When the MillbrookTrainingCenter’s original creator, Joe Parrinello, took back the reins of the facility last year after a fiercely contested battle and an agreed five-year absence from the scene, we at TMI suggested doing an article about his plans for the future. He declined, explaining that he needed time to decide whether the center was viable and promising to talk to us when his ideas were more concrete. We ran only a short piece about the change of ownership, and this week I sat down with him to get an understanding of what changes he has made and how he plans to further develop theTrainingCenter.
Parrinello was the original personal trainer in Millbrook. He began going to people’s houses to help them train at a time when “it was thought to be an activity reserved forHollywoodmovie stars.” Thirty years ago he opened his first facility in the old firehouse onReservoir Drive. “Today, almost everyone knows they need physical exercise. We no longer have to convince them,” Parrinello says. “We just have to help them find a program they can stick to.”
Our local businesses are proposing some exciting ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Thinking of buying an engagement ring to surprise your Valentine? Joyce Heaton Jewelers will offer a special gift to anyone who purchases an engagement ring between Feb 6th and Feb 14th. Pumpkin House may seduce you with 15 percent off most of their jewelry now through 2/17/13. Azur Wellness Spa is has created a Valentine' s Day Package: “Spend two hours being pampered - sipping Champagne and tasting sweets. Enjoy their signature massage and a rose European facial all for $160”
On Saturday night at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club, the Rotarians gathered for cocktails and dinner to celebrate their 40 years of service to the community. Chaired by David Brinkerhoff, who was one of the founding members, the club inducted two new members: Philip D’Angelo Jr., formerly a Rotarian in upstate New York, who recently moved to our area to take up the position of Superintendent of the Millbrook Central Schools, and Susan Perry, a real estate agent with Houlihan & Lawrence of Millbrook. The induction of two new members enables the club to reach its goal of having 40 active members by its fortieth anniversary.
Most people have a funny story to tell about their first introduction to oysters. Mine was long ago, when I was but 19, a lovely young thing commuting into Manhattan from the suburbs to start my career on Madison Avenue. I was invited to lunch at the famous “21.” Dressed in what we called a sheath in those days, with white gloves, a hat, and shoes with matching handbag, I wanted to impress my suitor. My goal was foiled when he ordered oysters for the two of us. (In those days a man often ordered for the woman without even asking what she liked or wanted.) Having never even seen an oyster, let alone eaten one, I had no idea what to do. I watched other tables, and I saw people swallowing the huge slimy creatures whole—so to avoid seeming unsophisticated, I tried the same method. Unfortunately the oyster stopped short somewhere in my throat and refused to go any farther. I had to quickly retire to the ladies’ room to get it to come back up and enable air to pass again. To avoid embarrassment I slipped out of the restaurant and never saw the gentleman again.
Often referred to as the Culinary Olympics, the biennial Bocuse D’Or competition held last week in Lyon, France, was a disappointment for the American team, which, while aiming at a place on the podium, came in at number seven. Francewas the victor, with Denmarkand Japanplacing second and third, respectively. During the two-day contest, teams from 24 countries competed; each team had 5 hours and 35 minutes to prepare two elaborate platters—one with seafood and one with beef.
When Vincent’s Pharmacy closed, building owner Bert Villetri called George Whalen with a mission. “I want another pharmacy, George. The village needs a pharmacy and I am willing to wait for one. Find us a pharmacy.” That is how Whalen Real Estate took on the task of luring a pharmacy toFranklin Avenue. In a smart move, Whalen contacted the pharmaceutical reps who serviced Vincent’s, and let them know that a location was available. A rep matched that information up with one of his clients who was growing and looking for new locations, and the matchmaking began.
The new owners, Mayur Patel and Abi Patel, already have pharmacies in Fishkill andLiberty,NYas well as two others inConnecticut. As part of a large independent buying group (GNPN) they benefit from good discounts which enable them to offer prices that are competitive with the major chains. The group delivers to them six days a week so they can have most medications constantly in stock or for the unusual – obtained within a day’s notice.
Brian Pecchia joins Millbrook Physical Therapy: This week Millbrook Physical Therapy announced thatDr. Brian Pecchia has joined its staff of therapists. He will treat general orthopedic and sports injuries and provide physical therapy services to students in the Millbrook school system. Pecchia received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011 fromSacredHeartUniversity, where he later served as an adjunct faculty member in the physical therapy graduate program and finished his orthopedic clinical residency. All of the therapists at MOST (Millbrook Orthopedic and Sports Therapy) either already have doctorates or are studying for their doctoral degrees. Pecchia, a 2003 graduate of theMillbrookSchool, where he played hockey and lacrosse, majored in athletic training atMaristCollege, where he captained the Marist Men’s Hockey team for two years. Pecchia continues to play hockey in local men’s leagues and assists the coaching staff of the Marist Hockey Team. He has also begun to enter running and cycling races, most recently the Duathlon in Millbrook in 2012.
Doug Wattoff started his air charter service with one prop plane in September 2008. When the economy took a dive just a month later, he feared the worst for his fledgling start-up. He was surprised to discover, however, that it was actually the ideal time to start his business. As the recession deepened, corporate heads were reluctant to be seen in private jets, yet they needed as much, if not more, private air transport between the sometimes remote places their businesses took them. Chartering prop planes was the answer for many of them traveling throughout the Northeast, and Millbrook Aviation was soon booked to capacity.