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The Retired (Try To) Strike Back Chapter 24—Kenny’s List
“You had said steven had an expression,”
“saP, some social work phrase: It
By ALLAN LUKS stands for surprise, adventure, and passion.
according to steven, seniors, underneath
Their recently finished and had researched and found that Kenny definitely dropping out of the santa Fe talk. their weathered skin, have this sweet, exciting
one-hour film, created to had a lot of amateur acting experience. No way I can concentrate on it.” feeling that can make them feel great. We
serve as a guide for retired The agent told Kenny to make sure the “The group needs you to speak and just need to take actions that can tap into it.”
seniors who are dating, santa Fe organizations made a video of his then teach them which parts of the film “You’ll tap into it in santa Fe. You have
has attracted some media talk and to bring this disc with him when they should emphasize when they do their this saP, Kenny.”
attention. The film also encourages seniors they met after his return. Yes, she was inter- marketing talks,” argues roz. “and maybe silence in the small kitchen, their eyes
to use their desire to find last big opportu- ested in possibly representing him. your liver won’t weaken quickly.” staring and not seeing.
nities and get them right as motivation to a smiling Kenny told his wife, roz, “Kenny, you talk about wanting to get Kenny finally says, “I realize, to give up
enter politics. Now, the four couples that about the call. “I’m like a kid, excited, but of more seniors to run for office, who won’t be this opportunity for the group. and my
made the film are taking the first step in their course nothing’s sure,” as they talked in the beholden to anyone, who can help break the chance to get an agent.”
marketing strategy. kitchen of their small apartment. political polarization harming this country. Kenny stops—
They’ve chosen one of their group, “Over all these years,” said roz. “I always You said you’d even consider running your- “If I go to santa Fe, I have to do it right.
Kenny, an amateur actor and former history knew you’d get a professional opportunity. self. Oh, Kenny, you can’t stop now. at our My honesty has to come across in the video.
teacher, to do the first speaking engagement. Whenever I read a novel, you know, I saw ages, when we have a big opportunity—“ But if while I’m talking, I don’t feel saP
Kenny has accepted an invitation from a you playing one of the characters.” “But our film talks about the need of rising but the seniors’ fear in the back of
coalition of organizations in santa Fe dealing Then today, a week before going to santa seniors to get a last opportunity right. Maybe their minds about everything disappearing
with either health or public policy. More than Fe, Kenny receives a call from his liver doctor, we don’t say enough that seniors shouldn’t tomorrow. I’m talking honestly. Yes, seniors
a thousand people next week are expected to saying the latest blood tests show his liver forget big opportunities might come with can have big opportunities. Like we say in the
hear Kenny in a large open-air theater in the problem worsening. “What I told you when little time to do them.” film. But, yes, to act on them.”
desert outside the city. we met last week. The tests confirm what we “When you first told the others about allan Luks is a nationally recognized
Kenny, at age seventy, is tall and good- discussed. We’ll have to keep watching you your liver issue, I remember you met with social works leader and advocate for volun-
looking, charming, and with thick gray hair. closely.” steven and you felt more relaxed.” teerism. he is the former head of Big
Then last week, he received a call from Kenny and roz sit silently in their small “steven eats and breathes social work, Brothers, Big sisters of New York and is
an entertainment agent, saying she saw a kitchen. even if he’s retired from it. he told me we currently a visiting professor at Fordham
video of the film that the group had sent out “I’m not that shocked,” Kenny finally all have strengths to call on. What strength university, where he teaches several courses
to TV stations. she liked the attention the says. “The doctor first mentioned this possi- should I call on to prevent a transplant? Is in nonprofit leadership. You can learn more
film was getting and Kenny’s performance, bility six months ago, you know that. But I’m luck a strength?” about allan Luks at http://allanluks.com.
No Guarantees: One Man’s Road through the Darkness of Depression—
that. I was however, not very much in touch
with what anything before that time might
have meant in regard to what was then going
Chapter Eight – Something is Terribly Wrong on inside me.
I had a lot on my mind. I suspected that
my wife was pregnant…we were married
By BOB MARRONE barely a year… and I was not happy about it.
The trials and economic woes of starting out on
Authors Note: adulthood with readers of this series, the next two to further illuminate the orange, yellow, brown a life together were weighing on me, and I was
As the book progresses, there chapters will flash forward twenty years to the and silver wallpaper, and earth-toned furniture having doubts about the marriage in general. I
are many decisions that remain to mindset and events leading up to the single most so common in the mid 1970’s. To this day, had just started a job as a corporate trainer that
be made, such as whether to flash transformative weekend of my life. when I see those colors or styles on television I worked very hard to get and was only a day
forward or backward, depending or in an old house, I think back to that period away from making my first real road trip; this
I am surprised at the sadness that comes
on the best way to communicate the experience of in my life, and most especially, that day. and was to be to Flint Michigan, to teach stock-
over me as I write this. even though I have
only recently have I been able to shake what brokers how to use a computer terminal. These
depression and its evolution during my life. The waited thirty five years to set down these
shrinks call an anniversary reaction when the were my most immediate concerns; all heavy
story is easiest to tell in chronological order, letting thoughts and despite the fulfilling life that I
weather changes and rains come in early april. stuff to be sure, but nothing that any bread-
the story unfold, as it were. On the other hand, the now have, in part as a result of these experi-
something was terribly wrong. as I sat on winner hasn’t had to deal with for centuries.
nature of the illness, indeed even one of its causes, ences, to think about these events had for
the couch in that uncomfortably sunlit room, some of the more lingering events of
is the denial of feelings and the proclivity to shut many years represented the end of my life as
my body, my mind, my soul if there is one, was that time involved my turning my back on
out or repress past experiences. As such, many of I knew it, is like thinking back to a death in
dead. I felt nothing. I cared about nothing. I women who had been the love of my life in
the early signs and, later, more severe symptoms, the family.
was devoid of all feeling except the intellectual favor of keeping the commitment to marry
come as a surprise and, worse still, arrive as acute It was saturday, april 6th, 1975. The
notion that this was not normal, and a growing my long time on again, off again, girl friend.
and horrible catastrophes that further separate late afternoon sunlight came in through the
sense of dread that something terrible was This fact was exacerbating my doubts about
the person from his internal self. With this later windows of our living room at an odd angle
going to happen. This state of being arrived at my marriage, to be sure, but I had committed
reality in mind and, specifically, in the attempt most common to early spring and fall. It was
the end of a string of life changes and setbacks
as if someone was shining a giant yellow light Continued on page 5
to share the experiences of symptoms in early in the previous two years, and of course, before
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No Guarantees: One Man’s Road through the Darkness of Depression—Chapter Eight – Something is Terribly Wrong
Continued from page 4 taught that fighting was wrong. however, I inability to be honest with the women in my later chapters, but one incident in particular
myself to making the union work. and while was encouraged to skate at a very young age, life about my feelings. and, I was also dealing left me certain that I had done some damage
it might seem trite to non-athletes, I had a lucky coincidence that allowed me to soar with a hybrid and nasty form of hypochondria to my brain(of course I didn’t, but hypochon-
evolved, almost overnight, from one of the ahead of most of my friends when we started that focused on my mental health. driacs everywhere will know what I mean).
best amateur hockey players in our area, to a playing hockey. soft and sweet robert was since I was a toddler my health, or lack One Friday night my friends and I got
very ordinary...if good skater…anybody. This finally one of the boys, and one of the elite thereof, was overemphasized by my parents. together and decided to smoke a bit, as was
was devastating for a host of reasons. First, I ones at that. I was born with severe double hernias that the custom in those days. I never smoked
had a great deal of my sense of self worth and But, as my skills started to erode, my required I wear a large truss, and that drove my much and was not familiar with the effects of
masculine identity wrapped up in my hockey fragile sense of self and manhood began parents…both mothers…to stress the need to the drug when using a water pipe, as opposed
life. I was playing in what was the then best eroding with them. as my doubts grew, so be careful not to make them worse. The effect to a joint. The water pipe makes the smoke go
roller hockey league anywhere and during a did my sense that I was a cowardly soft touch on me was to be constantly worried about down easier and you naturally take in more of
time when almost no one in the tri-state area and would be seen as such by my friends and hurting myself or getting sick, a dynamic that the active chemical, and more quickly, than you
played ice hockey. The league was an institu- teammates. In the part of Brooklyn where I grew into severe hypochondria. as the book would with a joint. The effects are also delayed,
tion so unique, so famous for its quality, and so grew up in this second phase of my young life, continues you, as I learned later on, may grasp so your tendency is to take more “hits,” as well.
notorious for its violence, that it became the it was simply not acceptable to be less than the even wider significance of this disorder in as the high built up I began to change from
subject of a feature story in National Geographic tough, or worse, sensitive and bookish. I was broader context of depression. feeling good to feeling nervous. It then gradu-
magazine. It was a big deal to play there, and I skirting two worlds never really understanding In april of 1975, I had been obsessed ated from nervousness to fear, than from fear to
was a big deal for being good at it. that I could be both. with a spate of mild and severe anxiety attacks terror, and on to full grown panic. everything
as a kid and young adult with an inferi- One good fortune of that time was my that I had experienced over the past two I had ever read or heard about psychedelic
ority complex the size of Westchester, who was performance at work. I was a supervisor on years. so troubling were they that worrying drugs making people jump out of windows, go
mediocre at other sports and more given to Wall street at the age of twenty-one, and was about them triggered still more. The problem crazy or damage their brains drove me to near
the arts and literature than rough and tumble now moving into the better position in the compounded itself by my hypochondria hysteria. My mind raced, every muscle in my
stuff, hockey more than leveled the playing training department. But the truth was that my driven obsessions that focused on possible body cramped, my voice was cracking and I
field for me among the newer, aggressive and work was suffering because of events outside brain damage, or worse, some kind of mental begged my friends to help me.
more sports oriented pre-teens and teenagers the office. If I played a bad hockey game I was illness I thought I might be developing. My It was another time and the laws were
I was now involved with on 24th street. Prior useless for two days. how could I care about fears were further fueled by my brief but terri- such then that there was no going to the
to my 24th street years, I had been brought up work when I was a worthless wimp? I also fying reactions to Marijuana a couple of years hospital
to put safety ahead of achievement and was kept obsessing about my relationships and my before. I will get into this in greater detail in Continued on page 6
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Continued from page 5 that did not engage my interest. I was empty. look people directly in the eye. I was as if there retrieved the chairs. The room was dark, wood
to get a simple sedative that I later learned My wife saw that I was not myself and was an invisible shield or wall that caused my paneled and peaceful in a way that contrasted
would have stopped such a horrible reaction. suggested we go to a night at the races event stomach to become queasy and my gaze to with my growing dread. I felt like I was going
Instead my friends talked me through it over at a local church. she thought it might make avert when I tried to say, “hello,” to someone. to die or something worse. My eyes caught
the course of a long night. The effects were me feel better. I did not want to go but agreed This was just so strange and frightening; the a small bay of holy water under a crucifix,
such that I never touched grass again, but the to anyway. The lack of internal life in my body tension grew all the more worse. Next, my attached to the woodwork of the doorframe.
experience left me with an even worse case of and mind seemed to be creating a strange upstairs neighbor who was an official at the By now I was trembling. I stuck my right hand
hypochondria, and more problematic, seemed tension that made my hands shake ever so event asked me to go next store to the convent in the water and blessed myself. as I did so, I
to make my nervous system still more prone slightly and my insides expand and harden and pick up some chairs. I was grateful for said out loud,” God, help me.”
to panic attacks. like the tight strands of a golf ball. These lone the break and departed for the convent to Listen to Bob Marrone every weekday from 6:00-
so there I was, sitting on the couch, dead feelings were beginning to terrify me. I agreed complete the chore. 8:30 am on the Good Morning Westchester with
inside; so dead that I could not read; so dead to go to the church event in the hopes that it as I walked into the building my whole Bob Marrone on WVOX-1460 aM radio.
that I felt no love; so dead that I knew no would help me stop obsessing. body began ever so slightly to quake, as if I
sensuality to the extent that even sex-libido When we arrived I noticed something I had too much coffee. a sister came to the door
seemed more like only an intellectual concept had never experienced before. I was unable to and asked me to wait in the foyer while she
Mt. Kisco Professionals Offer Speech and Communication Services Throughout Westchester
By RICH MONETTI
Take a walk through any towards something that we all eventually end a child does not smile in recognition of your of the ongoing therapy. “That’s what makes
daycare, and scattered among up achieving anyway. face, that’s an early indicator of a communi- it work because the parents are actually doing
the kids, it’s highly likely that “That’s a big idea out there,” says cation problem. additionally, if a crying baby speech therapy with the child,” she says.
you’ll find a speech therapist Lois cook of speech & communication can’t recognize the sound of their parent’s certainly, the efforts parents make on
or two on hand. Walk through life and just Professionals in Mt. Kisco. In response, this voice, it may signify the same or mean a their own are on the house but so too is all
about everyone you meet can speak and columbia educated speech pathologist will hearing problem. the service that scP offers. Government
form a sentence. so it might follow to ask point out that children who develop speech as a result of the latter, they’ll slip behind funded, a program called “early Intervention”
why such tremendous expense is allocated and language later than two years old are at a in the ability to imitate sounds. If they can’t picks up the tab, as does an age three to five
higher risk of having learning problems later. chu-chu like a train or woof-woof as a dog, program called “related services,” which is
seeing emotional problems in the same it may delay the formation of their first primarily funded through school districts,
children probably isn’t a coincidence either. words. down the road, impaired hearing will she says.
Coins & Currency, Being limited in the ability to verbally express hinder a child from honing in on the sounds Of course, when it comes to commu-
emotions, she says, “results in a lot of frustra- they need to know for reading. nication problems no gender gap separates
Gold & Silver Wanted tion.” Over time, the problem escalates and catching and treating audio prob- boys from girls, but unfortunately, from her
behavioral issues follow down the line from lems can get them back on track. Typically, experience, one does stand out in terms of
Experienced collector and part- the original cause. effective treatments range from cochlear which parent is more open to the idea of a
time dealer will identify your What to look for varies with every child implants, medicating for ear infection or problem. “Typically, fathers will deny that
but parents should take note of some general inserting small tubes to drain fluid that may there’s a problem and they don’t want the
holdings, explain how to de- guidelines, she says from 32 years as the be blocking sounds. Otherwise, in worse child to be evaluated,” she says.
termine value, and make you a director of the center. By three months old, if cases, signing can begin even in early infancy. Once again, she offers science supporting
strong offer or sell for you on Back on the speech end, between the idea of early intervention. early on,
consignment. four and six months, children should be research shows the brain to be highly
References available. making gurgling sounds like ba ba ba malleable - meaning, she says, “You can
ba. Within the next few months, they change the brain cells and make it easier for
should be stringing the sounds together people to learn.”
and using them to get your attention. By everything else follows from that.
age one, words like ma ma and bye bye “If you want your child to function at the
should be fixed into the vocabulary. highest capacity, speech and language
Later on, parents may see their kids effects intelligence, it effects emotions and it
held up on language issues. short on effects relationships with other people,” she
vocabulary, she says, they don’t under- concludes.
stand clearly, can’t follow directions or In order to begin services, either contact
mix up their grammar. the Westchester department of health or
speech or language delays, speech speech & communication Professionals.
and communication Professionals scP also offers full bilingual services.
handle all manner of impediments and For more info 914-241-2727.
914-649-3317 turn over their expertise to parents. Birth
firstname.lastname@example.org to five, therapists come right to the home,
and teaching parents what to do, is part
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Junior League Hosts Second Annual “Shop. Local. When was the last time
Fall Fashion Show” Supports Local Merchants you dealt with
Lexington Capital Associates?
(L-R): JLWOS President Christa Lauri, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, Mamaroneck Mayor
Norm Rosenblum, Larchmont Mayor Josh Mandell, Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers, Port
Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla, Shop Local Fashion Show Event Chair Melissa Donahue.
LarchMONT, NY -- The Junior Local clothing stores outfitting the
League of Westchester on the sound runway included stephanie’s Kloset, clutch,
(JLWOs) hosted their very popular shop. Outerluxe, Twinkle Toes, Mancino Tailors,
Local. Fall Fashion show on October 13th Love by Bella Fiora, eB Barrett, designer
at the Larchmont shore club. The second One, siren, sportech, The Look, and the
annual Fashion show raised money to help Golden shoestring.
fund various JLWOs outreach projects, after the show, attendees were invited to
scholarships and grants. shop local from display tables including Pink
Performing for a packed house, New on Palmer, centre stage Boutique, Lisa K.
rochelle high school Varsity cheerleaders design, Wendy Gee, rhythm in rye Too,
opened the show with an upbeat dance Pam Older designs, chakarr Jewelry, and
routine. Over 70 local residents, including designers corner.
Westchester county Legislator Judy Myers Pink on Palmer and salon Firefly
and Junior League members modeled the provided complimentary make-up and
latest looks. sound shore town Mayors, hairstyling to models prior to the event and
including Mayor of Larchmont Joshua Massimo, owner of salon Firefly, walked the
Mandell, Mayor of New rochelle Noam runway. With over 50 years experience, Lexington Capital Associates
Bramson, Mayor of Mamaroneck Norman “We are thrilled that our second annual
rosenblum, and Mayor of Port chester shop Local Fashion show has been such a provides loans from $1m-$150m at some of the lowest
dennis Pilla also walked the runway. huge success! We have had so much enthu- interest rates available in the marketplace.
Models wore their hair in ponytails siasm around the event from our local shops,
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Junior League Hosts Second Annual “Shop. Local. Fall Fashion Show” Supports Local Merchants
Continued from page 7 and we can all take pride in the rebirth of our goody bag of the season, filled with treats and mentoring girls in partnership with the Boys
efforts to shop locally are paying off,” said local downtown.” coupons. & Girls club; sound shore Medical center
Melissa donahue, JLWOs member and ParticiPating local stores were very “Just as our local businesses are bouncing health Initiative, and other community
chair of the event. enthusiastic to be a part of the event. back, vibrant as ever, our League is growing Outreach projects.
“I would like to thank our sponsors, My “I think this was the event of the year!” and our membership is expanding to include The Junior League of Westchester on
Gym of Larchmont, and equinox, without said Mary ann Mancino, of Mancino Tailors more residents from harrison, Port chester, the sound (JLWOs) is an organization of
whom this event would not be possible,” in Larchmont. “We love it. For an organiza- rye and rye Brook. This allows us to reach women committed to promoting volun-
continued donahue. tion like JLWOs to host such a fantastic more women and children in our service tarism, developing the potential of women
Local businesses, storeowners, town shop Local campaign is wonderful, and we area,” said christa Lauri, President of the and improving the sound shore commu-
Mayors, and even a high school have really appreciate it. It’s a fabulous community Junior League of Westchester on the sound. nities through the effective action and
banded together to make a difference for our effort and the exposure for us is terrific!” “I am so proud of our membership. Their leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose
community. approximately 250 people were on-hand passion, along with the support of our sound is exclusively educational and charitable.
“On behalf of the Village of Larchmont, to enjoy the highly anticipated fashion show shore community, makes it possible for our Founded in 1950, JLWOs is celebrating
I would like to thank the Junior League of featuring some of the season’s hottest looks League to truly make a difference.” its 61 years of service to the sound shore
Westchester on the sound for all of the good and runway trends from Palmer avenue, all proceeds raised by the shop. Local. community. JLWOs is comprised of women
work that they do. The second annual shop Mamaroneck avenue and Purchase street. Fall Fashion show will be used to assist from harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck,
Local Fashion show has been a tremen- Guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails JLWOs-supported community proj- New rochelle, Port chester, rye and rye
dous success and a great show, “ said Joshua and appetizers while shopping for accessories ects. 2011-2012 projects include career Brook. If you are interested in joining or
Mandell, Mayor of Larchmont. “Most of the and the latest must-haves from local stores connections, assisting women seeking help learning more information, visit www.jlwos.
storefront vacancies that existed a year ago offering an exclusive night of one-stop shop- with professional transition; Little Leaguers, org.
have been filled by new merchants, and the ping. Locals of all ages were “wowed” by the teaching kids the value of giving back; Project Photos by and courtesy of Jillian McAlley
streets are buzzing with activity. Together, clothes and merchandise displayed by local Madres, a workshop program to empower
we have come a long way over the last year, merchants and all attendees received the “It” immigrant women; sMarT Girls,
News & Notes from Northern Westchester
The next day there will be a family scarecrow becomes the new acting president of the
design event from 10am to 1pm, and no I will Bedford hills historical Museum. Telega
not be modeling for your scarecrow design. is taking over for elin sullivan, who ran the
Our friends over at John Jay homestead museum for the last five years and did a great
By MARK JEFFERS will be holding the Jay Ladies Luncheon on job.
Northern Westchester community college in Valhalla. For details Wednesday, November 2nd. This year, the Looking for a good read…then check out
certainly has some fine call 914-606-6600. event will celebrate the opening of the newly the annual book sale for the Katonah Village
dining establishments, here’s something you don’t want to miss, refurbished summer Kitchen discovery Library being held October 21st through the
and we try to visit them the Katonah Museum of art’s latest exhibit center on the ground floor of “Bedford 29th. For more information give the library a
often, maybe too often… entitled “New York, New York! The 20th house.” The event includes a chance to call at 914-232-3508.
lately we are seeing more and more take-out century,” featuring paintings, photographs explore this new hands-on exhibit, followed With cold weather right around the
happening at these restaurants, so go grab and sculptures that celebrate New York’s by a luncheon and lecture in the Ballroom corner, now is the time to tune up your home
a yummy meal, take it home, sit back and wonderful urban landscape. featuring cinder stanton, the shannon to reduce energy wasted through the cracks
devour this week’s delectable “News and We have carved our jack-o-lantern all senior historian at Monticello, and allan that raise your energy bills and cause cold and
Notes…” ready, because we just love to eat roasted Weinreb, curator of John Jay homestead drafty rooms, sure sounds like our house. The
I can’t even draw a straight line, but for pumpkin seeds, but if you are looking for some state historic site. attendees will also be able Town of Bedford is sponsoring a program
those with interest an exhibition of drawing carving tips on October 28th for grades 4 to 7, to visit the homestead’s Back Parlor exhibit, that helps you get a free comprehensive
will be presented by the sumi Ink club the town of Bedford will be offering pumpkin slaves, slavery and the Jay Family. home energy assessment so you can stop
through November 19th at the Westchester carving at the Bedford hills Memorial Park. Good luck to stanley Telega as he wasting energy. right now you can qualify
for up to $4000 in New York state incen-
tives when you tune up your home. energize
Bedford has helped more than 100 of
your friends and neighbors; take action to
save money and reduce energy waste. The
comprehensive home energy assessment
takes 3-4 hours and most upgrades take just
3-5 days to complete. For more information
Be brave and get your flu vaccinations at
the Katonah Memorial house on October 27th.
congratulations to robert shuster of
Bedford for winning the 20th annual James
Jones First Novel Fellowship award for his
novel “To Zenzi.”
Continued on page 9
The WesTchesTer GuardIaN ThursdaY, OcTOBer 20, 2011 Page 9
News & Notes from Northern Westchester North salem by the final score of 5 to 0.
as many of us know, the folks in
the world a better place. see you next week…
Mark Jeffers successfully spearheaded the launch
Continued from page 8 dinner and dancing. Westchester county are very generous with in 2008 of MAR$AR Sports & Entertainment
Grab your dancing shoes and head out to Turning to sports: their time and money, but sometimes it seems LLC. As president he has seen rapid growth of the
Glen arbor Golf club in Bedford hills for On the girls’ high school volleyball court, that everywhere we turn, someone is asking company with the signing of numerous clients. He
the Bedford Village chowder & Marching it was Byram hills in a close battle beating for a donation…and money can be tight, but I currently resides in Bedford Hills with his wife
Band annual fall dinner dance to be held Greeley 3 to 2. On the soccer turf, in boys’ believe that there is truly an intangible benefit Sarah and three girls, Kate, Amanda and Claire.
on saturday October 22nd. The event will action, Yorktown defeated hen hud 5 to in giving. Giving back to the community
feature a live and silent auction, cocktails, 1, and on the girls’ side, it was somers over gives you a warm feeling of connectedness
and the satisfaction of at least trying to make
Ridge Hill Shopping Complex to Celebrate Debut
Lux – a 12-screen
movie theater featuring
a restaurant, bar and
YONKers, NY -- Westchester’s ridge at dusk on Thursday, Oct. 20, Yonkers’ area and we are eagerly children’s playroom – as
hill, the New York metropolitan area’s largest Mayor Philip a. amicone will greet anticipating celebrating well as reI and dick’s
mixed-use outdoor shopping center, will the crowd alongside Forest city ratner this occasion with sporting Goods.
celebrate the first in a series of “brand” open- companies’ (Fcrc) chairman and chief the vibrant Yonkers In addition,
ings next week, executive officer community,” said Bruce WesTMed Medical
unveiling brands Bruce c. ratner, ratner, chairman and Group recently opened
never before James a. ratner, chief executive officer The 1.3-million-square-foot 81.4-acre an 84,000-square-
seen in the area, chairman and of Fcrc. “We have Westchester’s Ridge Hill – the New York foot medical facility
coupled with an chief executive great brands on board metropolitan area’s largest mixed-use outdoor providing primary and
unrivaled shop- officer of Forest and our retailers are shopping center. Photo courtesy of Z&M, LLC. specialty care services,
ping experience. city commercial thrilled to be associated radiology and phle-
Located Group and andy with the dynamic ridge hill project.” botomy, as well as an
in Yonkers, silberfein, execu- earlier this year, ridge hill opened urgent care center. WesTMed’s lobby also
New York, tive vice president National amusements, Inc.’s cinema de hosts ridge hill’s customer service location
Westchester’s and director of Continued on page 10
ridge hill, which A state-of-the-art fountain by acclaimed designer WET retail and finance
spans more than Design and featuring choreographed sheets of fire and for Fcrc. Other
81.4 acres and will water, will be unveiled at Ridge Hill’s “brand” opening attendees will
include 1.3 million weekend. Photo courtesy of WET Design. include city and IAA gave me a road map on getting into a
square feet at full county officials
build-out, will change the shopping habits as well as the project’s architects, who have nursing school and nishing my degree
of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. Best worked for years to bring ridge hill to successfully. ey helped me realize my
of all, this exceptional destination is conve- fruition.
niently situated just off the New York state One of the highlights of the celebra- dream to become a Registered Nurse.
Thruway I-87 at exit 6a, and the sprain tion will be the premier of a state-of-the-art - Rebecca B
Brook Parkway Tuckahoe road West exit, fountain designed by acclaimed designer
making it easily accessible to New Yorkers WeT design. This one-of-a-kind fountain
and tourists alike. show, featuring choreographed sheets of fire Become a
To commemorate the opening of many and water, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday,
exciting restaurants and retailers, ridge hill Friday and saturday. also, Flambeaux Fire,
will host a four-day celebration, complete from America’s Got Talent, will be performing
with live music, street performances and a theatrical fire show at sundown on Friday
interactive characters. The festivities are and saturday evenings.
scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20 through Muppet-themed promotions such as
sunday, Oct. 23.
ridge hill will soon boast delectable
trivia games, activities and giveaways will also
be creating a splash. Bring your cameras! all
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Ridge Hill Shopping Complex to Celebrate Debut town square, and a children’s play area with
a slide designed by famed sculptor Tom
president and director of retail and finance
for Fcrc. “We are proud to have partnered
Continued from page 9 an 80,000-square-foot location to anchor Otterness. additionally, it provides parking with Yonkers Workforce development to
where ridge hill gift cards are sold, and Westchester’s ridge hill – making it the first space for up to 4,700 vehicles while The connect people with retailers and jobs and to
wheelchairs, information and other services new, full-line Lord & Taylor since its land- cheesecake Factory, WesTMed Medical promote hiring from the local workforce.”
are provided. mark mall store opened in alexandria, Va. in Group and Lord & Taylor will offer valet Thursday’s festivities will begin at 5:30
developed by Fcrc, this family- and 2001. parking. p.m. with a Yard house ribbon cutting by
pet-friendly outdoor center will continue Popular health club La Fitness, ridge hill is also expected to provide Mayor amicone; the restaurant will host a
taking Yonkers by storm with the antici- Brazilian-style steakhouse Texas de Brazil, a major boon to the local economy, adding private party later that night. The entertain-
pated opening of sur la Table and charming Italian restaurant Brio Tuscan Grille, and an anticipated 4,000 full-time jobs, 5,500 ment starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.
charlie in early November. republic of cuban eatery havana central – the first construction jobs once fully built and gener- on saturday and sunday.
couture and Guitar center are under outside Manhattan – are also expected to be ating estimated annual sales tax revenue of Westchester’s ridge hill’s regular hours are:
construction and will open in the near future. rolled out in early 2012. stay tuned for more $24.2 million. Monday – saturday: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
In addition to the openings this year, exciting tenant announcements! “This project will serve to invigorate the sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
the excitement continues after the New ridge hill features a dynamic atmo- greater Westchester area bringing local jobs restaurant and theatre hours vary
Year. In March 2012, renowned fashion sphere, distinctive architectural design, and tax revenue at a time when they are greatly For more information, visit http://www.
retailer Lord & Taylor is expected to open pedestrian-friendly street planning, a lush needed,” said andy silberfein, executive vice westchestersridgehill.com
Nuclear Poison in the Land Jersey’s salem, hope creek and Oyster
creek plants, and about 60 others around
the country were granted waivers of up to 18
refused to state if they concurred with
entergy’s apparent need for heavier weap-
onry or the prospect of a federal override of
A Farm Family from Fukushima Loses it All months so they did not have to incur imme- state weapons laws.
diate expenses implementing the changes. The Nrc has not rushed to grant
By ROGER WITHERSPOON The new request for heavier weapons entergy’s request. Instead, the regulatory
entergy Nuclear has campaign with advertisements depicting was submitted to the Nrc april 27, and agency sent a formal “request for additional
asked federal regulators a heavily armed, paramilitary protective asks for federal “Preemption authority” to Information” to the company. according to
to override New York force; and a lobbying campaign to dissuade overrule state gun laws. Nrc spokesman screnci, “The september 28th letter simply
state’s weapons law to the Nuclear regulatory commission from Neil sheehan explained that “New York informs entergy that we need more infor-
allow Indian Point guards to carry heavier requiring the companies to have significantly state law prohibits the possession and use mation to complete our review, specifically,
weaponry on the nuclear site than standard more protection than the average commer- of handguns, rifles, shotguns, short-barreled it asks entergy to ‘describe the impact on
commercial security guards. cial guard forces. shotguns, short-barreled rifles, machine Indian Point’s current physical protection
The request comes ten years after terror- In that latter effort, the industry has been guns, semi-automatic assault weapons and program and capabilities, including response
ists flew a hijacked plane directly over the twin partly successful. While the exact armaments large-capacity magazines, the possession and capabilities, if the Nrc were to elect not to
containment domes on the hudson river en used by guards at particular nuclear power use of which have been determined to be grant stand-alone pre-emption authority to
route to a suicidal dive into the World Trade plants vary and are not made public, federal necessary at Indian Point for the protection Indian Point’.”
center 25 miles to the south. In the interim, regulators do not require operators to have of radioactive material or other property. The physical security of nuclear power
entergy and the nuclear industry have waged a paramilitary force capable of defending “Therefore, entergy is seeking stand- plants has been an ongoing issue since the
a two pronged effort: a public relations against an armed assault using rocket alone pre-emption authority to allow 2001 attacks. Within hours of the collapse
propelled grenades and other Indian Point security personnel to continue of the World Trade center towers the Nrc
heavy weaponry. to possess and use the standard weapons, was steering reporters to a video the nuclear
But the Nrc issued a devices, ammunition and/or other firearms industry was circulating a doctored video of
series of orders in 2003 dealing at the facility.” a test at the sandia National Laboratories (
with a host of security related Nrc spokeswoman diane screnci http://bit.ly/gYAXFO ) in which an a-4
items, These were turned into said “this is the first time Indian Point has fighter jet strapped to a rocket sled was
rules and expanded in 2009, applied, and there is no requirement to apply rammed into a one million pound, 12-foot
though Indian Point, New again if the request is granted.” concrete cube at 350 miles an hour. The craft
Professional Dominican entergy declined to discuss virtually disintegrated with little impression
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Before speaking to the police... call plant, or if they are currently in power plants was designed to withstand the
violation of the law. crash of a 747. In fact, the video showed the
according to screnci, “it test of crash reconstruction software devel-
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Criminal, Medicaid, Medicare the request.” mountainside.
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andrew cuomo and attorney forced to admit that when the current fleet of
175 MAIN ST., SUITE 711-7 • WHITE PLAINS, NY 10601 General eric schneiderman Continued on page 11
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ENERGY MATTERS HISTORY
Nuclear Poison in the Land
Continued from page 10 against a reasonably armed team of about five
Those Were the Days, 4: A Toast to Taverns
104 reactors were designed in the 1950s and intruders – not 20.
early 1960s, there were no 747s and studies In light of this 10-year position by the
By ROBERT SCOTT
conducted by the corps of engineers for industry and the regulators, the new call for Taverns played a little-
the agency and the department of energy permission to use heavier weaponry at Indian known but vital role as a
found the containment buildings were not Point stands out. The news that entergy is center of community life in
invulnerable to the impacts of wide-bodied only now seeking authority to carry heavy colonial america. By defi-
commercial jets at speeds over 466 miles per weapons was criticized by Gary shaw of the nition, they offered food, alcoholic drink, and
hour ( http://bit.ly/hf6MBs ). Indian Point safe energy coalition, which often overnight accommodations for a price,
entergy executives continued showing is seeking to close the twin reactors. “I had serving both the local citizenry and travelers.
the video frequently to elected officials in no idea they would need permission to carry early settlers were mostly British, and
New York city and the surrounding coun- heavy weapons,” shaw said. “entergy had the public house was one of the many long- Fraunces Tavern in New York City
ties, repeating the false claims of its purpose. always given the impression that they had standing traditions directly imported to the
ultimately, the Nrc agreed with the all the firepower they would need to protect colonies from the mother country. Following stagecoaches stopped at taverns, linking back-
industry that protecting plants from aerial the plant, and that proves to be another British custom, they were originally called woods settlements with the outside world.
assaults was the job of the government, falsehood. “ordinarys.” residents learned the latest news from letters
through increased screening of the air “Once again, the ugly reality at Indian The name was adopted because, in the and newspapers delivered at taverns.
industry and the rapid deployment capabili- Point is that their assurances of safety and parlance of the time, a dinner there was an as well as being the community’s
ties of the air Force. It rejected calls from preparedness for emergency situations prove “ordinary”--a prepared meal open to the drinking place, the tavern was its hotel and
civic groups for anti-aircraft batteries around to be unsubstantiated. every day that plant public offered at a set time for an established restaurant. It was also the town hall, assembly
nuclear installations. runs is another day of risk.” price. The public quality of the ordinary meal room and courtroom. Itinerant actors used its
But concerns lingered about the ability declined with time. By the end of the 17th public rooms as a theater. Its bulletin boards
Roger Witherspoon writes Energy Matters at
of the guards at these plants to withstand century, “tavern” had replaced “ordinary” as the posted lists of jurors, announcements of
a ground assault from concerted terrorists. name for a public house. public auctions and legal notices, plus offers of
The Nrc ruled that on 9/11/2001 there Not merely a place where food and drink rewards for runaway slaves or bond servants,
were four separate attacks, rather than one were dispensed and lodging was provided, the and lost animals or other property.
concerted, coordinated assault and, as a early american tavern filled many needs, even- One fact overlooked by historians is that
result, plants needed to be able to defend tually becoming the hub of the community. Continued on page 12
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Those Were the Days, 4: A Toast to Taverns to guest at each table.
Wine, imported from spain and
generally excluded from tavern life with the
exception of such occasions as dances and
Continued from page 11 tavern fare. Germany, was also served in taverns but it other public entertainments.
taverns were the seedbeds of the american Food at Thomas allen’s tavern in New was not widely available outside of cities. Like Games were brought to early america
revolution, places where British tyranny was London included locally available farm prod- punch, consumption of wine was limited to by english and dutch settlers. cards, back-
condemned, militias organized and indepen- ucts and seafood—lobsters, salmon, eels and the affluent. Brandy was usually imported, gammon, passage (a game played with three
dence plotted. Patriots regarded public houses oysters--from Long Island sound. his cellar but local varieties were also sold, made from dice), chess, checkers, and ninepins were
in front of which liberty poles were erected as bulged with stores of ham or bacon, smoked peaches, apples or cherries. popular tavern recreations. colonial laws in
the nurseries of freedom. The British called and pickled tongue, salt pork, crackers, butter, Toddy, a mixture of wine or beer sweet- New england regulating taverns prohibited
them public nuisances and hotbeds of sedition. coffee, apples ened with game playing and gaming. Gambling and
after the revolution, a large part of the and sugar. sugar and drunkenness were condemned by civil and
american population was on the move--in flavored with religious leaders.
stagecoaches and conestoga wagons, on Drink nutmeg, was When the dutch briefly recaptured New
horseback, and even on foot. Taverns became In the 18th also dispensed amsterdam in 1673 from the British, they
the hostelries for travelers and boarders, even and 19th centu- by the bowl. forbade gaming, card playing, and ball playing,
though the bedding was not changed regularly ries, drinking Flip, served in and rolling nine pins on the sabbath. a
and strangers might have to double up in the was the most a mug, pitcher century later, the New York assembly passed
same bed. popular of or glass, was laws to “restrain disorderly and unlawful
The first post offices were in taverns, tavern recre- strong beer with gaming houses and prohibited billiard tables,
with the tavern keeper serving as the commu- ations. annual rum and sugar shuffleboards and games of chance.”
nity’s postmaster. delivery of mail to a tavern per capita or molasses Other forces also brought about changes
was informal. hugh Finlay, surveyor of the consumption added. cheaper in taverns. One was the separation of the bar
Post roads, who developed colonial postal of distilled fermented from the tavern, thus altering its character
services in New england, complained in spirits reached beverages made completely. From the time of the earliest colo-
1773, “Letters are thrown down on a table in a 3.7 gallons by locally were also nial regulations, the two had been inseparable,
Tavern or coffee house for every man to pick the time of available. apple and no one could sell liquor at retail without
out his own.” the american Old Salem Tavern – A favorite experience in Winston-Salem cider was sold making provision for travelers.
When no newspapers were included in revolution. By by the jug, pint, By the 1830s, some states permitted
a mail delivery, letters filled with gossip, news 1830, thanks to the wide availability of cheap pot or pitcher. Beer was either imported from taverns to operate without lodging facilities.
and information inevitably became objects of whiskey, consumption climbed to 5.2 gallons- england or locally brewed. another change was the disappearance of
extreme curiosity. The law and common prac- -nearly triple today’s figure. the common dining table with its standard-
Local courts established prices for alco- Lodging ized menu and fixed eating hours. With
tice (“Touch not, nor look upon the Books or
holic beverages, with legally required price Tavern accommodations were not only the barroom and restaurant severed from
Writings of anyone . . .”) stipulated that mail
schedules posted in each licensed tavern. communal but uncomfortable. sleeping was the tavern, its character became completely
was private. But when letters, a relative rarity,
standardized measures were also a require- not the intimate and private act it is today. It different.
lay on a tavern side table for days, some patrons
ment for each tavern keeper, a practice was common to put beds in every room of a network of post roads once linked
simply could not resist unfolding them and
observed in england. The size of each metal a house, and this practice carried over to the distant parts of the country, making it possible
reading them aloud to listeners eager for news.
measure was stamped on the handle and public rooms of taverns. rural taverns were for widely separated friends and relatives
Taverns often served as churches for reli-
ranged from a gallon down to a nip. usually small residences converted into inns in to correspond regularly. swift stagecoaches
gious services. even after a church had been
rum was the most popular distilled which the barroom and public rooms included offered the means of moving mail and passen-
erected, worshipers could be found in the
liquor, widely served in taverns and sold in beds. gers from place to place. and taverns provided
tavern thawing out after long sunday services
an assortment of measures. The most expen- even after bedrooms for travelers separate centers of hospitality, friendliness, news,
in unheated churches or meeting houses.
sive rum varieties were imported from the from the public rooms were added, it was the laughter, and entertainment. For post roads,
“entertainment” was the byword of
West Indies. Jamaican rum was especially usual practice for paying guests in taverns to stagecoaches and taverns, it was a symbi-
tavern keeping. Public house proprietors
prized. rum was also fermented and distilled share sleeping quarters, sometimes the same otic relationship of mutual dependence and
were licensed “to keep an ordinary for the
locally from molasses imported from the same bed. In winter, two or more in the bed was not benefit.
entertainment of travelers and strangers,” and
source. In 1770, the colonies imported four only practical but generated warmth. regular In the 19th century, railroads supplanted
their signs were embellished with that word.
million gallons of rum and distilled another bathing was not a common habit, and sheets post roads, inevitably causing the demise of
Today we associate the word entertainment
five million gallons. were not changed frequently and laundered. roadside taverns. The workaday post roads are
with amusement, but its meaning in the 17th
Plain rum, drunk straight, was the drink of Toilet facilities were primitive. Most taverns barely discernible now. Their speeding stage-
and 18th centuries was maintenance or provi-
the working classes. Grog--rum and water— kept chamber pots in the bedrooms or had coaches have long since vanished. and today’s
sioning, and pertained exclusively to eating,
was originally the daily ration of British sailors, outside privies. hotels and motels are pale imitations of the
drinking and lodging.
and grog shops became synonymous with the Amusements warm, convivial taverns of two hundred years
Food lowliest of taverns. rum was also the main ago when a welcome was extended to all.
although dancing was forbidden in strict
Food at taverns was frequently mediocre. ingredient of punch, described by one writer To these shadowy reflections of simpler
New england, country dances derived from
choices were limited, and prices were unpre- as “a very good, pleasant and healthful drink.” days when this country was young and full of
folk traditions brought to the New World
dictable. Breakfast at eight was substantial and a popular beverage routinely served at hope, I hereby propose an extravagantly senti-
by early settlers were popular. Formal dances
usually included ham or salt fish accompanied tavern events ranging from political gather- mental toast--and a fond farewell.
requiring skill and training soon became part
by coffee or tea and slices of toasted bread ings to men’s club meetings, punch was made
of colonial life. Taverns, which were larger Robert Scott is a semi-retired book publisher and
spread with butter. using rather pricey ingredients: the rinds and
than most domestic structures, were the local historian.
The main meal of the day was dinner, juice of imported lemons, limes and oranges,
ideal sites for such dances. dancing masters,
served between one and three. supper, usually mixed with rum and white or brown sugar.
often French immigrants, conducted classes
cold, was a light meal at nine. Meat, heavily Punch was served warm and sold in taverns by
and arranged balls in taverns. Women were
salted for preservation, was the mainstay of the bowl, which was passed around from guest
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What Your Doctor Won’t (or Can’t) Tell You
to locking many into chronic poverty. care, but I think dentists should not be
at my institution I find heart surgeons immune to being pushed to provide health-
doing careful dental exams because they care, just like most doctors do, at Medicare
Why Are Dentists Immune? I’m Not Smiling. are concerned that patients have smol-
dering gum and tooth infections and
dictated prices. It’s time we have affordable
dental care for all.
By DR. EVAN LEVINE these infections could spread to and I’ve noticed that every member of
cause a life threatening infection of the congress has a perfect smile and I suspect
recently politicians in recently, a medical resident asked me if newly inserted valve. In the end, many we’re paying for that too.
Washington, d.c., agreed he should continue his training in cardiology. patients having heart surgery are first having
to cut my reimbursements I told him, if he were smart he would instead Dr Evan Levine is the author of “What Your
a number of infected teeth urgently removed. Doctor Won’t (or Can’t) Tell You” and a prac-
for Medicare by as much as go to dental school. Faced with as much as While the elderly complain to me that
36% on some of my procedures. With many $300,000 in debt for their training, doctors ticing cardiologist in Westchester and The
they have a co-pay of $20 dollars for a visit Bronx. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of
physicians forced to accept lower insurance are being paid relatively little when they I wonder what the heck they do when they
payments I want to know how come dentists finish their residency. a starting salary for Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr.
get a bill from their dentist. The answer is Levine can be reached at 914-237-1332 or
are immune to having big brother dictate an attending pediatrician, in many univer- that many forego seeing a dentist because
what they can charge? Why is it that my sity centers is now $75,000 and I was just mailto:VaNLeV@aol.com.
they just cannot afford to. Once again
uncle just shelled out $2,700 dollars for a told that a specialist in infectious disease was those running this
root canal and crown (someone else just told offered $90,000 as a salary. One root canal a country have really
me they paid a whopping $6,000 for a dental week would be enough to pay the salary for screwed up. We
extraction and implant) when a heart surgeon just about both these docs. all deserve afford-
is paid only $1,800 for a two-vessel coronary Look, I’m not saying that I wish dentists able health care and
artery bypass? and why does Medicare feel did not make what they deserve but I every dentist will
it has to cover for medicine, and podiatry, think that patients should have the ability tell you that dental
and even chiropractor care, and not cover to get dental coverage just like they have care is an important
for dental care? how can the elderly afford medical insurance and Medicare coverage. and integral part of
to pay to care for their teeth and their gums, I see patients with rotting teeth, with infec- healthcare. I don’t
and why isn’t there any insurance for them? tious endocarditis caused by poor dentition, agree with much of
and why can dentists charge whatever they and people in chronic pain from old caries. Obamacare, which
feel they can get when every other physi- When one considers how commonplace does not provide for
cian - save for cosmetic docs- are stuck to a these conditions are, one can understand affordable dental
Medicare fee schedule? how chronically poor dental care contributes
THE SOUNDS “do the Funky
OFBLUE chicken” stax
By BOB PUTIGNANO remasters series
This “do the Funky chicken”disc (by the
self-proclaimed “the world’s youngest teen-
ager”) continues the stax remasters series
in fine fashion, the eleven original recording
tracks are all here plus there are eight bonus
tracks that were culled from various sessions.
as you would expect, many of the stax great
session players are on board, and what strikes
me most is the fact that most of the tunes
still sound remarkably fresh and somewhat
contemporary, a fascinating achievement
considering that the original tunes were
recorded over forty years ago in 1969.
From the original album who can forget back to the horns and funk on “rufus rastus
the chicken screams that start the title track Johnson Brown,” that also incorporates a little
that evolve into one hell of catchy and funky gospel. The bluesy “soul Food” is hilarious,
grove, then Wayne Jackson’s and andrew talks about all kinds of soul food and other
Love’s horns kick-in and it’s an instant party! ramblings from rufus’ mind, where James
There’s no funkier version of “Let the Good alexander bass work is solid. closing out
Times roll.” Things go off the rails with this segment of the album is “The Preacher
“Old Mcdonald had a Farm Parts One, and and the Bear” another humorous romp about
Two” which is odd, and can only be attrib- a clergyman’s encounter with a bear.
uted to the way rufus created fun music. It’s Continued on page 14
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The Sounds of Blue—Rufus Thomas “Do the Funky Chicken” Stax Remasters Series
Continued from page 13 Parts One, and Two” are from a later 1972 as with all of these new stax remasters but there’s no doubt Taylor still ruled the
Bonus tracks are noteworthy due the date and that adds skip Pitts (now with the series Joe Tarantino’s twenty-four bit roost as one hardy partier. Put this cd on
solid backing of Booker T. & the MG’s. Bo-Keys) on guitar, both versions are similar re-mastering is of high sonic quality. Plus for when friends visit your home, and watch
eddie Floyd’s “Funky Mississippi” is hip and a lot of fun. The final two tracks are also there are heartfelt liners by rob Bowman everyone get their groove on with rufus
especially when the horns roll and when offered in parts one, and two, “Boogie ain’t who recollects rufus’ career at stax, making Thomas- who is in top form throughout!
rufus calls out for steve cropper’s guitar. Nuttin’ (But Gettin’ down,)” and were taken this disc another quality reissue. Last but not Bob Putignano www.soundsofBlue.com
Isaac hayes joins in on organ on “Funky from rufus’ final stax recording sessions least; it’s remarkable that rufus was already
Way” which is as such. “Itch and scratch from 1974. in his early fifties when this album debuted,
Drunken Moose Stuck in Apple Tree in Sweden, Entertains Crowds
out and enjoying myself in a big old tree.”
When the moose was finally rescued and
freed from the tree, he immediately headed
By GAIL FARRELLY for the woods. his gait was unsteady and he
refused to stop and talk to a book agent who
It was the fermented jokes (a moose, a priest, and a rabbi came into murmured in disgust about his drunken state, wanted to sign him up to write a bestseller
apples that did it, the moose a bar and .........) as well as a selection of tunes he answered back: “What’s all the fuss? It’s about his unique adventure.
claimed, but some suspected sung in a deep baritone. his rendition of “I’ll not as if I’m driving or anything.” Word from the woods is that the moose
that he had been sipping the Be with You in apple Blossom Time” rivaled he continued, “Next they’ll be wanting spent the next day gulping down aspirins and
bubbly for quite some time and was simply that of Barry Manilow. and the crowd me to join aa. Why don’t they mind their telling everyone in sight to beware of those
on a bender. seemed to delight in joining him as he belted own business?” after a short break for a few fermented apples.
anyway, as he awaited rescue from the out the drinking song, “a hundred Bottles of hiccoughs, the moose grumbled, “They’d Learn more about The Farrelly Sisters - Authors
tree, the moose cheerfully entertained one Beer on the Wall.” rather see my head hanging over their fire- online.
and all with a running commentary of moose When a few onlookers in the crowd place than see me (aLL of me) just hanging
EYE ON THEATRE
Actors in Command
so what do we does not quite make it his heterosexual son as a young gay lover,
have now, with Frank in a play whose main whom he is willing to share with herries.
Langella playing that plot elements do not a third is Gregor’s peculiar relationship
By JOHN SIMON bravura role? The char- smoothly mesh. One with his current wife, Florence (Francesca
acter, loosely modeled is the love-hate for his Faridany), whom he has lovelessly turned
The gifted British on the notorious father by Basil (adam into a fake countess. Fourth are Gregor’s rela-
dramatist Terence rattigan, swedish millionaire driver), who escaped tions with his chief henchman, sven Johnson
author of several memorable swindler Ivar Kreuger, home five years ago (Michael siberry), a tough enforcer, loyal
plays, thought that “Man was imagined by and was given out for almost, though not quite, to the end.
and Boy” (1963) would be his magnum opus, rattigan as the very dead by his parent. It may also be problematic that none
to be remembered even fifty years later. he “devil.” Now the devil, another is Gregor’s of these characters, not even Basil, reluc-
was partly right. The current revival comes or diabolic charac- desperately needing a tantly willing to collude in his father’s rotten
48 years later, but the play was forgotten for ters, can work handily merger with a homo- scheme, is ultimately sympathetic. The chief
47 since its poor showing in London and onstage—think Iago or sexual american burden for empathy falls on Gregor, whom
outright flop in New York. This despite the Goethe’s and Gounod’s tycoon, Mark herries Langella makes interesting, but not quite
Mephistopheles, Frank Langella as Gregor Antonescu in Man (Zach Grenier), lovable even in villainy, as he should be.
lead, the shady romanian magnate Gregor
among others. and Boy. Photo credit: Joan Marcus. toward which he Langella is a fascinating actor as long as
antonescu, being played by one of the great
stage and screen charmers, charles Boyer. Gregor, though, endeavors to palm off Continued on page 15
Frank Langella as Gregor Antonescu and Adam Virginia Kull as Carol Penn, Frank Langella Adam Driver as Basil Anthony, Frank Langella Frank Langella as Gregor Antonescu and Adam
Driver as Basil Anthony in Man and Boy. Photo as Gregor Antonescu and Adam Driver as Basil as Gregor Antonescu, Michael Siberry as Sven Driver as Basil Anthony in Man and Boy. Photo
credit: Joan Marcus. Anthony in Man and Boy. Photo credit: Joan Marcus. Johnson, and Zach Grenier as Mark Herries in credit: Joan Marcus.
Man and Boy. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.
The WesTchesTer GuardIaN ThursdaY, OcTOBer 20, 2011 Page 15
EYE ON THEATRE
Actors in Command have constituted the dramatic climax. King
now paces about the room, twice reading out
Continued from page 14 loud the opening of his next oration: “Why
he plays Langella, which he generally does. america is going to hell.” after the second
This was just fine when he was playing, say, time, he ducks into the invisible bathroom,
richard Nixon, but somewhat less so when where, as the text stipulates and the produc-
he was st. Thomas More. he comes across tion delivers, “We hear him urinate.”
much the same as More and antonescu: Now I ask you: how good can a play be
we get the same grander than life gestures, that begins with a loud and clear urination?
the same orotund rhetoric, and the same such, I would say, that we wouldn’t even need
mid-atlantic accent, hardly romanian—all
of which function well enough other things
being equal. here they do not: we get a
to bother with those allegedly amazing final
I have scant space left for “Motherhood
Mary Ann Esposito,
magnificent ham, but a ham still. Out Loud,” consisting of 19 sketches about host of the popular PBS show
Maria aitken has decently directed a sundry aspects of maternity by 13 play- Ciao Italia, welcomes you
highly competent cast, all of them, however, wrights. some of these are very well known,
suffering from not enough to work with. into her family and shares
like Beth henley and Theresa rebeck; none
What comes off best is derek McLane’s bril- of them are tyros. There is even a good skit more than two hundred
liant design of a Greenwich Village basement about two male homosexuals adopting a of her most treasured and
pad in 1934. But this not being a musical, you baby by a surrogate mother.
can’t exit humming the scenery. Preponderantly well written by all 13,
time-honored recipes in this
“The Mountaintop,” by Katori hall, a and tidily directed by Lisa Peterson, this gorgeous and beautifully
black woman playwright, is her imagining makes for 90 minutes of solid and diverse
of Martin Luther King’s last night of life at
entertainment. Three of the actors—Mary
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supper and stays on for chitchat, give their
usual polished performances, but have even John Simon has written for over 50 years on
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less to sustain them than the cast of “Man
and Boy.” Hudson Review, New Leader, New Criterion,
The producers and press agent urgently National Review,New York Magazine, Opera
request reviewers not to give away the final News, Weekly Standard, Broadway.com and
Bloomberg News. He reviews books for the New
twists. They are pretty shoddy, preposterous
twists, too costly even gratis. so instead of York Times Book Review and Washington ciaoItalia_ad.indd 1 9/29/11 10:11
discussing the ending, which, phony as it is, Post. He has written profiles for Vogue, Town
is still the only thing of interest here (other and Country, Departures and Connoisseur and
than, perhaps, the revelation that God is produced 17 books of collected writings. Mr. WHERE QUALITY AND HONESTY COUNTS
female), let me focus on the beginning. Simon holds a PhD from Harvard University
It consists of King coming into his motel in Comparative Literature and has taught at
room on a blustery night, and yelling from MIT, Harvard University, Bard College and
the threshold to the invisible abernathy Marymount Manhattan College.
to bring him some Pall Malls. That regret- To learn more, visit the JohnSimon-
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Atlantic City—Always Turned On! and the décor are authentic and inspired.
Putting on a Show
The Borgata hotel (www.theborgata.
Continued from page 15 Roman Splendor Sybaritic Pleasures com) presents Frank sinatra Jr. on October
Miss America Is Long Gone But So The Qua spa, which opened a few years 29, steven Wright on November 4 and Jerry
The next day I wandered over to the
What? ago and is modeled after the famous Qua seinfeld on November 5. caesars atlantic
Water club at the Borgata hotel. This is the
spa in Las Vegas, offers an alluring and artful city (www.caesarsac.com) is offering
calling itself “The city that’s always city’s first boutique/lifestyle hotel and offers
oasis guided by the healing and calming John Fogerty on November 20 and Olivia
powers of water. here I found lavish roman Newton John on december 9. To put you
turned on,” atlantic city definitely lives up a distinctive cosmopolitan setting while just
Baths, beautifully appointed rooms and a in a holiday mood, the Tropicana (www.
to this claim. From New Jersey’s tallest light- steps away from entertainment, nightlife,
beguiling treatment called Dieci Mani, which
gambling and dining at the Borgata hotel tropicana.com) has their annual “spirit of
house to deep sea fishing and everything in
means “ten hands” and features the touch christmas” production starting November
between, this place is full of fun things to casino & spa. checking out the Immersion
of five therapists. Opting for something 14. atlantic city – turn on the fun!
do. On a recent visit, I chose to spend my spa, grand at 36,000 square feet, I was
slightly more intimate, I went for the chakra
weekend quietly relaxing at two of the city’s welcomed into a soothing world as I passed Travel Editor Barbara Barton Sloane is
Balancing treatment. everyone needs their
premier spas, The Water Club at the Borgata through a river rock archway with cascading constantly globe-hopping to share her unique
chakras balanced sooner or later, right?
Hotel and the Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars water, lush indoor greenery and an inte- experiences with our readers; from the exotic to
That evening I enjoyed asian Fusion at the
Atlantic City. rior of slate, green marble, stone and glass. the sublime. As Beauty/Fashion Editor she keeps
Buddakan restaurant where both the food
I took a plunge in it 80 foot long, two lane us informed on the capricious and engaging
infinity-edge lap pool and then rested on a fashion and beauty scene.
lounge by floor-to-42 foot ceiling windows.
For romantic interludes, Immersion offers a
Japanese-style room with hanoki soaking
tubs and couples’ massages. I tried the funky- Editor’s Correction
sounding soft-pack floatation device table In last week’s travel article written
Fly Direct to Harrah’s Casino Atlantic City Airport. and my body treatment on this watery plat- by Lee daniels. entitled Nepali Masala,
45 mins. Junket from Westchester County Airport. form was enhanced by a feeling of literally the following correction should be noted:
floating away. That evening I had dinner at The Kasthamandap temple mentioned is
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The WesTchesTer GuardIaN ThursdaY, OcTOBer 20, 2011 Page 17
MAYOR MARVIN’S COLUMN GOVERNMENT
Developing a Capital Improvement Plan for the Coming Year In addition, since our Governor and state
Legislature did not have the political courage
to act on any of the substantive unfunded
By MARY C. MARVIN mandates that drive our local tax bill, we have
recently been advised that our pension costs
This month, the Trustees cycle of usage. since we have no provision for is no longer sanctioned by New York state. will increase by 12% for civil service employees
and I spent a lion’s share of indoor storage, we do not get the optimal life The Police department will also be and 16% for uniformed employees in the next
our time developing a capital out of our vehicles as the elements really take purchasing another license plate reader which budget cycle. health care premiums will rise
Improvement Plan for the their toll. has proven invaluable in recovering lost vehi- 6%.
coming year. We met with all of the depart- We will also be repairing the front steps cles and for the detection of criminals wanted simply put, our state government cannot
ment heads to develop a comprehensive but leading to Village hall. The “faux” bricks have in all jurisdictions. continue to send bills to local governments
prudent blueprint for the future. We then not stood the test of time, creating a poten- The Trustees have also allocated that equate to 8 times the allowable tax cap for
added an extra public meeting to further refine tially hazardous condition. The same is true $500,000 to conduct a complete inven- the over 200 unfunded state mandates they
the list in a public forum. We believe this to for some “composite” floors in the library tory of the Village’s sewer and sanitary lines. are unwilling to challenge.
be an opportune time to borrow money given which need to be upgraded to real wood due The funds will be used to plot, photograph, To that point, I will be writing to the
the low interest rates and we sought to take to buckling from the constant foot traffic. clean and repair pipes where necessary. Our Governor this week encouraging him to lead
advantage of one of the few positive effects of having now to deal with the above reminds engineering consultants have advised us that by example and commit to capping our New
the economic downturn. me of my grandmother’s old adage that often before embarking on any major flood mitiga- York state taxes at his desired 2%. conversely,
Predictably, the greatest expenditures the more expensive choice is truly the bargain. tion projects, we need to have comprehensive I think it only fair that local municipalities also
will be in Public Works. due to the need In the Building department, money records of the size, capacity, age and condition cap their donations to the unfunded mandate
throughout the Village for road repair, was requested to upgrade record keeping, of our drainage infrastructure throughout the programs of the state at 2% as well.
$500,000 was allotted for street and curb converting the paper property information Village. Our work will begin first in the flood Facing all of the above mandated pres-
restoration with $450,000 designated for into digitized form. Not only will this afford prone neighborhoods. sures, coupled with a desire to preserve and
similar repairs in budget year 2012-2013. homeowners, realtors and contractors easier a capital Plan was needed to preserve protect their community, the bi-partisan Town
as an interesting aside, we have concluded access to information, it will eliminate the and upgrade the Village’s aging assets so as to Board of Bedford, the Governor’s hometown,
that the “composite” road resurfacing material need for copious amounts of storage space. maintain the quality and beauty of Bronxville. unanimously repealed the tax cap just this
(a mixture of new blacktop with old recycled Our Police department also required unfortunately, the costs of being good week. I believe they are just the first of many
pavement) that all communities have been some frankly overdue upgrades. Police vehicles stewards of one’s community and preserving to follow.
purchasing, in an effort to be eco-friendly that we eked out another year of use now need and repairing municipal infrastructure is Mary C. Marvin is the mayor of the Village of
as well as frugal, does not have the expected to be replaced. We will be computerizing our not an exempt expense from the Governor’s Bronxville, New York. If you have suggestions or
lifespan of pure blacktop. as a consequence, violations/traffic ticket system as our paper 2% tax cap. This is completely counterintui- comments, consider directing your perspective by
we will be researching options for a more method is truly a thing of the past. In that tive as aging New York communities should email to email@example.com.
durable product. a dump truck and a pick-up same vein, we will be acquiring an electronic be incentivized and not penalized for main-
truck also need to be replaced in the normal fingerprint scanner as the old ink pad method taining bridges, roads and sewer systems.
Assemblymen Castelli and Dr. Katz Support Dr. Murphy for WCBoL
the aisle to clean up corruption and the infa-
mous dysfunction in albany. This year was a
landmark session, which saw adoption of the
first on time budget in twenty years that cut
This November, state forth his independent vision to create jobs. college professor, is the owner of a small
spending and balanced the budget with no
assemblymen robert J. as the owner of two small businesses, he is in security consulting business. dr. Katz is the
new taxes or borrowing, a historic property
castelli, and dr. stephen the business of creating jobs. I know we can owner of the largest veterinary hospital in the
tax cap, and tough new ethics reform.
Katz are supporting dr. count on Terrence to get the job done on the Bronx.
“True leaders like Bob castelli and steve
Terrence Murphy (r, I, c Board of Legislators.” dr. Murphy owns Murphy’s family
Katz are those willing to disregard party
-Yorktown) for Westchester “dr. Murphy is a citizen legislator we call restaurant in Yorktown, as well as the
politics in order to succeed for the good of
county Legislator because, can be proud of,” said assemblyman Katz, Yorktown health and Wellness center.
the people,” Murphy said. “That is what
they say, he knows our county government who represents somers and Yorktown. “he “Bob, steve and I will work together to
I will emulate as your county Legislator.
needs a new direction and has the knowl- is involved for no other reason than to help support the middle class families of New
We know that in order for our state and
edge, experience, and integrity to direct us make our lives better here in Westchester castle, somers and Yorktown by making our
county to succeed we need individuals who
back onto the road toward prosperity. county. I strongly support Terrence and state and county more business friendly and
are committed to the public trust above all
“In just two years, dr. Murphy has know he will work hard to make Westchester cutting the red tape which has strangled us
else. This is the greatest principle we operate
achieved an impressive record as a public county more affordable for us to live, work, for years,” he said.
under, and with your support this November
servant,” said assemblyman castelli, who and raise a family today as well as provide a Like dr. Murphy, neither Katz or
we will continue restore honesty and integ-
represents New castle. “Working coop- future we can all be proud of.” as small busi- castelli are career politicians. Both are
rity to our government.”
eratively across the aisle to spur economic ness owners themselves, dr. Murphy, and newly-elected state lawmakers coming from
development, reduce taxes, cut spending, assemblymen castelli and Katz say small successful careers in the private sector, who
and preserve our environment and quality of businesses are the lifeblood of our commu- have quickly established reputations for
life here in Northern Westchester, he has set nities. castelli, a former state trooper and being quietly effective by reaching across
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THE ALBANY CORRESPONDENT
Occupying Albany—State Capitol Braces for Onset of Demonstrators
time hanging out with the girls, cruising with
the Governor on his harley and doing her
cooking and decorating in their Westchester
By CARLOS GONZALEZ home. Last christmas, Lee said she outfitted
their family room with three trees “to create a
aLBaNY, NY -- fence up to make sure that anybody who is sparked the interest of students attending christmas-scape.”
Workers for the state Office there is safe.” regional universities. Ms. Lee said she’s happy not being New
of General services (OGs) simultaneously, NYsuT, representing Though The Westchester Guardian can’t York’s official First Lady and keeping her
were out setting up barricades over 600,000 people who work in, or are find a single leader (nor can we figure out relationship with Governor cuomo relatively
blocking access to a portion of east capitol retired from, New York’s schools, colleges, what’s the exact message) of the Occupy private.
Park late Friday, a move a spokeswoman and healthcare facilities received word that Wall street demonstrations, Tim Branfalt, a “I have a partner who feels the exact same
said is being undertaken to keep protesters their executive Vice President andy Pallotta local resident who posted an Occupy albany way as I do about protecting our personal
a safe distance away from a construction site will join NYsuT members and other Facebook page is credited with the albany relationship.”
and a massive crane set up near the capitol’s demonstrators at the state capitol saturday. gathering, mostly peaceful, but certainly When it comes to marriage, Ms. Lee
northeast corner. We immediately called NYsuT for engaging in acts of civil disobedience. also feels no need to make things official.
a host of liberal-leaning groups are more information. What’s evident is that the group is “I like being independent. I don’t think
hosting an Occupy Wall street-inspired “education has been slashed by more growing. that marriage means you’re not independent,
“sit-in for solidarity” at the capitol on than $3 billion over the last three years, There was no comment regarding the but right now I’m very comfortable, and I’m
saturday, October 15, 2011, and the metal, thousands have been laid off, class sizes have saturday planned protest from city of probably the happiest I’ve ever been. I feel
bike-rack-like barricades are being placed increased, all while the top one percent of albany’s Mayor, Gerald Jennings, nor are the solid. I feel safe. … I was already planted in a
around the capitol. america’s most wealthy have received tax state Police commenting on the scheduled world that I’ve flourished in and had my own
The Westchester Guardian was on the cuts and gain to receive over $5 billion in new demonstrations. career in,” Ms. Lee said.
scene inquiring about the barricades. tax breaks at the end of this year,” said carl regardless, we’ll be on the scene. The Food Network star also said that
There was a little confusion about the Korn, spokesperson for NYsuT. she and “andrew will be together forever,
fencing that was originally set up around the “What we want is a more progressive
HEY CUOMO, THAT CAKE NEEDS
MORE TIME TO BAKE whether we decide to be the next Goldie
entirety of east capitol Park, a move OGs tax system that enables the middle class hawn and Kurt russell or not.”
spokeswoman heather Groll said was done to grow,” continued Korn. “That’s why we Governor andrew cuomo’s girlfriend,
Food Network chef sandra Lee, caused We wish the happy couple well.
in error. Workers started disassembling the stand in solidarity with and stand in support however, having a first lady is an issue the
barricades after reporters inquired about of the ongoing efforts of the activists occu- an uproar when she gave an interview in
the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar in 2016 president-elect needs to put behind
them, and Groll said they were being moved pying Wall street. This is about improving him.
closer to the construction. the economy and creating good jobs for the which she discussed her relationship with the
“We understand that there are going benefit of all americans.” Governor and why she’s glad not to be New Carlos Gonzalez, The Albany Correspondent,
to be exercising their First amendment From california to the capital region, York’s First Lady. traverses the august halls of the New York State
rights tomorrow afternoon, and part of the in what was a mere protest at Wall street along with telling harper’s about her Legislature for The Westchester Guardian and
(capitol) roof acceleration project involves by a dozen college students has sprouted personal life with Governor cuomo and his the Yonkers Tribune.
them working on saturday and using the into the streets of albany. The Occupy Wall three girls from his disastrous first marriage
crane,” Groll said. “We’re just putting the street movement against corporate greed has who Ms. Lee refers to as “my semi-home-
made daughters,” Lee said she spends lots of
Converting Old Tappan Zee Bridge Into a Suburban Highline
20 private property owners.
In NYc a Friends of the high Line has
been formed to build and maintain an extraor-
By PAUL FEINER dinary public park on the high Line. They
seek to preserve the entire historic structure,
earlier last week hundreds of millions of dollars since the they can enjoy the high line experience. transforming an essential piece of New York’s
President Obama approved state will not have to demolish the old bridge The NYc high line is a public park built industrial past. They provide over 70 percent
Governor cuomo’s request once the new bridge is built. The proposal to on a a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure of the high Line’s annual operating budget
to expedite the construc- turn the bridge into a highline will make the running from Gansevoort street to West and are responsible for maintenance of the
tion of a new Tappan Zee bridge construction more exciting for envi- 34th street on Manhattan’s West side. park, pursuant to a license agreement with
bridge to replace the aging existing bridge. ronmentalists. The proposed new bridge does The high Line was a freight rail line, the New York city department of Parks &
I am planning to form a committee to press not include any initiative to promote public in operation from 1934 to 1980. It carried recreation. Through stewardship, innovative
NY state officials NOT TO demolish transportation (rail or rapid bus transporta- meat to the meatpacking district, agricultural design and programming, and excellence in
the old bridge when the new bridge is tion-as was originally suggested). The old goods to the factories and warehouses of the operations, they cultivate a vibrant commu-
constructed and to turn the old Tappan Zee bridge will be used by pedestrians, cyclists, industrial West side, and mail to the Post nity around the high Line. I anticipate that
Bridge into a suburban version of the NYc and tourists. This concept will connect Office. The high Line, south of West 30th a Tappan Zee high line will receive most
high line. If you are interested in joining the Westchester and rockland together like it street, is owned by the city of New York and of their funding, once established, from a
committee that is being formed to turn the never has been connected—it will be more is under the jurisdiction of the department similar Friends group.
old TZ Bridge into a high line please e-mail convenient for residents of both counties of Parks & recreation. It was donated to the The high Line is a monument to the
me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our to walk or cycle across the bridge—to shop city by csX Transportation, Inc., which still industrial history of New York’s West side. It
first meeting will be held on Wednesday, in local stores that they would never have owns the northernmost section (West 30th offers an opportunity to create an innovative
November 16th at Greenburgh Town hall in patronized. The proposal to create a high street - West 34th street). The land beneath new public space, raised above the city
the cafeteria (177 hillside ave) at 8 PM. line will encourage more tourism in our area. the high Line is owned in parcels by New Continued on page 19
This proposal will save NYs many Tourists will take the train to Westchester so York state, New York city, and more than
The WesTchesTer GuardIaN ThursdaY, OcTOBer 20, 2011 Page 19
Converting Old Tappan Zee Bridge Into a Suburban Highline allows them to be used as trails.
The public space blends
be used for performances, art exhibitions and
Continued from page 18 Joshua david and robert hammond, when plant life (reminiscent of the I am very excited about this initiative. It
streets, with views of the hudson river and the high Line was under threat of demoli- quiet contemplative nature of the self-seeded will make living in Greenburgh, Westchester
the city skyline. It also offers a hopeful model tion. Friends of the high Line successfully landscape and wild plantings that once grew more fun! and a fun county is good for prop-
for industrial reuse for other cities around the worked with the administration of Mayor on the unused high Line) with long, narrow erty values because quality of life factors into
world. Bloomberg and the New York city council “planks,” forming a smooth, linear, virtually decisions—where to buy homes or open up
How was the High Line saved from to reverse a city policy favoring demoli- seamless walking surface. The public envi- businesses.
demolition? tion. The high Line is preserved through ronment on the high Line contain special
Friends of the high Line was founded Paul Feiner is Greenburgh Town Supervisor.
a Federal mechanism called rail-banking in features, including a water feature, viewing
in 1999 by two neighborhood residents, which preserves transportation corridors and platforms, a sundeck, and gathering areas to
meeting, Lorraine Pierce asked, “,Why is
Can a Task Force Report Help Develop New Rochelle’s Davids Island? it always at election time that the issue of
davids Island is brought up by the Mayor
while in reality there is no federal, state,
By PEGGY GODFREY county or local money available for it.”
Bob Petrucci added, “None of the ideas
In september 2010 a (8) high density residential and row want it.” councilman Tarantino felt the mentioned are new, they’ve been around
Task Force was chosen to houses; and (9) high density residential. report was a wonderful starting point for about l0 years or longer. My question
prepare a report on poten- There is also a discussion about which about what residents want to do with the in the light of all the similar energy project
tial uses of davids Island. plans would need a bridge, which would Island. councilman Lou Trangucci liked failures, what successful solar energy plant
residents remember carry a price tag of over $200 million. a the value scale for the scenarios listed would be used to copy at davids Island?
when Fort slocum, a military base, was ferry was recommended for the smaller and felt they made it easier to evaluate This would include how much would it
closed in l966. This was followed by a smaller scale developments. The Mayor proposals. councilman Barry Fertel cost, how much would it make, and what
series of proposals listed in the report for and councilman al Tarantino served on said he moved to New rochelle during are the funding sources?
the Island, all of which were abandoned. the 19-member committee with doug the Xanadu controversy and this report
Notable among these was the purchase of hocking as chair. allows everyone to look at the Island more Peggy Godfrey is a freelance writer and a
the Island by con edison for a nuclear Problems inhibiting development objectively. former educator.
plant and the company’s subsequent plan were described such as the probable need although the david’s Island Task
Calvi Qtr. page-West. Guardian 10-4-11:Layout 1 10/5/11 5:08 PM Page
to build this plant only a mile or so from to replace contaminated soil with clean Force was formed last year, after the
residential areas. among the reasons why soil if housing units are to be built. The
it was rejected were the atomic energy
larger question was asked: does the Island
commission regulations, which required benefit New rochelle as a whole or just
plants to be 50 miles from a populated a group of people? The first scenario of
area. keeping the Island as open parkland
Then proposals by Xanadu in l980 would only require getting people to the
and Trump in l995 envisioning high- Island, but a “trigger” here is that if more
rise buildings were also defeated because than two people came to the Island, a
of residents’ and nearby communities’ bathroom would be needed.
opposition. Following this was a plan for This plan would have no economic
hotel columbia in 1977 and Westchester benefit. The wind turbines were not
county’s commitment to acquire the considered “feasible.” as the other options
Island during the period l990 to 2010.
The city council of New rochelle
were discussed, only covering the Island
with solar panels and a hotel and confer-
MAYOR OF YONKERS
voted to allow the federal government to ence center, research and development
tear down all the buildings on the Island facility were consider somewhat viable. It
to remediate areas contaminated by the was suggested there was a need to amend The Best Qualified and Most Experienced Candidate
military. But even after that, the 180 the city’s “comprehensive plan” to desig- • Civil Engineer, NYS Professional Engineer • Attorney at Law
acre island, 40 acres of which are cited as nate potential uses. • Former Asst Professor Civil Engineering • Successful Business
under water, still has 52 acres of potential council members had concerns. Entrepreneur • Dedicated Family Man - 30 years married
contamination. council member Marianne sussman • 4 grown successful children • Life-longYonkers resident
Mayor Noam Bramson in his intro- questioned the need for emergency
Who would you have to be your mayor?
ductory remarks in the report said services and parking. councilman
the committee did not try to reach a richard st. Paul wanted to know why the
consensus. Instead nine scenarios are possibility o selling it was not included.
listed as choices: (1) open parkland; (2)
photovoltaic cells (solar panels); (3) wind
doug hocking, chair of committee,
said the Island is an asset, either we can Vote for Carlo Calvi
turbines; (4) greenhouse; (5) hotel and
conference, research and development;
do nothing and land bank it for the future
or hold it until it increases in value. NOVEMBER 8, 2011
(6) low density residential (1/2 acre lots) st. Paul answered that whenever www.carlocalvi.com
(7) low and medium density residential; a plan comes “to the table, people don’t
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Governor Cuomo Requests Expedited Federal Approval of Tappan Zee Bridge Project
Governor andrew M. cuomo on accident rate double the rest of the New York
Monday, October 10, 2011, announced that Thruway system. The bridge also has serious
he has asked the federal government to expe- vulnerabilities to extreme events such as
dite the review and approval process to allow severe storms, ship collision and earthquakes.
work to begin on the Tappan Zee Bridge The loss of the Tappan Zee, or reduction in
project. The Tappan Zee project represents lanes or load limits, would over-tax alternate
a multi-billion dollar investment that will routes and have a catastrophic economic
create tens of thousands of jobs and restore a impact on the region.
critical part of the Northeast’s transportation The Tappan Zee project has the
infrastructure. potential to generate more jobs than any
President Barack Obama launched a other infrastructure project in the nation.
competition where states could submit their according to the Federal highway
high priority, job-creating projects in order administration (FhWa), transportation
to win expedited federal approvals, and New infrastructure accounts for 11 percent of the
York submitted the Tappan Zee project in to nation’s economic activity. For every dollar
the competition. invested in highway construction, the overall
With an expedited federal review of the and restore safety to heavily traveled bridges Built in the 1950s, the Tappan Zee Bridge economy receives $4.87 in economic benefits
environmental Impact statement (eIs) and and other arteries. I commend Governor is a critical link in the regional transportation – nearly five times the return on investment.
the processing of certain permits, the Tappan cuomo and senator Fuschillo, the chairman network carrying Interstate routes I-87/I- highway construction also supports thou-
Zee project could begin as early as next year, of the senate’s Transportation committee, 287 across the hudson river, connecting sands of jobs. FhWa estimates that every
potentially creating more jobs than any other for their leadership on this critical project.” rockland and Westchester counties in $1 billion in highway construction supports
infrastructure project in the country. assembly speaker sheldon silver said, southeastern New York, approximately 15 over 30,000 employment opportunities. The
“The Tappan Zee Bridge is a vital part “With support from the federal government, miles north of midtown Manhattan. This associated General contractors of america
of our state and region’s infrastructure,” New York state will be able to begin work on bridge connects I-287 in New Jersey to I-95 estimates that $1 billion invested in non-
Governor cuomo said. “The Tappan Zee the Tappan Zee Bridge, ensuring this critical in connecticut for access to the Northeast, residential construction will create or sustain
Bridge project improves a key component of part of the Northeast’s infrastructure remains New Jersey and Pennsylvania and carries a 28,500 jobs: one third of those jobs will be
our state and nation’s infrastructure, and at safe and reliable. Investments of this size high percentage of trucks. approximately on-site construction jobs, one sixth will be
the same time puts tens of thousands of New have the potential to transform the region’s 135,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily with indirect jobs from suppliers of construction
Yorkers back to work.” economy, create jobs, and renew confi- upwards of 160,000 vehicles on some week- materials and services and about half of the
senate Majority Leader dean skelos dence in our state’s economic revitalization. ends, with a total of approximately 45 million jobs would be created when construction
said, “I urge the federal government to expe- Governor cuomo has shown true leadership vehicles in 2010. and supplier workers and owners spend their
dite approval for this important project which in rebuilding New York’s economy and I look Over the last twenty years, the Tappan additional incomes.
will create tens of thousands of jobs. Major forward to continuing to work together on Zee has shown significant deterioration.
investments in infrastructure are exactly what critical infrastructure projects and creating Further, with seven narrow lanes and no
New York needs to jumpstart our economy jobs in our state.” safety shoulders, the Tappan Zee has an
Assemblyman Latimer Receives Top Environmental Score in New York
“I’m extremely thankful that the envi-
ronmental community has advocates in
albany who have been holding lawmakers
Annual Report Reaffirms Latimer’s Commitment to Protecting the Environment accountable for their actions for over 40
years,” Latimer stated. “as a member of the
aLBaNY, NY – in and representing a community that the only scorecard that grades New York environmental conservation committee, I
On October 12, the borders the Long Island sound continues to state Lawmakers according to votes on worked very closely with the environmental
environmental advocates remind me, every day, how important it is to various legislative priorities. Legislators earn advocates to pass 80% of “super-bills” in
of New York released their protect our natural environment. The sound between one and three points respectively the assembly – bills that protected open
annual Voters’ Guide summarizing the shore communities I represent in the 91st for votes in support of bills that received space, clean water, proper disposal of wastes,
recently concluded portion of the legislative assembly district, and much of Westchester one, two or three trees. Tree-rated bills are avoiding risky measures that could pollute
session. The session was a critical period for was damaged by flooding in 2007 and those deemed beneficial to the environment. our state. I was pleased as well as to have
the environmental community throughout recently again by hurricane Irene. Our lives Likewise, legislators earn between one and co-sponsored 4 of them and I voted “yes” on
New York, and in 2011, assemblyman are deeply affected by the environment.” three points for voting against bills that were these common priorities. We still have some
George Latimer (d-rye) was rated with a number of Latimer’s colleagues in the given a rating of one, two or three smoke- significant environmental issues to address
a perfect score of 105 points, joining a Westchester delegation, both democrats stacks. smokestack-rated bills are those in albany and certainly we will do so in
small handful of New York state legislators and republicans, also scored above 100 in deemed detrimental to the environment. conjunction with the grassroots residents of
cited as most energetic in protecting the this report. Votes on priority “super-bills” are given extra Westchester and groups like environmental
environment. The environmental advocates report, weight in the ratings. The full report is avail- advocates of New York”, concluded
assemblyman Latimer said, “residing which was issued on October 12th, 2011 is able online at www.eplvotersguide.org assemblyman Latimer.
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Village Manager’s Autumn Message
prior to a weather event for the presence of contact 1-800-752-6633 so that a work
obstructions to the catch basin or streams we order will be issued. do not assume that your
ask that if the catch basin near your home neighbor will report the outage or that the
by FRANCIS A. FROBEL appears to be obstructed by leaves or debris Village is necessarily aware you are without
and you are able, please rake them away from service.
I wish to take this county at a cost of $25.35 per ton. By maxi- the drainage grate. This will allow the water In closing, I wish to remind you that
opportunity to thank you mizing the recycling program, we can reduce to move unimpeded. Many of these catch public safety is everyone’s business. hastings-
for your cooperation with the cost for all taxpayers. as a reminder, basins are very shallow, and it does not take a on-hudson Police will continue their
the Village-wide curbside 18-gallon blue recycling bins are available to great deal of debris to cause them to be filled enforcement of the prohibition of a driver’s
recycling transition. The purchase at a cost of $10 each at the James and, consequently, ineffective. If you believe use of cell phones and text messaging. special
changeover went smoothly, and I hope the harmon community center. the catch basin near your home needs to effort continues to ensure that motorists
experience thus far has only caused minimum These past several weeks have put be cleaned out, please contact the dPW at yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks and
inconvenience. any questions regarding trash unusual stress on the Village’s ability to 478-3400, ext. 613. that all traffic safety measures are obeyed.
pickup or recycling should be addressed by handle storm water. The infrastructure is On the topic of severe weather, please be Failure to obey posted speed limits is strictly
contacting the department of Public Works limited, and the heavy rain experienced advised that you should contact conedison enforced. If you believe selective enforcement
(dPW) at 478-3400, ext. 613. We believe from the tropical storm and the greater than if at any time you experience a power outage. is warranted in your neighborhood, please
this change should increase the percentage normal rainwater received over the summer The company must hear from you directly. If contact the Police department at 478-2344.
of trash recycled. There is a strong financial months has caused drainage problems in you call the police station during a weather
incentive to recycle to the maximum possible areas which normally do not experience diffi- Francis A. Frobel is the Village Manager of
event to inform them that you are without Hastings-on-Hudson.
level; recyclables are disposed of at no cost to culty in handling storm water. While dPW power, there will be a delay in having the
the Village while trash is processed by the crews have a list of locations that are checked power restored. homeowners are urged to
Help Me Protect Your Job
Because of this betrayal, I incentives should sign an agreement with incentives agree to full transpar-
fought to launch an investiga- New York state that includes the following ency in the reporting of worldwide
tion into IBM’s off shoring provisions: employee population.
By GREG BALL practices. recently, Governor • companies accepting taxpayer I ask that you join me in requesting
cuomo announced a plan to incentives agree to make jobs that our Governor publicly acknowledge
In december 2008, give $400 million in taxpayer permanent (5 year minimum). when and if an agreement on these points is
IBM accepted $140 million incentives to a host of corporate giants with • companies accepting taxpayer reached. having full faith in the Governor’s
in state grants, promising to a track-record of outsourcing american jobs, incentives agree to not contempo- leadership, I am certain that he took these
invest $1.5 billion to create and I have written a letter to the Governor. raneously offshore New York jobs. points into consideration as he negotiated
1,000 new jobs in nanotech- Let me be clear, any jobs news is good • companies accepting taxpayer this $400 million deal.
nology. The agreement included $45 million news these days, but let us learn from our incentives agree to real, New York If he has not done so, it must be done
in provisions specifically designed to help history. all I am asking is that we absolutely state based employment; physi- immediately.
IBM retain jobs at its east Fishkill facility. ensure that these projected jobs are real, they cally locate jobs in New York, New York State Senator Greg Ball represents the
In March of 2009, IBM laid off more than are permanent, and they are not undercut instead of overseas or out-of-state 40th Senate District.
3,000 employees nationwide, including 274 by larger off-shoring efforts currently afoot. telecommuting.
in east Fishkill. any company receiving taxpayer dollars or • companies accepting taxpayer
When a Union is Defeated
Guardian under the condition of anonymity) Massachusetts and the district of columbia.
were seeing other long time employees They represent nurses all the way down to
receiving poor evaluations, and were hearing medical facilities workers.
By NANCY KING that management had employees spying on according to a spokesperson from 1199,
one another. It seemed that management was once the employees of NYh began to orga-
In the final installment and morphed, NYh now employs over one attempting to terminate those workers who nize, intimidation was brought to a whole
highlighting the role of some thousand individuals. doctors and nurses are were in higher paid, and then to replace them new level. employees were brought in to
unions here in Westchester still that backbone of this hospital but there with lower paid workers. Typical workplace have one on one meeting with members of
county, we end the series are countless, psychologists, social workers, bullying that divides the staff and breeds management. In these meetings they were
with a union that was unable psychiatric technicians and support staff that a feeling of mistrust among colleagues. told that their union dues would end up going
to organize. This occurred this past spring runs the gamut from housekeeping to facili- however, in a fragile economy, workers have into the pocket of union management. They
at the world renowned psychiatric hospital, ties. Most of them fall into the “lower pay” a tendency to suck it up while being eternally were also told that they were caught lobbying
New York hospital-cornell division category with salaries that range from nine grateful for a job. or discussing the union anywhere on campus
which happens to be an arm the New York dollars an hour to around sixteen dollars an This sort of worker intimidation is being that they would be immediately terminated.
Presbyterian hospital. Long an institution hour. played out all over the country. Those who even in a common area such as a cafeteria,
that treated only the very rich and privileged, In late 2010, several long time hospital finally find their voices usually attempt to workers were so frightened that their conver-
in the last several decades, the hospital has employees, concerned with working condi- organize a union and that was the case of sations were being monitored, that they
segued from a “rest home” to a hospital that tions that were becoming increasingly NYh. Local 1199 seIu is the largest local stopped supporting the union. Management
provides cutting edge treatment in psychiatry. unpleasant, began to explore the possibility in the world. Primarily designed for health- likened themselves as the employees’ family
It serves young children and the elderly alike. of organizing employees to join local 1199. care workers, it largest numbers are found in stating that you would never turn against
Like all other businesses that have grown These employees (who spoke with The New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Continued on page 24
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When a Union is Defeated management, the vote was taken and sure
enough, 1199’s attempt to form a union at
they use the bathroom frequently. One of the
most disturbing trends to come out of NYh
intend to reorganize and try again in 2012.
unions and their membership continue to
Continued from page 22 New York hospital was defeated. and while recently is that more than one individual has be under fire all over the united states. To
a family member. In essence, many of the the union has been defeated, management’s shared with this reporter that management be sure, I have had plenty of raised eyebrows
workers, especially those with lower level jobs intimidation tactics against the workforce is asking the patients to keep an eye on the cast in my direction upon writing this series.
and sadly enough those with lower educa- has ratcheted up a notch. since the defeat, staff that is supposed to be keeping an eye on supporting workers and the vanishing
tional credentials. That’s right, management employees are being told that management them . This sort of Orwellian Big Brother middle class worker doesn’t make me any
sunk as low as they could to intimidate those knows whether or not you voted for the type of behavior can only be described as less of a patriot or any less of an american.
who really didn’t understand that the union union and if you did there will be serious absurd. When you think about it, does it It is sad that some people feel this way. But
could ultimately protect them from this sort ramifications. again speaking under the make sense to ask a patient who is hospital- until there is equality on a job site for all
of intimidation. It is sort of ironic that one veil of anonymity, workers have shared with ized for a psychiatric illness to “spy” on the americans, I will continue to support unions.
of america’s premier psychiatric facilities this reporter, that many workers are being very individuals who are caring for them?
engaged in psychological warfare with its Nancy King is a resident of Greenburgh, New
written up for infractions that range from despite the deplorable working condi- York.
employees. not informing a manager when they return tions that have escalated in the face defeat,
after numerous postponements by from a designated break to being told that those employees who reached out to 1199
WCBoL Democrat Leaders Assert: “We Will Not Sue the City of Rye”
WhITe PLaINs, NY -- The of our municipalities to court where the only issue without bringing it into the legal arena,”
democratic leaders of the Westchester prospect is to simply create even more conflict said Williams.
county Board of Legislators (WcBoL) last and discord,” said WcBoL chairman Ken The heart of the matter may be ensuring
week announced they will not push forward Jenkins (d-Yonkers). “a resolution to this tax that contracts with vendors operating within
any lawsuits against the city of rye in the question is already at hand: The contract with county parks and other properties clearly
municipality’s quest to garner property taxes the tiki bar plainly states that they are respon- support park activities and define that any tax
from the Pier restaurant and Tiki Bar, sible for any taxes that may be charged.” liabilities are the responsibility of the vendor.
a privately owned and operated business The BOL Budget & appropriations Legislator and WcBoL Majority Whip
within Playland. committee moved the astorino Judy Myers (d-Larchmont) said: “It’s hard
The city of rye is trying to collect administration’s request for authorization of to believe that the county executive and his
nearly $30,000 in assessed property taxes a lawsuit against the city of rye for consider- staff seem eager about going to get into court
from the tiki bar’s owners. The astorino ation by the full Board at its regular meeting on this issue. I’d call that political hypocrisy.”
administration, after arguing for a waiver next Monday night (October 17), but the “We will not sue the city of rye,” said
on the tax bill since the tiki bar operates on request will not be approved and moved Legislator and BOL Majority Leader Peter
county property, has asked for authoriza- forward, insisted Legislator and WcBoL harckham (d-Katonah). “The county
tion from the WcBoL to take legal action to Vice chair Lyndon Williams (d-Mount should positively engage our municipal part-
prevent the taxes from being collected. Vernon). ners at the negotiation table, not in court.” Westchester County Board Chairman Kenneth
“We have no intention of bringing any “We can find an amicable solution to this Kenkins
Democrat vs Conservative—The Fight Continues and unfounded allegations of corruption
against former Mayor ernest davis which
caused the fall of the man Mount Vernon
By SAM ZHERKA residents called “The People’s Mayor.”
MOuNT VerNON, davis, the 73-year-old practicing
NY -- Former three term architect told The Westchester Guardian,
Mayor ernest davis, “I was unfairly targeted by the FBI.
who has been dubbed Politicians with connections to the FBI
“The comeback Kid” for who were not happy with me tried to
his amazing democrat destroy my life,” said davis “ I was scared,
Primary victory over three younger candi- but knew I had never done any thing
dates is being challenged by conservative wrong,” said davis.
Party candidate Maureen Walker in In a city where democrats outnumber
the November 8th General election. republicans by a margin of 8 to 1, and
davis is running on the democrat and outnumber conservatives by 110 to 1,
Independence Party lines. political Insiders have told The Westchester
davis won the democrat Primary Guardian that Maureen Walker has a slim
Mount Vernon in decades. city comptroller. chance in winning as a conservative.
election beating out Maureen Walker by since 1993, Maureen Walker, an Four years ago, the Mt Vernon
99 votes in what has been characterized as immigrant from Guyana, was elected to mayoral election was overcome with Continued on page 25
the most contentious primary election in five consecutive terms as Mount Vernon FBI investigations, raids on city hall,
The WesTchesTer GuardIaN ThursdaY, OcTOBer 20, 2011 Page 25
Democrat vs Conservative—The Fight Continues Iona college during the day, while simul-
taneously receiving a full time salary of
compassionate human being who is very
cheap, yet very giving,” said apuzzo. “he
Continued from page 24 email surfaced where Paladino, sent a video $128,000 as Mount Vernon comptroller. knows what poverty does to people and a
Others in political circles told The depicting a plane crashing into a group of Over the past four years, under Maureen community. When he was mayor, I saw
Westchester Guardian that Walker’s desire africans with the title “run Niggers run.” Walker’s watch, Mount Vernon has under- him take money out of his pocket and
to be mayor may have clouded her decision Other pictures attached in that email written and approved $21 million in bonds give it to the homeless. he always did,”
to run as a conservative in a democrat showed President Obama dressed as a for several projects in the city of Mount concluded apuzzo.
leaning city. Those pundits who espouse pimp and First Lady Michelle Obama as Vernon. Most bonds have circumvented The Westchester Independence Party
Walker’s defeat do not acknowledge a prostitute. the mandatory referendum requirement who has supported Maureen Walker in
the possibility of voters crossing over Lafayette who advised knowing davis mandated under the Mount Vernon city three prior elections for comptroller has
from their party registration in search for 35 years, told The Westchester Guardian, charter which would have given the public abandoned her this time and endorsed
of Walker’s name on the ballot albeit on “davis has proven himself to be a man of the final say. Bonds underwritten under the davis for Mayor of Mount Vernon.
the conservative Party line. One insider, good character. he’s a honorable guy who $750,000 threshold do not require public chairman dr. Guilio cavallo, told The
who shared his/her perspective on the withstood FBI investigations and a ton of input / vote, despite the public responsi- Westchester Guardian that Maureen Walker
basis of anonymity, suggested Walker has scrutiny by federal authorities and walked bility for the debt repayment. was their pick for comptroller but not for
committed political suicide for main- away unscathed,” continued Lafayette. damien Barrett, one of Maureen mayor. “ernie davis has the wisdom to
taining her campaign effort. When the democrat Party boss was asked Walker’s campaign managers told The bring the city together. he is a true archi-
In a telephone interview, Westchester for whom he will vote, Lafayette said, Westchester Guardian that although he tect. a man who knows how to build
county democrat Party chairman “ernie davis of course!” is working for Maureen Walker, he is during trying times,” concluded cavallo.
reginald Lafayette said, “I am urging all personally voting for ernie davis and davis promises to bring revitalize the
Pat Welsh, chairman of the not his candidate under the conservative spirit of the city. he will crack down on
democrats to support ernie davis. as Westchester Working Families Party, told
democrats, we should all vote for the Party line. “I’m a democrat,” emphasized illegal guns and will work with youth to
The Westchester Guardian he does not Barrett. stop the violence. davis pledged to donate
winner of the democrat Primary.” agree with the conservative Party but they
Maureen Walker’s alignment with the according to Maureen Walker’s 10% or more of his salary.
stay true to their cause. “I hope Maureen website, Walker has been the recipient of One-third will be directed to the
conservative Party and their philosophy, Walker has not embraced the values of the
replete with anti Obama rhetoric has the many accolades and awards from different senior room at the dole center, one-
conservative Party,” said Welsh. When community groups and organizations. One third to the Mount Vernon soup Kitchen,
Westcheser county democratic Party asked what Welsh thought of ernest
chairman concerned. “The conservatives such award was a community service award and one-third for the benefit of a summer
davis, Pat Welsh replied, “I have no prob- from a Mount Vernon soup Kitchen. jobs program for youth.
are the “anti Obama Party,” said Lafayette. lems with ernie davis.” roberta appuzzo, who has run Mount davis also pledged to address the city’s
The conservative Party has been Westchester county republican Vernon’s largest soup Kitchen program excessive real estate tax burden and work
known for their pro death penalty and anti chairman doug colety told The for 18 years told The Westchester Guardian, with seniors. at 73, ernest davis said at
abortion perspectives which are at odds Westchester Guardian the republican “I have never seen Maureen Walker step this point in his life, its all about people. “ I
with the philosophy of the democrat Party. Party did not endorse Maureen Walker foot inside the soup Kitchen. We never want to help people,” said davis.
One of the conservative Party’s most for mayor. “I personally like ernie davis,” gave Maureen Walker any award,” advised Sam Zherka is publisher of The Westchester
controversial candidates in recent years said colety, “however, the Westchester apuzzo. Guardian.
was carl Paladino, who ran for Governor republican committee has taken no offi- On the other hand, “ernie davis came
of the state of New York against andrew cial position in the race.” to the soup Kitchen every Thanksgiving,
cuomo in 2010. Paladino was embroiled Maureen Walker has of late been christmas, and New Year, and on every
in allegations of racism after a controversial criticized for working as a professor at other holiday,” said apuzzo. “he’s a
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New York’s Shrinking Workforce
expired, unless there was a new agreement.
Further, in an era when all employees are
being asked to contribute more to their
own health insurance, Triborough provides
By FRANK V. VERNUCCIO, JR. an avenue for public employees to reject
as the “Great affecting albany’s payroll is the state government’s attempts to ask
recession” continues to the continued existence of the public employees to do the same. Governor
affect Westchester, it is Triborough amendment. In cuomo’s mandate relief study team,
becoming increasingly 1967, the “Public employees (including deputy Westchester county
apparent that the county Fair employment act,” executive Larry schwartz) is reviewing
will soon have to face known popularly as the the Triborough amendment. Westchester
life with a potentially much smaller state Taylor Law, was enacted. It assemblyman robert castelli introduced
workforce. required albany to negotiate a bill to repeal this provision during the
The issue is particularly prominent with unions, and prohib- recent legislative session.
this year, as negotiations with the Public ited public employees from In practice, Triborough contains a
employees Federation (PeF) dominated striking, imposing severe serious flaw. during times of downturns,
Governor cuomo’s attention. during the penalties for doing so. It was such as in today’s harsh economic climate,
hard bargaining, (inspired in no small part one of the first statutes in the state lacks the funds to offer new
by the state’s $10 billion dollar budget gap) america to comprehensively contracts with more attractive terms to
3,496 positions were identified as being address the rights and obliga- unions, and may even be forced to request
vulnerable to elimination, a result of PeF’s tions of state employees. give-backs. under the provisions of the
member rejection of the proposed five year The strong penalties Triborough amendment, unions have no
contract. While the result may not be that mandated for illegal strikes incentive to replace an expired but still
severe, the hard fact is that sooner, rather were rarely enforced. at effective agreement with one that is less
than later, the number of individuals in various times, corrections attractive.
state government service will begin to officers, transit workers and The end result is that albany has few
decrease. certainly, it is unlikely that all of others engaged in strikes options, other than reducing its work-
the record-setting 30,772 state employees and job actions. an attempt which prohibited the state Government force by layoffs or by not replacing retiring
who retired last year will be replaced. at labor peace was made in 1982 with the from changing any provision of expired employees. New Yorkers will have to
One of the most tenacious issues passage of the Triborough amendment, contracts until a replacement was agreed endure reduced service while this dilemma
to. The concept seemed, at first, reason- continues to produce acrimony between
able. While unions still lacked the legal the state government and those who staff
right to strike, they did have the security its agencies.
of being protected by the provisions of an Frank Vernuccio serves as president of
agreement that was fairly recently accept- COMACT; direct inquiry for further infor-
able. It provided automatic pay increases mation by email at nycommunityaction@
for salary or longevity step schedule hikes, gmail.com.
even after contracts establishing them had
THE CONSER VATIVE TORCH
The Purpose of the Mission
By CARMINE J. TORCHETTI, JR.
For the past calendar the radio program and of this column is the
year, I sought to provide “conservative” torch, it is clear that my views
the best quality broadcast are “right-leaning.” however, as I have stated
program that would provide on-air in the past, my views are often refuted
my listeners courage, justice, and tenacity. and supported. refutation of my opinion has
Now, I am seeking to provide the same with become a common occurrence here in New
this self titled weekly column. That is the York, yet this just fuels my ambition even
first and foremost mission of this column. further. common sense, real solutions such
current climates within the political, socio- as a limited national government, strong
logical, and economical realm have given national defense, being pro-life, being against
political enthusiasts, such as me, much mate- gun control, and the prospect of individual
rial to discuss. The more material present, responsibility and freedom, are just some of
the more opinion present; since the name of Continued on page 27
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THE CONSER VATIVE TORCH
The Purpose of the Mission current president of our great nation, Barack
Obama, ran his 2008 election campaign on
straight, concise answer without reading it
off a teleprompter? The nation did receive
house. This problem solver must want and
have the responsibility and the desire to fight
Continued from page 26 a platform of moderation and compromise. change, as promised by then-candidate for smaller government, personal freedom,
the stands that I will take to any argument, Why? Because it is well known that regis- Obama. however, the change was a dramatic less intrusion into personal lives, and fewer
with anyone engaged in that debate. tered Independent voters play a crucial role increase of our nation’s unemployment rate taxes. Who is this problem-solver? Who can
When I was just growing into my in determining the outcome of elections. To to over 9%. The change was a skyrocketing right this ship we all love and know as the
political beliefs and realizing my principles please various political groups, such as the increase in our national debt to well over 1 united states of america? That, my fellow
and convictions, I was told to be careful and un-decided, the moderates, and the indepen- trillion dollars. The change was a sweeping patriots, is for next week. Be safe and Be
I was “forewarned” that I was to be in the dents, one must seem willing to compromise. health care reform bill that wasn’t widely Well.
minority in New York. To go even further, Politically, he is a very intelligent man; he accepted by a majority of the american Carmine J. Torchetti, Jr. is the host of The
those who sought to change my approach to knows how to campaign and he knows how people. Conservative Torch Radio Program on WGRN,
“common sense” solutions attempted to use to gain prominence, gain votes, and gain Why did our president of “hope” pursue the Westchester Guardian Radio Network.
this statement as a means of determent from support. however, as with many politicians, a large scale health care bill for his first year Although very successful thus far, Carmine seeks
my chosen views. I rejected their demand it is all for popularity and followings. When it in office when the number one issue facing to take his conservative message national in the
knowing that just because something is came time to discuss actual issues such as the americans was unemployment? Wouldn’t future, in the hopes of aiding the cause of imple-
popular, doesn’t make it right. Popularity has economy, the War on Terror, or legislations, the smart thing to do be to attempt a solution menting common sense, “right” solutions to solve
often plagued the law makers of not only he had two three word phrases programmed that would get those people who voted for the problems of the nation. Currently, Carmine
Washington d.c., but of albany, Tallahassee, as almost an automated response, “Yes We you back to work expeditiously? after three is a senior at Iona College in New Rochelle,
Boston, Trenton, dover, sacramento, and can” and “hope and change.” Yet, what is major attempts of Barack Obama and his N.Y. and is a Mass Communications major. For
other state capital cities. Far too often, the thing we can do? Vote in a man who had jobs-created proposals, the unemployment more information on the radio program and on
politicians both local and national have put just around three years experience as a junior rate is still over 9% after almost three years Carmine, please visit www.theconserva-
many resources and much energy into their senator from Illinois? Vote in a man whose in office. The bottom line is this: our nation tivetorch.com.
re-election bid and much less effort into pre-public record consisted of community will not begin to mirror what it once was
solving the issues at hand. For example, the organizing? Vote in a man who can’t give a unless we have a problem solver in the White
Onward, Christian Soldiers
preacher: We are going to stand account- church and state,” ask them to point you to
able before God if we do not stand up and exactly where in the constitution that inces-
be counted.” santly repeated and highly abused phrase can
Falwell’s words ring no less true today. be found. They can’t. It’s not there.
By MATT BARBER Of course you can set your watch to Pastors, as this election cycle heats up,
Liberals are nervous. Iowa, backed by astute organizers and big the liberal response. recognizing the threat expect to receive threatening letters from
They should be. as the donors, are mobilizing congregations for the to their own secular-socialist designs for anti-christian paper tigers like americans
2012 election grows election.” america posed by a christian socio-polit- united for separation of church and state
closer a soft rumble builds “religious leaders have long been ical revival - “progressive” conspirators have and the american civil Liberties union
throughout thousands active in political causes,” the newspaper broken out the saul alinsky-crafted long warning you that if you discuss politics
of evangelical christian churches across notes. “dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used his knives. from your pulpit, you stand to lose your tax-
america. Pastors and churchgoers alike are Baptist pulpit to agitate for civil rights, and They’re painting those who call for a exempt status.
waking up to the disturbing reality that we fiery televangelists Pat robertson and Jerry return to moral principle in public policy Know this: They’re lying to you. That’s
as a nation have strayed drastically from our Falwell awakened the religious right in the “dominionist” bogeymen who seek to “take what they do. That’s all they have. This
historical Judeo-christian moorings. 1970s and 1980s with calls to fight what they over government” and impose an american, is merely a desperate attempt to muzzle
Though many may try, none can honestly saw as america’s moral decay. Taliban-like theocracy. christians generally and pastors specifically.
deny that the results have been devastating to “But the current awakening is different,” This, of course, is propagandist In fact, guess how many churches have
our culture. the piece continues. “It springs from the grass nonsense-- a silly ploy intended to frighten lost tax-exempt status for involvement in
Once the political tectonic plates shift, roots - small and independent churches - and into action both the “progressive” base and elective politics?
there is bipartisan agreement that we can is fueled by emails and YouTube videos. and fence-sitting Independents. exactly zero. ever.
expect an earthshaking groundswell of grass- it is driven less by personality than by the still, this much they have right: christians rest assured, there are no signs that the
roots advocacy and action to rival - if not biblical teaching to be the ‘salt’ and ‘light’ of and constitutionalists alike do intend to win Internal revenue service plans to completely
surpass - the 2010 Tea Party effect. society - in other words, to have a beneficial the ongoing war for our culture. We do trample the constitution by targeting
along with their ideological Tea Party influence on the world.” intend to “take over government” insofar as churches anytime soon. even federal bureau-
cousins - many of whom are one and the Indeed, the Moral Majority, led by this means ensuring that true, traditionalist crats understand that bothersome little thing
same - tens of millions of potential Bible- Falwell and other venerable christian statesmen are elected to office. called the First amendment.
believing voters are being encouraged - to leaders, was central to placing ronald reagan You’ve heard it said, “You can’t legislate John adams, our second president, once
the extent they need encouragement - to vote in the White house in 1980. remarkably, morality.” Baloney. said, “Our constitution was made only for a
their values in 2012. The catalyst? President the movement’s contemporary counter- That’s exactly what legislation is. The moral and religious people. It is wholly inad-
Obama’s discredited secular-socialist push to part promises to play a key role in President question is: Whose morality are we going to equate to the government of any other.”
“fundamentally transform america.” Obama’s eviction from that same residence legislate? “Progressive” secular-socialists like Yes, liberals are nervous. They should be.
This burgeoning christian movement some 32 years later. President Obama insist it’s their own, post- Moral and religious people are taking our
has not gone unnoticed by the left. For at the time, Falwell gave a rousing call to modern brand of moral relativism. government back.
instance, in a piece headlined: “evangelical arms: “What is wrong in america today?” he christians, in fast-growing numbers, are
pastors heed a political calling for 2012,” asked. “We preachers - and there are 340,000 Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in
beginning to say, “Not on our watch.” constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of
the Los angeles Times recently reported, of us who pastor churches - we hold the You’ve been lied to. The next time you
“Formerly apolitical preachers in states like nation in our hand. and I say this to every Liberty Counsel Action.
hear someone appeal to the “separation of
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ED KOCH COMMENTARY
If This Be Class Warfare, So Be It
have suffered a defeat comparable to that we those culprits been allowed to buy their way
sustained in Vietnam. out by paying civil fines, in effect, simply
To those who say we have to stay to adding to the cost of doing business? I hope
prevent the return to power of the Taliban the civic-minded participants of Occupy
By ED KOCH that will ultimately govern afghanistan Wall street are not infiltrated by anarchists
On October 8th, The of their horrendous wounds. We are willing (because the people there prefer it to a and radicals who have a different agenda.
New York Times ran an article to spend $2 billion a week on continuing this, more liberal – in terms of social mores, and The New York Times reported on
on the 10th anniversary of the longest war in our country’s history: a war a corrupt government) and which will once Monday, October 11, 2011, on the decline
the war in afghanistan. The we cannot win, because the afghan people again provide sanctuary to al-Qaeda and in america’s household income since the
report described a battle near refuse to fight their fellow afghans who allow a repeat of 9/11, I say hooey. onset of the Great recession and the two
the border of Pakistan. “soon insurgents continue to support the Taliban. al-Qaeda and comparable Islamic terror years following its end in June 2009 to be
near the border were firing on four afghan It surely is similar to the war we waged organizations exist in more than 60 countries, a “full 9.8 percent drop in income from the
american out posts simultaneously – a coor- in Vietnam on the side of a corrupt south according to the cIa. Not long ago, the cIa start of the recession to this June.” In addi-
dinated barrage and assault that included Vietnamese government against a totali- publicly stated that al-Qaeda cells exist in 62 tion to the decline in income, americans
dozens of 107 millimeter rockets, and at one tarian communist government in North countries and that in afghanistan, there were have suffered countless billions in losses to
post, a suicide truck bomber, american mili- Vietnam, which was cruel but not corrupt. only 50 to 100 al-Qaeda operatives – the the value of their homes and other finan-
tary officers said.” We lost that one, and we are losing this one. fighting being done by the Taliban. cial assets. In that same period, I have no
The Times went on, “ Most of the high I am amazed that, unlike the Vietnam We will be fighting a war against Islamic doubt the Wall street financial institutions
explosive rockets striking the outposts War when marches in the streets of every terrorists for many years to come. That war and the banks have grown far richer than
were fired from just inside afghanistan, major city against that war ultimately caused should be fought by special forces who go before the recession and stride this nation
suggesting that the attack had been prepared us to end that war, there are no such marches in and come out immediately after, hope- like colossi using the congress to protect
and launched from Pakistan and the rocket today. Those marches culminated in our fully, successfully completing their goal, e.g., them. Not one ceO of a major financial
crews withdrew to sanctuaries there as the making an unceremonious, hasty exit using killing bin Laden in Pakistan. We should use institution or bank has, so far as I know, been
americans fired back. and the relative weak- helicopters to fly our personnel from the drones to kill individual terrorist leaders, e.g., indicted, tried and convicted for criminal acts
ness of afghan soldiers and police officers american embassy in saigon to the u.s. al-awlaki in Yemen. No longer should we be committed causing the Great recession and
living and working in the american bases naval ships offshore as the communist troops putting land armies into asia or elsewhere. the beggaring of america. Those institutions
was equally clear…raising once more the swarmed into saigon. God forbid that we That was the advice of the recently retired and the people who control them and have
familiar questions about how afghan forces should suffer such an ignominious exit again. secretary of defense robert Gates. enriched themselves consider it to be class
underwritten at tremendous expense will fare We are told by our government that a I hope “Occupy Wall street ,” the warfare to hold them responsible. They are
when the united states pulls back.” substantial number of troops will be coming current street marchers, add to their litany no longer too big to fail, they are apparently
Then came this description of our home this year, and all of them home by the of grievances: demanding our getting out of too big to jail. If this be class warfare, so be it.
afghan military allies: “While the american end of 2014. however, our government is Iraq and afghanistan this year. Why aren’t
soldiers organized and coordinated their part negotiating with the Karzai government to The Honorable Edward Irving Koch served
the republican candidates for President New York City as its105th Mayor from 1978
of the battle on the outpost here, the afghan stay past the latter date, in an open-ended discussing the issue? I’m for Occupy Wall
soldiers did not participate. some simply sat commitment. You can bet the Karzai govern- to 1989.
street’s expressed demand to hold criminally
and watched.” ment, notwithstanding anything they say responsible Wall streeters and bankers who
here we are, having trained afghan to the contrary seeking to make them look committed criminal acts contributing to the
soldiers for 10 years and they remain incom- to be masters in their own house and even causes for the Great recession. Why have
petent or deliberately unwilling to fight, more important for them, exact more mone-
while afghans who are part of the Taliban tary concessions, will jump at the chance
are capable soldiers contesting with the u.s. of keeping uncle sam and our billions in LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
army in a professional manner. What should expenditures in afghanistan so that corrupt
this tumultuous time in our nation’s life,
that tell us? clearly, those who are part of the government can continue to rip us off stealing
we don’t need politicians who fill our over-
Karzai government don’t have their heart millions for the insiders, that we make avail-
loaded minds with self-serving noise. We
in this war. They want, need and accept the able to rebuild that country’s infrastructure.
need leaders who can and will act deci-
salaries paid by the american government, No army going back to alexander
sively, innovatively, and compassionately
which undoubtedly are far greater than paid the Great, the British empire and the
on behalf of the people. I have lived in
by the Taliban to Taliban soldiers. Is there soviet colossus has ever prevailed over the
Westchester for 18 years, because they it is
any question as to who will prevail when indigenous afghan people. Today, a huge
rich with beauty, culture, opportunity and
we leave, if in fact we do leave? Our govern- population explosion in afghanistan is
ment does not want to ever leave. We want providing an endless supply of young men Support for Catherine some of the smartest people anywhere.
We are presently living in a time when
to stay there forever and are willing to spend for the Taliban. I doubt there are many
the lives of our young men and women and today in our own government who believe
Borgia our way of life at risk. To weather the
This letter is written in support of storm, we need solid experienced leaders.
accept continuing casualties with terrible we will prevail. They simply, in my opinion,
catherine Borgia for county Legislature. catherine Borgia, the supervisor of the
consequences for those who survive because do not want to admit that we can’t win and
she is a proven leader who deserves our Town of Ossining and a candidate for the
votes on November 8th. Westchester county Board of Legislators,
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR For some time, I have been following is that kind of leader.
Please submit your Letter to the Editor electronically, that is by directing the three ring circus of national politics. Ms. Borgia has proven her mettle
email to WHYTeditor@gmail.com Please confine your writing to between sarah Palin announced that she is a non- many times over. On her watch as Town
350 and 500 words. Your name, address, and telephone contact is candidate for president. a few days ago supervisor, the police department was
requested for verification purpose only. A Letter to the Editor will be the governor of New Jersey said that he absorbed by the Westchester county
accepted at the editor’s discretion when space permits. isn’t running either. really, who cares? at Continued on page 29
A maximum of one submission per month may be accepted.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Letters to the Editor started and saunders Trade and Technical
school in Yonkers has closed down the
Continued from page 28 metal shop. The excuse is that there is no
Police. The Town and Village of Ossining student interest, but I was a shop teacher
have just completed an unprecedented there, and it just is not true. I polled my 9th
merger of their courts. Both bold moves grade students when I was there, and there
that reduced Town expenses by 18.5% while were more than enough students interested
maintaining high levels of service. In a time in metal shop as a major to populate the
when other governments struggle with crip- program. Besides depriving the students of
pling deficits, the Town of Ossining has an important program, closing the metal
held its own and has reduced taxes. To set a shop marks the end of the very successful
personal example of fiscally responsible lead- robotics team that has done very well in
ership, supervisor Borgia cut her own salary! the international First robotics competition.
While all around us, politicians point Without mentors and a shop to build in the
fingers and play the blame game, supervisor robotics club has nowhere to go. We need
Borgia has, along with the Ossining Town more parents to pay attention; and where is
and Village Boards, used courage and imagi- the school board? Most importantly, where
nation to implement effective solutions. is the vision and guidance for your students
elect Borgia to the county Legislature! Mr. Pierorazio, Mr. Mazzola, Ms. Nola, Mr.
rika Levin reisman sanz, Ms Tolbert, and Ms. Malek? This will
Ossining, NY 10562 probably end any chance that I would be
rehired, if there was any, but bringing this
issue up is more important.
The Concern of Industry Thomas hurd
It has been the subject of many news ardsley New York 10502
stories lately that it is a problem for industry
in this country to find machinists with even
rudimentary skills to work in our manufac-
turing facilities. Well the school year has
Signs, Signs Everywhere Signs
By IVY REEVES
Yes indeed ladies and (literally), but certainly most educated voters
gentlemen it is election time will research the candidate and or if possible,
again. Knocking on doors and have the opportunity to speak with him or her
asking for signatures on peti- and make a decision based on the candidate’s
tions as well as talking with portfolio, character and sincerity and not a
and listening to constituents. handing out sign.
flyers palm cards and business cards are also after the primary on Tuesday september
popular ways to get people to remember you. 13th it will be necessary to have some signs
But what is going on with all the signs this removed. While many signs will come down,
year? others like me who will be in the general elec-
Let’s face it! some of the signs this election tion on Tuesday November 8, 2011 on the
year look like frames for a small 2 bedroom Working Families Party line will replace the
house. I have seen what looks like a crew of signs of the candidates who did not survive
men putting these signs up. signs that are so the primary. Putting up and taking down
large they practically cover the entire store or signs down will give a few people an oppor-
business where they stand. I was so amazed at tunity to make little money, but the leaders
one candidate’s sign which is so big that when elected must understand the importance of
I came to a traffic light I stopped at the green doing much more for the unemployed and
light and rolled slowly through the red. under employed. The bottom line is that all
Bigger does not always mean better, the placement and removal of these large signs
however, extra large signs are good for drivers have helped employ a few of our Yonkers resi-
like myself who are near sighted; you will defi- dents, even if only for a short period of time
antly have no problem seeing them from a and well… that is a good thing.
block away. It would be great if these signs are Ivy Reeves is a candidate for 1st Yonkers City
environmentally friendly, recyclable or better Council District under the Working Family Party
still bio-degradable. designation.
signs are a great way to get name exposure
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Arts. Of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, pose of LLC: To engage in any lawful act or tion WESTCHESTER COUNTY designated WESTCHESTER Cty. SSNY designated as sign, & report writing. Resumes to
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Z METRO POLLIS LLC Articles of Org. filed LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State at POB 643 Bronx NEW YORK 10466. principal business address: 1505 Nepper- JAmbrosino, 1865 Palmer Avenue,
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