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                         YONKERS RISING
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Vol 104 Number 27                                         Rising Media Group, LLC                                                                     Friday, July 10, 2009

      Read about these topics and more on the Rising Times blog at YonkersRising.com
 Yonkers Democrats Not Sold                                     Southside Turnout Key                                                    Petitions, Primaries
  on Mike Spano for Mayor                                     to Council President’s Race                                                and Political Gossip

      Rising Media Group Welcomes                                                                        City and Rio at Odds Over
Yonkers Student Grapevine Summer Interns!                                                             Patio for Riverfront Whiskey Bar

    L to r: Rising Media Group Editor-in-Chief Dan Murphy; summer interns
    Saunders HS graduate Maria Cristina Cruz, Yonkers HS student Bayan
      Baker and Gorton HS student Emmanuel Koomson; and Liz Ehrlich,
                 Rising Media Group copy editor and staff writer                           The Whiskey Rio Bar and prime riverfront patio — a hot topic in Yonkers downtown

                            See story on Page 8                                                                                See story on Page 10

          Happy Birthday                                                                                     Stimulus Funds Pay
    from Saunders Droid Factory                                                                         for Odell Avenue Bridge Repair

                                                                                                   The demolition of parts of the Odell Avenue Bridge in Yonkers is the first
                                                                                                        project in Westchester to be funded by federal stimulus funds.

                                                                                                 The first Westchester County project fund-     eral stimulus funding designed to put America
               Children from the Westhab Elm Street Neighborhood Center                     ed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment        back to work and stimulate the national econo-
                     with Sauders Droid Factory Team 2234 members                           Act broke ground July 1 in Yonkers with the         my.
                                                                                            demolition of parts of the Odell Avenue Bridge.          Westchester County Executive Andy
                                                                                            The $2.2 million contract to rebuild the aging      Spano, Ross J. Pepe, president of the
                              See story on Page 4                                           bridge over the Saw Mill Parkway is part of fed-                            Continued on Page 11

                                                         Inspector General vs. BOE                                                  Habitat for Humanity
           What’s Inside                                                                                                            Makes Dreams Come
Yonkers Native Joins Clergy – Page 2                                                                                                  True in Yonkers
   Seniors on the Hudson – Page 2

St. Joe’s Hospital Heart Walk – Page 2

     Yonkers Government – Page 3

    In Your Backyard – Pages 4 & 5

               Ask an Expert – Page 6
                                                         By Dan Murphy
                                                              A surprising battle has ensued between Yonkers Inspector
 Seniors and Health Care – Page 7                        General Phil Zisman and the Yonkers Board of Education (BOE),
                                                         concerning the school districts $65 million employee health
                                                         insurance plan. Zisman has requested for months that the BOE
     Miss America Fever – Page 12                        comply with his audit of the district’s health insurance payments.
                                                              The school district has refused, forcing Zisman to issue a
                                                         subpoena for its health insurance records this week. Several inter-
                                                         esting points to note include the facts that:
                                                                 Both Zisman, and Yonkers Public Schools (YPS)
 Prefer Your News Online?                                Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio, serve at the pleasure of
                                                         Mayor Phil Amicone. It is extremely unusual for two Amicone
 View, Print, E-mail & Blog                              appointees to conduct such a public fight.                              This vacant lot at 5-7 Orchard St. will be transformed
                                                                The denial of the YPS to accept a further review of their             into a new home like the one pictured (top),
 at www.yonkersrising.com                                health insurance records has led some to believe, warranted or                         by Habitat for Humanity
                                                                                                       Continued on Page 7                     See story on Page 11

      Yonkers Native to Become                                                                                                 YONKERS RISING
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        Yonkers native Scott Frederick Geminn (left) was recently ordained
                 by Bishop David H. Benke, president of LCMS
                                                                                                                   Yonkers Seniors on the Hudson!
     Scott Frederick Geminn was ordained at          Geminn has accepted the Divine Call to be the          Hurrah for the Hudson: River Songs and Ballads
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in            pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in
Yonkers, on Saturday, June 20, by Bishop             Glenwood Springs, Colo.
David H. Benke, president of the Atlantic                  The mission and history of the Atlantic
District of The Lutheran Church Missouri             District of the LCMS has been to welcome and
Synod (LCMS). The Rev. Richard E. Johnson,           embrace each wave of immigrants and new-
former pastor of St. Mark’s Church who bap-          comers from around the world. Covering met-
tized Geminn, was the preacher. The Rev. Dr.         ropolitan New York, Long Island, the Hudson
Dien Ashley Taylor, pastor of Redeemer               Valley and the Capital Region, and supporting
Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, was        over 100 congregations, the Atlantic District is
the liturgist.                                       set in one of the most diversely populated areas
     Geminn is the son of Richard and Janet          on earth. The work of the Atlantic District is
Geminn of Yonkers. He graduated with a BA            boundless, “Engaging the World with the
from Concordia College in Bronxville and             Gospel of Hope and bringing God’s word and
completed his vicarage internship at Faith           love to people from all walks of life.” Among
Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Ind. This            the many Atlantic District missions are min-
past May, he received his Master of Divinity         istries to Hispanic, African immigrant,
degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.         Southern Asian and deaf communities.

    Westchester Hospitals Start Walking
     for American Heart Association

                                                                                                                         Eight of the 10 singers who comprise Sing We Enchanted

                                                                                                         By Phaedra Pinkston                                   Katrina. In the fall of 2009, SWE will be per-
                                                                                                              Ten-voice ensemble group, Sing We                forming at a benefit concert for the Riverkeeper
                                                                                                         Enchanted (SWE), performed live at the                organization in affiliation with the 400-year cel-
                                                                                                         Hudson River Museum on Wednesday, July 1,             ebration of the discovery of the Hudson River.
                                                                                                         for their Seniors and the Arts program and the             The Hudson River Museum holds enter-
                                                                                                         museum’s ongoing celebration of the                   tainment and activities for seniors every other
                                                                                                         Quadricentennial. It was an enjoyable afternoon       Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; free refresh-
                                                                                                         of song as SWE sang a cappella river-related          ments follow each program. For more informa-
                                                                                                         songs, such as “Down by the Riverside” and            tion, call The Hudson River Museum at 914-
                                                                                                         “Shall We Gather at the River,” led by the            963-4550.
   L to r: Neil Abitabilo, president of NorMet; Mike Spicer, CEO of St. Joseph’s                         founder and artistic director of the group, Ellen          Upcoming Seniors and the Arts Wednesday
  Medical Center; Ed Dinan, CEO of Lawrence Hospital Center; Jon Schandler,                              Macdonald.                                            events include:
 president and CEO of White Plains Hospital Center; John Federspiel, president                                SWE is a Westchester-based group and has                July 15 - Illustrated Talk: “Victorian New
 of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center and NorMet chairman; and Janette Cooke,                            performed for the past 15 years in various loca-                Yorkers in Holland”
senior vice president of planning and marketing at Sound Shore Medical System.                           tions in the tri-state area as well as the American          July 29 - Screening: Thomas Cole’s
                                                                                                         repertoire. In the past, the chorus recorded a CD               “Painting the American Landscape”
      The challenge has been made and it has been    Dam in Valhalla. Nationally, the walk is spon-      of favorite madrigal selections, “The Early                    August 12 - Trip: Museum of the City
accepted. Ten Westchester County hospitals in the    sored by Subway, Health Choice and                  Years: Songs of Renaissance.”                                   of New York Amsterdam/New
NorMet (Northern Metropolitan Hospital               AstraZeneca. Stamford Hospital is Westchester            SWE is a unique ensemble and is known                      Amsterdam, The Worlds of Henry
Association) Association have agreed to partici-     County’s year-round Start! sponsor.                 for singing arrangements that are not typically                 Hudson
pate in this fall’s Westchester Start! Heart Walk         “We are very pleased that the local            performed. Most recently, the group raised pro-              August 26 - Songs of the Historic
with the winner taking home the Start! Hospital      Westchester County hospitals are participating in   ceeds for the victims and families of Hurricane                 Hudson River
Cup.                                                 the Hospital Cup,” said Edward Stoppelmann,
      “Hospitals serve a dual role in the            chairman of the American Heart Association’s
Westchester community, first, as providers of        Westchester County Board of Directors and pres-
care, second, as the largest employers. It is very   ident of Red Oak Transportation. “All the money
appropriate that as a group we take on a leader-     raised by the Start! Heart Walk will go back into
ship role for this year’s Start! Heart Walk,” said   the local community to help educate county resi-
John C. Federspiel, president of Hudson Valley       dents on how to prevent cardiovascular disease
Hospital Center and the NorMet chairman.             and stroke. The funds also support cutting-edge
      Why walk? The statistics are impressive.       research and technology to treat those who suffer
More than 136 million Americans are overweight       from the disease.”
or obese; physically active people save $500 a            The Start! Hospital Cup will be awarded to
year in healthcare costs; walking has the lowest     the hospital team that scores the most points
dropout rate of any physical activity and did you    based on a formula (which will give a small hos-
know that the average person can gain two hours      pital the same chance as a large hospital) that
of life expectancy for each hour of regular exer-    includes the number of participants and the
cise?                                                amount of money raised per participant to fight
      This year, the Westchester Start! Heart Walk   heart disease and stroke in Westchester County.
will take place on Sunday, October 4, at Kensico

     Yonkers Youth Receives Black Belt
                                              Joseph Salierno, of Yonkers, and Nick Iannuzzi, of
                                         Eastchester, pictured shortly after receiving their black
                                         belts at a recent testing and graduation ceremony at their
                                         school, the Westchester Martial Arts Academy in
                                         Eastchester. The boys were the first students at the acade-
                                         my to receive black belts.
                                                                                                             FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 - YONKERS RISING - PAGE 3

                                    Yonkers Government News
          City Council Ponders $20K                                                                                 Mike Spano Co-Sponsors Legislation
          OT Cap for City Employees                                                                                 to Prevent Future Gridlock in Senate
                                                                                                                       Assemblyman Mike Spano recently
By Dan Murphy                                                The council’s plan was submitted last               announced that he has co-sponsored legislation
     In an attempt to find ways to reduce spend-        month, and the council will not meet again until         which would allow the governor to choose a
ing in the City of Yonkers’ budget, three mem-          mid-July. Council President Chuck Lesnick, and           lieutenant governor, with a majority vote from
bers of the City Council have proposed capping          council members Patricia McDow and Liam                  both houses of the legislature, in the event of a
overtime (OT) for all city employees at $20,000         McLaughlin support capping OT per person at              vacancy (A.295). Currently, when a lieutenant
per year. While the OT cap is for all city employ-      $20K. The $20,000 cap could be lowered or                governor assumes the office of governor or
ees, members of the Yonkers Police Department           changed by the council.                                  leaves the position of lieutenant governor, there
(YPD) would be among those most affected.                    Two on the council do not support the cap.          is no method in place to fill the position for the
     Every year, the YPD OT budget is in excess         Councilwoman Joan Gronowski points out that              remainder of the term.
of $10 million, rising well beyond that amount          overtime costs are a discretionary budget item to              “The lieutenant governor has the power to
in recent years. Most of the OT costs in the YPD        be decided by the mayor. Councilwoman Sandy              exercise a tie-breaking vote in the Senate. If
are for replacement officers to fill in the shifts      Annabi has concerns about the impact a cap               this legislation was in place, the lieutenant gov-
for officers on vacation or out sick. If replace-       would have on public safety.                             ernor’s vote would have prevented the current
ments are not made, then there is a reduction in             Mayor Phil Amicone has stated through               stalemate in the Senate,” Spano said. “This
the number of police officers on the streets. In        spokesman David Simpson that he does not sup-            long-standing vacancy in the lieutenant gover-
addition, overtime costs rise when arrests are          port the council’s proposal, and instead wants to        nor position has had devastating effects in New
made.                                                   control OT costs through contract negotiations           York state government, which have resulted in
     But despite these reasonable uses of police        with the Police Benevolence Association (PBA)            the critical measures of State Senate to be held
overtime, some on the council, and many tax-            and other city unions.                                   up in gridlock. If there was not a vacancy in the
payers, think that in a tough budget time, all               Yonkers PBA President Ed Armour said                position of lieutenant governor, the current sit-
options should be on the table, overtime includ-        that if the council wants to cut police OT, they         uation could have been avoided.”
ed. The council has already cut $2 million from         need to hire additional officers to fill the void in           The Assembly’s bill requires that in the               Assemblyman Mike Spano
the mayor’s budget for police overtime, which is        a department that Armour says is already under-          case of a vacancy in the office of lieutenant
now down to $8 million.                                 staffed.                                                 governor, the governor must fill the position
                                                                                                                 within 30 days of the vacancy, subject to confir-    amended to clearly define the proper series of
  From the Desk of District Attorney Janet DiFiore:                                                              mation by a majority vote in the Senate and
                                                                                                                 Assembly. Both houses are required to vote
                                                                                                                                                                      events that would take place to name a lieu-
                                                                                                                                                                      tenant governor.”
                Combating Mortgage Fraud                                                                         within 30 days of the governor’s appointment,
                                                                                                                 independently. This measure will ensure that
                                                                                                                                                                            In order to amend the State of New York’s
                                                                                                                                                                      Constitution, the two houses of the Legislature
                                                                                                                 New York has a clear succession process in           have two separate, consecutive votes. Once a
      Westchester County has some of the most                                                                    place at all times, much like the process used in    majority vote is reached in each house, the leg-
expensive real estate in the country.                                                                                                                                 islation then goes to the voters for referendum.
                                                                                                                 the federal government to fill a vacancy in the
      Although we can all be targeted by individu-
                                                                                                                 office of the vice president as defined by the       When the referendum is passed by the voters,
als committing all kinds of frauds during these
                                                                                                                 United States Constitution.                          the State Constitution is then amended.
tough economic times, the elderly can be particu-
larly susceptible. Fourteen percent of the county’s                                                                    “Our founding fathers, through trial and             “It’s vital that we have a measure in place
nearly 1 million citizens are 65 years of age or                                                                 error, found the most efficient way to fill a        to fill a vacancy in the position of lieutenant
older, who are often targeted in crimes such as                                                                  vacancy in the vice-presidential position as         governor in an efficient, timely manner,” Spano
mortgage fraud, home equity stripping scams and                                                                  seen in the 25th Amendment of the U.S.               said. “Also, requiring a majority vote from each
fraudulent appraisal reports.                                                                                    Constitution,” Spano said. “The New York             House of the Legislature separately, rather than
      Prosecution of mortgage fraud is esource                                                                   State Constitution in large part mirrors the         by a joint single vote, ensures that no single
intensive and extremely time consuming.                                                                          United States Constitution; I would like to see      House wields the power to confirm the nomina-
Investigations can take months of intensive foren-                                                               the Constitution of the State of New York            tion by itself.”
sic accounting and investigative work.
      Accordingly, I have taken the following
immediate steps to both alert and protect the citi-
zens of this county:
       I have formed a task force to actively inves-
                                                                                                                                        State Senate Debacle
tigate mortgage fraud. This task force consists of
three investigators, including a financial investiga-                                                                                  Soon to Affect Yonkers
tor from the New York State Banking Department,
a certified public accountant and an experienced                                                                  By Dan Murphy                                       money that is set to run out in a couple of
white collar prosecutor. Additionally, I have                                                                           The 31-31 stalemate in the State Senate in    weeks. Once money runs out, the city will have
reached out to other agencies on the federal, state            District Attorney Janet DiFiore                    Albany will very soon have a detrimental effect     to shut down operations or come to an agree-
and local levels to secure assistance so that we may                                                              on the finances of Yonkers. The city, already       ment with its unions to work without pay-
all work as a collective to combat this new epidem-     signing over the deed to your home with the option
                                                        to buy it back in the future. Oftentimes the con          operating under a tight fiscal budget passed last   checks until the situation is resolved.”
ic.                                                                                                               week, will soon run out of cash to pay bills and         While Simpson also worried that the
        I have requested over $1.1 million over a       artist will then mortgage the home above and
                                                        beyond what the original homeowner’s financial            issue paychecks, unless the Senate can convene      power struggle might continue into September,
two-year period from the United States
                                                        obligations were thereby making it impossible for         and pass bills extending two of the city’s taxes    the latest word from Albany has Democrats and
Department of Justice - Bureau of Justice
Assistance Byrne Grant Program to augment and           the homeowner to ever afford to “buy” back his or         — the income tax surcharge and the mortgage         Republicans working out a power-sharing
enhance our ability to continue combating mort-         her own house. Sometimes the property is even             tax, totaling $13.4 million.                        agreement that could be announced next week.
gage fraud. This capital grant will allow us to add     sold to another third party without the homeown-                Mayor Phil Amicone has been on the                 Westchester County Executive candidate
staff vitally needed in the fight against real estate   er’s knowledge.                                           phone with State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to        Rob Astorino, who called on leaders in the
fraud.                                                           Desperate homeowners facing foreclosure          try to find a backup plan if the Senate can’t       New York State Senate — Democrats and
        Senator Chuck Schumer has introduced a          may be solicited by con artists who claim that they       come to an agreement by the end of the month.       Republicans alike — to resign their leadership
bill in the Senate — The Fighting Real Estate           can help stop or delay an impending foreclosure           The Albany gridlock also means that Yonkers         posts last week, this week called upon
Fraud Act of 2009 — requesting additional money         for an upfront fee. Be wary of any of these solici-       can’t mail out their property tax bills, because    Democratic and Republican state Senators
from the federal government, specifically for local     tations. Oftentimes these scammers claim to have          DiNapoli must certify the city’s budget as bal-     from Westchester to demand new conference
prosecutors, for specialized staff that again will      a special relationship with your lender thereby
                                                                                                                  anced, and can’t do so without the Senate’s ok      leadership.
enhance our ability to investigate and prosecute        making them appear more credible. However, do
                                                        not fall victim to this as most lenders are willing to    on the $13.4 million in taxes.                           “Our elected leaders represent people not
mortgage fraud.                                                                                                         Amicone spokesperson David Simpson            political parties,” Astorino said. “Yonkers is in
      Awareness is your best defense. Get every-        work with a homeowner directly so that there is no
                                                        need to work with an unknown con artist who               said, “Yonkers could be among the first casual-     serious financial jeopardy because of destruc-
thing in writing. Do not agree to a deal orally.
                                                        claims he can save the day.                               ties of this political war. Here’s why. Because     tive hyper-partisanship in Albany. A single
      Use your common sense; if something looks
too good to be true, it probably is.                          My office has had success in the prosecution        Yonkers had state-imposed financial control         courageous state Senator can help break this
      Don’t fall for some of the most common            of these types of cases.                                  boards in the 70’s and 80’s, the state comptrol-    log-jam by demanding new leadership — lead-
scams and schemes, such as:                                   In one recent case, a disbarred lawyer was          ler acts as the city’s fiscal agent and must cer-   ership willing to put the interests of New
       Equity Skimming - which generally applies        sent to state prison for four and a half to nine years    tify the annual budget that funds the city and      Yorkers before his or her own.”
to a con artist purchasing a property when the          for misrepresentations, which lead to a $2 million        school district. The comptroller refuses to cer-         Astorino warned last week that Yonkers
owner is in default on his mortgage and then the        mortgage fraud perpetrated on two different banks.        tify the 2010 budget — which took effect July       would be hurt first and worst by the Albany
con artist diverts the rental income from these               In another case, a mother and son were sen-         1 — until all revenues are accounted for. And       gridlock.
properties for personal gain rather than applying       tenced to state prison for stealing the equity of a       since we have two revenue extender bills                 “Paralysis in the State Senate has real con-
the rental income towards mortgage or property          house left to their disabled cousin.                      (mortgage recording tax and income tax sur-         sequences to hard working people,” Astorino
tax payments.                                                 Additionally, we will continue to educate the
                                                                                                                  charge) that have yet to be approved by the         said at the time. “A $15 million budget hole in
       Foreclosure Rescue - where con artists often     public by speaking to community groups, produc-
                                                                                                                  Senate, that means we don’t have a budget and       Yonkers would mean hundreds of layoffs or
target victims who are in a desperate situation with    ing a Public Service Announcement and distribut-
                                                        ing pointed written material about these crimes in        therefore cannot send out tax bills. Since we       major tax increases. And that’s just Yonkers;
their property about to be foreclosed upon. They                                                                  cannot issue tax bills, no money is coming in.      other Westchester municipalities will pay a
may target their victims by mail, telephone, e-mail     an effort to stem the tide of mortgage fraud.
                                                              If you or someone you know has been victim-         Right now, the city is running on surplus           high price for the conflict in Albany as well.”
or flyers. Be aware if someone claims that they can
help you stave off your foreclosure by offering to      ized, you can call 914-995-3303 to file a com-
pay your mortgage and rent your home back to you        plaint.
so that you can remain in the home you’ve perhaps             Additional information regarding this topic
owned for many years. This scam often involves          can be found at www.westchesterda.net.

                                                              In Your Backyard
       Where in the World is the DiChiaro                                                                                                  Around the Town
        Community? Send a Postcard!                                                                                        BLUE DOOR GALLERY
                                                                                                                              Upcoming Events
                                                                                                                                                                          August 14 - Vanesa Falabella
                                                                                                                                                                          August 21 - DeForest Raphael & Friends
                                                                                                                  Blue Door Monthly Meeting: This is a                    August 28 - Ragan Whiteside & the Fam
     This summer, as Patricia A. DiChiaro             exhibited alongside a world map for all to see        chance to find out what’s happening and offer                 September 4 - Roxy Perry
School students and staff travel to visit family,     how far and wide members of the DiChiaro              your input. Our next meeting will take place on             Archeology Days at Philipse Manor Hall
far-off places or even local places of interest       community traveled over the summer months.            Monday, July 13, at 6 p.m. at the Yonkers                     It’s Archeology Days at Philipse Manor Hall,
such as the Hudson River Museum or Philipse                This school-wide initiative brings together      Riverfront Library in the trustees’ room on the         a three-day program for anyone who’s ever had an
Manor Hall, they are asked to send a postcard to      reading, writing and social studies in a fun and      fourth floor.                                           interest in the subject of object-based discovery.
school. In September, all the postcards will be       meaningful way.                                             Arts for Healing: A gospel tea/art talk with      From Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12,
                                                                                                            Minister Toki L. Booker on Saturday, July 11,           there are classes, lectures and films that will cover
                                                                                                            from 12 to 2 p.m.                                       a wide range of topics in archeology. For ques-

          Bernadette Dunne Named                                                                                  Beings that Heal Us: Saturday, July 18, from
                                                                                                            2 to 4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                    tions, pre-enrollment and pricing, call 914-965-
                                                                                                                                                                    4027 or log on to www.philipsemanorhall.
                                                                                                                  Discovering Your Personal Stories,                blogspot.com.
      Big 5 School Districts Chairperson                                                                    Through Drama and Movement: Saturday, July
                                                                                                            25, from 2 to 4 p.m
                                                                                                                                                                          It’s all at the Philipse Manor Hall Historic
                                                                                                                                                                    Site, located at 29 Warburton Ave. in Yonkers.
      The Conference of Big 5 School Districts             The Conference of Big 5 School Districts               Community Drumming Circle: closing                             YONKERS PUBLIC LIBRARY
recently announced the appointment of                 advocates and promotes urban education issues         reception of Arts for Healing, from 2 to 5 p.m. on                        Library to Benefit
Bernadette Dunne, president of the Yonkers            before federal, state and local entities. These       Saturday, August 1                                                from Barnes & Noble Book Fair
                                                                                                                  Call for entries for the Blue Door Gallery’s      Yonkers Public Library will receive a percentage
Board of Education, as chairperson of the             five large city school districts have been work-
                                                                                                            BDAA members’ Second Annual Juried                      of the net sales from vouchers used at Barnes &
organization. Vivian Evans, member of the             ing together for 50 years, through the organiza-
                                                                                                            Exhibition: deadline is December 2. Members of          Noble on Friday, July 17, Saturday July 18 and
Buffalo Board of Education, will serve as vice        tion of the Big 5, to speak with one voice on the
                                                                                                            the Blue Door Art Association will have opportu-        Sunday, July 19. Help fill the shelves at Yonkers
chairperson. Their terms began July 1.                needs and strengths of urban education in New         nities to display their works in this special mem-      Public Library! Vouchers can be obtained at any
      The Conference of Big 5 School Districts        York State.                                           bers-only exhibition. If you are not yet a member,      branch of the library, and on the library Web site at
is a membership organization representing                  Dunne was first appointed to the Yonkers         this is a great time to join or renew your member-      www.ypl.org.
New York’s five largest city school systems of        Board of Education in May 1995. Evans has             ship to be part of this exciting venture. The Blue            The Barnes & Noble at 2614 Central Park
Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse           served on the Buffalo Board of Education since        Door Gallery’s BDAA Members Second Annual               Ave. in Yonkers will celebrate with fun activities
and Yonkers. These school districts combined          May 2004. Both have an extensive background           Juried Exhibition will take place from January 9 to     for all ages, including storytelling, crafts bingo,
educate more than 40 percent of the state’s pub-      in education. They will serve in their positions      February 13, 2010.                                      button-making, chess, origami and knitting class-
lic school pupils.                                    until June 30, 2010.                                        Call for artists for Riverfront Library           es. Special visits are scheduled with the following
                                                                                                            Exhibition: The Blue Door Artist Association is         authors who will be available for book signing.
                                                                                                            looking for artists to display their work in our              Saturday, July 18, at 2 p.m.: “Instamatic
                                                                                                            upcoming exhibition commemorating the discov-           Karma,” by May Pang
  From the Yonkers Police Department                                                                        ery of the Hudson River. We are looking for
                                                                                                            images that depict the river both in fact and as
                                                                                                                                                                          Sunday, July 19, at 12 p.m.: “For Girls Only,”
                                                                                                                                                                    by Laura Dower
                                                                                                            metaphor. The exhibition will take place in the               Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m.: “The Bliss
     On July 2, at 7:45 p.m., Police Officer          powder cocaine. The approximate weight was            Yonkers Riverfront Library in October. E-mail           Principle,” by Kellye Davis
Robert Hanney, from the Street Crime Unit,            five grams.                                           images and contact information to yonkersblue                 For more information, call the library at 914-
saw a male talking to a female opposite 618                Rafael Disla, 25-year-old male of 76 Caryl       door@gmail.com. For further information, call           337-1500, ext. 317.
Van Cortlandt Park Ave. The male showed the           Ave. was charged with criminal possession of          914-965-3397.                                                           Learn How to Raises
female a package of powder cocaine. The male          controlled substance in the third degree and                Call for artists for Play It Again, Sam                    Financially Responsible Children
was arrested without incident. Recovered from         criminal possession of controlled substance in        (Save/Adapt/Manipulate): Mixed-media and                      Yonkers Public Library’s Grinton I. Will
                                                                                                            found object exhibition, October 31 to December         Branch will host a free discussion on the impor-
the suspect were 11 tin foil packages containing      the fourth degree.
                                                                                                            5. Blue Door Gallery is planning their fall exhibi-     tance of raising financially responsible children.
                                                                                                            tion. This is a wonderful opportunity for artists       Financial advisor, Andrew Grieco of New York

              Board of Education Meeting                                                                    working in assemblage, collage and surprises
                                                                                                            made from recycled materials and found objects.
                                                                                                                                                                    Life, will show you how you can teach your chil-
                                                                                                                                                                    dren about money. Topics include: Wants v.
                                                                                                            Submissions of your work may be emailed to              Needs, Allowances, Good Savings and Investing
     The Yonkers Board of Education will meet at One Larkin Center on July 15. Communications               yonkersbluedoor@gmail.com. Include contact              Habits, Shopping With Discipline and How to
from the Community will be heard at 7 p.m. and the Board of Education stated meeting will begin             information. Submissions are validated with pay-        View Advertising. Get the information you need to
at 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                ment of your $25 application fee mailed to the          help encourage financial responsibility in your
                                                                                                            gallery. (You may also send CD’s or photographs         children on July 21, at 7 p.m., in the Story Room.
                                                                                                            by mail.) Send your submissions and $25* appli-               This program is free and open to the public.
                    Happy Birthday                                                                          cation fee to Blue Door Gallery, 5 Hudson Street,
                                                                                                            Yonkers, NY 10701. Deadline for submissions is
                                                                                                                                                                    For more information, call 914-337-1500, ext.
                                                                                                            August 15. A SASE may be included if you wish                 The Grinton I. Will Branch, located at 1500
              from Saunders Droid Factory                                                                   return of materials. *Application fee applied to
                                                                                                            exhibition fee of approximately $150, if chosen.
                                                                                                                                                                    Central Park Ave., is handicapped accessible.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Will Book Club to Meet
By Maria Cristina Cruz                                Westhab Elm Street Neighborhood Center.                     The Blue Door Gallery is located at 13                  The next meeting of the Will Book Club will
     The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)                  This celebration of birthdays was the team’s     Riverdale Ave. in Yonkers; gallery hours are            be at Yonkers Public Library’s Grinton I. Will
season maybe over, but the Saunders Droid             second birthday party they organized for the chil-    Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 12 to 5          Branch on Tuesday, July 28, at 2 p.m. in the third-
Factory Team 2234, winner of the renowned N.Y.        dren.                                                 p.m. and Friday, from 2 to 7 p.m.                       floor meeting room. Join Librarian Laurie Antash
Regional Chairman’s award, has continued to                “We really appreciate the Elm Street                 YONKERS DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT BID                     in a discussion of “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg
deliver FIRST’s message throughout Westchester        Community Center for letting us come to them                         Jazz & Blues at Dusk                     Mortenson. Will Book Club meets on the last
County. US FIRST’s mission is to change the way       and share the excitement of US FIRST Robotics               The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Business          Tuesday of each month. Refreshments will be
young people regard science and technology and        with their kids. I am proud of the Saunders Droid     Improvement District (BID) presents Jazz &              served.
to inspire an appreciation for the real-life awards   Factory for giving their time to help with our sec-   Blues at Dusk Friday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at            Books are available at the Fine Arts Desk
and career opportunities in these fields.             ond birthday party,” said Tracy Ronnermann, a         the Waterfront Amphitheatre. The lineup includes:       while supply lasts.
     On Monday, June 29, Team 2234 came to the        mother from the Saunders Droid Factory.                     July 10 - Nicole Hart                                   Grinton I. Will Branch, located at 1500
Westhab Elm Street Neighborhood Center to cel-             From the time Saunders’ robotics team                  July 17 - Antoinette Montague                     Central Park Ave., is handicapped accessible.
ebrate the birthdays of underprivileged children in   joined the FIRST Robotics Competition in 2008,              July 24 - Vinny Valentino & Colorfunk                   Register at the Fine Arts Desk or call 914-
the months of June and July. They celebrated with     they have been highly active in helping the com-            July 31 - Funakasaurus Rex                        337-1500, ext. 317. This series is free and open to
birthday cake and playground games with a game        munity. Members of Team 2344 have spread the                August 7 - Carlos Jimenez & the Latin Jazz        the public.
piece used in competition called a “Moon Rock.”       message of FIRST by starting two FIRST Robotic                   Band
The team educated the children about what robot-      teams at Yonkers’ Riverside High School and a
ics was and the function of the robot they built
during the season. The children were fascinated
                                                      high school in the Bronx. Team members also
                                                      helped to start 10 FRC Lego teams throughout                                          Riverdale Temple
by the idea of designing and building a working       elementary schools in Yonkers. “Being part of the
robot.                                                team also means you are part of the community,”                    Summer Service Schedule                    excited to see us on the field.
     “I think it’s great that young people get        said Khalil Rivera, president of the Saunders               This summer, Riverdale Temple, the only                 We hope you can come to play or to cheer us
exposed to something that they don’t know of …        Droid Factory.                                        synagogue in the Bronx affiliated with the Union        on!
[Robotics] builds a realm of exposure to role mod-         Saunders Droid Factory plans to contribute       for Reform Judaism, will greet the coming of                  For more information call the temple office at
els and teamwork. It should be brought into           to the community in many other off-season             Shabbat on Friday night with a participatory serv-      718-548-3800
schools,” Raymond Reid, site manager of the           events.                                               ice at 7 p.m. On Saturday morning, the service                           Charity Knitting
                                                                                                            time will be 10 a.m.                                          WRJ sponsors Charity Knitting, which meets
                                                                                                                  Come and add your voice to Riverdale              once a month, ext on July 14, at 7 p.m. Please join
                                                                                                            Temple’s celebration of Shabbat, then stay for a        this ongoing tzedakah project, knitting strips to be
                                                                                                            bite to eat at the Oneg following the service.          made into blankets for local nursing homes and
    View your favorite newspaper online                                                                           Riverdale Temple is asking everyone who           hospitals. It is a very rewarding social activity.
                                                                                                            attends to please bring a donation of canned food       Bring your size 8 or 9 knitting needles. For more

       ... log on to risingmediagroup.com                                                                   for the KRMH food pantry. News reports are filled
                                                                                                            with stories of food pantries running out of food
                                                                                                                                                                    information, contact Rachel Radna at rivtem-
                                                                                                            for those in need. Riverdale Temple is determined                  Wine, Cheese and Karaoke
                                                                                                            to do its part to help feed the hungry.                       A wine, cheese and karaoke party will be held
                                                                                                                  Synagogues Summer Softball                        in the social hall on July 18, at 7:30 p.m. BYOB.
                                                                                                                   The Synagogues Softball Season at Seton          The temple will provide the snacks. Come sing the
                                                                                                            Park has started! Warm-ups begin at 6 p.m. and the      night away with your friends. This activity is open
                                                                                                            first pitch will take place at 6:30 p.m., on Monday     to the community. We are always looking to make
                                                                                                            nights, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.   new friends! There is a $10 cover charge.
                                                                                                            All congregants (middle school and older) are wel-            Riverdale Temple is located at 4545
                                                                                                            come to play. We will try to play on all Monday         Independence Ave., at the corner of West 246th
                                                                                                            nights during the summer. The purpose of this           Street. To find out more about Riverdale Temple,
                                                                                                            weekly summer game is to unify all of the congre-       the Union for Reform Judaism or for directions,
                                                                                                            gations in Riverdale with a friendly night of soft-     visit www.riverdaletemple.org, e-mail rivtem
                                                                                                            ball. We are beginning our sixth season and our         ple@aol.com or call 718-548-3800.
                                                                                                            friends at the other synagogues in Riverdale are

                                                                                                                   Tibbetts Brook Park to Host
                                                                                                                Arab Heritage Festival This Summer
                                                                                                                 The Middle East will meet the south of             County Parks and is sponsored by the Arab-
                                                                                                            Westchester when the Arab Heritage Festival             American Council, Inc., the National Muslim
                                                                                                            comes to Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers on              Merchants Association and the Arab American
                                                                                                            Sunday, July 29, from 3 to 8 p.m.                       Institute.
                                                                                                                 The festival will feature fun activities for            Admission and parking are free. The festi-
                                                                                                            people of all ages and all walks of life. Visitors      val will be held rain or shine.
                                                                                                            can enjoy Middle Eastern music and other live                Tibbetts Brook Park is located on Midland
                                                                                                            entertainment and browse vendors offering               Avenue in Yonkers and can be reached via the
                                                                                                            Arabic food, pastries, costumes, fashions and           Cross County Parkway.
                                                                                                            Middle Eastern arts and crafts. Visitors can also            For more information about this event or
                                                                                                            take part in fun contests and even have the             for general information about County Parks,
                                                                                                            chance to take home some great prizes.                  call 914-864-PARK or log on to www.westch
                                                                                                                 The festival is presented by Westchester           estergov.com/parks.
                                                                                                          FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 - YONKERS RISING - PAGE 5

                                                            In Your Backyard
                Animal Specialty Center                                                                        Westchester and Rockland to Benefit
              Adds Anesthesiology Service                                                                         from Federal Appropriations
     Animal Specialty Center (ASC) recently         which she completed at the Texas A&M                         Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced
announced that the specialized services of Dr.      College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Hess            on June 25, that Fiscal Year 2010
Jennifer Hess, a residency-trained veterinary       graduated cum laude from Cornell University’s           Appropriations bills contain millions in federal
anesthesiologist, are now available at its state-   College of Arts and Sciences with a major in            funds for important projects in the lower
of-the-art facility located at 9 Odell Plaza in     biology in 1992.                                        Hudson Valley.
Yonkers.                                                 She previously worked in the fields of wild             “I am optimistic the 2010 federal appro-
     Hess’ advanced training in anesthesia          bird health and zoological medicine. Notably,           priations process will again result in federal
administration and case monitoring is an impor-     she was recently involved in a project to moni-         support for important projects in Westchester
tant addition to ASC’s comprehensive roster of      tor gorillas in captivity for heart problems at the     and Rockland counties,” said Lowey. “Federal
highly skilled veterinary services. She will help   Toronto Zoo. Her research interests include             assistance helps our communities finance
save pets’ lives, especially in critical and com-   anesthesia with an emphasis on cardiac output           important projects without raising local proper-
plicated surgical cases or when a patient has       and pulmonary function.                                 ty taxes, and I am pleased that our region
had previous problems under anesthesia.                  ASC offers highly skilled emergency med-           stands to benefit greatly from federal support in
     The involvement of an anesthesiologist in      ical care and around-the-clock patient monitor-         the coming year.”
surgical cases helps to ensure the best possible    ing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days              Lowey is a senior member of the House
care as well as the ability to respond quickly to   a year. Comprehensive specialty medical, surgi-         Appropriations Committee, where she chairs
problems that may arise. Anesthesia is required     cal and support services — from avian and               the    State     and      Foreign     Operations
more often for pets than for people because ani-    exotics to rehabilitation and soft-tissue surgery       Subcommittee and sits on the Homeland                      Congresswoman Nita Lowey
mals can’t always cooperate when treatment is       — are available by referral from primary care           Security and Labor/Health and Human
needed. As a consultant, her services will be       veterinarians. ASC’s new 16,000-square-foot             Services/Education Subcommittees.                   to start or expand small businesses; and
available to ASC on an as-needed basis.             facility has at its disposal the most advanced               The     2010       Energy      and    Water             $125,000 Pace University Lienhard
     Hess received her degree in veterinary         diagnostic equipment and treatment methods              Appropriations bill, passed recently by the         School of Nursing workforce education and
medicine from the New York State College of         available in veterinary medicine today, admin-          Energy       and      Water       Appropriations    training initiative.
Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in        istered by a dedicated staff unparalleled in            Subcommittee, contains nearly $1.5 million                The      2010     Homeland       Security
1999. She received a master’s degree in             expertise and compassion. ASC’s mission is to           requested by Lowey for projects in the lower        Appropriations bill, passed recently by the U.S.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine from the               expand the horizons of veterinary care and keep         Hudson Valley, including:                           House of Representatives, contains nearly $4
University of Illinois, Urbana, in 2005. She        people and pets together longer.                               $169,000 for the installation of an ener-    million requested by Lowey for projects in the
then began her anesthesia residency there,                                                                  gy-efficient solar hot water system at the Theo     lower Hudson Valley, including:
                                                                                                            Young Community Center in Greenburgh;                      $165,000 for the Village of Elmsford to
                                                                                                                   $1 million for energy-efficient upgrades     purchase and install emergency operations cen-
     N.Y. State Supreme Court Affirms                                                                       to the New Rochelle City Hall; and
                                                                                                                    $325,000 for the Army Corps of
                                                                                                                                                                ter equipment, enabling first responders to
                                                                                                                                                                monitor numerous areas from a central loca-

    Indian Point Adversely Impacts Fish                                                                     Engineers Ecosystem Restoration along the
                                                                                                            Bronx River Basin. This investment is expect-
                                                                                                                                                                        $562,500 for the Village of Pelham to
                                                                                                            ed to be sufficient to finish the project.          implement storm water management improve-
     On June 22, the Supreme Court of the           grounds that the claims are premature, and that              The      2010        Financial      Services   ments to protect the community from flooding;
State of New York ruled in favor of                 DEC established “adverse environmental                  Appropriations bill, passed recently by the                 $275,000 for the Town of Harrison to
Riverkeeper and the Department of                   impact,” in large part, by relying on Entergy’s         Financial        Services         Appropriations    design and construct an Emergency Command
Environmental Conservation (DEC) and dis-           data.                                                   Subcommittee, contains $250,000 requested by        Center to direct emergency activities and
missed Entergy’s petition to overturn a deci-            The DEC will now move to require                   Lowey for projects in the lower Hudson Valley,      improve coordination; and
sion by the Department of Environmental             closed-cycle cooling, which would reduce                including:                                                 $3 million for the New York State Office
Conservation (DEC). That decision, released         water usage and fish kills by 95 percent or                      $125,000 NYS Small Business                of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure
on August 15, 2008, determined that Indian          more. Hearings on the new draft permit for the          Development Center at Rockland County               Coordination to improve cyber security moni-
Point’s cooling water intake system causes          plant, which will now mandate closed-cycle              Community College to train displaced workers        toring throughout the country.
adverse environmental impacts on Hudson             cooling, are tentatively scheduled for 2010.
River fish.                                              This marks a major victory for
     In October 2008, Entergy filed a lawsuit
challenging DEC’s determination. On behalf
                                                    Riverkeeper, N.Y. State and the other propo-
                                                    nents of bringing Indian Point Nuclear Power
                                                                                                           WJCS Board Elects Nine New Members
of Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson,                   Plant into compliance with the Clean Water                  Westchester Jewish Community Services           and services,” said Mich Araten, WJCS board
Riverkeeper Attorney Victor Tafur filed a           Act.                                                   (WJCS) recently elected nine new members to          president. “I’m confident that their leadership
motion to have Entergy’s suit dismissed on the                                                             its Board of Directors, including Louise Albin       will enable WJCS to face challenges as our
                                                                                                           of Stamford, Conn., a retired psychologist; Joy      agency responds to the ever-changing needs of
                                                                                                           Avidan of Purchase, vice president of the            the community.”
                                                                                                           National Lipid Disease Foundation; Karen                  WJCS provides comprehensive mental
                                                                                                           Blumenthal of Scarsdale, a social worker;            health, developmental disabilities services,
                                                                                                           Michael Freedman of Scarsdale, a physician;          social services, home health care and communi-
                                                                                                           Julian Gomez, a New York City attorney; Jerry        ty- and school-based programs on a non-sectar-
                                                                                                           Harnik of Lincroft, N.J., a partner with             ian basis to people across the life span, and cul-
                                                                                                           Strategies for Wealth; Gary Katz of Scarsdale,       tural and economic boundaries. A state-
                                                                                                           executive director of Scarsdale-Tremont              licensed, nonprofit WJCS serves more than
                                                                                                           Synagogue; Shirley Shwiel of Scarsdale, a com-       17,000 people yearly with programs funded
                                                                                                           munity activist and Roy Stillman of Katonah,         through government grants, UJA-Federation,
                                                                                                           president of Stillman Management.                    United Way, foundations, corporations and indi-
                                                                                                                “I am pleased that these very capable indi-     viduals.
                                                                                                           viduals have agreed to contribute their expertise         For       more      information,        visit
                                                                                                           and experience to strengthen WJCS programs           www.wjcs.com.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe your instincts are
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                                                                                                                                                                                       (February       19      to
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                                                                                                                                                                                       so willing to make the
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                                                                                                        FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 - YONKERS RISING - PAGE 7

        Seniors and Health Care
             White Plains Hospital Center                                                                            Silver Sneakers Fitness Program
     White Plains Hospital Center will be                 Child Passenger Safety Program:                              for Seniors at the Yonkers Y
offering the following programs and services        offered by White Plains Hospital Center and
at the hospital, located at 41 East Post Rd. in     the Greenburgh Police Department with the            By Phaedra Pinkston                                     ment, a sauna and a pool, and offers nutritious
White Plains, unless otherwise noted:               intention to educate parents and caregivers on             SilverSneakers offers a productive variety of     meals and socializing that follow the classes. The
     Blood Drives: at the Blood Donor Center,       car seat safety, injury prevention and health        physical exercise classes to enhance an invigorat-      program also offers health education seminars, a
open every weekday from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.;        promotion, and to ensure that babies and chil-       ing lifestyle, friendly environment and program-        specially trained senior advisor and access to any
Saturday hours are available. Donors must be        dren are correctly and safely secured while          ming that allows older adults to take control of        participating fitness center in the U.S.
17 to 75 years of age, in good health and weigh     traveling in a motor vehicle.                        their health and well-being. The exercise classes            The SilverSneakers is also the 2004 winner of
                                                                                                         are designed to help with chronic conditions in         Han Award from the Healthcare and Aging
at least 110 lbs. Appointments are recommend-             Child Passenger Safety Seminar &
                                                                                                         order for seniors to continue an active free            Network of the American Society on Aging.
ed. Call 914-681-1056. For Community Blood          Inspection: held on the first Tuesday of every
                                                                                                         lifestyle.                                                   For more information about SilverSneakers
Drive information, call 914-681-1056.               month, Call 914-681-2444 to register.
                                                                                                               SilverSneakers is a free fitness center mem-      classes and activities, call the YMCA’s chief exec-
     Blood Pressure Screening: free, every                Child Safety Seat Check: Experts are           bership at the YMCA on Riverdale Avenue in              utive officer, Shawn Patterson-Howard at 914-
third Wednesday of the month, beginning July        available to check your car seat for free on the     Yonkers, which is equipped with exercise equip-         968-0183, ext. 11.
15, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the hospital lobby; call   first and third Saturday of each month, next on
914-681-1225 for more information.                  July 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the
                Support Groups
     Healthy Living for Life Support Group:
                                                    Greenburgh Police Department Child Seat
                                                    Inspection Station at 11 Hillside Ave. No
                                                                                                           Social Security Questions and Answers
new group, meets on the third Tuesday of            appointments are necessary.
                                                                                                          By Susan Sobel                                         You will get full benefits based on your earn-
every month, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the White                Neonatal and Maternity Center Tours:
                                                                                                          Social Security District Manager in Yonkers            ings. You can find more information in the pub-
Plains Hospital Center Auditorium, unless oth-      Pre-registration is required. Call 914-681-1234
                                                                                                                               GENERAL                           lication “Military Service and Social Security”
erwise noted. The topic on July 21 will be          for more information and to register.
                                                                                                          Question:                                              at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10017.html. Or
“Healthy Eating on a Budget.”                             Parenting and Infant Care Class: Cost
                                                                                                                Do I need a Social Security card? I want to      call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).
     Adolescent Girls Group: meets Monday           is $25 per person, $30 per couple. Call 914-
                                                                                                          get a summer job and I think my mom lost my            Question:
evenings and may be covered by insurance.           681-1234 for more information and to register.
                                                                                                          card.                                                        I’m about to retire and I get rental income
Call Megan Seltz, Ph.D., at 914-681-2805 for              Planned Cesarean Section Delivery
                                                                                                          Answer:                                                from a property I own. Does investment income
more information.                                   Class: call the New Beginnings Hotline at
                                                                                                                The important thing is to know your Social       count as earnings and affect my ability to col-
     Bereavement Support Groups: meets at           914-681-1234 to register. Cost is $25 for the
                                                                                                          Security number. If you don’t have your card,          lect Social Security benefits?
Hospice and Palliative Care, located at 95 S.       first person, $5 for each additional participant.
                                                                                                          knowing your number should be fine. If you             Answer:
Broadway, on the fourth floor; for more infor-            Prenatal Breastfeeding Class: Classes
                                                                                                          don’t know your number or aren’t quite sure                  No. We count only the wages you earn
mation, call 914-682-1484, ext. 118 or ext.         are held the fourth Monday of every month,
                                                                                                          whether you have it right, contact Social              from a job or your net profit if you’re self-
130.                                                next on July 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $25
                                                                                                          Security. For more information, call, toll-free,       employed. Non-work income such as annuities,
     Caregiver Resource & Support Group:            per person, $30 per couple. Class size is limit-
                                                                                                          800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778) or visit               investment income, interest, capital gains and
meets on the last Wednesday of the month,           ed. Call 914-681-1234 to register.
                                                                                                          www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.                       other government benefits are not counted and
next on July 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at 69 East          Pregnancy-Related Physical Therapy:
                                                                                                                             RETIREMENT                          will not affect your Social Security benefits.
Post Rd. Call 681-1249 for dates or to register.    Call 914-681-1116 for more information or to
                                                                                                          Question:                                              Most pensions will not affect your benefits.
     Heart Club: meets on the first Tuesday of      schedule an appointment.
                                                                                                                I just got back from a military deployment       However, your benefit may be affected by gov-
the month, call 914-681-1037 for more infor-              Sibling Preparation Class: A special
                                                                                                          and I want to plan ahead. How will my military         ernment pensions earned through work on
mation.                                             class designed to help big brothers and big sis-
                                                                                                          retirement affect my Social Security benefits?         which you did not pay Social Security tax. You
     Huntington’s Disease Caregivers                ters prepare for a new baby. Expectant parents
                                                                                                          Answer:                                                can apply for retirement benefits online at
Support Group: meets on the last Wednesday          and children aged 3-6 years old are welcome to
                                                                                                                Your military retirement won’t affect your       www.socialsecurity.gov.
of every month, next on Wednesday, July 29, at      attend. The cost is $25 per child, and $5 per
                                                                                                          Social Security benefits. You can get both.                  To      learn        more,       go       to
5:30 p.m. in the WPHC Medical Library. To           additional child. Class size is limited. For more
                                                                                                          Generally, there is no offset of Social Security       www.socialsecurity.gov or call 800-772-1213
register or for more information, call 203-219-     information or to register, call 914-681-1234
                                                                                                          benefits because of your military retirement.          (TTY 800-325-0778).
6963.                                                                Senior Services
     Ostomy Support Group: meets on the                   The following senior services are spon-
third Tuesday of every month, next on July 21,      sored by WPHC and are held at 69 East Post
at 7:30 p.m. in the Medical Library. For more       Rd. in White Plains, unless otherwise noted.         Inspector General                                       functions.
                                                                                                                                                                       Combined with the work of an external
information, contact Harold by e-mail at
harold422@ver izon.net or by phone at 914-
                                                          HealthAccess: Are you over 55? Why not
                                                    join our free wellness program. Educational
                                                                                                         vs. BOE                                                 auditor, who conducts the annual review of our
                                                                                                                                                                 finances, the BOE is under nearly continuous
761-1472.                                           health lectures, newsletters, discounts and trav-    Continued from Page 1                                   financial scrutiny from three independent finan-
     Parenting Group: meets Fridays at 10           el opportunities are available for members.                                                                  cial firms. In addition to assuring our adherence
a.m. Call Betsy Osman, Ph.D. at 914-681-2209        Call 914-681-1249 for an application.                not, that the school district has something to hide.    to the law and general accounting principles,
for details.                                              Mall Walkers: Walk for fitness and fun!        It’s either that or this is a classic battle of wills   using independent firms for this work provides
     Perinatal Bereavement Support Group:           This group meets three times a week: Monday,         between two top city officials.                         the professional detachment and objectivity the
meets in the back of Jazzman’s Café in the          Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 to 10 a.m., at              YPS, in a lengthy explanation of their denial     taxpayers deserve.
main lobby of the hospital. For dates, times        the Galleria Mall, Fashion Level 2.                  of Zisman’s request, stated in part:                          The BOE’s internal auditor, as part of his
and more information, call 914-681-2LOS             Participants walk at their own pace in an envi-            “The trustees of the Yonkers Board of             planned review of the district’s financial process-
(2567).                                             ronment supervised by WPHC health care pro-          Education declined the request of the city inspec-      es, is now conducting an audit of our payroll and
     Social Skills Group: meets on Mondays,         fessionals. This program is free. Newcomers          tor general for production of materials regarding       benefits system. The audit will include an exam-
call Megan Seltz, Ph.D. at 914-681-2805 for         should call 914-681-1249 for more informa-           payments made for employee coverage. The                ination and audit of health and welfare payments.
more information.                                   tion.                                                BOE may legally decline such a request for any          The inspector general has requested to do a sim-
     Stroke Support Group: Registration is                Voice Care Emergency Response: A               reason. However, in this case, the BOE is also          ilar audit of our health and welfare payments. In
recommended, and newcomers are always wel-          two-way emergency response system for your           guided by plain common sense.                           fact, he has discussed such a review with the
come. For meeting dates call 914-681-1160 or        home that offers a direct link to help in case of          The legal issues are simple and clear. The        BOE at various levels for months. The BOE posi-
the Stroke Hotline, at 914-681-2615, for the        an emergency, 24 hours a day. Discounts are          BOE and the City of Yonkers are separate gov-           tion has been consistent - such an audit would be
most up-to-date information.                        available to HealthAccess members. Call 914-         ernmental entities. Yonkers is a municipal corpo-       unnecessarily duplicative of the internal auditor’s
 The Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center            681-1249 for more information.                       ration responsible for governing the city. It oper-     work and be unnecessarily disruptive of the day-
     For details on the programs listed below,           Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center               ates wholly independently of Yonkers, deter-            to-day operations of the district. It would be a
call 914-681-1038.                                        The following cancer-related programs,         mines its own budget and manages its own oper-          waste of both Yonkers and the BOE resources at
     Anxiety & Phobia Support Groups:               sponsored by WPHC, are held at the Dickstein         ations. Therefore, BOE operations are not subject       a time when such resources are scarce.
meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m., cost is $30 per         Cancer Treatment Center, located at 2-4              to the City Charter of Yonkers or offices created             On May 12, after discussing the scope of
meeting; or Wednesday at 12 p.m., cost is $20       Longview Ave. in White Plains:                       under that charter, like the inspector general’s        such an audit with the internal auditor, the
per meeting, call 914-681-1038 for registration           Cancer Genetics Program: Call 914-             office.                                                 inspector general agreed that a similar audit by
or additional information.                          681-2873 for more information and referrals.               Notwithstanding existing legal and public         his office would be redundant and a waste of tax-
     Freedom to Fly Workshop: Six-session                 Look Good … Feel Better: Registration          policy, the inspector general feels he may inves-       payers’ money. Rather than engage in a dialogue
program held at Westchester County Airport.         is required; call 914-681-2701 for more infor-       tigate the BOE at his pleasure.                         about what level of description would satisfy
Next workshop begins fall 2009 (date TBD).          mation or to register.                                     The question may be fairly raised - who           him, the inspector general has requested to
     Health Anxiety Program: A six-week                   The Men’s Health Forum: If you or your         examines the BOE if not the inspector general?          review the district’s health and welfare pay-
program for people with an exaggerated fear of      spouse has recently been diagnosed with              The BOE is subject to intensive state financial         ments. The BOE is not authorizing the request.”
physical illness and who worry constantly           prostate cancer, is currently in treatment or has    regulation. The state comptroller regularly audits            Zisman remains adamant that the school dis-
about their health.                                 completed treatment, this forum is for you.          school districts; the BOE was last audited by the       trict comply with his subpoena, stating that “If
     Obsessive Compulsive Support Group:            Each month, a guest speaker discusses various        state in 2006. In addition, state legislation now       they don’t have to comply with the inspector
meets Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.         health topics related to prostate cancer.            mandates that school districts provide continuing       general, then they don’t have to comply with any
The cost to participate in this group is $20 per    Following the lecture, spouses meet separately       internal audits (to examine financial risks and         reasonable requests by the city.”
session.                                            with a volunteer family support person. The          internal controls) and claims audits (to make sure            Pierorazio’s only comment was, “I am com-
     Phobia Workshops: call 914-681-1038            group meets on the third Thursday of every           all financial claims are properly documented and        pelled by case law not to respond to the inspector
for more information.                               month, next on July 16, at 7 p.m. Call 914-681-      processed). Rather than hire permanent staff to         general’s subpoena.”
     Public       Speaking/Social       Anxiety     2727 for additional dates and times.                 perform these functions, the BOE hired inde-                  Who backs down? Or does this case end up
Program: meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Cost                Yoga: Interactive Yoga Therapy combines        pendent contractors to perform each of these            in court? Stay tuned.
is $25 per meeting. Call 914-681-1038 for           the timeless insights of yoga with the latest
information regarding location, registration        advances in mind and body health. Call 914-
and fees.
     New Beginnings - Parent and Child
                                                    681-2701 for more information or to register
                                                    for the class. Cost is $80. Chair Yoga, a spe-             BoaterExam New York Launches
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     For information and up-to-date class
schedules, visit www.wphospital.org and click
                                                    Call 914-681-2701 for class schedule and fee
                                                                                                              Interactive Boater Education Course
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for more information and registration.              Dickstein Center.                                    Boating Safety Certificate. Now, New York resi-         required for all persons between 10-18 years of age
                                                                                                         dents will have access to an animated and narrated      who operate a motorboat and for all persons 14
                                                                                                         course they can take online when it’s convenient for    years of age and older who operate a personal
                                                                                                         them. This boating education course is approved by      watercraft on New York waters.
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      Rising Media Group Welcomes
Yonkers Student Grapevine Summer Interns!
      Editor’s note: Rising Media Group, publisher    values and perspectives. I am honored to take part                                               By Joel Sprayregen
of the Yonkers Student Grapevine, the student-run     in this internship, and I hope to be a benefit to
newspaper featuring stories and photos from stu-
dents throughout all seven of the Yonkers public
                                                      Rising Media Group. I am looking forward to
                                                      gaining new ideas from my fellow interns and                  Ugo Chavez, Raul Castro and Barack
high schools, is extremely pleased to welcome         learning to communicate more effectively. I hope
three summer interns chosen from this year’s
Grapevine teams. These students were selected as
                                                      to apply what I learn now and in the future, espe-
                                                      cially in my future career. I believe there are many
                                                                                                                     Obama: Promoting Hate-America
the top contributors to the Grapevine in its pre-
mier year. We look forward to working with them
                                                      benefits and advantages that I am privileged to
                                                      experience as I accomplish what is expected of me                Dictatorship in Our Backyard
in the upcoming months and believe that the skills    throughout these summer months. I know that
                                                                                                                      How did it come to pass that an unholy                 What followed could have passed for low
they have learned while working on the                keeping this idea in mind will help and lead me to
                                                                                                                 Trinity of Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro and Barack         comedy if it wasn’t tragic. Venezuela President
Grapevine, as well as those they will hone as         several opportunities within Rising Media and
                                                                                                                 Obama combined last week to promote an                 Chavez and Cuban President Raul Castro con-
Rising Media interns, will add to their future suc-   Westchester as a whole.
                                                                                                                 America-hating dictatorship in our own hemi-           vened a leftist summit in Nicaragua. I followed the
                                                                                                                 sphere? What led to this calamity reveals more         proceedings on Spanish-language TV as these dic-
                                                      By Bayan Baker
                                                                                                                 about the declining credibility of our country than    tators assailed Honduras for violating “democra-
By Maria Cristina Cruz                                      As time progresses, many 16-year olds begin
                                                                                                                 it does about Latin America.                           cy.” Chavez invented the charade of seizing presi-
      Graduating from Saunders Trades and             to know what they want in their lives; what they
                                                                                                                                                                        dency for life through rigged plebiscites and
Technical High School and participating in the        seek for the future. My name is Bayan Baker, and
                                                                                                                 Obama Knows Little About the Middle East               media expropriation. He is working assiduously to
Yonkers Student Grapevine for my senior year has      I am an upcoming junior at Yonkers High School
                                                                                                                      Obama knows little about the Middle East, a       subvert other Latin American countries and install
opened up many doors filled with new opportuni-       who will intern at Rising Media Group, this sum-
                                                                                                                 distant region filled with formidable complexities     anti-American pols by exporting the charade
ties for me. The Grapevine has taught me many         mer. During my time here, I hope to improve as a
                                                                                                                 of culture, history, geography, language and reli-     Chavez has undermined democracy in Argentina
skills, including management, versatility and         journalist and a person, wanting nothing more
                                                                                                                 gion. He has spent little time there. His own          Bolivia and Ecuador, though he has been partially
numerous others. I will soon become a freshman        than to achieve beyond my best ability. I will learn
                                                                                                                 Muslim roots, so far as we know, are traceable to      rebuffed in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Last
at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale    to work together with my fellow interns and
                                                                                                                 Kenya and Indonesia, which are very different          April, Chavez suckered Obama into a grinning
for the fall semester. The abilities I learned to     engage in interactive jobs and communication
                                                                                                                 places. We do not know what he has studied about       photo op. I need not comment on Cuban democra-
develop will assist me well in striving for success   with them, building a lasting friendship. I hope to
                                                                                                                 the region. One can suspect that he was influenced     cy; that can be attested to by Havana’s political
in the future. This summer internship will help me    apply all that I’ll learn at Rising Media in my
                                                                                                                 by anti-Western writers like Noam Chomsky and          prisoners. The Brothers Castro were presumably
fine tune my love for writing and learning new        future, and to benefit from the experience. I hope
                                                                                                                 Franz Fanon. Since Obama’s college and law             rewarding Obama for his gestures to warm rela-
topics. I am looking forward to working with the      to share my ideas and suggestions working togeth-
                                                                                                                 school writings are suppressed, we cannot know         tions.
Rising Media Group.                                   er as a team on continuing to make Rising Media
                                                                                                                 what he wrote in his formative years. But we do
                                                      Group the best they can be! I am willing to give
                                                                                                                 know that after law school, Obama was mentored                Hugging Ahmadinejad and Zelaya
By Emmanuel Koomson                                   beyond my greatest ability and fulfill the reason I
                                                                                                                 by Rashid Khalidi, Abu Abunimah and Rev.                     The road show then moved to the U.N
      I’m a 15-year-old sophomore at Gorton High      was chosen for this job, succeeding, not only in
                                                                                                                 Jeremiah Wright — all advocates for radical            General Assembly, presided over by the kooky
School, and consider myself to be a very intellec-    this particular job at hand, but in the rest of my life.
                                                                                                                 Islam.                                                 Nicaraguan Communist priest Miguel d’Escoto
tual and open-minded young adult. I love to inter-    Thank you, Rising Media Group, for all of your
                                                                                                                      So the fact that Obama’s policies have made       Brockmann, who has frequently been rebuked by
act with people of different cultures, personality,   generosity, and I look forward to working here!
                                                                                                                 the region more dangerous by giving Iran a free        the Vatican. I watched Zelaya’s speech; it was the
                                                                                                                 pass to develop nuclear weapons for at least anoth-    classic demagogy of a would-be caudillo, reminis-
    AGENDA FOR ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS                                    Notice of formation of OT              er year comes as no surprise. Similarly, Obama         cent of Charlie Chaplin and Sid Caesar. Guess
                                                                          Plus of NY: OT, PT and                 has encouraged Palestinians to believe he will?        what? When the speech ended, Brockmann fer-
July 6, 2009                                                              Speech Services, PLLC, a               “deliver” Israel, and that accordingly they need do    vently hugged Zelaya, as he did last year with
                                                                          professional service limit-            nothing to achieve peace.                              Ahmadinejad, who had just denied existence of
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: A Public Hearing will be held                         ed liability company.                       In less than a half-year, Obama abandoned         the Holocaust. Of course, the General Assembly
before the Zoning Board of Appeals of the City of                         Section 1203 of the New                his campaign promises — twice made in my pres-         — whose resolutions, mercifully, are not legally
Yonkers on TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009 at 6:00 P.M.                            York Limited Liability                 ence — to maintain 61 years of American friend-        binding — cheered Zelaya (as it cheered Arafat
sharp, in the Ceremonial Courtroom, Yonkers, New York                     Company, Law. Date of                  ship to Israel. All this, I promise you, will be the   when he brandished his gun from the rostrum) and
(building is accessible to the handicapped), on applica-                  filing the articles of forma-          subject of a future column. Today’s subject is the     overwhelmingly voted for restoration of Zelaya
tions for Appeals from the Building Commissioner’s                        tion with the Department               mess Obama is making in our own backyard.              (just as it routinely passes rabid anti-American and
decisions and applications for Variances under the pro-                   of State: May 25, 2009.                     Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was              anti-Israel resolutions).
visions of G.O. # 4-2000, as amended:                                     County in which compa-                 attempting to transgress a constitutional prohibi-
                                                                          ny’s office is located:                tion against a second four-year term. He was stag-               Meddling to Expand the Rule
NEW HEARINGS                                                              Westchester.        Principal          ing a “nonbinding” plebiscite — a favorite tactic                  of Hate-America Dictators
                                                                          business location street               of dictators — for an amendment giving him                   Here’s the real tragedy: Obama brought the
#5167 - Intensification of a Non-Conforming Use & Area                    address”         1034      N.          another term. The country’s attorney general and       full weight of American policy — not on the side
Variance - James A. Gibbons, P.E., on behalf of Zeqir                     Broadway, Suite 205,                   courts ruled this was illegal and threatened prose-    of Honduran democracy, but rather on the side of
Demiraj (owner), on premises known as 23 Desmond                          Yonkers, NY 10701. The                 cution if Zelaya persisted. Zelaya imported ballots    the would-be dictator. Obama hesitated to “med-
Avenue, Block 5327, Lot 26 & 27.28, Zone: “S-50”.                         Secretary of State has                 printed in Venezuela and led a violent mob,            dle” when Iran’s leadership stole the presidency
                                                                          been designated as agent               including agitators from Venezuela and                 and killed their own citizens who protested. He
# 5172 - Area Variance - Mario Canteros, Architect on                     of the company upon                    Nicaragua, which seized the impounded ballots          finds it more important to “engage” a genocide-
behalf of Jimmy Rugova (owner), on premises known as                      whom process against it                and promised to distribute them. Confronting this      threatening regime that stones its own women to
215 Sommerville Place, Block: 2438 Lot: 25, Zone: “M”.                    may be served. Post                    emergent threat, Honduras’s congress, Supreme          death; he believes he can sweet-talk them out of
                                                                          office address to which                Court, electoral tribunal, attorney general and        developing nuclear weapons which they will use
# 5173 - Area Variance - Mario Canteros, Architect on                     the Secretary of State                 national prosecutor jointly ordered Zelaya’s           to intimidate the world.
behalf of Jimmy Rugova (owner), on premises known as                      shall mail a copy of any               ouster. The Honduran army enforced the order by              The stakes in Central America are no less
221 Sommerville Place, Block: 2438 Lot: 23, Zone: “M”.                    process against it served              deporting him to Costa Rica.                           urgent. Tehran sends a weekly flight to Caracas
                                                                          upon him or her: 1034 N.                                                                      Iran is building a deep-water port in Nicaragua. I
# 5174 - Area Variance - Andrew Romano, Esq. on                           Broadway, Suite 205,                               Listen to a Distinguished                  have stood with the undermanned forces of U.S
behalf of Kevin Hughs (owner), on premises known as                       Yonkers, NY 10701. The                              Costa Rican Diplomat                      Southern Command in Miami as they explained
487 Central Park Avenue, Block: 6117 Lot: 9, Zone: “B”.                   character of the business:                  If you think this is my jaundiced spin, listen    the dire menace of terrorism aimed at our country
                                                                          the practice of occupa-                to Jaime Darenblum — Costa Rica’s foremost             from the Caribbean and Latin America. The sym-
# 5175 - Area Variance - Andrew Romano, Esq on                            tional therapy, physical               lawyer, who served six years as ambassador to the      bolism of the Honduran army’s deporting Zelaya
behalf of Michael Rafferty (owner), on premises known                     therapy and speech/lan-                U.S. — in The Weekly Standard:                         in his pajamas was discordant to some, but it was
as 22 Lindsey Street, Block: 6053 Lot: 40, Zone: “T”.                     guage pathology.                            “Zelaya tried to hold an unconstitutional ref-    analogous to Eisenhower’s ordering the U.S
                                                                                                                 erendum. The Supreme Court rebuked him.                Army to enforce integration at Little Rock High
# 5176 - Area Variance - Christopher Allocco, Esq. on                     #6025 7-3/8-7                          Zelaya embraced mob tactics and launched his           School. Some day, Obama will have to answer for
behalf of Stuart Kelso (owner), on premises known as                                                             own coup against democracy. He deliberately and        seeking to expand the rule of the thuggish hate-
68-72 Hancock Avenue, Block: 68, Lots: 77, 78, 79,                                                               unambiguously broke the law. With judicial back-       America Chavez crowd in our backyard
Zone: “T”.                                                                                                       ing, the army moved to stop him. If you want to        Meanwhile, let’s hope tiny Honduras stands fast
                                                                                                                 blame someone, blame Zelaya.”                          against the leftist onslaught.
# 5177 - Use & Area Variance - Snyder & Snyder, LLP
on behalf of 1-3 Remsen Road Corp. (owner), &                                REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) FOR                                                         INVITATION TO BID
Omnipoint Communications, Inc. (lessee), on premises                         DEVELOPMENT PARTNER / DEVELOPMENT
                                                                                 TEAM FOR COTTAGE GARDENS                                         THE MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR THE CITY OF
know as 1-3 Remsen Road aka 57 Newport Road,
                                                                                REVITALIZATION / REVITALIZATION                                   YONKERS, "PHA", will receive bids for the following Work Items:
Block: 4350 Lot: 150, Zone: “MG”.
                                                                                                                                                  WORK ITEM CGP-06-13, FAÇADE RESTORATION AND
                                                                                 AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
                                                                                                                                                  ROOF REPARS at WALSH ROAD HOUSING on Walsh Road
# 5178 - Area Variance -Andrew Romano, Esq. on                                                                                                    on Monday July 20, 2009 by 4:00 PM at the office of the PHA,
behalf of Midchester Jewish Center (owner) & Father                                                                                               Augustine J. Shea Building, 1511 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers,
Dimitri Darwish (contract vendee), on premises known                      Submit Proposal to Attention of:                                        N. Y. 10710 at which time all bids will be publicly opened and
as 222 aka 236 Grandview Blvd. Block: 4600 Lots: 1,13,                                                                                            reviewed for compliance with required submission of documents.
Zone: “S-100”.                                                            Mrs. Paula Crawford, Contracting Officer,                               A Pre-Bid walk-through meeting has been scheduled for 10:00
                                                                          Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers,                    AM on July 1, 2009 at the entrance to 75-77 Walsh Road at
                                                                                                                                                  which time the contractor will have the opportunity to review the
JOSEPH CIANCIULLI                                                         New York
                                                                                                                                                  site and ask questions.
CHAIRMAN, ZBA                                                             1511 Central Park Avenue
#6027 7-10-09                                                             Yonkers, New York, 10710                                                Proposed forms of Contract Documents including Drawings and
                                                                                                                                                  Specifications are on file at the office of the PHA, Augustine J.
                                                                          Responses Due:          Proposals accepted on ongo-                     Shea Building, 1511 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, N. Y. 10710.
                 Notice of Formation of                                   ing bases until 4:00 PM on Friday, July 24th, 2009.                     Bid Documents may be obtained, in person, by depositing
                 JNG      CONTRACTING                                                                                                             Seventy-Five Dollars ($75.00), Certified Check, Bank Check or
                 LLC Arts.of Org, filed with                                                                                                      Money Order only for each set of documents so obtained, which
                                                                          Pre-Proposal Meeting: A pre-proposal meeting will be
                                                                                                                                                  will be refunded if the Contract Documents are returned in good
                 the Sec’t of State of NY                                 held on July 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Cottage Gardens                      condition within (10) days after opening of Bids. The proposals
                 (SSNY) on 6/3/2009                                       to review the Request for Qualifications, the Housing                   will be reviewed, rated and ranked by the PHA and awarded to
                 Office location, County of                               Authority’s goals and expectations and to tour the                      the most responsible proposal, which is the most responsible bid
                 Westchester. The street                                  development site. Prospective proposers are encour-                     which is most advantageous to the PHA.
                 address is: 1187 Yonkers
                                                                          aged to attend. Questions will be taken in writing and
                 Avenue, Yonkers, NY                                                                                                              Bid security in the form of a Money Order, Certified Check or
                 10704. SSNY has been                                     responded to in writing for distribution to all proposers.
                                                                                                                                                  Cashier's Check, made payable to The Municipal Housing
                 designated as agent of                                                                                                           Authority for the City of Yonkers or a satisfactory Bid Bond exe-
                 the LLC upon whom                                        Submission Requirements:                                                cuted by the bidder and a surety company in an amount not less
                 process against it may be                                                                                                        than five percent (5%) of the total amount of the bid, must be
                 served. SSNY shall mail                                  Qualified Individuals or Firms responding to this                       submitted with each bid.
                 process served to: The                                   Request for Qualifications must submit one (1) origi-
                 LLC,     1187     Yonkers                                nal and five (5) copies of their typewritten proposal in                Bidders, must satisfy themselves by personal examination of the
                 Avenue, Yonkers, NY                                      a sealed envelope, clearly labeled with the RFQ Title                   proposed work and shall not, at any time after submission of Bid
                 10704. Purpose: any law-                                                                                                         or Proposal, dispute or complain nor assert that there was any
                                                                          and Solicitation Number by the deadline to the above
                 ful act.                                                                                                                         misunderstanding in regard to the nature or amount of the work
                                                                          noted address.                                                          to be done. Bids shall be accompanied with a Non-Collusive
                 #6004 6/12-17
                                                                          Any party interested in being considered for award
                                                                          must submit a proposal in response to this RFQ in                       The PHA is an equal opportunity employer. The PHA reserves
                                                                          accordance with the instructions and terms herein. By                   the right to reject any and all proposals or to waive any informal-
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                                                                                                                                                  ities in the procurement procedure and if only one proposal is
                                                                                                                                                  received, to return it unopened to the bidder. No proposal shall
                                                                                                                                                  be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days subsequent to the
                                                                          applicable laws, regulations and requirements which
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                                                                          RFQ Solicitation No.:___CGP-06-12__________                             JOSEPH SHULDINER
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                                             Who, What, Where & When
                        ANNOUNCEMENTS                                         greats: Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Wagner and more. You may also be the            uted a half hour before the program; July20 at 4:30pm - Summer
      July - August - YWCA of White Plains - Underwater Party, July           lucky winner of a raffle to play the anvil in the Anvil Chorus.                Jeopardy: come join a team and play our trivia game based on the TV
24, from 4:30 to 6 pm; bring your goggles and fins. Take a snorkling          Admission is $10 and includes refreshments and the use of scores.              show, have fun, win prizes, ages 7+; July 20 at7pm and July 24 at 4pm
lesson. Try on SCUBA gear and swim our underwater obstacle course             Don’t miss what will be the most entertaining choral event of the sum-         - Trove Summer Flicks: City of Ember rated PG; July 30 and 31 at 2pm
(minimum age to try SCUBA is 12). Free to nonmembers and mem-                 mer season. For further information, call 944-8109 or visit                    - Book Bunch, join The Trove’s book discussion group for 4th, 5th and
bers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. English and               www.TaconicOpera.org.                                                          6th graders, read something fun, new and challenging and talk about it
Spanish speaking instructors are available. Advance registration                   August 2 - Shen Yun Performing Arts - 7 pm at The Performing              with other kids over pizza at Uno Chicago Grill - summer selection is
required. Space is limited! Call 949-6227, ext.152 to reserve your spot.      Arts Center at Purchase College; tickets: $39, $69, $89, $118 (premi-          the Newbery Medal winner “The Whipping Boy,” by Sid Fleischman,
Water World, August 7, from 4:30 to 6 pm; discover canoeing, syn-             um), online at artscenter.org or webticketcenter.com, or at the SUNY           pre-registration is required and will begin Thursday, July 2nd. Register
chronized swimming and other fun water activities. Free to nonmem-            Purchase Box Office at 251-6200; 735 Anderson Hill Rd. in Purchase.            in person in The Trove. When you register, you will receive a free copy
bers and members. All children must be accompanied by an adult.                    August 18 - Westchester Broadway Theatre - Doo Wop                        of “The Whipping Boy,” which is yours to keep; 100 Martine Ave. in
English and Spanish speaking instructors available; advance registra-         Evening - The Platters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Classic Sounds (a           White Plains; information: 422-1489.
tion is required. Space is limited! Call 949-6227, ext. 152 to reserve        capella group); 6:15 pm dinner, 8 pm show; tickets and information:
your spot; 515 North St. in White Plains.                                     www.BroadwayTheatre.com or 592-2222; 1 Broadway Plaza in                                               NATURE PROGRAMS
      July 14 - Alliance Française de Westchester - and Lyceum                Elmsford.                                                                            July - Arbor Day Foundation - Every American has an oppor-
Kennedy French International School invite the community to join                                                                                             tunity to help plant trees in our nation’s forests by joining the Arbor
them in celebrating Bastille Day, from 6 to 9 pm in the Grand Banking                                   FILMS & PLAYS                                        Day Foundation during the month of July. The Arbor Day Foundation
Room (ground floor galleries of Arts Westchester), at 31 Mamaroneck                August - Mt. Pleasant Community Theatre - presents “Annie                 will honor each new member who joins the foundation through the
Ave. in White Plains. Tickets cost $50 per person, $80 per couple;            Get Your Gun” at Westlake High School on Westlake Drive in                     Replanting Our National Forests campaign by planting 10 trees in our
members & advance sales are $40 per person, $70 per couple. Guests            Thornwood, at the John S. Whearty Theatre (take Saw Mill Parkway               National Forests that have been destroyed by insects, disease and dev-
must be 21 and older only. For additional information, directions and         to Thornwood - Maple Ave. exit); on August 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, at 8 pm        astating fires. Membership costs $10. To join the Arbor Day
to purchase tickets in advance, call Pierre Laporte at 681-8735 or e-         and August 9, at 3 pm; ticket prices are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors       Foundation and help plant trees in our National Forests, send a $10
mail allifranwest@yahoo.com.                                                  and students; for reservations, call 769-0958.                                 membership contribution to Replanting Our National Forests, Arbor
                                                                                                                                                             Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or go to
                        ARTS AND CRAFTS                                                      HEALTH PROGRAMS & SERVICES                                      www.arborday.org.
      July - The Neighborhood House Senior Art Workshop - at the                    July 14 - Westchester Holistic Breakfast - WHN is a group of                   July - August - Teatown Lake Reservation - 7/16 special pres-
Warner Library; members present “New Works,” featuring paintings              holistically-minded people from all walks of life, gathering to learn          entation and discussion on white tailed deer and forest regeneration in
inspired by this year’s Irish theme, at the Warner Library, located at        more, get to know each other and enjoy an organic breakfast in a beau-         Westchester County for adults on Thursday, July 16, from 7:30-9 pm
121 North Broadway in Tarrytown. The exhibit will be on display dur-          tiful setting with an informative speaker. This month, Karla Diamond           in the Carriage House at Teatown. Guest presenters Beth Herr and Dan
ing the month of July. Join the artists and their friends at a reception to   presents “The Alexander Technique” for body alignment and move-                Atchison from Westchester County’s Department of Parks, Recreation
celebrate their work on Wednesday, July 8, from 2-4 pm. The work-             ment. Just $15 for the meeting, 8 to 10 am at Good Counsel Convent,            and Conservation will talk about the recommendations of the recently
shop is sponsored in part by Westchester Community Foundation,                located at 52 North Broadway in White Plains; information:                     released Citizen’s Task Force on White-tailed Deer and Forest
Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Arts Council and the Westchester Arts             www.WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org.                                            Regeneration Final Report; 8/1 Compass Quest: learn the basics of this
Council.                                                                            July 15 - Schnurmacher Center for Rehabilitation and                     wilderness skill in this fun family activity, set off on a quest to solve a
      July - Westchester Photographic Society - 7/17 “Landscapes,”            Nursing - will host a seminar on “Planning and Paying for Long-Term            puzzle and learn about Teatown Animal Ambassadors10-11:30 am,
presentation by Bruce Colin at 8 pm; 7/31 “Street Photography,” pre-          Needs,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 12 Tibbits Ave. in White Plains; the            pre-registration required; 8/8 Lovely Shades of Green: take a leisurely
sented by David Small at 8 pm; both programs free at Westchester              event is free and open to the public and will include door prizes and          walk through the woods with a naturalist and enjoy the diverse collec-
Community College, Room 102 of the Science Building; Valhalla;                refreshments. For more information, contact Karen Blick, director of           tion of trees, shapes of leaves and textures of bark, from 1-2 pm, pre-
information: 837-2361.                                                        Social Services at 287-7261 or e-mail kblick@bethabe.org.                      registration required; 8/15 Pop Goes the Weasel: weasels are secretive
      Thru September 19 - Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll                          July 18 - Blue Horizons Summer Social - get together with like-          and efficient predators, learn about their adaptations, native members
Garden - The following exhibits will be at the Hammond Museum                 minded people from the world of holistic, natural, alternative and com-        of the weasel family and why they are so important to the balance of
through 9/19: “Zen Stitches” in the Guild Hall is a group show by invi-       plementary wellness at a summer event at Fellowship of                         nature, pre-registration required, from 11 am to 12 pm; 8/11 Night
tation of the Northern Star Quilters Guild and the Nutmeg Quilters            Reconciliation, located at 521 N. Broadway in Nyack; information: e-           Awareness: are you aware of what goes on in a forest at night? Come
Guild. Various sized quilts with a common theme relating to the               mail paulm@fearlessselling.net or visit www.BlueHorizons.us; Pot               and join us for a hike at night to look, listen and discover what goes
Japanese Stroll Garden will be exhibited. “Where a Budda Walked,”in           luck and $15 at the door.                                                      bump, hop or hoot, from 8-9:30 pm, pre-registration; Adults Only: 8/6
the Hays Gallery: Bibiana Huang Matheis has traveled to China, India                                                                                         “First Thursdays” Discussion Group, 7:30-9 pm, check the Web site or
and Japan. She focuses her lens towards serenity and creating spaces                                 LIBRARY PROGRAMS                                        call the nature center for the subject, pre-registration required; 8/16
for us to be at peace. “Akio Ohmori’s World,” in the Goelet Gallery:               July - White Plains Public Library - for adults: 7/15 Summer              Canoe the Croton, trip time dependent upon tides, pre-registration
The metal works of Japanese sculptor Akio Ohmori, have a connection           Foreign Film Festival: “The Valet,” at 2 and 7 pm; for children: July          required, $15 per person, two person limit per boat; Children’s Events:
to nature whether they are decorative or utilitarian. Hammond                 13, at 4 pm WII Sports Tournament - join a team and play in the                8/2 Sunday Morning Animal Encounters: Slithering Snakes, from 11
Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem; information:                Summer Wii Sports Tournament, competition takes place on the big               am to 12 pm; 8/30 Sunday Morning Animal Encounters: Herbivore
669-5033.                                                                     screen in The Trove’s Galaxy Hall, for boys and girls in grades 1-6.July       Haven, from 11 am to 12 pm, for children of all ages, little ones should
                                                                              15 at 7pm - Navigating with Explorer Henry Hudson: celebrate an                be accompanied by adult, pre-registration required, nonmembers cost
                     BENEFITS/FUNDRAISERS                                     important New York State milestone and make 3-D maps, fir children             $5; 1600 Spring Valley Rd. in Ossining; information: 762-2912, ext.
     July 24 - Saw Mill Summer Theatre Company - presents a                   going into first grade through grade six, limited seating, tickets distrib-    110.
rock concert at the Pleasantville Jewish Community Center; the event,
which is to raise funds to construct a wheelchair accessible playground
for Richmond Community Services Goldman House for people with
serious physical and intellectual disabilities, is being chaired by Liz
Donaldson, a Cortlandt Manor resident and house manager of the
Richmond Community Services home in Bedford; tickets are $25 and
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$50, visit www.SawMillSummerTheater.com, call 475-3151 or con-
tact Richmond Community Services at 471-4100, www.richmond
                                                                                                           Get Yonkers Rising at these Distribution Points
comm serv.org for more information.
                                                                                               Grinton Will Library                               1500      Central Park Avenue                         Yonkers
                  COUNTY PARKS PROGRAMS                                                        Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID                    2         Hudson Street                               Yonkers
      July 24 - Croton Point Nature Center - Croton Point Park,                                VJ’s Pizza Plus                                    137       Lake Ave                                    Yonkers
Croton-on-Hudson, 862-5297; Moths in Black at 7:30 pm: Charlie                                 Contrinos Pizza                                    107       Lockwood Ave                                Yonkers
Roberto will entice you with techniques on observing, attracting and
identifying these nocturnal winged wonders. Co-sponsored by the Saw                            Wachovia                                           157       Lockwood Ave                                Yonkers
Mill River Audubon Society.                                                                    Citibank                                           86        Main St                                     Yonkers
      July 25 - Trailside Nature Museum - Ward Pound Ridge                                     Food Town                                          6         McLean Ave                                  Yonkers
Reservation, Cross River, 864-7322; Trailside Maintenance Workshop,
at 9:30 am: Join our dedicated volunteers in a trail maintenance work-
                                                                                               A&P Market                                         660       McLean Ave                                  Yonkers
shop, a brief update meeting followed by clearing, trailblazing mainte-                        HSBC                                               929       McLean Ave                                  Yonkers
nance and/or erosion control. Co-sponsored by the New York/New                                 Angelo’s Pizzeria                                  986       McLean Ave                                  Yonkers
Jersey Trail Conference. For more information, call 864-7317.                                  Yonkers IDA                                        470       Nepperhan Ave                               Yonkers
      July 26 - Croton Point Nature Center - Croton Point Park,
Croton-on-Hudson, 862-5297; Life in a Flash, from 11 am to 1 pm:                               Galaxy Restaurant                                  1         Palisade Ave                                Yonkers
Join Paul Keim of the Brooklyn Bird Club in search of those quick and                          Riverside Gourmet Deli                             756       Palisade Ave                                Yonkers
beautiful fly-bys, dragonflies and butterflies. Please bring binoculars                        Michael’s Barber Shop                              773       Palisade Ave                                Yonkers
and dress for the weather. Co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
      July 26 - Marshlands Conservancy - Route 1, Rye, 835-4466;                               YMCA                                               17        Riverdale Ave                               Yonkers
Zillions of Crabs, at 10 am: Everyone will have a chance to hold crabs                         Chase Bank                                         270       Saw Mill River Rd                           Yonkers
as we are sure to find an abundance of Asian shore crabs. Learn about                          Seven Brothers Diner                               900       Saw Mill River Rd                           Yonkers
these and some of the other kinds of crabs that live at Marshlands on a                        Stanley Pharmacy                                   2         South Broadway                              Yonkers
summer morning at the shore.
                                                                                               HSBC                                               16        South Broadway                              Yonkers
                          DANCE & MUSIC                                                        Social Security Administration                     20        South Broadway                              Yonkers
      July - Belleayre Music Festival - Saturday, July 11, at 8 pm,                            Bank of America                                    20        South Broadway                              Yonkers
Michael Feinstein; Saturday, July 18, at 8 pm, John Covelli and Justin
Kolb; Saturday, July 25, at 8 pm Festival Opera - Die Fledermaus;                              St. Joseph’s Hospital                              127       South Broadway                              Yonkers
Sunday, July 26, at 1 pm; Humpty Dumpty - Children’s Opera (free                               YWCA                                               87        South Broadway                              Yonkers
admission); Also: Saturday, August 1, at 8 pm Paul Simon’s Graceland                           Fine Fare Supermarket                              230       South Broadway                              Yonkers
backing band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Friday, August 7, at 8 pm,                              L&J Pharmacy                                       284       South Broadway                              Yonkers
Pablo Ziegler - Trio for Nuevo Tango; Saturday, August 8, at 8 pm,
Leny Andrade; Friday, August 14, at 8 pm, Kevin Mahogany;                                      Silvio’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria             351       South Broadway                              Yonkers
Saturday, August 15, at 8 pm, Jay Leno’s band leader Kevin Eubanks;                            Hudson Valley Bank                                 512       South Broadway                              Yonkers
Saturday, August 22, 8 pm, Bob Marley’s band The Original Wailers;                             Broadway Diner Restaurant                          590       South Broadway                              Yonkers
Sunday, August 23, at 1 pm, Kidstock, featuring Uncle Rock and the
Playthings with special guests Paul Green’s School of Rock (free                               Shop Rite                                          278       Tuckahoe Rd                                 Yonkers
admission); Saturday, August 29, at 8 pm, Mary Wilson of the                                   Wholey Bagels                                      797       Yonkers Ave                                 Yonkers
Supremes; Ticket for all shows in the 2009 summer concert season at                            NY Bagel                                           1032      Yonkers Ave                                 Yonkers
the Belleayre Music Festival, are on sale via Ticketmaster. For addi-                          Wachovia Bank                                      1076      Yonkers Ave                                 Yonkers
tional information, call 800-942-6904, ext. 1344 or visit www.bel
leayremusic.org. The festival’s e-mail address is festival@catskill.net.                       Argonaut Diner                                     1084      Yonkers Ave                                 Yonkers
      July 18 - Lasdon Park & Arboretum - The Classics at Lasdon                               Raceway Diner                                      883       Yonkers Ave                                 Yonkers
with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, from 6-8 pm, gates open at                             Police Athletic League                             127       North Broadway                              Yonkers
5 pm for pre-concert picnicking; “Broadway and Hollywood
Favorites,” featuring Tony-Award winning soprano Debbie Gravitte;                              Office Building                                    35        East Grassy Sprain Rd.                      Yonkers
tickets sold at entrance prior to each concert: adults $15, seniors $10,                       Murray’s Skate Rink                                300       Tuckahoe Road                               Yonkers
children 6-12 years $7, under 6 years free; beverages and light refresh-                       Wachovia                                           580       Tuckahoe Road                               Yonkers
ments available for purchase, garden shop open during all concerts;                            City Hall                                          40        South Broadway                              Yonkers
information: www.westchestergov.com/parks or 864-PARK; Somers,
N.Y.                                                                                           Yonkers Riverfront Library                         1         Larkin Center                               Yonkers
      July 23-26 - 14th Annual Gathering of The Vibes Festival - at                            Yonkers Board of Education                         28        Wells Avenue                                Yonkers
Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Conn.: four-day event to showcase musical
legends, support charitable causes and celebrate 40th anniversary of
Woodstock; Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) will be among several musi-
cal artists to perform. In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the
Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, CSN will be joined by Bob Weir
of the Grateful Dead, Levon Helm (former drummer and vocalist for
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The Band) and Wavy Gravy, who will serve as master of ceremonies;
many more acts. A limited number of advance weekend camping pass-
es are on sale for $185 and VIP passes for $420; single day tickets for
Friday, Saturday and Sunday available in advance for $60 per day; kids
12 and under are free all weekend and on Sunday, “Family Day,” kids
under 15 admitted free only with a parent; for tickets or information:                   newspaper
www.GatheringoftheVibes.com or call the festival headquarters at
      July 26 - Tarrytown Music Hall - Raul Malo at 7 pm; 13 Main
St. in Tarrytown; 877-840-0457; www.tarrytownmusichall.org.
      July 28 - Taconic Opera - will be hosting its first Summer Sing,
Beloved Opera Choruses, at 7:30 pm at the Music Conservatory of
Westchester, located at 216 Central Ave. (one block from the County
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opera choruses with a real opera company … or just come and listen.
The conductor of the event will be Dan Montez, the artistic director of          risingmediagroup.com
the Taconic Opera. The selection will include choruses by the opera

                      Kaplowitz and Westchester                                                                                               City and Rio at Odds Over
                       Give State Senate an ‘F’                                                                                            Patio for Riverfront Whiskey Bar
By Dan Murphy                                                                                                                 By Dan Murphy                                              them to serve meals.
     The residents of                                                                                                               The owners of the Whiskey Rio Bar — locat-                 The city next took the patio lease away from
Westchester County                                                                                                            ed on the Yonkers riverfront — and the City of             the Rio, and padlocked the patio tables and chairs.
are quickly growing                                                                                                           Yonkers are at odds over the future use of a patio         Rio got an injunction to remove the padlocks, and
impatient over the                                                                                                            located directly outside of the Rio, used by the bar       that’s where both sides currently stand.
inactions of the State                                                                                                        for years for its patrons until recently, when the               Mayor Phil Amicone, through spokesman
Senate in Albany,                                                                                                             city took the patio rights away. The reasons behind        David Simpson, said that there have been numer-
which is deadlocked                                                                                                           this move by the city, and the downtown business           ous complaints about the Rio’s noise and late
in a 31-31 tie and                                                                                                            community’s perception of it, have become a                hours of operation. But an inquiry made by Rising
cannot conduct busi-                                                                                                          recent hot topic of conversation.                          shows that the Rio has not had any violations
                                                                                                                                    The Rio has been in business on the water-           issued to them in the past two years.
ness based on their
                                                                                                                              front for four years. Adjacent to the Rio is the for-            While a few tenants in Hudson Park have
dysfunction and self-
                                                                                                                              mer Pier View Restaurant, which closed in                  complained about the noise, some in the business
ish behavior.
                                                                                                                              January, with (Rising hears) a new restaurant/bar          community downtown are wondering what this
     C o u n t y                                                                                                              set to open in the space come September. Both              latest feud between Rio and the city is all about.
Legislator Michael                                                                                                            locations are part of Hudson Park, built and owned         “Anybody who rented an apartment above a bar
Kaplowitz,                in                                                                                                  by Collins Enterprises.                                    should realize that there will be noise,” said one
response to growing                                                                                                                 While the lease for the Pier View was prohib-        downtown business owner. “We are hurting in the
citizen outrage, has                                                                                                          itive, ($16,000 per month), the lease for the Rio is       downtown/waterfront and struggling to survive.
launched an online                                                                                                            reasonable (a few thousand per month, plus a year-         The city shouldn’t be forcing one business out;
effort to pressure the                                                                                                        ly charge of $10,000 for the patio). The owners of         they should be supporting local businesses. “
New York State                                                                                                                the Rio want to stay, but recent actions by Collins              Another downtown property owner ques-
Senate to reach a                                                                                                             and the city point to a belief that Rio is being           tioned the motivations of City Hall with Rio.
power-sharing agree-                                                                                                          forced out.                                                “Collins will do whatever the mayor wants them to
ment and get back to                                                                                                                Recently, Collins claimed that the Rio violat-       do. If a caterer comes in and opens the old Pier
doing the people’s                                                                                                            ed their lease by not staying open during the win-         View, that’s fine, but why should they get the Rio
business.                                                                                                                     ter months and not serving lunch and dinner every          also? It sure looks like they are playing favorites;
     Kaplowitz urges                                                                                                          day. Based on that violation, Collins has begun            we need to stop fighting with existing businesses.”
                                                  County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz
all residents of the                                                                                                          eviction proceedings, but the case was dismissed,                Join us online at YonkersRising.com for more
county to voice their                                                                                                         in part because Rio’s Health Permit does not allow         on Rio vs. the city and other Yonkers happenings.
outrage and concern at
                                             sands of local jobs. “Passing         — then you must go to sum-
w w w. w e s t c h e s t e r l e g i s l a
tors.com, where they can sign                these bills is serious business       mer school,” he said.                                        Yankees Roll into the Break
a petition urging the State                  — the people’s business —             “Enough is enough. The tax-
Senate to “quit their petty                  and our state senators must           payers are relying on their                  By Zach Shapiro                                          Hughes have changed 180 degrees. First thought
games and get back to work.”                 stop this madness and get             state senators to discharge                        The Yankees head into the All-Star break           as only a starter, he has since been moved up to
     “There is a power vacu-                 back to work,” the county             their duties and bring the                   riding high. Their pitching has come into form           one of the main setup men in the bullpen, getting
um in Albany and we are pay-                 legislator said.                      relief they promised to                      and their offense has been firing on all ends.           big outs night after night, and beginning to look
ing for it,” Kaplowitz said.                      Last week, Kaplowitz             Westchester County residents.                      The biggest question about the Yankees has         like the Joba Chamberlain of 2007.
                                             released a “report card” on           I’m encouraging all residents                been their bullpen. Mariano Rivera has had some                Offensively, the Yankees continue to revolve
     The State Senate, which
                                             the performance of the State          to voice their outrage for this              rough games, but he’s had only one blown save            around Alex Rodriguez. When Rodriguez made
has been in a stalemate for
                                                                                                                                this season. His problem has been the non-save           his return in early May, he was a big boost to the
three weeks, has postponed                   Senate, which received an             behavior by signing the
                                                                                                                                situations, where his ERA is over five, which is         lineup, hitting seven homeruns in his first 15
numerous pieces of legisla-                  “F” in every category.                online petition and letting
                                                                                                                                over four times his ERA in save situations, at           games back.
tion, potentially leading to a                     “Just like in school, if        your state Senator know how
                                                                                                                                about 1.30.                                                    In early June though, his bat started to slow
55 percent property tax                      you don’t complete the                you feel. They can fight and                       Over his 14-year career, his ERA is just 2.90      down. Mark Teixeira was soon to follow and the
increase for all Westchester                 assigned work within the              play games on their own                      in non-save situations, so this has clearly been an      offense began to flounder. The team looked ane-
County residents. Other pend-                scheduled school year — or            time.”                                       aberration and Rivera should improve in the sec-         mic at times and a one game lead in the American
ing bills are threatening thou-              in this case, legislative term                                                     ond half. But, the most interesting story in the         League East seemingly turned into a five game
                                                                                                                                Yankees bullpen lately has been the emergence of         deficit overnight.
                                                                                                                                Phil Hughes.                                                   That all changed on June 25, when a 3-for-5
                                                                                                                                      While filling in as a starter in for Chien-        night, including a homerun, turned him around.
   Have a Question? Need Information?                                                                                           Ming Wang in May, the 23-year old Hughes had
                                                                                                                                his problems, giving up 22 runs in 28 innings.
                                                                                                                                                                                         He has since found his power stroke, hitting four
                                                                                                                                                                                         homeruns over a six day span, and has his aver-

    Visit Clerk’s Web Site for Answers                                                                                          When Wang returned to the rotation, Hughes was
                                                                                                                                moved to the bullpen to be another long reliever
                                                                                                                                                                                         age climbing closer to where the Yankees need
                                                                                                                                                                                         him to be.
                                                                                                                                and to be ready to step back into a starting role if           All in all, the health of their starting rotation
                                                                                                                                Wang were to struggle.                                   and sluggers in their lineup will dictate how the
     Need to look up your deed, find a legal                   always call or visit the Westchester County
                                                                                                                                      Wang did have a couple of bad outings when         Yankees finish the season. Sure, a win or two
record or learn how to become a notary pub-                    Clerk’s office during business hours for this                    he first came back to the rotation, but he kept          against the Red Sox would be nice. But, as long
lic? Need information on obtaining a pistol                    information. However, 24-hour access to the                      improving and Hughes role became more and                as they continue to get solid outings from their
permit or hunting license? Want to know when                   answers to these questions and more can also                     more uncertain. Eventually, manager Joe Girardi          rotation night after night and consistent hitting
the mobile passport office is coming to your                   be found by visiting the Westchester County                      decided to not send Hughes back to the minors,           throughout their lineup, the Yankees look poised
town? Westchester County residents can                         Clerk Web site at www.westchesterclerk.com.                      but instead gave him a shot in the bullpen.              to make a run back to the postseason.
                                                                                                                                      From that moment on, perceptions about

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                                                                                                 FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 - YONKERS RISING - PAGE 11

               ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect,                                                              Habitat for Humanity Makes Dreams
                      Now Change!’                                                                              Come True in Yonkers
                                                                                                      By Phaedra Pinkston
By Sue Ann Witt                                                                                            Habitat for Humanity, a
      For any adult who                                                                               nonprofit organization dedicated
has experienced the tri-                                                                              to sheltering those in need, is up
als and tribulations of                                                                               to its good deeds again in
dating, finding the right
person, falling in love
                                                                                                           Recently, the city sold the
and all that marriage
                                                                                                      lots located at 5-7 Orchard
and family brings, “I
Love You, You’re                                                                                      Street, Block 2079 and lots 21
Perfect, Now Change”                                                                                  and 22 to Habitat for the price of
is a revue that explores                                                                              $1, anticipating the organiza-
these relationships. But                                                                              tion’s construction of “simple,
don’t think you’ll sit                                                                                decent, affordable housing” for
still and just watch.                                                                                 needy Yonkers residents.
From the opening min-                                                                                      Habitat for Humanity of
utes, four actors bom-                                                                                Westchester is an associate of an
bard the audience with                                                                                international Christian housing
both dialogue and                                                                                     ministry. Founded in 1976 by
                                                                                                                                            Habitat for Humanity’s Jim Killoran (left), pictured
music filled with laugh-                                                                              Millard and Linda Fuller,
                                                                                                                                           with financial center manager of Yonkers Citibank,
ter, double entendres                                                                                 Habitat is coordinated in
and facial expressions                                                                                                                    Martin Ball, keeps making families’ dreams of home
                                                                                                      Americus, Ga.
that often create more L to r: Courtney Balan, Travis Taber, Jonathan Rayson and                                                             ownership in Yonkers and Westchester a reality.
                                                                                                           The Westchester associate
laughter than the words               Noel Molinelli in “On the Highway of Love”                      was founded in 1988. The organization’s con- sidering the good work the organization does in
themselves.                                                                                           cept is to make accessible a section of funds for providing affordable homes for city residents.
      Act one takes the                          Photo by John Vecchiolla                                                                                     According to Habitat for Humanity
                                                                                                      the construction of economical permanent
audience through the                                     Courtney Balan, Noel Molinelli, Jonathan     homes for families whose income is at or below     Executive Director James Killoran, “Habitat for
process of dating, falling in love and finally mar- Rayson and Travis Taber deliver performances      50 percent of the area median income.              Humanity welcomes the continued support of
riage. Act two goes to the next step - parents, in- that one has come to expect from Westchester
                                                                                                           Building costs are kept at minimum the City of Yonkers in making homeownership
laws, children, empty nesters and filling the void Broadway Theater productions: excellence in
                                                                                                      through the labor of volunteers aided with con- affordable for all.”
that loss brings to seniors.                        every way. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now       tractor donations, individuals, corporations and        In the future, Habitat hopes to work with
      Twenty scenes take the audience on a roller Change” offers adults of all ages a wonderful
                                                                                                      tradesmen.                                         the Kindness Project in an effort to help seniors
coaster journey of emotion and tears, anger and evening of tears, nostalgia, laughter and pure
frustration, loneliness and hope, but always entertainment.                                                Habitat will be building the first zero-ener- rehabilitate their homes, and Habitat for
through expressive performances and delivery of                                                       gy home in the Yonkers area.                       Humanity wishes to expand their affordable
                                                         The show runs through August 2, at
crisp movements, wonderful music and every Westchester Broadway Theatre, located at 1                      Yonkers has previously given Habitat prop- housing on Willow Street and Purser Place in
emotion one can imagine. While each scene stands Broadway Plaza in Elmsford. For more informa-        erty for the minimal consideration of $1, con- Yonkers.
out, my personal favorites were “Satisfaction tion,          call   914-592-2222      or     visit
Guaranteed” in the first act and “Always a www.BroadwayTheatre.com.
Bridesmaid” in the second.

Odell Ave Bridge Repair                           of Transportation are to be congratulated for
                                                  their excellent collaboration in bidding this and
Continued from Page 1                             other stimulus projects soon after federal funds
                                                  were available,” said Pepe. “This is what
Construction Industry Council of Westchester &    Congress envisioned in ‘shovel-ready’ projects,
Hudson Valley, Inc., unions and representatives   creating instant jobs in a declining economy and
of Congresswoman Nita Lowey were on hand          improving the safety and efficiency of our infra-
for the event.                                    structure.”
     “We want to thank Congresswoman Nita              Westbound traffic and all pedestrian access
Lowey and all our federal representatives for     to the bridge will continue for the duration of
helping to bring this money to Westchester,’’     the project.
said Spano.                                            A detour route for eastbound traffic will be
     “I fought for federal assistance for these   posted as follows: Nepperhan Avenue, south to
investments because they will create jobs and     Roberts Avenue, left to Old Nepperhan Avenue
ease travel for commuters in our region. The      and left to Saw Mill River Road. Police will be
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will       on hand to assist traffic.
help turn around our national and local economy        The Odell Avenue Bridge, located between
and the improvements in our infrastructure will   Nepperhan Avenue and Saw Mill River Road,
pay dividends for years to come. I am pleased     will be closed until early September. The con-
the first project in Westchester County funded    struction portion of the project was scheduled
by the federal stimulus is under way,” Lowey      for the summer, when traffic volumes are lower
stated.                                           and school traffic will not be disrupted.
     “Westchester County, its Department of
Public Works and New York State Department

            Astorino Continues Campaign                                                                 Miss America Fever Hits Westchester
                 Across Westchester                                                                    By Dan Murphy
                                                                                                             All of us in
                                                                                                       Westchester will be pay-
                                                        At left and below: Rob Astorino
                                                                                                       ing special attention to
                                                       greets the crowd at the Yorktown
                                                                                                       the      Miss      America
                                                            Fire Department’s 100th
                                                                                                       Pageant next January,
                                                       Anniversary Parade on June 27.
                                                                                                       thanks to Alyse Zwick. In
                                                                                                       March, Zwick, who lives
                                                                                                       in Eastchester, was
                                                                                                       crowned                 Miss
                                                                                                       Westchester, and then
                                                                                                       went on to win the Miss
                                                                                                       New York Pageant, tak-
                                                                                                       ing the crown last month.
                                                                                                             “It’s very surreal to
                                                                                                       think that I’m going to
                                                                                                       the Miss America pag-
                                                                                                       eant. I’ve been working
                                                                                                       very hard for this, day in
                                                                                                       and day out,” said Zwick,
                                                                                                       23, and a ballet dancer,
                                                                                                       print model and aspiring
                                                                                                       actress, who is a junior at
                                                                                                       the CUNY School of
                                                                                                       Professional         Studies
                                                                                                       where she plans to earn a
                                                                                                       master’s degree in Fine
                                                       At left: Astorino enjoys The St.                      The      Westchester
                                                         Ann’s Festival in Ossining                    connection to Zwick is
                                                                                                       strong, as she grew up in
     Reform Westchester County Executive can-     people in America under the incumbent county         Bronxville and now lives
didate Rob Astorino continued his campaign for    executive, Andy Spano. Astorino is running to        in Scarsdale (in the Town
tax relief and smarter county government across   deliver tax relief, more efficient government and    of Eastchester), having
Westchester last week.                            a higher standard of government ethics to            spent her high school
     County residents became the highest taxed    Westchester families.                                years at a performing arts
                                                                                                       school in Atlanta and Westchester’s own Alyse Zwick was recently crowned
                                                                                                       some time afterwards liv-             Miss New York and will go on to compete
     Three Generations of Guiding Eyes                                                                 ing in Manhattan. “I love
                                                                                                       Westchester. It’s so close
                                                                                                                                                    in the Miss America Pageant.

        Dogs Visit Todd Elementary                                                                     to the city, but it’s also a      ready for the onstage question eled to Walter Reed Hospital in
                                                                                                       place where it’s so easy to posed to her on the big night.        Washington, D.C. to visit with
                                                                                                       relax, especially with my fam-          The initiative that Zwick injured vets and brought along
                                                                      Not every dog bred at Guiding    ily, and the trees and the pool has chosen to highlight is Valentine’s Day cards written
                                                                Eyes for the Blind becomes a guide     in our home, Zwick said. “The “Honoring War Heroes,” a by school children. “I speak at
                                                                dog. A very special few go on to       people in Westchester are won- cause that is near to her heart. schools and encourage our
                                                                become part of the school’s world-     derful and very encouraging. “My grandfather is a World youth to write to our troops and
                                                                renowned       breeding     colony.    They have embraced me, and War II Vet, and about five thank them for their service,”
                                                                Recently, the students at Todd         I’m confident that I will win years ago he started talking she said.
                                                                Elementary in Briarcliff Manor         and bring Miss America home about his experiences and sto-             Adding to the karma of
                                                                received a visit from one of           to Westchester.”                  ries, which we wrote down and Zwick’s quest to become Miss
                                                                Guiding Eyes’ most legendary                 Being named Miss New are working on turning it into a America is that her mother,
                                                                broods — Guiding Eyes Garnet.          York gets Zwick a $7,000 book and short film,” Zwick actress Jean Kulhan, was Miss
                                                                      Volunteers are the lifeblood     scholarship, but more impor- said. “He also escaped from Rockland 1969 and finished
                                                                and a crucial component of Guiding     tantly, a ticket to the big dance Communist Slovokia and first runner-up at the Miss New
                                                                Eyes, which encourages families,       and a chance to become Miss came to America. Through his York Pageant.
                                                                couples or individuals to join in      America. Between now and inspiration, I started working                The     Miss    America
                                                                raising future guide dogs. For more    then, Zwick will “button up with the United Veterans Pageant will be held in Las
                                                                information on the Guiding Eyes
                                                                                                       [her] dancing (for the talent Council and became their Vegas on January 30, 2010.
                                                                for the Blind volunteer puppy rais-
                                                                                                       competition) and work on spokesperson.”
                                                                ing          program,          visit
                                                                                                       interview preparation,” to be           In February, Zwick trav-
           Students at Todd Elementary visit                    www.guidingeyes.org or call
               with Guiding Eyes dogs                           Michelle Brier at 914-243-2208.

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