Benny Castro

Restauratuer Benny Castro wanted to create and share a unique dining experience in the beautiful Village Town of Piermont. Basque Tapas Bar and Restaurant boasts a richly varied selection of Tapas influenced from the northern regions of Spain from Galicia to Cataluña and the Basque country. You will also find authentic prepared Paellas, Wines, Sangrias and old Spanish classic favorites.

Bill Batson

Bill Batson is an artist, writer and activist. He has worked for non profits, labor unions and government in New York State as an organizer, writer and public relations specialist.

Boozy Hops

When you work at three separate jobs over the course of six years with someone, you get to know them pretty well. Now add beer into the mix. We’re just two Rockland ladies who enjoy drinking beer on the weekends–and weekdays. Our day jobs are a little different: Jonna has a position in marketing & social media and Sara is a tattoo artist.

Erica Mather

Erica Mather, MA, E-RYT, began teaching yoga at age 17 and now studies pedagogy through education, learning, and leadership. She created the Adore Your Body System, which addresses body-image challenges, and the Yoga Clinic, a place where students, teachers, and health professionals can learn about empowered self-care. Erica is a Forrest Yoga Guardian, personally selected by Ana Forrest to become one of a handful of senior teachers in the Forrest Yoga tribe. She teaches at PURE Yoga in New York City, and maintains a full schedule of Yoga Clinic clients and Yoga Clinic teacher trainings.

Wes Martin

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Jessica Choi

Jessica Choi is a New Jersey native, copy editor, and writer who completed her undergraduate studies in English, Political Science, & Cinema Studies at Rutgers University—New Brunswick. Jess has since moved on to earn her M.F.A. degree from Manhattanville College’s Creative Writing program in Purchase, N.Y., with concentrations in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting.

Jeannine Deramo

Jeannine Deramo is a certified Literacy Specialist and freelance writer. She is a staff writer for Rivertown Magazine and author of the Rivertown Retail monthly fashion & shopping column. She is the founder of lifestyle blog Peace & Plenty.

Joseph Kuhn

Joseph Kuhn is a freelance reporter operating out of Rockland County. A Pearl River native, Joe studied Writing and Political Science at Marist College and his work has appeared in a number of local publications.

Marie Aronsohn

Marie DeNoia Aronsohn is Lamont's director of strategic communications. Marie came to Lamont after an Emmy award winning career in broadcast journalism, covering environmental policy, politics, health, science, government, and community life.

Mary Callan

Mary Callan is a Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist and 500-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher. For more vegan recipes, visit

Michael Blakey

Michael Blakey is a professional voice actor and songwriter who has travelled the world and tells stories through his music and words. He believes in giving back to the community, and that helping others is what makes us human.

Nicky Atanasio

Nicky is a writer and nature explorer. Through teaching yoga, meditation, and womb massage, she holds space for women to connect with their own inner healing powers.

Nina Skowronski

Nina Skowronski is the Managing Editor at Rivertown Magazine.  She is a commercial photographer in the Hudson Valley, has written for a range of publications in wellness and lifestyle and is founder of Source Mind Body wellness journal. 

Phil Bunton

Phil Bunton founded Rivertown magazine way back in 1990. He previously worked on the New York Post, Star magazine, the National Enquirer and a host of British newspapers. He is married to prominent interior designer Candice Boyle.

Roger Dubin

Roger Dubin is an avid hiker and nature enthusiast. He has hiked all of the trails in Harriman State Park and most of the trails in the Hudson, Palisades, and North Jersey Highlands regions. Roger writes on the benefits of hiking for both adults and children and is certified in Wilderness First Aid. He is a volunter trail supervisor with The New York/New Jersey Trail Conference, managing over 55 miles of trails in Southeast Harriman, and a Day Hike Leader and Naturalist at The Nature Place Day Camp.

Ryan Paige

Born and raised in Rockland County, Ryan Paige is one of the founding members of the Ask Adam Real Estate team at William Raveis Baer & McIntosh, specializing in creative and digital marketing for his clients. He is also a fashion and film aficionado, allowing him to be the style columnist for Rivertown Magazine, headlining the Buying-With-Ryan column, curating style selections from his modern tastes.

Samantha Finch

Samantha Finch is a graduate of Pace University with a MA in Media Communications and Journalism and a minor in Photography. She has been photographing across the Hudson Valley since 2007, telling the stories of the amazing residents and business owners of our Rivertowns.

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Tom Riley

Tom Riley is the author of 14 books and over 3000 articles. His latest new books, DNA DETECTIVES and THE GREAT HUNGER IN IRELAND (1845-1852) & ITS LEGACY IN AMERICA: THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA (1853-1929) can be found on his web site:


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