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I've been a homeowner in Chestnut Hill for twenty years. I love that it's a short walk to Buchanan Park, Chestnut Hill Café, Dog Star Books, Mandros Imported Foods, The North Museum, Huber's West End Market, Lemon Street Market, great restaurants, my son's preschool, and still be within walking distance to all that is downtown.

My parents lived in Lancaster in the 1960s, before I arrived on the scene. While living on West Ross Street, one of the places my artist mother would often take my sisters to was Buchanan Park while my father was at Hamilton Watch – his first job after graduating from Lehigh University and serving in the U.S. Army. Our family moved many times due to my father's career in upper-level management in the manufacturing industry. After we returned to Lancaster County, I graduated from Ephrata High School, attended college in Philadelphia, and then was a brief resident in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. When I returned to Lancaster in the early 90s I have to say there was a decided lack of "things to do" for someone interested in the arts and entertainment. Needless to say, glad I stuck around.

The Real McCoy

After a career working for various Lancaster non-profits, in 2005 I began serving as the city's neighborhood revitalization administrator, where I had the opportunity to work with residents and neighborhood organizations in the united goal of improving all neighborhoods. And then along came baby. I decided to start my own business so that I would have the ability to care for my son full-time. My business, The Real McCoy, is a personal/professional assistant service for "when time is not on your side." Hope to see you around town!

Three people now living I would like to have lunch with. While I might like to say Terri Gross, since she has interviewed so many actors, directors, authors, humanitarians, musicians, and quality human beings with whom I would like to spend an hour, that probably wouldn't be much fun (for her). I think I ultimately would like to have lunch with three comedians at the same time - Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, and Sarah Silverman. It wouldn't be a joke session, just a good time.

The cause I most believe in is: Pet adoption. There are countless causes that are incredibly important but pets provide companionship and proven physical wellbeing to help us humans through all that this world entails. We are fortunate to have The Humane League of Lancaster County, where I have had great success finding stellar pet friends.

Name three things on your bucket list.

Become proficient at playing guitar and piano.
Master at least one foreign language.
Travel across America with my family in a vintage camper or RV, making an extended stop in New Orleans...and spend a month in Europe.

What did you want to be when you grew up? An actress/dancer/singer.

My greatest accomplishment is...Making it through "toddler world" with my sanity largely intact.

Top, the Red 1965 Corvair from "Girl, Interrupted” (Starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg, and Brittany Murphy). Below, Carol drives behind Jeffrey Tambor (1:35:00 – 1:35.05).

My unfulfilled ambition: I feel the same way about this as I do New Year's resolutions. It's fine to have goals but not if they get in the way of simply living. I can't think of anyplace I would rather be in my life than where I am right now.

Three words to describe me:


Tell me something about you that most people don't know. If you pause at just the right moment during a dramatic scene with Jeffrey Tambor near the end of "Girl, Interrupted," you can see me driving by in the red '65 Corvair I used to own. When the movie was filmed here I was an extra and also assisted the "transportation specialist" with finding rain ponchos for the crew. I took him downtown, of course, to DMZ, a military surplus store at the time. Coincidentally, I now live in the house I was parked in front of during the eight or so times I drove around the block during the shoot.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Almost simultaneously, "I hope my husband made it to work alright and will be safe today." "I can't wait to hug my son and wish him a "Good Morning." And "Bring it!"

What's the farthest-away place you've been? Germany, as an exchange student in high school.

What do you think Lancaster will be like in 10 years? I believe that similar to the residents of Austin, Texas, the people of Lancaster truly value the gem that we have and will continue to support local businesses that enhance its charm and character. I see neighborhoods becoming more economically diverse with amenities and gathering places existing within those neighborhoods, encouraging people of all backgrounds to not just coexist but to thrive.

What do you consider to be Lancaster City's greatest asset? That in addition to our architectural and historical heritage we have easy access to fresh goods from some of the most productive, non-irrigated farmland on the planet, thanks primarily to our Central Market (which was recently named by a global travel and lifestyle website as one of the top ten fresh markets in the world). Combined with a short train ride to other major metropolitan areas? Priceless.

Grabbing a bite in Lancaster with - $5, $10, $30 – Where (and what)

Cocina Mexicana – Tacos
Jethro's – Calamari, the chef's special, and dessert du jour

What are the best aspects of your job? Flexibility, variety, and helping clients feel less overwhelmed.

Would you describe yourself as introverted or extroverted? I can't say decisively one or the other since it depends on the day.

Coffee shop drink of choice. Regular, unsweetened coffee with half & half.

What music are you listening to now? While my husband and I share an extensive music collection – including a large selection of vinyl – I lately have enjoyed allowing Pandora to be my DJ so that I can get things done while caring for our son. The channels currently in rotation are Louis Armstrong, Calexico, Johnny Cash, and Curtis Mayfield.

Best advice from your parents. Live each day to its fullest.

What should they have taught you in school but didn't? Fiscal responsibility. Thankfully, I learned that at home, but so many children don't and end up living beyond their means as adults.

Finish this sentence: If there is one thing life has taught me it is... (To quote a beloved movie from my generation...) "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

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