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Dirty Jobs

Someone’s got to do it -- from removing lice to cleaning up pet waste to packing up a home



Jill Bazos and Nicole Fields of L!ceOut911 get to work in their Bedford Hills studio.

Photo by Rana Faure

Growing up my father had a mantra when it came to any kind of household chore: Hire someone. Need the lawn mowed? Call Jimmy, the 90-year-old man with the John Deere. My college-era IKEA armoire had to be assembled? Get some freshman engineer. Light bulb out? Ok, I suppose there are limits. But there are some jobs no one wants to do no matter what. Enter several local businesses that are there to clean up your literal mess.

Perhaps nothing has a higher ick factor than lice—I’m itching just thinking about it. The world grinds to a halt. You contemplate shaving your head, burning your house down, and moving to a world devoid of anything that crawls except eight-month-old babies. But the stress can be easily mitigated by the help of a lice professional. And now we have a team right here. Pound Ridge moms Jill Bazos and Nicole Fields have opened L!ceOut911 in Bedford Hills, a scientific and thorough approach to getting rid of lice in their relaxing, salon-like office. With its beautiful and freshly decorated facility, it’s easy to forget why you are there.

Drinks and magazines are available for parents and caregivers, while kids are kept comfortable and engaged with movies, arts and crafts, healthy snacks, and more. But creating a peaceful space to tackle a brutal problem was just one step in starting this business. They went through weeks of training to learn all about lice from the nit stage on to the adult bug (and I’m itchy again). 

Says Bazos, “When it’s not your kid, it’s scientific. The body language of the moms who come to us shows how stressed they are. We explain our methodology and also educate about what to do and say. They leave empowered.” 

While getting rid of lice may be a crisis situation, other unappealing tasks are more on-going in nature. DoodyCalls is a pet-waste management service run for 15 years by husband and wife team George and Audra Sichler. Yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. They pick up dog poop. While at first it may sound like an SNL sketch, the business is very real and thriving as is evidenced from their several lime green trucks seen throughout our area. And while technically their business is based on waste, owner Audra Sichler insists they are really about something unbelievably precious.

She says, “People can laugh, but we’re about giving back time. Everyone is so busy during the week, our clients have an extra 30 minutes on a Saturday morning to have a cup of coffee or play with their kids.”

Marie Kondo’s book The Magic of Tidying Up has brought home organization to the best-seller list, but it is still a task many find insurmountable. Factor in the emotion of helping a loved one downsize (or prepare to) and the situation quickly becomes charged. Local business Moving in Tandem, founded by Joanna Bassett and Pam Paterson of Pound Ridge, provides that help minus the stress and guilt. For an hourly fee, Bassett and Paterson roll up their sleeves and chip away at the piles, even if it’s just one room at a time. With their discerning eye and input from the client, they relegate some things to the dumpster and others to consignment stores and local charities.

With lives today crammed with driving, activities, work and more driving, down-time is precious and outsourcing unpleasant tasks has become commonplace (exhibit A: Ashley Hickey, licensed potty training expert). And while hiring someone to handle these ‘dirty jobs’ can certainly be called a luxury, the relief provided is invaluable.

 Says Paterson of Moving in Tandem, “Years ago, I did a total clear out for my aunts and uncles who had been living in Stamford for decades. It took weeks and was a huge ordeal. I wish I could have called someone to say ‘please come help us.’”


MOVING TIPS
Overwhelmed? Bassett and Paterson say: 
1) Establish a timeline.
2) Make a floor plan of your new space to determine what you will keep.
3) Make three piles of your belongings: keep, discard, and sell or give away.
4) And be realistic—just because you spent a fortune on something doesn’t mean it is worth a lot today!

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July 2018

Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
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Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

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Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
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Games, Crafts, Live Music, Watermelon and fun for the entire family on the library lawn. Sunday, July 22nd from 2:00-4:00 PM No registration, just show up. Sponsored by the Friends of the...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Little Radical Theatrics Inc (Fatima Viegas, Executive Producer) is thrilled to be presenting its Summer 2018  Production of "Ragtime".  In an effort to truly live up to...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
Grinton Will Library
1500 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY  10710
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Sponsor: Little Radical Theatrics
Telephone: 914-589-1669
Contact Name: Fatima Viegas
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 Little Radical Theatrics Inc (Fatima Viegas, Executive Producer) is thrilled to be presenting its Summer 2018  Production of "Ragtime".  In an effort to truly live...

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
Grinton Will Library
1500 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY  10710
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Sponsor: Little Radical Theatrics
Telephone: 914-589-1669
Contact Name: Fatima Viegas
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

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Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
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Website »

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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Westchester Community is in need of more than 40 foster homes to provide the county’s most vulnerable children with housing in a safe and stable environment. For more information and to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Department of Social Services
112 E Post Road
White Plains, NY  10601
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Sponsor: United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Telephone: 914-997-6700
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

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Throw paint balloons (washable, of course) at a canvas to create an awesome piece of abstract art, and more importantly have a bunch of fun doing it! Thursday, July 26th at 4:00 PM Grades 6-8...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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On Thursday, July 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich will host “The Language of Flavor in Honey: A Guided Sensory Honey Tasting Event.” Italian-trained honey expert...

Cost: $50 for Bruce Museum members, $65 non-members

Where:
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Contact Name: Cynthia Ehlinger
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

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See and Touch exotic animals up close. Plus, learn about endangered species and conservation hands-on! The Nature of Things is an environmental outreach program that presents quality live animal...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Returning after his Caramoor debut at the 2015 Jazz Festival, Joey Alexander brings an original swing and improvisational style that is unmatched at his age, along with an artistic maturity well...

Cost: $40-$75

Where:
Caramoor
149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, NY  10536
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Telephone: 914.232.1252
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

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All ages. In a partnership between Lewisboro Library and the Westchester Land Trust, we’ll be hiking the Pine Croft Meadow Preserve, while discovering a great book whose pages are...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lewisboro Library
15 Main Street
PO Box 477
South Salem, NY  10590
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Telephone: 914.875.9004
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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

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