Our Goal

Connect our Community
Inform our Residents
Support our Businesses
Make Some People Smile

To Our
Dear Friends

It seems that we’re asking the same questions over and over again. How did this happen? How could our lives change so quickly, and so dramatically? What do we do now? How do we stay connected with each other and our beloved community? How do we lean on each other, on our community, when we’re told we can’t have each other, at least not physically?

Things are changing rapidly: schools, restaurants, gyms, and non-essential businesses have now been told to lock their doors. No one knows when they’ll be allowed to reopen. Our daily lives, our routines, our livelihoods hang in the balance. The news is frightening: the number of infections/the death toll rises exponentially every day, extending our quarantine. It’s easy to feel like there is no end in sight. It’s scary. We all feel it.

This will come to an end eventually. Whether it’s a month from now or several, our community will return. But will it return the way we left it? Will our local stores and restaurants survive without customers regularly walking through their doors? Will we still feel that same sense of connection to each other?

We grappled with this concept, asking ourselves what can we do? How can we use our skills to help our community? What can we create? So we built this website.

Our neighbors and friends need us. Our local businesses need us. An extended lockdown will put many individuals into dire financial straits, and many shops out of business. Yet we can help each other.

Using this website and other channels, we encourage every one of our community members to patronize local businesses and provide assistance to those in need. Whether it’s dropping off a few rolls of the most highly-coveted item around (toilet paper) to a family or using the delivery services from our downtown stores, if we all take action, we can make a difference. We can support each other. We can stay connected. We can even create a large, collective change.

Yes, there is a great deal of sadness and struggle in our nation, and our county has gained notoriety as the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. Getting through this will be difficult. But Katonah has a history of doing difficult things. We are the town that literally moved itself, building by building, to avoid destruction. We can avoid destruction again.

Years from now, you’ll reflect back on this time. You’ll consider how we, as a community, responded to this crisis. Did we think only of ourselves, hoarding and shutting off from the world and each other? Or did we work together and support one another? How we answer those questions will speak volumes about ourselves and our community.

Let’s work together now to make a difference, lend a helping hand, make each other smile, and guide our businesses (and our neighbors’ businesses) through a challenging time.

Getting through this will be difficult. But Katonah has a history of doing difficult things. We are the town that literally moved itself, building by building, to avoid destruction. We can avoid destruction again.

Let’s make Katonah proud!

Gia Miller
Justin Negard

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The Team

Gia Miller

Gia Miller is an award-winning journalist, content writer and editor who lives in Katonah. Her work has been featured in Parents, The Washington Post, SheKnows, Healthline, SELF, Bedford Magazine, The Record Review, and more. As a content writer and editor, she’s worked for a variety of local and national businesses – ranging from healthcare to IT, and frequently serves a ghostwriter for CEOs and business owners.

Her first “real gig” was editing a book written by the USDA Forest Services. She remembers nothing about trees, but the scientists were very kind. From there, career highlights include once answering the phone when Oprah called, sitting in JFK’s rocking chair at the former The Waldorf-Astoria hotel (may it rest in peace), and being one of the first science writers ever hired by NIH. Gia’s never met a brainstorm she didn’t like or a deadline she couldn’t beat.

Gia is also the mom of two KES students … she fantasizes about editing the elementary school textbooks. She’s also a great listener, has the patience of a saint (most of the time), and is an excellent problem solver. Plus, thanks to her children, she’s become a skilled hostage negotiator.

She hoped to compete as a race walker in this summer’s Olympics and wants to thank COVID-19 for crushing her dreams.

Justin Negard

Justin is a designer and photographer. He creates the look of a company – designing logos, posters, color schemes, websites, and marketing materials. Sexy stuff like that. He wrote a book on design called, um, “On Design“. Justin is also a photographer of people, events, architecture, products, food, and cars he can’t afford.

Additionally, Justin is Creative Director at CityMouse Inc., an NYC-based design firm which provides accessible design for people with disabilities, and has been awarded by the City of New York, MIT Media Lab, South By Southwest & more.

Justin is a two-time winner of the International Design Awards, American Photography, Latin America Fotografia, and some other cool stuff.

In 2019, Time Magazine hailed Justin Negard as, “an occasional reader of our magazine.”

He lives in Katonah with his wonderfully patient wife and son.