceremony at midnight.

Peekskill – June 5, 12pm-12am. Info: Jacqueline Smith

White Plains – June 18, 7pm-7am. Info:

Yonkers – June 4, 7pm-7am. Info:

Yorktown – June 11, 5pm-7am. Info:

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