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         Mike Rotanelli Makes                                                                              Yonkers Loves It’s Firefighters
        3rd District Council Run                                                                            Photo by Christopher Tyrone

                                                               Photo by Christopher Tyrone

                                                                                                           By Dan Murphy                                       with his wife Deana. Giroux heroically rescued
                                                                                                                 Yonkers Firefighters Local 628 recently       a man dangling from a building, but this night
                                                                                                           held its annual dinner dance at the Polish Cen-     was dedicated to other officers who have risked
                               City Council candidate Mike Rotanelli
                                                                                                           ter. Pictured above is Firefighter Mike Giroux,     their lives to protect the residents of Yonkers

By Dan Murphy                                         to replace Councilwoman Joan Gronowski,                      See another story and more photos on Page 10
     It has been good to see so many Yonkers          who will not seek re-election.

                                                                                                                 Ballroom Dancers at
residents come forward, seeking to serve on                Rotanelli, 63, is a 55-year resident of Yon-
the Yonkers City Council this year. In the            kers. He attended St. John’s elementary school
Third Council District Democrat Mike Rota-            in Yonkers and graduated from Lincoln High

                                                                                                               Westchester Hills School 29
nelli has stepped forward as the first candidate                                 Continued on Page 6

     Architecture in Yonkers:                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Greg Baldwin

    The Grinton I. Will Library
Photo by Michael Molinelli

                                                                                                           School 29 students looking sharp before the Ballroom Dance Competion, with physical edu-
                                                                                                                                        cation teacher Martiza Fasack,
                                                                                                                Who needs dancing celebrities when, this            This is the fifth year Westchester Hills
                                                                                                           week, the flawless footwork of Westchester          School 29 has sponsored a ballroom dance com-
                                                                                                           Hills School 29 stand-outs kept the audience        petition. Through the devoted inspiration and
                               A facade of the Grinton I. Will Library                                     smiling?                                            instruction of physical education teacher Mar-
                                                                                                                Ballroom beginners from grades three to        itza Fasack, students learn discipline, commit-
By Michael Molinelli                                  Google it.) So I decided to look further.            six will participate in the school’s annual Ball-   ment, respect for one another and how to work
Driving along Central Park Avenue (just Central            Opened in 1962, the AIA Award-winning           room Dance Competition, showcasing a variety        together to claim a coveted top spot.
Avenue, to natives) one notices a din of colorful     library is a modernist building with sturdy con-     of dance styles including the waltz, tango, me-          Winners will be selected for each grade
signs screaming for attention from the various big    crete arched vaults along the street façade that     ringue and swing.                                   level.
box stores and the strip malls. But at the southern   bring light deep into the main reading room. The

                                                                                                            Doing Good Deeds in Yonkers
end, when the cacophony mutes, Yonkers’ Grin-         colored panels are slanted to allow a lot of light
ton I. Will Library strikes an interesting harmonic   into the space but deflect low western sunlight
note.                                                 which can fry the occupants through large glass
      It’s midcentury municipal modernist drab        expanses.
has a counter melody of color harmonizing across           The panels appear to be porcelain enamel, a
its façades. My first visceral reaction was “The      popular coating (harder than paint) that was often
Partridge Family Tour bus!” (If you are under 35,                                  Continued on Page 6

          Go Fishing With Beczak

                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Greg Baldwin
                                                                                                                        City Council Majority Leader Patricia McDow (left) who is partnering
                                                                                                                               with Dr. William Limongelli on the Good Deed Contest

                                                                                                                Yonkers Dentist Dr. William Limongelli         fund-raiser at school to help other needy chil-
                                                                                                           believes that many good deeds done each day         dren in the community, tell your good deed story
                                                                                                           are going un-rewarded.                              to Limongelli and you might win a computer.
                                                                                                                “We all know that negativity will not im-            According to Limongelli, we all have a
                                                                                                           prove a situation, but complimenting or reward-     vested interest in providing a stable foundation
                                                                                                           ing a job well done will actually prompt more of    of moral values to our youngsters: “We believe
                                                                                                           those good activities,” said Limongelli.            that children deserve a helping hand to make
                                                                                                                With that said, Limongelli launched a Good     their own choice of what is right or wrong, to
     Beczak Environmental Education Center            only, adults can join in the fishing fun in the      Deed Contest in February, which will end on         make their own choice of how to reach their
offers children and adults opportunities to fish      Striped Bass Fishing Excursion, to be held on        April 15. The contest is open to any youth 18       goals without compromising their morals.”
for striped bass — New York State’s official          Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The        years of age and under. Children 18 years of age          Limongelli believes there is no greater joy
saltwater fish — aboard the 50-foot Island Cur-       cost is $75 per person, and all bait, tackle and     or under are urged to join the Good Deed Con-       for a parent than knowing that their children
rent II, departing from the Yonkers Pier.             licenses are provided.                               test by submitting an essay about a good deed       are on the right path. The contest rewards Good
     Children aged 9 to 13 can register for the            Beczak Environmental Education Center           they have done.                                     Deeds done by children and teenagers to encour-
Fishing the Hudson spring break program, April        is located at 35 Alexander St. For more infor-            Limongelli will be giving away a com-          age them to make the right choices in life.
18 to 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The cost      mation or to purchase tickets to either of these     puter to the winner who submits the best essay.           For more information on Limongelli and
is $300 for five days.                                events, call 914-377-1900 ext. 12, e-mail vgaru      Whether you helped a senior citizen cross the       his events, call 914-969-2727 or visit www.den
     While Fishing the Hudson is for children or visit               street or with their groceries, or organized a
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    Where, Oh Where, is Baby Bear?                                                                                         Pelton Baseball Gets
St. Casimir Students Study Black Bears                                                                                    Ready for Opening Day
                                                                                                             Photo by Donna Davis

             Young St. Casimir’s School students enjoy learning about black bears                             Patricia Degree (seated at table) and Robert Alston (left, in red t-shirt) are joined by friends
                                                                                                              to raise funds for the Pelton Baseball League at the Shoprite in downtown Yonkers. Pelton
                                                                                                                  Baseball will kickoff their season with a parade this Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m.,
                                                                                                              beginning at the corner of Radford Street and South Broadway and will conclude at Pelton
                                                                                                              Field in Van Cortlandt Park. Pelton Baseball is celebrating its 30th year and has more than
                                                                                                                                           300 kids playing baseball this year.

                                                                                                                New Technology Captures Keratin
                                                                                                              Fumes Only At Hair Dimensions Salons

                                                                                                             Photo by Greg Baldwin
                                                                                                                         Hair Dimensions co-owner Frank Osso using the Aerovex technology

                                                                                                             By Dan Murphy                                          with our new machine, 80 percent of the vapors
                                                                                                                   Anyone who has walked into a hair salon          are captured,” said Osso.
     “Kindergarten has lost a baby bear. If found,    Lobreglio soon realized that the children wanted       may have smelled a burning, chemical substance.              Keratin treatments usually last up to three
please return him to their classroom.” This an-       to know more about bears and seized the opportu-       That substance is formaldehyde, used in very           months and take about 90 minutes to apply, at a
nouncement was recently heard at Saint Casimir        nity provided by the “Black Bear Boxes” to teach       popular hair treatments to smooth and straighten       cost of up to $300. While the use of formalde-
School, where students in the early childhood         scientific facts about bears.                          hair.                                                  hyde is FDA approved, the dusts and vapors are
grades were studying black bears. Clues to the             Filled with materials and activities for ex-            Hair Dimensions Salons is the first salon in     uncomfortable to customers and could be harmful
bear’s whereabouts were found throughout the          ploring the world of black bears using interdis-       Westchester that has purchased Aerovex technol-        to staff.
school, including his gps collar and paw prints,      ciplinary, inquiry-based learning, the Black Bear      ogy to capture 80 percent of the formaldehyde                “We are proud to have this new technology,
but not the bear.                                     Box was the perfect teaching tool to learn about       fumes and odors, making its salons safer for em-       the first in Westchester County, which makes our
     Kindergarten student Michael Del Vecchio         bears. Developed by the researchers at the North       ployees and more pleasant for their customers.         salons safer and cleaner. It’s great,” said co-owner
asked “How is the bear surviving?” Del Vecchio        American Bear Center, who study Lily, the con-               Hair Dimensions co-owner Vanessa Osso ex-        Frank Osso.
surmised that the bear was surviving by “eating       tents of the box are grouped by grade level up to      plained that over the past few years, the keratin-           The Aerovex system works like a vacuum,
Miss Pat’s food in the cafeteria.”                    grade 12.                                              based hair straightening treatment is most popular.    sucking up fumes when the keratin treatments are
     Pre-Kindergarten 3, Pre-Kindergarten 4 and            The purpose of the Black Bear Box “is to re-      Keratin is a natural protein found in your hair and,   applied at up to 450 degrees and removing up to
Kindergarten were learning about bears through        place black bear myths with scientific facts that      when mixed with formaldehyde and applied with          80 percent of the dusts and vapors.
an innovative, new, hands-on learning program         help people and bears better coexist in today’s        a hot iron, smoothes and straightens your hair.              “So far, our customers and staff love this
called “Black Bear Boxes.”                            ecologically conscious world.”                               “Keratin treatments are more natural that old    product,” said Osso.
     The students’ interest in bears was peaked            The box contains a collar with tracking gps,      fashion relaxers. There are many different prod-             For more information on this and all hair
this winter while observing “Lily,” a four-year-old   skull and claw replicas, portion of hide, black bear   ucts on the market, and I encourage anyone inter-      treatments offered at Hair Dimensions, which has
black bear, and her cubs in their den in Ely, Min-    tracks replica, black bear scat, DVD’s, PowerPoint     ested to come into Hair Dimensions to discuss our      locations on Tuckahoe Road and at Bronx River
nesota via a webcam. Kindergarten teacher Joanne      presentations, plus lots of other materials.           products, which use the lowest amount of chemi-        Road in Yonkers, call 914-779-5919 or visit www.
                                                           Each Black Bear Box is packed full of learn-      cals that straighten hair with formaldehyde. And
                                                      ing tools, but not a baby bear, though the children

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 Yonkers’ Hyperlocal News
                This, Too, is Yonkers                                                                      Gomez Goldberg & Perez Challenge
By Eric W. Schoen
      “Must you dance every
                                                                         working with the republicans
                                                                         on the City Council to lobby
                                                                                                            Jose Alvarado for County Board
dance with the same fortu-                                               the Republican State Senate
nate man?                                                                majority to bring more mon-
      You have danced with                                               ey to Yonkers.
him since the music began.                                                    And the Democrats on
      Won’t you change part-                                             the City Council should have
ners and dance with me?”                                                 been lobbying Silver, the
      And so go the lyrics                                               king of the purse strings in
written by Irving Berlin                                                 Albany, to get more money
and immortalized by Fred                                                 for Yonkers. I don’t know if
Astaire in the 1938 movie                   Eric W. Schoen               Silver has been to Yonkers
“Carefree;” though the part-                                             before, but will he be our
ners have changed, the budget dance in Yonkers Superman this year? We need a new Superman!
remains the same. The Yonkers “budget tango”              For as long as I can remember (I graduated
has begun, though a little bit early this year, be- from Yonkers High School 33 years ago), poli-
cause the state passed a budget on time.             ticians have been talking about inequity in the           L to r: Carmen Gomez Goldberg, Jose Alvarado and Virginia Perez are all running
      My, wasn’t it wonderful to watch Governor state aid formula that funds the Yonkers Public                       for County Board in the 17th District representing Southwest Yonkers
Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Shelly Sil- Schools. As the Student Council president of
ver and Senate leader Dean Skelos standing at a Yonkers High School back in 1978, I remember             By Dan Murphy                                        health care providers to develop proactive health
press conference extolling the virtues of an on- protesting budget cuts and lack of contracts for              The race to see who represents the ever-       programs.”
time budget? Or the pictures of the Senators and Board of Education employees on the steps of            growing Latino population in Southwest Yon-               Gomez Goldberg is running as a republican
assemblymen in their chambers, patting each City Hall, and meeting with, if memory serves                kers on the County Board (17th District) next        in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, but
other on the back like a team who just won the me right, then-Mayor Angelo Martinelli, who               year has gotten interesting, with two candidates     believes that her support from many key com-
World Series? “Why don’t they douse each other complained about the inequity of funding for              stepping forward to announce that they will chal-    munity leaders from diverse backgrounds, pro-
in champagne,” I thought as I watched this de- Yonkers schools on a per capita basis, compared           lenge incumbent Democrat County Legislator           fessions and ethnicities will help her to victory.
bacle on television. Happy days are here again! with Buffalo and other upstate cities who get            Jose Alvarado.                                            “I have known Carmen Goldberg for years
The only thing missing from this picture was more money per student from the state than we                     Carmen Gomez Goldberg has announced            as a neighbor, friend and one of the most active
FDR with the long cigarette dangling from his do.                                                        that she wants to unseat Alvarado, based on her      and valuable civic leaders in Yonkers,” said Ira
mouth to join the happy occasion.                         I was glad to see students from throughout     years as a “Community Powerhouse”: “I am             Goldman, a Democrat and aide to the late Sena-
      So what does this mean to the average Joe Yonkers protesting the impending cuts on the             running for Westchester County’s Board of Leg-       tor John Flynn. “It has been a pleasure to work
or Jane working at the Board of Education or at steps of City Hall last week. It brought me back         islators because I have lived and breathed our       with her. She is a woman with that rare ability to
City Hall? I’m not talking about politicians and to my days as a fat white kid leading Yonkers           community’s struggles and successes. For three       bring people and communities together for com-
their staffs who never seem to lose their jobs, High students in a walk out of school to march           decades I have lived in Yonkers and I have re-       mon goals and the good of the city and county.
phones, cars, etc. (By the way, show me any on City Hall. We never had the politicians stand-            mained rooted in this community, committed to        Her diplomacy skills brings consensus on issues
other municipality where the councilpersons get ing with us like our students had last week; they        its improvement and well being. I am running be-     affecting diverse communities. I am proud to
taxpayer-paid and gassed-up cars to drive. Nei- sent the policemen from the Youth Division out           cause we have many challenges to overcome.”          support her for Westchester County Legislator.”
ther the members of the New York City Coun- to get me and some other student leaders to meet                   Stating that it was time for independent            Gomez Goldberg has raised five children,
cil nor the members of the Westchester County with the Mayor.                                            leadership and a new vision, Gomez Goldberg          all of whom have attended the Yonkers Public
Board of Legislators get such perks.)                     Some advice to our students; if you are        declared, “I will fight for lower taxes, to stop     Schools and one of which is now a Yonkers Po-
      I am talking about the secretaries who break going to invite the politicians to your rally, ask    out of control spending and to make govern-          lice Officer. She served as the President of the
their backs in our schools; the ladies who cook them to tell you what they are going to do to            ment more efficient. I will develop private and      Roosevelt High School PTSA and has worked
lunch for our school children; the firemen who solve the problem, not get up on the pedestal             public opportunities for job creation. I will pro-   with the Yonkers YMCA and the Yonkers Puerto
scale down buildings to save people in scaffold- and shower praise on themselves. You want so-           tect woman, children, the elderly and the civil      Rican/Hispanic Parade Foundation on youth
ing accidents; the garbage men who pick up your lutions, not grandstanding.                              and human rights of all residents. I will ensure     leadership programs. She also has more than
garbage twice a week — or will they threaten              There is a new, interesting piece in the       that every child has the opportunity for a quality   20 years experience as a businesswoman in the
once-a-week collection again?                        puzzle this year. Through public statements         education and that all residents of Yonkers have     medical transportation field and in consulting.
      Leona Helmsley called them “the little and communications to parents and stakehold-                affordable and decent housing. I will work with                                  Continued on Page 6
people.” I will call them the people who make ers, Superintendent of Schools Pierorazio has

                                                                                                           Yonkers Astronaut Takes Off
the City of Yonkers run. 700 layoffs; $80 million made it clear that it’s time for our city fathers
deficit; what does it all mean? What it means is to cough up some more money for education.
three months, or more, of nail biting, nervous- This was immediately shot down by Amicone
ness, upset stomachs and chaos in your life lead- and his spokesman, but it’s an interesting addi-
ing up to July 1, when the city must adopt a new tion to a normally static equation. Mind you, as
budget as you wonder whether or not you are New York State Schools Superintendent of the
                                                                                                           For Six-Month Stint in Space
going to have a job.                                 Year, Pierorazio can write his own ticket to the                                                                                Yonkers     native    and
      And then, at the last minute, some knight superintendence of any district with a quarter of                                                                              Roosevelt High School gradu-
in shining armor comes through to save the day. the problems that Yonkers has.                                                                                                 ate NASA Colonel Ron Garan
I’ll never forget August 2000 when, on my first           Years ago, Superintendents of Schools’                                                                               took off for another mission
day of work at the Yonkers Board of Education, presented their budgets to the Board of Educa-                                                                                  to space this week.
Governor George Pataki was the one to come to tion long before the city budget was released.                                                                                         Garan took off from Rus-
town with buckets of money. And the year that The budget reflected what the superintendent                                                                                     sia, along with two Russian
Pataki came to the then-Museum Middle School felt were the needs of the students in the district.                                                                              cosmonauts, for a trip to the
and stood on the raised glass area in front of the The Board of Education approved/disapproved/                                                                                International Space Station.
main office to tell us we were saved. Nobody modified the budget, and then sent it to the may-                                                                                       Garan, who made a trip
told the Governor that the glass is a skylight with or and City Council.                                                                                                       to space in 2008 on the Space
nothing underneath and that too much weight               For some strange reason, I feel like this is                                                                         Shuttle Discovery, will spend
on it could have caused the glass to break, and going to happen this year. It is the responsible                                                                               six months on the space sta-
then we would have had a real problem on our thing to do. Superintendents and Boards of Edu-                                                                                   tion, conducting scientific ex-
hands.                                               cation have a responsibility to request, within                                                                           periments with his team.
      Who will it be this year? Republicans con- reason, what they feel is needed to educate the                                                                                     Garan’s proud family
trol the Senate in Albany and the Democrats children of Yonkers. Parents of students should                                                                                    still lives in Yonkers, and Ga-
control the assembly, so the savior has got to be expect nothing less.                                                                                                         ran has returned for visits and
bipartisan. I heard Mayor Phil Amicone railing            So the budget tango has begun. We’ve                                                                                 speeches at the Hudson River
this week about funding in the state budget for changed partners over the years, but the dancing                                                                               Museum and held a telecon-
Teacher Centers throughout New York State. is still the same. This, too, is Yonkers!                                                                                           ference with Roosevelt stu-
Why he picked on Teacher Centers, I haven’t               Reach Eric Schoen at thistooisyonkers@                                                                               dents.
got a clue; his time could have been better spent
                                                                                                                      Nasa Astronaut Col. Ron Garan, Jr.

DWBID Sunrise Seminars Underway
                                                                                                                                           2010-2011 Season

                                                                                                                                          David Gilbert, Conductor

                                                                                                                                                    Thomas Stacy
                                                                                                                                                    English Horn
                                                                                                                       	 HAYDN	    Symphony	No.	93
                                                                                                                       		FUCHS				 Eventide	–	Concerto	for	English	Horn	and	Orchestra
                                                                                                                       	BRAHMS	 Symphony	No.	2

                                                                                                                                   Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                    Sunday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m.
     The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Busi-           based in Scarsdale; Michael Ruggiero, manager
                                                                                                                            Dickerman	Hollister	Auditorium			Greenwich	High	School

                                                                                                                                          Adults	$30					Students	$10					
ness Improvement District (DWBID), in collabo-       of Environmental Services, Yonkers Department
                                                                                                                                       Ticket	Information:	203-869-2664
ration with the Yonkers Riverfront Library, re-      of Public Works; and Marianne Petronella, di-
cently launched its third annual Sunrise Seminars    rector of Resource Management for Westchester
Series to provide helpful information and tips on    County’s Department of Environmental Facili-
topics of interest to the business community.        ties. DWBID Executive Director Steve Sansone
     The first session focused on “Recycling: A      served as moderator.                                                               PRE-CONCERT LECTURE
Greener & Cleaner Downtown.” Panelists (pic-               For more information on future seminars,                                  April	16	at	7	p.m.		•		April	17	at	3	p.m.
tured above, l to r) were: Eva Finkelstein, owner/   which are free and open to the public, visit www.                               Greenwich	High	School	Auditorium
founder of Green Design Expo, a retail supplier
of eco-friendly building and lifestyle products
 PAGE 4 - yoNkERs RIsING - FRIdAy, APRIl 8, 2011

 Yonkers’ Hyperlocal News
     Letter to the Editor                                                                                           Notable Panel Speaks
                                                                                                                 to Orchard School Students
To Mr. Daniel J. Murphy,                              for its life and to get back what was unilater-
      I wanted to thank you for the article in Yon-   ally taken away from the teachers when it was
kers Rising on the closing of Christ the King         declared independent by Cardinal Edward Egan
(CTK) School in the January 21 issue.                 and his advisors.
      As a veteran Catholic high school teacher             Archbishop Dolan has not intervened in
of 17 years at Cardinal Hayes High School, I          the union issues, despite the firing of our union
believe Catholic schools are a national and re-       president, John Fedor, a veteran teacher at John
ligious treasure and am greatly saddened by           S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen. His
Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s decision to close          firing is part of the ongoing unfair labor prac-
so many of them, nearly 30. I agree that a school     tices are clearly anti-Catholic, anti-family and
like CTK was a school worth fighting for.             anti-union. Fedor was only one year away from
      It is sad that there is so little outrage ex-   retirement.
pressed over the closings of these national                 On April 12, a trial to hear the 19 unfair la-
treasures and equally sad that, aside from cov-       bor practice charges being brought against the
ering the closing of the Catholic schools, very       Archdiocese of New York will begin in Brook-
little is being written about the wage theft that     lyn.
takes place from salaries below the prevailing              If you, or someone from Yonkers Rising, or
wage and small salaries going towards inflated        other contacts in the media would like to con-
health insurance premiums that are part of the        tinue to advocate on behalf of Catholic schools
“self-insured” health plans of the Archdiocese        and Catholic school teacher’s unions, it would
(not to mention rent paid to the Archdiocese,         be greatly appreciated. It might not surprise you
pensions being frozen and TDA matches being           that the media has had absolutely no interest in
removed).                                             this side of the Catholic schools’ story.
      I may be considered naive, but I believe the          The fresh air that seemed to have blown into          March 24 brought a panel of distinguished      grade students.
Archdiocese of New York has the fundraising           the Archdiocese with the arrival of Archbishop         guests to the Orchard School at Andrus Chil-             The Orchard School provides specialized
capability to have the best Catholic school sys-      Dolan turned stale very fast with his refusal to       dren’s Center in Yonkers to talk to youth about     education to children with emotional and behav-
tem in the country without closing any schools.       meet with the teacher’s union, his condoning of        persevering and achieving their dreams.             ioral issues in grades K to 9.
      In addition to Catholic schools being           the firing of our Union President and his deci-             Yonkers City Council President Chuck Le-            Brandon acknowledged the hardships of
closed, Catholic teacher’s unions have been shut      sion to close nearly 30 Catholic schools.              snick, Council Majority Leader Pat McDow,           adolescence, saying “How do you get to college
down or decertified through blatant unfair labor            I am willing to find as many advocates for       Chairman of the County Board of Legislators         while battling the troubles of growing up?”
practices and union-busting tactics around the        Catholic schools and Catholic school teachers          Ken Jenkins, former City of Yonkers Council              The panel had one unified response
country, which is contrary to the social justice      and their unions as I can find.                        Member Symra Brandon and City of Yonkers            throughout the afternoon; to encourage the stu-
teachings of the Catholic Church.                           Thank you once again!                            Assessor Mark Russell are shown above with          dents to “use your dreams to make opportunities
      In the Archdiocese of New York, Cardi-          Charles S. Chesnavage                                  Andrus President and CEO Nancy Ment, Assis-         happen.”
nal Hayes is one of ten of the most prestigious       Delegate/Vice President, LIUNA Local 255               tant Principal Alexandria Connally and three 8th
Catholic high schools that is currently fighting      Yonkers, NY

                                                                                                                Bruce McEwen Speaks at Sarah
                      Blue Door Gallery                                                                       Lawrence for Brain Awareness Week
  Poets & Writers Publication Opportunity             and creative energies toward our future pro-                Renowned neuroscientist Dr. Bruce McE-         fessor of neuroscience and head of the Harold
      Blue Door Gallery (BDG) is preparing            gramming, development and exhibitions.                 wen, one of the original founders of Brain          and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of
its next publication about the current “FIBER                 Generations: a Call for Artists                Awareness Week, a program of the Dana Foun-         Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University.
PLUS” exhibition which will include writings               Artists working in all media are invited          dation, will discuss the effects of stress on the        O’Connor received her doctorate in Hu-
and ekphrastic poetry inspired by the adventur-       to submit work influenced by the theme of              brain.                                              man Development and Psychology from the
ous mixed media artworks on the walls.                “generations.” Artwork should illustrate an ex-             His talk, titled “Our Stressed-Out Brains:     Harvard Graduate School of Education and is
      Open mic poets, Artspeak Workshop par-          pression of cultural, historical, social, or geo-      From Molecules to Societies,” will be held on       currently an Assistant Professor at New York
ticipants and other interested poets and writ-        graphical characteristics connecting young and         Tuesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Donnel-       University’s Steinhardt School of Culture,
ers are invited to visit the gallery next week-       old, such as ancestry, heritage, family or com-        ley Lecture Hall of the Heimbold Visual Arts        Education and Human Development, where
end to begin to form their poetic ideas, and/or       munity bonds, social dynamics, collaboration,          Center.                                             she leads a research program examining rela-
join BDG’s Poet-in-Residence Golda Soloman            guidance and growth. Please share with us your              On Wednesday, April 20, Dr. Erin               tionships with mothers and teachers and the
on Saturday, April 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. for an         own interpretations of “generations.”                  O’Connor of NYU will speak on cognitive             impacts of these relationships on children’s de-
ekphrastic poetry walk-about and writing ses-              This eight-week exhibition, from July 9           and socio-emotional development of children         velopment in early and middle childhood.
sion.                                                 to August 28, will be held in conjunction with         at 5 p.m. in the Esther Raushenbush Library.             Sarah Lawrence’s participation in Brain
      Soloman will be available for guidance and      free community programming dedicated to fos-           O’Connor’s talk will discuss the role of care       Awareness week was organized by junior Rus-
editing to prepare submissions for our publica-       tering the bonds and creativity of young people        giving relationships in the growth of children’s    sell Cohen Hoffing, a student in biology faculty
tion. Deadline for written submissions is April       and their significant adults. The workshop ex-         cognitive and socio-emotional development.          member Dr. Leah Olson’s course, Introduction
30. Suggested donation is $5 to $10.                  pressions will be in the forms of performance               A past president of the Society for Neuro-     to Neuroscience.
                 “Out Of Africa”                      art and poetry, dance, puppetry, drawing, paint-       science, McEwen is the Alfred E. Mirsky pro-
      Your ordered or reserved copies have ar-        ing, clay and fabric crafts, podcasting and more
rived and will be available during gallery hours,     to be announced.
starting on April 8. To make payment or place a            To honor all generations we will exhibit

                                                                                                                           Serving Our Country
new order, you mail a check or money order to:        artwork created by the youth of Yonkers in con-
Blue Door Gallery, 5 Hudson Street, Yonkers           junction with the works of professional artists
NY 10701.                                             whose art addresses the exhibition theme.
      The first copy purchased by a featured art-                      Please Donate!                             Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kimberlee             Asiam is a 1997 graduate of Harry S. Tru-
ist or poet is $38.06 after tax. Additional copies         The Blue Door Artist Association and Blue         S. Asiam, daughter of June H. Forbes of Yon-        man High School of the Bronx. She is a 2001
are $43.35. It is available to the public. To have    Door Gallery need your donations. BDG is the           kers, recently reported for duty at Navy and        graduate of Canisius College, Buffalo, with a
your book shipped, add $5.                            only non-profit art gallery in Yonkers. We in-         Marine Intelligence Training Center, Virginia       BS degree.
      Plan to pick up your book on Tuesday,           vite you to join us in our mission to serve.           Beach, VA.
April 12 at the next Open Meeting, 6:30 p.m.               The Blue Door Artist Association is dedi-
at BDG, located at 13 Riverdale Ave. We value         cated to bringing the arts to underserved com-
your input and are eager to hear from each of         munities throughout the tri-state area. We do
you. Come network with BDG’s creative com-            this through exhibitions, public art projects,
munity of artists and supporters. Become part         workshops, mentoring programs and special
of this exciting adventure and add your ideas         events.

 Human Rights Commission & YPS
 Partner for Sensitivity Workshops
     The City of Yonkers Commission on Hu-            ating posters, slogans and forming ally clubs.
man Rights (HRC) is sponsoring programs on                 On April 11 and 12, school psychologists,
Bullying and Gay Student Sensitivity in the           guidance counselors and social workers will dis-
Yonkers Public School System in preparation           cuss bullying, gay student sensitivity and what it
for the new legislation, the Dignity for All Stu-     means to be an ally.
dents Act, which will go into effect in 2012.              Future training is being scheduled for other
     Spearheading this endeavor are Human             Yonkers public schools and community agen-
Rights Commissioner Michael Sabatino and Di-          cies that offer student programs.
ane Schneider, a member of the National Edu-               HRC actively promotes human rights
cation Association (NEA) and the Gay, Lesbian         awareness and outreach in our community
and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). As            through special events and activities. The partic-
a result of the relationship that the HRC has         ipation of the community has served as a model
built with the Board of Education, the NEA            for dialogue discussion and coalition building
and GLSEN, Schneider, will began facilitating         to prevent civil disorder, racism and intergroup
workshops for Gorton High School.                     hostilities. It is a public body of 15 voluntary
     On April 5 and 6, the students discussed         residents, constituted under the laws of the State
ways to recognize, understand and combat vari-        of New York and comprised of individuals duly
ous forms of bullying. The students were also in-     appointed by the City Council of the City of
vited to continue the anti-bullying theme by cre-     Yonkers.

                Academic Excellence
               Tufts University                       Sigma, one of the longest-standing freshman
     Andrew Summerfield of Yonkers, Class of          honor societies in the country, welcomed An-
2013, has been named to the Fall 2010 Dean’s          gela M. Petitti of Yonkers as a new member at a
List at Tufts University.                             March 20 ceremony in the college’s Hunt Col-
                SUNY Oneonta                          lege Union.
     The SUNY Oneonta chapter of Phi Eta
                                                                                                       FRIdAy, APRIl 8, 2011 - yoNkERs RIsING - PAGE 5

 Seniors and Health Care
      Hot Topics in Health Care                                                                                95 Year Old Edna Coggins
      What makes this ar-
ticle exciting to write and,
                                                                          to competitively bid for
                                                                          contracts, thereby limit-
                                                                                                              Calls Phelps Hospital Home
hopefully, exciting to read                                               ing the number of provid-              For 18 years, Edna                                             not require acute vision.
are the day-to-day changes                                                ers. Many of the providers       Coggins has been volun-                                                   Not only is Coggins the
that occur in healthcare.                                                 who win the bids are from        teering at Phelps Memo-                                              oldest volunteer at Phelps,
This week is certainly no                                                 out of state and may not be      rial Hospital Center.                                                she is perhaps the most styl-
exception.                                                                able to respond to immedi-             Now 95 years young,                                            ish, forgoing the traditional
         NYS Budget                                                       ate needs, i.e. when oxygen      Coggins’       volunteering                                          pink smock for smart pant-
     Changes Medicaid                                                     gets depleted or motorized       began shortly after she                                              suits and chic accessories.
      The budget bill was                                                 wheelchairs stop working.        retired from management                                              She regularly visits her hair-
passed late last week and                                                      If you are currently re-    at the telephone company                                             dresser to have her pageboy
made significant changes                                                  ceiving Medicare paid for        in 1993, when a friend                                               haircut styled.
to the way the Medicaid                                                   DME, call your provider          who volunteered at Phelps                                                 Mary Sernatinger, direc-
system operates.                                                          and ask what their plan for      encouraged her to do the                                             tor of the Marketing Depart-
      The bill, which was                                                 an emergency is and make         same. Ever since, she has                                            ment, has worked with Edna
passed by the legislature                  Michael LaMagna                sure you monitor your sup-       faithfully arrived at 7:30                                           for more than 12 years.
and given to Governor                                                     plies carefully.                 a.m. two days a week to                                                   “Edna has contributed
Andrew Cuomo to sign,                                                       More Signs that Baby           begin performing various                                             immeasurably to our depart-
included expanded provisions for Medicaid to                 Boomers Changed Everything                    tasks for the Marketing                                              ment and to Phelps,” said
recover money paid for an individual’s medical            In recognition that the number of Senior’s       Department and other de-                  Edna Coggins               Sernatinger, “not just through
care.                                                is increasing and their care is different than oth-   partments who need her                                               the tasks she performs but by
      More specifically, it counts all property, in- er populations, many hospitals are planning to        help. Coggins is Phelps’                                             the joyfulness she brings with
cluding personal property, houses, trusts, items create Senior-specific emergency rooms.                   oldest volunteer and considers every day she her wherever she goes. Edna’s happy spirit and
passing by a will or otherwise. What this means           The emergency rooms will have clocks             can help out at Phelps to be a day to celebrate.  love of life is contagious. She has taught me a
is that Medicaid will most likely increase their with large numbers, nonskid floors, more hand-                  Most recently, Coggins has lent a hand to great deal about living life to the fullest and not
efforts to recover money from individual’s fam- rails and a supply of reading glasses and hear-            the mammography department, preparing let- giving up when life gets tough.”
ilies after the Medicaid recipient passes away.      ing-assist devices.                                   ters for distribution to patients. Her work for        Edna says she feels at home at Phelps:
      Despite this development, omitted from              More importantly, the staff, from the medi-      mammography is particularly poignant because “I’ve always appreciated coming to Phelps to
the bill was:                                        cal and nursing to the security guards, will have     she survived breast cancer twice, once in 1997 volunteer because it gives me my own space
      the elimination of spousal refusal, which specific training on the needs of the elderly, in-         and again in 2007.                                away from home, and I enjoy seeing all the
is the ability of a spouse to have their finances creasing the care and comfort for the popula-                  About a year ago, Coggins’ vision declined people I’ve gotten to know over the years.”
not included as an eligibility factor, when a sick tion.                                                   so that she is no longer able to perform tasks         Phelps is also close to home; she and Wil-
spouse is trying to receive Medicaid; and                 This article is provided for informational       like proofreading hospital publications and re- liam, her husband of 44 years, live in Ossining.
      a cap on Medical Malpractice personal in- purposes only. Nothing in this article shall be            plenishing brochure racks throughout the hospi- For information about volunteer opportunities
jury pain and suffering.                             construed as legal advice or should be relied         tal. She is a very determined lady, however, and at Phelps, call the volunteer office at 914-366-
         DME Cost Cutting Provisions                 upon as such. Michael LaMagna is a partner            continues to provide invaluable services that do 3170.
      New Medicare rules may limit the ability at Timins & LaMagna, practicing Social Secu-

                                                                                                                    Social Security Column:
for many individuals to access Durable Medi- rity, health care, elder, disability, veteran, trust,
cal Equipment (DME), such as Oxygen tanks, estates and general law in both New York and
feeding tubes and powered wheelchairs, paid Connecticut. E-mail him at Mlamagna@tlla
                                            or call him at 914-534-1048 for

                                                                                                                    Questions and Answers
by Medicare.
      The new rules require DME companies more information.

                                                                                                           By Susan Sobel, Social Security District

 Passport to Adventure at the
                                                                                                                                                               number to be claimed as a dependent on a tax
                                                                                                           Manager in Yonkers                                  return, open a bank account, or buy U.S. Sav-
                                                                                                           Question:                                           ings Bonds.

     Riverfront Library
                                                                                                                 When will I get my automatic Social Se-            Also, your child needs a number to be
                                                                                                           curity Statement?                                   eligible for some social services and benefits,
                                                                                                           Answer:                                             such as Temporary Assistance to Families,
                                                                                                                 If you are at least 25 years old and not      food stamps and Medicaid. Learn more about
    Yonkers Public Library’s Passport to Ad-         the rocky islands of Greece.                          yet receiving benefits, you should receive your     your Social Security card and number at www.
venture continues at the Riverfront Library.              Riverfront Library, located at One Larkin        annual Social Security Statement about three
Passport to Adventure, a free series of film         Center, is handicapped accessible. For more           months before your birthday. If your automatic      Question:
presentations, is held on designated Tuesdays        information, contact Jody Maier at 914-337-           Statement has not arrived and you are within             My neighbor, who is retired, told me that
in Community Room A.                                 1500 ext. 461.                                        one month before the month of your birth or if      the income he receives from his part-time job
    On Tuesday, May 10 at 2 p.m., travel to                                                                you need a Statement sooner, you can request        at the local nursery gives him an increase in
                                                                                                           one at any time by going to www.socialsecu          his Social Security benefits. If I go back to
                                                                                                  You can learn more about        work will my benefits increase?
                                                                                                           the Social Security Statement and how to use        Answer:
                                                                                                           it at                If you return to work after you start re-
                                                                                                           Question:                                           ceiving benefits, you may be able to receive a
                                                                                                                 If Social Security is for the retired and     higher benefit based on those earnings. This is
                                                                                                           disabled, why would my new baby need a So-          because Social Security automatically re-com-
                                                                                                           cial Security number?                               putes the benefit after crediting the additional
                                                                                                           Answer:                                             earnings to the individual’s earnings record.
                                                                                                                 Social Security is not just for the retired        If those earnings are higher than one of
                                                                                                           and disabled. Survivors of deceased workers         the years of earnings we used to compute
                                                                                                           and the families of retired or disabled workers     your current benefit, your benefit may be in-
                                                                                                           also qualify for benefits.                          creased.
                                                                                                                 In fact, about four million children cur-          Learn more about how we figure your re-
                                                                                                           rently receive benefits. Nine out of 10 children    tirement benefit by reading the publication Your
                                                                                                           would be eligible to receive benefits if a parent   Retirement Benefit: How It Is Figured, avail-
                                                                                                           retires, becomes disabled, or dies. But children    able at
                                                                                                           need a Social Security number before they can       html. If you are not already receiving benefits,
                                                                                                           receive benefits.                                   you also may want to test out how changes in
                                                                                                                 Children also need a number for reasons       wages and retirement ages will affect your fu-
  Since its founding by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1888, Saint
                                                                                                           not connected with Social Security benefits.        ture benefit by using the Retirement Estimator
  Joseph’s Medical Center has been meeting the health care needs of Yonkers and                            For example, children need a Social Security        at
  surrounding communities. Located in Southwest Yonkers, Saint Joseph's Medical
  Center consists of a 194-bed acute care teaching hospital and a 200-bed nursing
  home and features comprehensive out-patient programs. It is also a sponsor of low-
  income senior housing for frail elderly.

  In response to new developments in medicine and the needs of the community,
  Saint Joseph’s has grown dramatically over the years into a modern, progressive
  medical center.

  Today, Saint Joseph’s offers:
  s An expanded Ambulatory Surgery Center
  s On-site 64 slice spiral CT Scanner and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  s Dedicated hospital-based Inpatient Renal Dialysis Services
  s A Hospital-based Nursing Home
  s One of the busiest Emergency Services in Westchester County
  s A Designated Stroke Center
  s Comprehensive Mental Health Services
  s A Family Health Center to provide affordable primary care
  s Oncology Services
  s Geriatrics Services and 165 units of Senior Housing
  s A State-of-the-art Department of Surgery for ambulatory, laser and laparoscopic
   micro-neurosurgery for back and neck compression pain, and Holmium laser and
   for treating kidney stones
  s Pain Management
  s The only accredited Family Medicine Residency Program in Westchester
  s Highly advanced diagnostic services, including Cardiology, Radiology and Labo-
   as well as a full range of rehabilitative therapies
  s Women’s Health Services, including accredited low-dose mammography
  s Patient Representatives and Pastoral Care for spiritual and emotional support

                    For more information, call 914-378-7000
                         or visit
                        Saint Joseph’s Medical Center
                 127 South Broadway s Yonkers, New York 10701
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Weekend Getaways: Staying Local at
The DoubleTree by Hilton-Tarrytown
                                                                                                                Letter to the Editor
                                                                                                                In reading up a bit on the redevelopment plans     affordable housing in the City and Zoning codes, it
                                                                                                           that Streuver, Fidelco & Castelli (SFC) has for         is easily realized that current low income Yonkers
                                                                                                           the center of Yonkers downtown, including Getty         residents can not afford these units anyway, even
                                                                                                           Square and surrounding properties, it leaves me         though they are, technically, labeled low income
                                                                                                           wondering. Although, as SFC Spokesman Peter             or affordable.
                                                                                                           Klein reported, the projects have been approved,              Development is progress, as they say. But at
                                                                                                           but SFC may scale back its plans until more gov-        whose expense are these plans being made?
                                                                                                           ernment financing becomes available. I really do              The current store and shop owners in the
                                                                                                           question if this is an approvable project that will     downtown Yonkers and Getty Square areas, for
                                                                                                           benefit the Yonkers public at large.                    one. They stand to lose their properties and their
                                                                                                                When I first heard of the plans, I thought how     livelihoods.
                                                                                                           great it would be to have an open esplanade with              When developers see an area such as Yon-
                                                                                                           shops and an outdoor ballpark kids. Looking into        kers, with all of its positive values and ameni-
                                                                                                           the news report on the proposed project further, I      ties, including geographic location (30 minutes to
                                                                                                           learned that these are not the plans at all.            Manhattan, five miles from open country Upstate,
                                                                                                                As Klein reported, the plans include massive       on the Hudson River) they move in fast, buy the
                                                                                                           renovations in downtown Getty Square, perhaps           depressed properties for cheap and redesign and
                                                                                                           even by powers of eminent domain, with a pro-           redevelop.
                                                                                                           fessional minor league stadium. (Eminent Do-                  The common result is new mass retailers put-
                                                                        Photo by Greg Baldwin              main means that the government puts a value on a        ting the local store owners out of business and cre-
           The friendly and professional staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton-Tarrytown                       property and then pays the owner the determined         ating housing cost inflation. The end result is the
                                                                                                           amount. As it can not be contested, it is essentially   gentrification of the area — an influx of wealthy,
                                                                                                           the government taking your property.)                   high income (usually white) people displacing the
By Dan Murphy                                         der the Doubletree-Hilton family name.
                                                                                                                Firstly, parking in downtown Yonkers is not        current residents (usually minorities).
      This year, Rising newspapers will once again         “We provide a personal touch in everything
                                                                                                           even close to adequate to accommodate the in-                 SFC could care less if they force the current
feature places to go and stay for Westchester         we do,” said Friedman. “Our staff has been with
                                                                                                           creased amount of vehicles that a minor league          residents out of their homes and out of the area.
families and couples who, restricted by tight         us for years, and we believe that our hotel can
                                                                                                           stadium would bring in.                                 What they do care about, though, is their bottom
budgets and schedules, can still enjoy a weekend      provide the best experience in Westchester, for
                                                                                                                Secondly, any mention of providing afford-         line profits.
getaway to recharge their batteries.                  a weekend getaway for one person or for a large
                                                                                                           able or low income housing is totally misleading.       Philip Anderson
      A new angle to our Weekend Getaways will        group. We treat every one of our customers with
                                                                                                           If one looks up the definitions of low income or        New Yonkers Resident
be places to stay right here in Westchester, for      the same great service. We have a lot to offer.”
a night or a weekend. Our first visit was to The           Some of the special offerings at The Dou-
DoubleTree by Hilton-Tarrytown, currently cel-        bleTree by Hilton-Tarrytown include:
ebrating its 50th year of operation.
      As those who have lived in Westchester for
                                                           • An invitation to couples who have held
                                                      their wedding receptions at the hotel since it        Spotlight on Yonkers: From the Office
most of their lives, this reporter remembers the
The DoubleTree by Hilton-Tarrytown as the Tar-
rytown Hilton. I attended my High school prom
                                                      opened in 1961 to attend a special event this sum-
                                                      mer. The event, “50 Golden Years of Weddings,”
                                                      will feature food, dancing and photos of the cou-
                                                                                                             of Council President Chuck Lesnick
at the Tarrytown Hilton way back in 1985. Re-         ples when they were married. Couples wishing                       New OFA Location                          Chema Center on the same day and time; Mon-
cently, I visited The DoubleTree by Hilton for        to receive an invitation should contact the hotel          The Office for the Aging (OFA) has re-            days from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
the Business Council of Westchester mega mix-         by sending an e-mail message to Michelle Citing      located to the Chema Center, located at 435                  For more information, call the OFA at 914-
er, but was curious about what else they had to       ( indicating name,        Riverdale Ave. The OFA’s benefits assistance,           377-6822.
offer, so my wife and I made reservations and         address, phone number and the date their wed-        administration, housing services and case man-            “Silence of the Bees” Shown at Riverfront
stayed for a night.                                   ding reception was held at the hotel. Participants   agement units will be located on the second                  On Saturday, April 9, the documentary
      The hotel has been completely renovated         will be asked to bring a copy of their wedding in-   floor.                                                  film “Silence of the Bees” will be shown at the
since its change from the Tarrytown Hilton. The       vitation, or a newspaper announcement to verify            The OFA also relocated its congregate             Yonkers Riverfront Library at 1:30 pm in the
lobby is modern in design and comfortably laid        the date. The reception will be held only for the    and home delivered meals services, as well as           Auditorium.
out for visitors to relax and have a drink. The       couples;                                             its transportation services, from the St. John’s             During the winter of 2006, a strange phe-
welcoming staff was accommodating throughout               • On Mother’s Day, Chef James Rosenbau-         Park Care Pavilion, located at 2 Park Ave., to          nomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the
my stay and helped plan our brief calendar.           er will delight moms throughout the area with        the Chema Center.                                       country; without a trace, millions of bees van-
      Expecting the usual standard room, we were      a lavish Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on                  The OFA will provide group dining six             ished from their hives. “Silence of the Bees” is
pleasantly surprised by the guest rooms, which        Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;                days a week, Sundays to Fridays, in the dining          the story of the riveting investigation into the
contrasted classic furnishings with modern ame-            • A family getaway package, offered until       area of the Chema Center and Mondays to Fri-            causes of this occurrence and the ongoing ef-
nities in the bathroom.                               April 30, for a family of four with children un-     days at satellite meal sites. The OFA will con-         fort to save the honeybees. The film goes be-
      We dined in the hotel’s Bistro Z and were       der 18, which includes kids’ pool toys, a family     tinue its delivery of meals to the homebound            yond the unsolved mystery to tell the story of
pleased by the upscale and modern American            movie with snack, overnight accommodations           elderly. Special holiday meals programs are             the honeybee itself, its invaluable impact on
bistro and its fresh and creative menu. We tried,     and breakfast for four starting at just $159 per     planned by the OFA in the Chema Center’s din-           our diets and what’s at stake if honeybees dis-
and loved, the New York Strip Steak and the           night! It is available for arrival on a Thursday,    ing area.                                               appear.
Braised Short Rib Ravioli, along with a choice of     Friday or Saturday. A $20 discount coupon for              Transportation will continue to be offered             This special screening is co-sponsored by
several decadent desserts. A special 50th Anni-       the package is available on the hotel’s Facebook     by the OFA to its programs and services in              the Greyston Foundation’s Enviro-Earth Club,
versary prix fixe menu and a list of 50th Anniver-    page:          the Chema Center as well as to doctors, other           the Sarah Lawrence College Office of Com-
sary drinks at 1961 prices will help make your        The discount will be honored when guests pres-       meals sites and to the supermarket. Public bus          munity Partnerships, Beczak Environmental
Doubletree dining experience a special one.           ent a print out of the coupon when they check        transportation is also conveniently located on          Education Center, Groundwork Yonkers and
      In the morning, we returned to the restau-      in;                                                  Riverdale Avenue. All current OFA recreation-           Yonkers Public Library.
rant for breakfast. I then had a swim in the indoor        • The “Remember 1961” package — an              al, educational and special programs and events              Yonkers Riverfront Library is located at 1
pool and a steam in the sauna while my wife en-       overnight stay, dinner and breakfast for two for     will be continued at the OFA’s new location.            Larkin Center and is handicapped accessible.
joyed a treatment at the Double Tree Day Spa.         $196.10 offered throughout 2011. To book the               Please note that the AARP Tax Aide Pro-           For additional information, contact Susan Thal-
A warm and friendly staff, with heated massage        “Remember 1961” package, call 914-631-5700           gram will relocate as well. The last few ses-           er at 914-375-7941.
beds and sound proof rooms, combined with an          and mention reservation code “PKI”;                  sions, April 4, 11 and 18, will be held at the
inviting and tranquil atmosphere, along with rea-          • 1961-priced drinks — during happy hours
sonable charges for massages and facials, round-      from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays,
ed out her DoubleTree experience.                     Rodney Strong wines by the glass are poured at
      A tour of the hotel featured several ball-
rooms, including the largest ballroom in
                                                      50 percent off the regular price. For beer lovers,
                                                      on Tuesdays and Fridays 50 cents will buy you
                                                                                                           Rotanelli for Council                                   everyone because I have done it as a business-
                                                                                                                                                                   man. I’m not looking for a fight with anyone.
Westchester, with a capacity of up to 600 guests      a six-ounce draft beer. The 50-cent bargain will
                                                                                                           Continued from Page 1                                   We need to sit down and agree on the best way
for weddings and corporate events. Smaller            also apply to select cocktail drinks on Thurs-                                                               to save our city.”
ballrooms are available for events like family        days. On Fridays, any bottle of Rodney Strong        School. For more than 40 years, Rotanelli has                You may have recognized the name of
reunions, including one which we saw in prog-         wine can be enjoyed at 50 percent less the listed    owned and operated a Yonkers business, Tran-            Rotanelli’s business, Transit Towing. After
ress. A top notch catering menu for all events is a   price.                                               sit Towing, and he wants to bring his business          serving as an official city towing company for
premium for all ballroom functions.                        For more information about The Double-          experience and his many years of living, and            40 years, Transit Towing was removed as an
      Doubletree General Manager Richard Fried-       Tree by Hilton-Tarrytown and it’s 50th Anni-         learning, in Yonkers to the council.                    operator to tow vehicles on city property last
man explained that The DoubleTree by Hilton-          versary celebrations, call 914-631-5700 or visit          “I have always been interested our city and        year by the city’s Board of Estimate and Con-
Tarrytown is privately owned and operated un-                              government, but I have never had the time to            tract. Due to an ongoing lawsuit over Transit’s
                                                                                                           put in all that’s required, until now,” said Rota-      removal, Rotanelli could not comment on the
                                                                                                           nelli, who held a campaign kick-off event and           matter, but said that it has nothing to do with
                                                                                                           fundraiser at Reno’s Trattoria on Lockwood              his running for City Council.
Grinton I. Will Library                               looked like.)
                                                           Color was intensely used in the Baroque and
                                                                                                           Avenue this Thursday. “My business experi-                   “I’m not running because of any lawsuit.
Continued from Page 1                                 Rococo periods, but we see it after hundreds years
                                                                                                           ence, through good economic times and bad,              I’m running to save our city. I stayed in Yon-
                                                                                                           makes me the right candidate to help bring the          kers for more than 55 years because I believe
                                                      of fading. And we don’t usually associate color      city back from economic crisis.”                        in Yonkers and its people, and I’m running for
used on metal components back then. The colors        with modern buildings because the black and               Rotanelli’s success as a Yonkers busi-             council because I believe that I’m the best per-
are muted now, but I bet they were bolder years       white photographs we studied (an art form itself)    nessman, and the fact that he is not a profes-          son for the job.”
ago, before UV radiation and dirt did their dam-      showed dominantly silver, gray, white and char-      sional politician, provide him with a unique                 Rotanelli did say that if elected, he would
age.                                                  coal blacks. Yet color was very important to the     opportunity if elected: “I cannot be influenced         examine every contract given to companies by
     Color in architecture goes through phases. I     modernist architects.                                and there is absolutely nothing that I could            the city to look for cost savings, waste and pa-
could usually tell when a building was last reno-          Color is often considered makeup applied to     be offered that I would want. I’m not in this           tronage.
vated by the color scheme: Mint greens; 1960s.        the bones and flesh of the architecture and there-   for the money, and I have no other political                 Rotanelli plans on running an old style
Bright oranges; 1970s. Mauve; 1980s.                  fore feminine and on the periphery. When I submit    aspirations. I just want to be a good council-          “whistleblower campaign,” traveling through-
     Architects generally shun intense color as       colors schemes to clients, I might be told “These    man for the city and for the people in the third        out the district in one of his flatbed trucks.
childish. Our classical inspirations from eons ago    are great, did your wife pick them?” or “My sec-     district.”                                                   “I want to remind the people what a great
lost all their decorative color by the time they      retary will pick the colors for this project.”            Supporting smart development and ensur-            city Yonkers once was. It was the city of gra-
were rediscovered. (Imagine the Venus Di Milo              I had one cheap client who, I believe, based    ing a strong education for the children in the          cious living. I refuse to see this city go down
painted up like a discount store mannequin and        their color scheme on the duct tape palette, so      Yonkers schools are two issues that Rotanelli           any further. Together we can fix it.”
you can picture what Roman buildings really           they could get more years.                           wants to emphasize during the campaign.                      So far, the response to Rotanelli’s candi-
                                                                                                                “I will support smart development that             dacy has been positive: “The people are with
                                                                                                           will not cost the city any lost tax revenues. We        me and want me to run, and I ask my fellow
                                                                                                           can no longer afford all the tax breaks and the         residents in the Third District to work with me
County Board
                                                      the victim of a senseless murder during a rob-
                                                      bery,” said Perez. “Two years ago, because I was     write-offs that we have seen for years,” Ro-            to bring Yonkers back to what it was.
                                                                                                           tanelli said. “Any new development project
Continued from Page 3                                 unwilling to concede these streets to gangs and                                                                   Yonkers resident Charles Funicello said,
                                                      gun violence, I ran for office in an attempt to      must pass this test. And the children in Yon-           “I have lived in Yonkers for 65 years I have
                                                      spare other families the heartbreak that my fam-     kers are our future; if we don’t give them the          seen a lot of ups and downs in my city. I have
      For more information on Gomez Goldberg’s
                                                      ily suffered. The corruption and dirty politics I    best education, then we don’t have a future.”           known Mike for 10 years and he has always
campaign, visit www.peopleforcarmengomez
                                                      encountered during that race were worse than I            Rotanelli also wants more disclosure of            been upfront and he speaks his mind. He is the
                                                                                                           information provided by City Hall and the               kind of person we need on the City Council to
      Democrat Virginia Perez is also running for     could have imagined, but the onslaught I encoun-
                                                      tered at the hands of the machine only served to     Board of Education, for the benefit of both the         keep us on the up side.”
the county board and will challenge Alvarado in
                                                      make me stronger. Today, I am announcing that I      council and the residents.                                   Anthony Mecca, owner of Affordable
a Democratic Primary in September. Perez ran
                                                                                                                “The people of our city deserve to know            Towing in Yonkers, said “I am a Yonkers busi-
for City Council in 2009 and narrowly lost .Per-      will run again, twice as determined to serve.”
                                                            While Perez will have to run against the       how every dollar of our taxes are spent. I can          nessman for more than 20 years. He taught me
ez, a 31-year-old Beech Street homeowner with
                                                      Democratic Party “machine,” she almost beat          read a budget, and if I’m given all of the infor-       everything I know. Mike Rotanelli is a fair,
a background in hotel management, will argue
                                                      that same machine two years ago, and will be         mation on how our tax dollars are spent, we             honest straight-shooter. He has always been
that in light of the recent guilty plea of Alvarado
                                                      running in the same Southwest Yonkers neigh-         can turn things around and share that informa-          a caring and supportive man that will put the
campaign attorney Wilson Soto on charges of
                                                      borhoods that she campaigned in then. Alvarado       tion with the people.”                                  people first and that is what the City of Yon-
voting fraud, Alvarado has forfeited his moral
                                                      is seeking his sixth term to the county board,            As the owner of a company that has done            kers needs.”
right to represent the district.
                                                      where he has served for the past 10 years.           business with the city for more than 40 years,               Watch Yonkers Rising for coverage of
      “I love Yonkers. I grew up here, my family
                                                            Follow Yonkers Rising for much more on         Rotanelli has seen mayors and council mem-              more Third Council District candidates as they
still lives here and, as many of you know, my
                                                      this race in the weeks to come.                      bers come and go.                                       are announced in the coming weeks.
brother Martin died here at the young age of 25,
                                                                                                                “I can interact with our unions and with
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 Rye Country Day School Students Faith Based Coaltion & Peacekeepers
   Raise Money and Awareness         Hold Men’s Conference 2011
                                                                                                                                                  Come to Men’s Conference 2011 on Sat-          nis Muhammad, founder and CEO of Peake-
                                                                                                                                            urday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the        Keepers, and many others.
                                                                                                                                            Yonkers Riverfront Library, located at 1 Larkin          Admission is free and lunch will be served.
                                                                                                                                            Plaza.                                               For more information, call Dr. Jim Bostic at
                                                                                                                                                  Presented by the Yonkers Faith-Based Co-       914-965-0203 or Pastor James Hassell at 914-
                                                                                                                                            alition and PeaceKeepers, Men’s Conference           375-1110.
                                                                                                                                            2011 with feature keynote speaker Captain Den-

                                                                                                                                                Beczak’s April Programs
                                                                                                                                                            Spring Detectives                            Striped Bass Fishing Excursion
                                                                                                                                                 Kids aged 5 to 12 can explore Beczak En-              Fish for striped bass at night aboard the 50-
                                                                                                                                            vironmental Education Center ’s park and find        foot Island Current II on Thursday, April 21 at
                                                                                                                                            clues that spring is here on Saturday, April 9 at    6:30 p.m.. Custom tackle, bait and expertise pro-
                                                                                                                                            11 a.m. Registration is required.                    vided to land a trophy fish. This fundraiser for
                                                                                                                                                            Pollution Busters                    Beczak Environmental Education Center offers
                                                                                                                                                 Celebrate Earth Day at Beczak Environ-          a unique outdoor experience. The cost is $75 per
                                                                                                                                            mental Education Center with a competition           person and space is limited. Call Lenore at 914-
                                                                                                                                            to remove pollutants from a water sample on          420-6864 to reserve.
                                                                                                                                            Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. Registration is re-                 The Delicious Journey:
                                                                                                                                            quired.                                                      Hudson Valley Farmers Markets
                 RCDS sixth graders participated in Hoops and Jump Rope for Heart                                                                           Evening of Music                           Enjoy food journalist Pascale Le Draoulec’s
                                                                                                                                                 Songwriter/composer Rob Morsberger              journey from restaurant critic to director of
                                                                                                                                            and Ina May Wool takesurreal inspirations and        Hastings’, Irvington’s and Chappaqua’s farm-
     Rye Country Day students in kindergarten                            can Heart Association as the students learned
                                                                                                                                            builds an intellectual rock feast for listeners on   ers markets and what running them has taught
through grade six participated in National Hoops                         that jumping rope and shooting baskets (and
                                                                                                                                            Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. For more informa-       her about eating well (hint; ditch the sauces) and
and Jump Rope for Heart Day in February.                                 exercise in general) are fun and good for their
                                                                                                                                            tion, visit                        community on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. The
     More than $9,700 was raised for the Ameri-                          health.
                                                                                                                                                           Fishing the Hudson                    talk, which includes market tastings, costs $10,
                                                                                                                                                 Kids aged 9 to 13 can spend spring break,       or $5 for seniors, teachers and students. Bezcak

 WLS Book & Author Luncheon
                                                                                                                                            from April 18 to 22, on the Hudson River aboard      is located at 35 Alexander St. For more informa-
                                                                                                                                            a 50-foot fishing boat! The cost is $300 per child   tion or to register for these and other programs,
                                                                                                                                            for the full five day program or $75 per day.        call 914-377-1900 ext. 12, e-mail vgarufi@bec
                                                                                                                                            Registration is required.                   or visit

                                                                                                                                            Westchester Jazz Orchestra Conducts
                                                                                                                                            Clinic at Mamaroneck High School

                   Marilyn Johnson                                                              Jennifer Egan

     The Westchester Library System (WLS)                                the National Library Week Recognition Award
will hold its 20th annual Book & Author Lun-                             for her outstanding contributions to libraries and
cheon on Thursday, April 14 at Abigail Kirsch’s                          literacy. The luncheon is sponsored by Entergy
Tappan Hill in Tarrytown.                                                and the H.W. Wilson Foundation.
     The event celebrates National Library Week                                The Luncheon, held from 12 to 2 p.m., will
and features three talented authors — Diane Mott                         be followed by an author signing. Registration
Davidson, Jennifer Egan and David Shenk —                                begins at 11:15 a.m. Ticket prices for the Book &
who will discuss their newly published books.                            Author Luncheon are $75 for general admission
     Briarcliff Manor resident Marilyn Johnson,                          and $100 for a Library Patron, which includes a
a library advocate and author of the highly ac-                          journal listing. For more information or to pur-
claimed “This Book is Overdue! How Librarians                            chase tickets, call 914-231-3226 or visit www.
and Cybrarians Can Save Us All” will receive                   

       FBI to Offer Pointers                                                                                                                WJO musicians Marvin Stamm (trumpet, back row), Bruce Eidem (trombone, center row) and
                                                                                                                                            Jay Brandford (alto saxophone, front row) demonstrate for the Mamaroneck High School jazz
                                                                                                                                                      band during a clinic, as WJO’s artistic director Mike Holober conducts

    on Combating Cyber Fraud                                                                                                                      The Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO) is a
                                                                                                                                            world-class band well-known for their “deeply
                                                                                                                                                                                                 needs. My students are so pumped and want to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 apply it live on stage.”
     The FBI has opened a new field office in                            “Cyber Fraud on the Rise,” a special program in                    researched, strikingly executed performances”             During the workshop, Holober conducted
Westchester. Why?                                                        the organization’s 2011 Learn & Lunch Series.                      (The New York Times). This exceptional group,        the band while the other WJO musicians sat and
     “Our large financial, corporate, municipal                               The program’s keynote speaker is Chris-                       which also conducts educational workshops,           played with the students.
and academic communities make Westchester                                topher Stangl, FBI Supervisory Special Agent.                      just completed the first of two clinics with jazz         “One of the most important experiences a
attractive to cyber criminals,” noted Erica Mar-                         A panel discussion will follow his presentation.                   students at Mamaroneck High School.                  developing instrumentalist can have is interact-
tinson, chair of the World Trade Council of                              Stangl will be joined by: Donald Garvey, Chief                           WJO Artistic Director Mike Holober, who        ing with stronger, more experienced musicians,”
Westchester, a committee of the Westchester                              Information Security Officer of Chubb & Sons;                      led the workshop, was joined by WJO musicians        Holober said. “This clinic allows students to do
County Association, and director of Risk Man-                            Thomas F. Blaney, CPA, CFE, partner of Private                     Marvin Stamm, Jay Brandford, Bruce Eidem,            exactly that as they spend time with and play
agement Services at The Rollins Agency in Rye                            Foundation Practice, O’Connor Davis Munns &                        Harvie S on bass and Andy Watson on drums.           alongside WJO’s professionals.”
Brook.                                                                   Dobbins; and Professor Darren Hayes, Comput-                             Mamaroneck High School Director of                  WJO’s educational initiatives extend be-
     If you think building firewalls is enough to                        er Information Systems Program Chair for Pace                      Bands Tim Hooker, who arranged for the resi-         yond the classroom to their season concerts with
protect business data, financial information and                         University. Martinson will moderate the panel.                     dency, said “Anyone who is serious about qual-       pre-concert talks and the low student ticket price
intellectual property from cyber fraud, you may                               “Cyber Fraud on the Rise” is sponsored                        ity jazz education in the public schools must find   of $10. About 150 students have attended WJO’s
be surprised to learn that the FBI disagrees. The                        by Bank of America, Mercy College and Pace                         a way to invite WJO into your school. These mu-      concerts so far this season.
fact is that the threats are coming from every-                          University. The 2011 Lunch & Learn series is                       sicians have a vision and understand educational
where. The cyber-goons want access to your                               sponsored by Compufit, Inc. and Mahopac Na-
data, financial information, research, business                          tional Bank.
plans and more. It is prudent to find out how to
protect yourself.
     To update you on the latest methods used
                                                                              “Cyber Fraud on the Rise” will be held on
                                                                         Thursday, April 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
                                                                         the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton-Tarrytown. Res-
                                                                                                                                            16th Annual WHUD Kids Fair
by cyber thugs and to help you mitigate your                             ervations are strongly recommended. The pro-                            Smiling faces and happy kids are what the       16 years.
organization’s risk, the World Trade Council,                            gram is open to both the public and WCA mem-                       Annual Kids Fair is all about. This year’s 16th           Kids can get up and moving at the county’s
in cooperation with the Connections Advisory                             bers. The cost is $50, or $40 for WCA members.                     Annual WHUD Kids Fair, will be no different.         Be Fit-Mobile with hula hoops, jump ropes and
Committee, two key Westchester County As-                                For more information or to register, call 914-                          The WHUD Kids Fair is a unique and ex-          other fun activities to keep fit. Parents can also
sociation (WCA) committees, have organized                               948-6444 or visit                             tremely popular event for kids and their families.   pick up information on many county-sponsored
                                                                                                                                            Education and fun are the only two items on the      programs. Information on the award-winning
                                                                                                                                            agenda! Educational opportunities encompass          Children’s Summer Ecology camps held at the
                                                                                                                                            the environment, computers, fire safety, school      county nature preserves, the Westchester Sum-

                                    More fun by
                                                                                                                                            bus and traffic safety, health and physical fit-     mer Music Center, the Slam Dunk Basketball
                                                                                                                                            ness. The fun is in the form of rides and games,     and the Girls Volleyball camps, all held at the
                                                                                                                                            song and dance, farm animals, live entertain-        County Center, as well as the Hole-in-One Ju-

                                    the busload.                                                                                            ment and sports.
                                                                                                                                                 The Kids Fair is not a typical trade show,
                                                                                                                                            with booth after booth in long lines. Instead,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 nior Golf Camp and the new Soccer Camp will
                                                                                                                                                                                                 be available.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Popular News 12 Meteorologist Brysen
                                                                                                                                            booths are interspersed within themed areas. The     Van Eck returns with the News 12 Weather Wall.
         25 RoundCasino Bonus Mohegan Sun
                  trips to
                                                                                                                                            themed areas include a display provided by the
                                                                                                                                            Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kids can have their picture taken with Van Eck
                                                                                                                                                                                                 and bring it home with them.
                                                                                                                                            Medical Center, the largest and 16-year sponsor           Con Edison will have its own green display
                              One Full Buffet or $15 Restaurant/Retail Credit                                                               of the Kids’ Fair.                                   and information on conservation. And, Con Edi-
                                Two $10 Free Bets and One $5 Free Bet*                                                                           Another area is created by Westchester          son will sponsor Ground Works Hudson Valley,
                                                         (Package valued at $40)
                                                                                                                                            County Parks and includes farm animals from          an organization that will provide hands on envi-
                                                                                      Day Service (7 Days a Week)                           Muscoot Farms, The Dragon roller coaster from        ronmental activities for kids.
              Enchanted Coach                                                        Night Service (Every Fri & Sat):                       Playland, hockey puck practice, face painting by          Doors open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April
                                                                                        Bronx & New Rochelle                                the Scared By The Sound make-up artists and          16 at the Westchester County Center. Proceeds
                 914.423.9700 or                                                                                                            fun games in a park-like setting. Another area       will go to the benefit of the H.O.P.E. For Youth
                                                                                       Day Service (7 Days a Week):
                 1.866.423.9700                                                           Riverdale & Yonkers
                                                                                                                                            will feature the New York Rangers Road Tour.         Foundation and Children’s Charities in the Hud-
                                                                                                                                                 Included in the activities will be musical      son Valley. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for
                         Why Drive? For Information Call Enchanted Coach.                                                                   performances in the Little Theater, displays in      children. Once inside, all activities are free.
                                                                                                                                            the exhibit hall, a live WHUD broadcast on the            The County Center is located at 198 Central
                              ASK ABOUT FOREVER YOUNG MONDAYS!                                                                              main floor and dozens of other activities. WHUD      Ave. in White Plains. Parking is $5 per car. For
                                                                                                                                            Radio – 100.7 on the FM dial — is the Hudson         more information, call 914-995-4050 or visit
   Bonus packages are issued to individuals 21 years of age or older. Buffet coupon is valid for a full meal at either buffet or can be
   redeemed as a $15 credit at any on-site restaurant/retail outlet. *Not a match play. Offer subject to change without notice. For more    Valley’s music station and has sponsored this
   information, call Mohegan Sun 1.888.770.0140.
                                                                                                                                            wonderful event for kids and their families for
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 2011 Yonkers Earth Month Events                                                                                              Friends of Philipse
                                                                                                                              Manor Hall Concert

                  Pollution Busters                    unique outdoor experience. The cost is $75 per
      Celebrate Earth Day at Beczak Environ-           person and space is limited. Call Lenore at 914-
mental Education Center with a competition to          420-6864 to reserve.                                    Pianist Thomas McGinnis, vocalist Yolanda Johnson, City Council President Chuck Lesnick
remove pollutants from a water sample on Satur-                      Earth Day Celebration                                   and Friends of Philipse Manor Hall President Joan Jennings
day, April 16 at 11 a.m. Registration is required,           Help clean the sidewalks and the community
so contact Beczak at 914-377-1900 ext. 12.             on Friday, April 22 at 2 p.m.. Meet in front of the
                 Evening of Music                      Buena Vista garden. For more information, call
      Songwriter/composer Rob Morsberger takes         914-376-3900 ext. 294.
surreal inspirations and builds an intellectual rock                 Vine Action Workshop
feast for listeners on Saturday, April 16 at Beczak          Have lunch with goats as they eat invasive
Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander           vines along the Saw Mill River at this goat man-
St. Call Beczak at 914-377-1900 ext. 12 for more       agement/vine cutting workshop, featuring guest
information, including show time.                      speakers Ken Kleinpeter, Director of Farm Facil-
       Free-A-Tree Invasive Vine Cutting               ities at Glynwood Institute, and Robert DelTorto
      Cut invasive vines along the Saw Mill River      of Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conser-
on Sunday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. Wear long pants       vancy, on Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. For more
and close-toed shoes. Training, tools and refresh-     information, including weather and rain date, call
ments will be provided. Groundwork Hudson              Groundwork Hudson Valley at 914-375-2151.
Valley is located at 22 Main St., on the second                         Garden Clean Up
floor. For more information, including meeting               Help prepare the Buena Vista Garden for the
places and directions, call 914-375-2151.              summer growing season on Friday, April 29 at 4
             Global Youth Service Day                  p.m. For more information, call 914-376-3900
      Join AmeriCorps, Groundwork Hudson               ext. 294.
Valley and The Yonkers Bike Club for a day of                          Attention Foodies!
spring clean up and vine cutting at sites along the          Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Food Team
Saw Mill River on Sunday, April 17 at 10 a.m.          brings older adults together for fun seminars on                      Johnson singing in the wonderful acoustics of St. John’s Church,
Groundwork Hudson Valley is located at 22 Main         the history of food, cooking lessons, demonstra-                                   accompanied by McGinnis on piano
St., on the second floor. For more information, in-    tions and field trips to local sustainable farms and
cluding meeting places, locations and directions,      gardens. All are free and open to the public.
call 914-375-2151.                                           April 12: Tour of Wave Hill: Visit River-
               Creative Connections                    dale’s Garden Gem.
      Participants will create a three dimensional           April 19: Genetically Modified Foods: Why
work of art with Deborah Yasinsky, museum ed-          All the Fuss?
ucator and teaching artist, focusing on textures,            April 26: Film “The Garden.”
patterns and scenes found in the natural environ-            May 3: Tour of Stone Barns Center for Food
ment, on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. The Hudson         and Agriculture.
River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Ave.                May 7: (Saturday) Volunteer Opportunity
For more information, call 914-963-4550.               - Eat Well Yonkers! Come aboard the Science
                Fishing the Hudson                     Barge! Free vegetables!
      Kids aged 9 to 13 can spend spring break,              May 10: The History of Magical Foods.
from April 18 to 22, on the Hudson River aboard              May 17: Film “Yosemite, Fate of Heaven”
a 50-foot fishing boat! The cost is $300 per child     - Award winning film on balancing preservation
for the full five day program or $75 per day. Bez-     and enjoyment.
cak is located at 35 Alexander St. For more infor-           May 24: Tastings: Edible Flowers.
mation or to register, call 914-377-1900 ext. 12.            May 31: Remember When II: Foods and
              Hudson River Museum                      Fashion.
      Creative activities and planetarium shows,             June 7: Tastings: African Food Cooking
free with Museum admission, will be held all           Demonstration.
Spring Break Long, from April 18 to 22. Students             June 11: (Saturday) Volunteer Opportunity -
must be accompanied by a caregiver.                    Eat Well Yonkers! (Aboard the Science Barge).
      Learn about the complexities of waterfront       Youth activities and nutrition discussion during
development and the dangers it poses to the riv-       water sculpture event.
er’s delicate habitat. Hands-on activities include           June 14: Imperial Mongolian Cooking: Even
dirty water lab experiments and making seahorse        An Invading Horde Swaps Recipes.
inspired art project. See star shows in the plan-            Contact Curt Collier at (914) 375-2151,                            The Hudson Valley Chamber Singers led by Eugene Sirotkine
etarium. The Hudson River Museum is located at         Stew Leonard’s Garden Center in Yonkers is
511 Warburton Ave. For more information or to          holding free Saturday morning gardening classes                                      Photos by Donna Davis
register, call 914-963-4550.                           from 9-10 a.m.
            Yonkers Joint Waste Water                        April 9: Lawn Care                                     The Friends of Philipse Manor Hall recently        Funds raised from the event will go to the
               Treatment Plant Tour                          April 16: Basic Organic Gardening                 held a concert at St. John’s Church.               Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, an organization
      Want to gross your kids out? Take a tour               April 23: Pruning                                      The concert featured Soprano Yolanda F.       dedicated to the support and enhancement of the
of Yonkers Waste Water Treatment Plant on                    April 30: Vegetables and herbs                    Johnson with Thomas McGinnis on piano and          Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, located
Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30 a.m. The plant is lo-            May 14: Annuals                                   a performance by the Hudson Valley Chamber         on Warburton Avenue in downtown Yonkers.
cated at 1 Fernbrook St. For more information,               May 21: Tomatoes                                  Singers, conducted by Eugene Sirotkine.
including directions (highly recommended), call              June 4: Fruit trees and bushes
914-231-2847 and let it ring.                                June 11: Roses
          Sunset Blessing of the Hudson                      June 18: Birds and butterflies
      Lenape Native American tribal leader and               June 25: Weeds and pest controls                               Yonkers Downtown/Waterfront BID’s
other spiritual guides gather for the annual                 July 9: Perennials
Blessing of the Hudson River at the Science
                                                             July 16: Hydrangeas
Barge on Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. Par-                July 23: Insects and diseases
ticipants are invited to share their music, poetic           July 30: Deer and other critters
prose or thoughts about Earth Day following the
ceremony. Refreshments will be served. Call
Bob Walters at 914-513-7354 for more informa-
                                                             Aug. 6: Care of shrubs
                                                             Sept. 17: Bulbs/Winterizing                                    Easter
                                                                                                                          Pet Parade
                                                             Note: There will be no workshops held on
tion.                                                  holiday weekends (Mother’s Day, May 7; Memo-
         Striped Bass Fishing Excursion                rial Day, May 28; Independence Day Weekend,
      Fish for striped bass at night aboard the 50-    beginning July 2; Labor Day, September 4; Au-
foot Island Current II on Thursday, April 21 at        gust 27; and September 10.                                                           Followed by a visit
6:30 p.m.. Custom tackle, bait and expertise pro-            For more information on Groundwork Hud-
vided to land a trophy fish. This fundraiser for
Beczak Environmental Education Center offers a
                                                       son Valley’s Food Team and its programs, call
                                                       914-375-4700.                                                             with the          EasterBunny!

     Earth Day is Coming to                                                                                                Bring your pets and you’re kids to the
                                                                                                                                   Yonkers Waterfront

       Kensico Dam Plaza
                                                                                                                                 Saturday, April 23rd 2011
                                                                                                                                     from 3pm – 5pm
     There are countless small steps one can take      and solar energy are transformed into usable
to make their home, business or school a more
green and sustainable place. Discover keys to
                                                       green power. And the band Solar Punch will use
                                                       solar energy exclusively to power their instru-
                                                                                                                                       Bring your pet in costume and enter
greener living while enjoying live music and           ments and transmit their environmental message.                                  them in the Pet Parade that runs
kids’ activities, shopping a farmers market and
taking a chance to win great prizes at “Earth
                                                            Get there early for some great giveaways.
                                                       The first 200 families to arrive will receive a
                                                                                                                                            from 3pm to 4pm.
Day Westchester 2011: A Celebration of Green,          free gift of either a composting bin, a curbside
Sustainable Living,” on Sunday, April 17 from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kensico Dam Plaza in Val-
                                                       recycling bin, a dogwood sapling or an inflatable
                                                       EarthBall globe. The first 500 people arriving
                                                                                                                   From 4pm to 5pm let your kids enjoy a
halla.                                                 will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win          visit and photo with the Easter Bunny!!
     Annie and the Natural Wonder Band will            great prizes in the free green raffle.
kick off the day’s entertainment with a lively,             Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north
interactive performance themed for the day. Jeff       end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla.                                 For more information contact the BID at (914) 969-6660
Boyer will present his “Attainable, Sustainable        Admission and parking are free. For more infor-
Energy Show,” which uses fun experiments and           mation, call 914-813-5425 or visit www.environ
visual effects to show young audiences how wind
PAGE 10 - yoNkERs RIsING - FRIdAy, APRIl 8, 2011

                                     Yonkers Loves It’s Hero Firefighters

  Above (l to r): Local 628
   Entertainment Director
 Louis Vellucci, Recording                                                                                     Above: Local 628 President Barry McGoey and Firefighter of
  Secretary John Tannian,                                                                                     the Year winner Rocky Fuoco, who rescued a fellow firefighter
   Vice President William
Roza, Congresswoman Nita
Lowey, Local 628 President
Barry McGoey and Trustees                                                                                Below: City Court Judges Robert Cerrato and Tom Daly
    Michael Eifler, Greg
 DeSousa and Christopher

  Right: Lieutenant Greg
    Coyle and FF Sean
   Power won the EMD
 Award for their rescue of
  a woman in labor in a

                                                                         Photos by
                                                                     Christopher Tyrone

                                                                        Below: Assemblyman Mike Spano and McGoey

                                                                                                                                           By Christopher Tyrone
                                                                                                                                                 The annual Local 628 Dinner Dance
                                                                                                                                           raised the roof of the ornate armory-turned-
                                                                                                                                           Polish Center.
                                                                                                                                                 A huge disco ball adorned the ceil-
                                                                                                                                           ing, and the music was fast and loud as the
                                                                                                                                           crowd enjoyed cocktails, dancing and sing-
                                                                                                                                           ing until midnight.
                                                                                                                                                 The crowd, largely made up of young
                                                                                                                                           firefighters and their friends and families,
                                                                                                                                           had a blast, enjoying themselves and hon-
         Local 628 Vice President William Roza                                                                                             oring the heroic achievements of their col-
                and his wife Josephine                                                                                                     leagues.

                                                                                          Saturday April 16, 2011
                                                                                            Second Annual Community Walk
                                                                                               All Ages Invited

                                                                                           Bring Your Friends, Family, Co-Workers
                    YFD Captain James Brady and his wife Patricia
                                                                                                         Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
                                                                                                                               Free Parking
                                                                                                           Walks Begin at 2:00pm
                                                                                                 Take the first step to better health –It’s FREE
                                                                                                     Special Kick-off with “Teens Run Yonkers”
                                                                                                          YMCA-Pre-Walk Stretch & Zumba Demo’s
                                                                                                              Visit Shop-Rite Healthy Eating Table
                                                                                                             Prizes and More…Enter the 13/26 Challenge
                                                                                                                 Tee Shirts and Pedometers First 25 Participants
                                                                                                                          Yonkers on the Move (YOM)
                                                                                                                        A Community Walking Campaign
                                                                                                                   Promoting Better Health: One Step at a Time
                                                                                                                                 914 378-7824
        L to r: Melanie, Alyssa, Delaney and Nicole, all daughters of firefighters,
                                                                                                          Sponsored by 55Plus, City of Yonkers, Healthy Yonkers Initiative/Yonkers Community Health
                       greeted guests as they arrived at the dance                                               Coalition…55Plus made Possible by the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation

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