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By Janice Llanes Fabry

Zaltas Gallery just celebrated its 22nd anniversary at 900 East Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. The popular jewelry store may have had its genesis as owner Kathy Zaltas’ hobby, but in the last two decades it has earned a reputation as a trendsetting fine jeweler.

“Our story continues and we’ve morphed from craft jewelry in the 1980s into the custom and bridal jeweler that we are today,” remarked Kathy, who parlayed a heart pin her husband Fred gave her 40 years ago into a thriving business.

Today, the longtime Rye resident works closely at the shop with her daughter Rebecca and makes her colleagues and customers feel like family. “The biggest thing for me is the trust. Our clients trust us. From the beginning, I wanted people to feel they’re coming into my home and I like to get to know them,” she said.

As a matter of fact, Kathy is all about stories, those of her clients and her jewelry. She absolutely sparkles when relating how she recently created an engagement ring and a wedding band utilizing diamonds that belonged to a bride’s mother and grandmother. Then she went on to design a matching wedding band for the groom, complete with a hidden diamond he had inherited.

Zaltas’ bridal selections include Michael Bondanza’s exquisite platinum and gold pieces. The collection can be viewed online in a new and improved website that will be ready mid-November. Brides-to-be can sign up on a bridal registry that provides discounts as well.

“We have a beautiful bridal collection on hand,” noted Kathy. “However, if a bride sees something she likes, our goal is to totally accommodate her. I can get anyone any diamond and can meet any budget, as long as the diamond is beautiful and brilliant.”

In addition, Zaltas Gallery carries the masterfully handcrafted lines of top designers, from Kwiat diamond jewelers and John Apel’s vivid gemstones to the Italian Vergano line of heavy gold pieces. In time for the holidays, the shop will hold exclusive trunk shows, featuring the special collections of Yossi Harari and Alex Sepkus.

The store also offers the mid-range artisan lines of Anzie and Robindira. Moreover, it showcases the innovative jewelry of new and local designers, such as Sophie Ratner’s light and airy creations, ReRe Corcoran’s one-of-a-kind pieces, Evocateur’s gold and silver leaf cuffs with vintage maps, and Me & Em’s charms for charity.

Zaltas just trademarked “detox your jewelry box.” Bring in your old or broken pieces of jewelry and the gallery’s team will give them a makeover, whether it’s rhodium plating dull pieces or creating new settings for diamonds and gems.

The shop’s “spa treatments” include repair, cleaning, restringing, and refurbishing, as well as re-purposing, redesigning, and creating new pieces from those in your jewelry box. In addition, the jeweler herself is making house calls. If customers would rather not bring out their jewelry, Kathy is offering one-hour, at-home consultations.

“Jewelry has a lot of meaning. Whether it’s a diamond necklace or a charm bracelet, they tell a story and I love people’s stories,” she said.

The store also carries plenty of gift items by Michael Aram and Juliska, along with baby gift baskets. Radio Flyer wagons can be filled with sterling silver porridge cups, monogrammed sterling silver brushes, enamel baby bangles, plush stuffed animals, socks, and blocks. In the next few weeks, check off the holiday shopping list with Zaltas Gallery hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments and handmade Hanukkah decorations.

To make a private appointment, call 777-7304 or visit www.zaltas.com.

Zaltas Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-5:30 and Saturday,10–5.

 

Owner Kathy Zaltas wearing Yossi Harari baroque South Sea pearls with handmade 18-karat gold and diamond ornament

Vergano gold and diamond bangle and cuff bracelets made in Italy

 

 

 

The Rye City Lions Club, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, will honor Steve and Janet Meyers with the James A. and Marian M. Shea Community Service Award at its annual Charter Dinner on Friday, November 17 at Apawamis Club. The Award was established in 2003 to recognize an individual(s) who lives or works in the Rye community and has contributed to enhancing the lives of its citizens through exemplary volunteering.

Steve and Janet have distinguished themselves, not only in their professional and personal lives, but in their commitment to charitable and community causes. They have lived in Rye for 36 years, raising their two children, Michel and Keith.

Steve and Janet both graduated from Boston University School of Management. Steve earned his C.P.A. certificate early in his career and has used his professional expertise as a volunteer for a multitude of organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester, Community Synagogue of Rye, United Hospital’s Mayfair Board as well as the Rye Recreation Commission and Rye Finance Committee. The Westchester League of Women Voters benefits from his advice on IT and social media, where he serves on a number of committees including Voter Service and Fair and Affordable Housing. Steve was actively involved in Rye’s youth baseball program, as a coach in Rye Little League, and as manager, coach, and president of the Rye Babe Ruth League. Steve was appointed and served as District Commissioner of the Babe Ruth Baseball League in Westchester County and the Bronx.

Janet has volunteered for a multitude of local organizations, serving as president of Community Synagogue of Rye, League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester, Rye Newcomers Club, and Twig of the New York United Hospital, among others. Her longtime service to the community has also included the Rye Women’s Interfaith Committee, United Hospital’s Mayfair Board, the Woman’s Club of Rye, and Helping Hands for the Homeless and Hungry, Inc. In addition to her leadership, Janet has shared her many talents, from graphic design and editing to event planning and fundraising, with the many organizations in which she has been involved.

In 2001, both Steve and Janet were honored to receive the Westchester Jewish Conference’s Distinguished Service Award.

The Rye Lions Club, the oldest active organization in Rye, not only donates funds to Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Visions, but every year helps provide Rye Recreation summer camp scholarships.

Tickets to the dinner are $75. Contact Rob van der Wateran at 967-2600 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 6. Checks, made payable to the Rye City Lions Club, can be mailed to: Rye City Lions Club, P.O. Box 354, Rye, NY 10580. The Rye City Lions Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Steve and Janet Meyers

At a board meeting last month, SPRYE officers approved an additional service for seniors. They formalized the role of the new Care Team, whose role is to help members who are temporarily confined to home or hospital. Depending on an individual’s situation, SPRYE volunteers will pay visits, deliver groceries and essentials, and regularly communicate with distant family members.

The local aging-in-place organization, serving Rye and neighboring communities, is always expanding its network of care.

For more information, call Betti Weimersheimer at 481-5706 or go to www.sprye.org.

 Members of Ceres Garden Club of Rye kicked off the fall season with their annual fundraiser “Pumpkins Plus…other Surprises” at the Rye Farmers’ Market. Shoppers were treated to glorious autumn floral arrangements and handmade items created by members. 

Proceeds support the Club’s civic projects, such as the hanging baskets that grace the downtown area throughout the summer and the Blue Star Memorial at City Hall, a tribute to the Armed Forces of America, past, present, and future.  

The Club meets at Rye Recreation the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30 and always welcomes new members to help them spruce up the community landscape. At their October meeting, members made Halloween/Fall-inspired tray favors for Meals on Wheels recipients.

By Georgetta L. Morque

On several Saturdays last month, 13 Rye High School students spent their afternoon at Rye Recreation ironing and sewing, hardly a typical pastime for teen-agers. Yet they were there for a special community service project to transform pillowcases into dresses for girls in a Kenyan orphanage. As a result, they learned that sewing can be fun and useful and that their end product would benefit those in dire need through Kenya Relief.

Leading the group was Kim Mulcahy, a Rye mom and founder of Sew Happy, who has been teaching sewing in town and beyond for the past five years. Mulcahy discovered Little Dresses for Africa, an organization that encourages volunteers to make dresses out of pillowcases for needy girls. She mentioned this as a community service idea to Paula Fung, who helped get the ball rolling.

An initial post on Rye Moms Facebook prompted a response from Nadine Waxenberg, who connected the pair to her former high school cheerleading teammate, Devry Coghlan, a missionary at Kenya Relief which houses 98 orphans — 49 girls and 49 boys — who typically arrive with shredded clothes on their backs and little more.

Around 70 pillowcases were donated to the cause and Rye Recreation donated the space for the project. Fung started the group off with a tie-dying session and Mulcahy taught the sewing portion with several volunteers. Most of the students were sewing newbies, except for a few who were fortunate to learn the skill from a grandmother. Cailee Forman, who made a pale pink and light blue dress with blue ribbons, never sewed before but said once you learn it’s really fun. “It gets better and better as you do it,” agreed Becca Kaplan.

“These kids having a heart for kids hurting on the other side of the world is not only filling a need but filling their compassionate souls as well,” said Coughlin, who will send photos of the girls in the dresses to share with the students. A total of 51 dresses will go to the orphanage along with 50 caps donated by children at American Yacht Club. The next potential project will be shorts for boys to be made from T-shirts. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

The Friends of Rye Nature Center hosted a frightfully successful Oktoberfest last Friday. Co-chairs Annie Teillon, Aubrey Cashion, Caitlin Layng, and their committee of 33, hosted the Nature Center’s biggest fundraiser to date, with some 500 supporters in attendance.

Guests enjoyed the sounds of Amber Anchor, the ambience of a Secret Biergarten, and a main tent whose dazzling décor and clear-top roof with majestic views of the changing foliage was the perfect backdrop.

Cheers to Joe Vicidomini of The Craftsman and The Oath, Fire Island Brewery, Harrison Wine Vault, and G. Griffin Wine and Spirits for serving some of the tastiest local beers and German wines around; and three stars to Fleischer’s Craft Butchery, The Kneaded Bread, and Marcia Selden Catering for great cuisine. 

Some came ready to party in lederhosen and dirndls, all came to hail the great cause of environmental education and conservation.  

— Photos by Pedro Garcia