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Mamaroneck teachers tired of
working without new contract
By Kelechi Ubozoh but the budget failing, the slow start,
There is certainly a sense of and turn over of staff helped to delay
frustration felt amongst the teachers in meetings. The MTA is working with the
the Mamaroneck school district. Since district to create a new contract. There
their old contract expired on June are ﬁve teachers on the negotiation
30, the teachers have been working team, two from the elementary school, Six-year-old
without a new contract for the past one from Hommocks middle school, Gibson Emery
three months. and one from the high school. and his
According to Mamaroneck Teacher “We probably didn’t begin as early as sister
Association President Ann Borsellino, we could have, but these things happen Katherine
negotiations for a new contract began as complications occur, through what’s attended The
in October of 2006 so that a contact happening throughout the school Community
would be in place for September, but district, but there was no purposeful Pumpkin Patch at
the Board of Education was not ready interest done on the part of the district St Thomas
and asked for an extension. Real to delay this,” said Superintendent Paul Episcopal Church
negotiation for a new contract didn’t Fried. to get their
begin until the beginning of March, CONTRACT continued on page 25
Larchmont Zoning Board
approves Esposito project Town of Mamaroneck praised
By Mimi Koren
The Zoning Board of Appeals of
Sheldon Evans, residents on Mayhew
Avenue for 53 years, were not happy
for help with Fields for Kids
Larchmont Village approved the with it. “There are too many variances
Esposito project Monday night by a vote and potential trafﬁc problems,” Mrs. By Kelechi Ubozoh have not been possible without the
of 3-2. Board members David Kriss, Evans said. “We already have enough In the past few weeks the Town of legacy of Westchester County and the
Noel Dennis and Chair Harri Taranto trafﬁc on Palmer Avenue.” Her husband Mamaroneck Board has been very cooperation of Town of Mamaroneck,”
voted to approve the development expressed concern about additional instrumental in sitting at the table with Meglio told Sound & Town.
complete with seven building code cars using Mayhew as a route to the Fields for Kids to provide general help Fields for Kids has been working
variances; members Liz Liscio and Joan Boston Post Road. and ideas to the organization. with all of the municipalities to improve
Gottesman voted against approval. Now only time will tell whether Bob Meglio, a member of the recreation space and ﬁelds in the tri-
The two-building 51-unit project, to those fears will materialize. But after steering committee for Field for municipal area.
rise between Palmer Avenue and the approximately ﬁve years of review Kids, approached the Town Board to Meglio said that he had the utmost
railroad tracks, drew ﬁerce community and revision, there are many months acknowledge them for participating respect for the Town Board and
opposition. That, and requests by both to go before shovels will hit the dirt. in the intermunicipal roundtable wanted to thank them for their time,
the Planning and the Zoning boards, did The project now goes back to the discussion on Oct. 13. commitment and working on the park
force Esposito Builders to make many Planning Board, which next meets on “Fields for Kids started a year ago and project to reach an intermunicipal
changes to the original plans, including Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 8:00 p.m. (The one of the things was to ﬁnd basically agreement to put in a new synthetic
a reduction in height and the number of public hearing was closed in January, 10 blades of grass, 10 things we would turf ﬁeld.
apartments. and no further public input is possible.) like to do and this new ﬁeld in Flint “It’s interesting how far we’ve come
Only three members of the public It must also pass review by the Board Park is our ﬁrst blade of grass, with in a year,” said Meglio.
were in the Village Court Room to of Architectural Review, which can the hard work and commitment from This past July the Town Board
witness the historic vote. Phyllis and request further changes. the Village of Larchmont; but it would FIELDS FOR KIDS continued on p. 27
IN THIS ISSUE COMMUNITY NEWS 8 CLASSIFIED/PUZZLE 28 SPORTS 29-31
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Dozens from Westchester rally in Manhattan
against Iraq war
in White Plains. They were part of a
throng that ﬁlled Broadway for three
hours between Union and Foley squares.
Spirits were high and voices rose in
spite of intermittent drenching rains.
Umbrellas jostled ﬂags and placards;
slickers, ponchos, parkas, and sopping
wet hair and clothes were the uniform of
The rally was one of more than 11
similar events nationwide – in Boston,
Chicago, San Francisco, Orlando, New
Orleans, Philadelphia, and other cities –
sponsored by United for Peace and Justice
(UFPJ) and calling for an immediate end
to the war in Iraq. UFPJ estimated that
Dennis Hanratty of New Rochelle holds the banner for No War Westchester.
ABOVE: Claudia Leff of Mamaroneck
BELOW: Carol Gable of Mamaroneck holds the banner while speaking with Luz
45,000 activists demonstrated in New
joins No War Westchester at York City.
beginning of the march. Rodriguez (far left) of New Rochelle.
As the marchers approached Foley
By Jay Doolin Square in Lower Manhattan, where a
You know the peace movement has Peace and Justice Fair was in progress, the
turned a corner when a police ofﬁcer ofﬁcer with the bullhorn voice called out,
greets demonstrators with a cheery, “Congratulations! You got your message
“Welcome! Thank you for coming out! across and some physical ﬁtness, too –
We wish you all peace!” you’ve expended 225 calories each!”
That was the reception accorded Speakers at a pre-march rally in Union
demonstrators at the end of a soggy two- Square criticized not only the agenda
mile peace march in Manhattan on Oct. of the Bush administration, but also the
27. Several dozen Westchester residents inaction of Democratic congressmen.
– including a handful from Larchmont, The crowd frequently chanted a new
Mamaroneck and New Rochelle – slogan: “Republicans, Democrats, all the
marched behind the banner of No War same – Imperialist war is the name of
Westchester, a ﬁve-year-old organization the game.”
that also holds weekly anti-war vigils
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4 • THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT November 2, 2007
November 2, 2007 THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT • 5
Board tackles Synthetic Turf: harmless,
or health hazard?
Larchmont’s inconvenient question
By Mimi Koren
At its meeting on Oct. 29, the Larchmont
Village Board considered a number of matters
concerning the functioning of the village,
mostly less volatile than the synthetic turf
issue covered elsewhere in this paper.
Mayor Liz Feld condemned recent
“abhorrent behavior by parents, coaches,
and kids” on Larchmont playing ﬁelds and
said the Code of Behavior would be strictly
enforced. While wearing a baseball cap from
the newly victorious Red Sox, she quashed
rumors that she’s moving to Boston, where
her husband works for the team.
Fire Chief Rich Heine announced that a
$74,000 grant was pending, for upgrading
gear and communications ability in the
department. Also to come is a ﬁnancial
audit of the Fire Department and its four
companies, which manage their own funds.
He reported that two of the companies have
not yet submitted their ﬁnancial reports.
Trustee Jim Millstein said that “Questions The wetland behind Flint Park, seen at low tide, drains into Long Island Sound
have arisen about how the four companies Photo/Mimi Koren
have spent their funds,” Millstein explained. By Mimi Koren
4. Studies that reached negative toxic and had to be dismantled.
The mayor added, “We want to make sure The jury is still out on the safety
conclusions were supported by biased “There is no clear evidence …
there are no improprieties.” of synthetic turf, but the Larchmont
organizations, which, presumably, that synthetic playing surfaces are
The proposed Cable Franchise Agreement Village Board is in.
nulliﬁes the ﬁndings. (Mentioned by harmful,” said Lori Brandon on behalf
Having issued bids for the synthetic
with Verizon has been drafted, and the Trustee Jim Millstein.) McAndrews of Fields for Kids. “Numerous studies
turf ﬁeld at Flint Park, it has taken a
Board will review it in a public hearing at alleged that unbiased studies “say it’s over the past 10-12 years … indicate
ﬁrst step toward construction. Mayor
its November 14 meeting. Millstein said the Liz Feld and the Board sought to
safe.” However, the group sponsoring these surfaces and their integral
Tri-Municipal Cable Television Board of the CAES study, Environment and products are safe.” She said FFK
allay concerns about such turf at
Control recommends approving it; for the Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), is would be open to hearing additional
their meeting on Oct. 29. News
ﬁrst time, it would give the tri-municipal apparently independent, calling itself scientiﬁc facts and asked residents to
reports indicate that toxicologists,
area two cable providers. Cablevision has a “nonproﬁt organization composed “stay measured.”
pediatricians and research groups
come through with its own proposal to renew of doctors, public health professionals But Lieber points out that some
such as the Connecticut Agricultural
its existing contract. Both companies would and policy experts dedicated to of the scientiﬁc information is very
Experiment Station (CAES), a state
contribute a portion of their revenues to protecting human health from new the CAES study was released
agency, are concerned that the crumbs
support LMC-TV. environmental harms.” in August and possibly not yet
of chopped-up rubber tires, contained
Replacement of the Chatsworth Avenue Prohibited in Europe reviewed by public ofﬁcials. “I do
in the turf, emit gasses that may be a
water main has literally hit a roadblock. The Millstein cited European studies not think you can merely rely upon
health hazard, possibly carcinogenic,
year-old plan was to bury it underground, that, he said, “all concluded there is the community or the consensus of
and can also leach into the water. A
but workers hit bedrock, which would cost no concern for human health.” But [government] ofﬁcials in this matter.”
wetland leading to Long Island Sound
EHHI has indicated the opposite, She said in a written communication.
$1 million to drill through. The revised plan is at the back of the park, not far from
with Norway, Sweden and Italy all “A toxicologist … should be reviewing
is to place a new main in the location of the the site.
considering turf ﬁelds a health risk. the recent chemical studies.” She
old one, on the Chatsworth Avenue Bridge. Mayor Liz Feld said members of the
The European Union reportedly has noted that rubber tires can’t be dumped
The Board approved a bond resolution for a board had read a lot about the issue
prohibited any future production of anywhere because they’re hazardous
maximum of $550,000 for the work. and had accepted reassurances from
rubber containing one of the toxic waste. “Why would we dump them on
In the Pine Brook drainage project, Trustee the site engineer, Anthony Catalano,
substances. our playing ﬁelds?” she asked.
Richard Ward has met with residents of the that there is no cause for concern.
Nevertheless, Millstein said his Further on in the meeting, Mayor
Premium River area. The engineer, Ken Trustee Anne McAndrews declared
children play on synthetic ﬁelds all Feld accused former mayor Ken Bialo
Pritchard, continues to work with New that synthetic turf “is not a signiﬁcant
over Westchester: “As a parent, I for “knowingly telling lies” about the
Rochelle on issues regarding the upper risk to our children.” Some of the
have no concerns.” He charged that Flint Park project on his LMC-TV
area around Beechmont Lake. The Village supporting arguments the trustees
the American studies that revealed program. In response, Bialo criticized
intends to seek county funding to help with used bear further examination:
leaching and emission of gasses were Feld and the Board for “closing
remediation. 1. Greater threats come from other
conducted under extreme heat not their eyes to the potential hazards
In another project with New Rochelle, the sources, such as idling cars in front
found on a typical playing ﬁeld. But to the health of our children and our
of children’s schools. (Mentioned by
village has agreed to spend a minimum of Larchmont resident Rivka Lieber, environment in their head-long rush
Trustee Marlene Kolbert, liaison to the
$120,000 on engineering services that city who has studied the issue extensively, to install an artiﬁcial turf ﬁeld in
Village’s Environmental Committee
will provide. One engineer will be dedicated and member of the County Task Force
said after the meeting that laboratory Flint Park.”
to Larchmont projects and will sit in Village studies were modeled on real life EHHI and doctors, such as the chair
on Global Warming.)
Hall. Trustee Marlene Kolbert cautioned that conditions. Kolbert had earlier of preventive medicine at Mount Sinai
2. The alternatives pose an even
the Board considers this collaboration an dismissed the heat issue, saying, “In medical school, urge a moratorium on
greater threat – such as the pesticides
experiment. It follows Governor Spitzer’s the heat of the summer, kids don’t installation of the turf pending further
and herbicides used on natural turf
mandate that municipalities ﬁnd ways to play much” on the ﬁeld. research. Mayor Feld said, “Nobody
– to both people and the wetland.
consolidate services, said the mayor. Mayor Feld noted that the state here is married” to the idea of synthetic
3. If there were real problems,
The mayor announced with regret that Department of Environmental turf; in fact, she has asked the engineer
we would have heard about them
Joe Bedard, manager of the Public Works Conservation (DEC) has approved for a written report on the issues, and
already. The corollary seemed to
Department, is retiring at the end of this year. the ﬁeld. Yet Larchmont resident guidance from the County Board of
be that if we haven’t heard of any
The department’s Rick Vettere will replace Catherine Wachs, speaking from the Health. These will be discussed at the
hazards, they don’t exist. (Mentioned
him. ﬂoor, related that rubber tires, from next Board meeting on Nov. 14.
by Trustee McAndrews, who has
The Board’s next meeting will be on which synthetic turf is made, were
often shown great concern about the
also used to create artiﬁcial reefs in
Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. environment.)
the ocean, but were discovered to be
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Town Supervisor candidate Odierna Town Supervisor O’Keeffe
speaks out on ﬂood mitigation addresses trafﬁc light phasing
To the Editor: To the Editor:
Just like the old saying, “All Politics is Local” perhaps we should be taking a more My ofﬁce and that of the Town Administrator have received many comments about
“local” approach to ﬂooding. the new trafﬁc light phasing at the Chatsworth/Myrtle Intersection. Since the new
It’s great to be waiting for Army Corp of Engineers, State or County help but, as lights have been installed, with an exclusive pedestrian phase, we have heard from
local elected ofﬁcials, we should be looking to see what we and our citizens can do to many of our residents. Slightly more than half of you ﬁnd the new arrangement
mitigate, or at least slow up, the amount of water our old tired, often partially clogged to your liking, primarily because it allows safe passage from one corner to another
or collapsed, storm drainage systems need to handle. by pedestrians, especially elderly and frail people and the many people pushing
Not all ideas are great or even practical but at least they can start the thinking ball baby carriages across the intersection. Slightly less than half of you have expressed
rolling and with the “thinking power” we have here in Westchester County, maybe annoyance, irritation, and impatience in varying degrees. Our trafﬁc engineers will
we can come up with a few workable plans of our own. revisit the intersection to analyze how to balance the needs of the pedestrians and the
Why can’t we come up with a taxing, or some kind of ﬁnancial incentive, for our needs of vehicular trafﬁc.
homeowners so they become part of the solution, rather than the problem. There are Please keep in mind that the changes in the intersection were brought about
lots of “pervious” surfaces that could be used for drive and walkways. Let’s ease the primarily by complaints over a 15-year period by people who found it very dangerous
ﬁnancial burden, and show our appreciation, for our residents in older homes that do to cross the intersection, which is unique in the sense that it has 5 roads - not 4 roads
more than the minimum our laws require for zero-runoff in new construction. Perhaps like most intersections. In addition, the amount of non-locals using the intersection
we’ll need a “blessing” from Albany, as far as the tax incentives go, but if we could has increased substantially since we took our last trafﬁc count 2 years ago. More and
“pool” our buying power and make the materials more affordable, that might help. more trafﬁc seems to be exiting and entering I-95 than ever before. It appears that a
Those readers “old enough” may recall “Rain Barrels.” Not to be too kind to substantial amount of trafﬁc exiting I-95 in Larchmont now uses the intersection as
disease carrying mosquitoes but, shouldn’t we be able to put more “dry wells,” the a means to drive to the western part of the County; e.g., Scarsdale and White Plains.
modern version of the old fashioned “Rain Barrel,” into use in our communities? We Also, the current conﬁguration at this intersection is basically the same as the Village
require these for new construction now, at least in The Town of Mamaroneck, but of Larchmont’s intersection at Palmer Avenue and Chatsworth Avenue. There is an
how about giving incentive to our existing homeowners to “Hold Their Water” just exclusive pedestrian phase and no right turn on red on every corner. The Town of
a little bit longer. Mamaroneck intersection does prevent a left turn from Myrtle to North Chatsworth
Trees are great helpers in ﬂood prevention. They work for us, without breaks, to prevent the queing up of trafﬁc on Myrtle Blvd. This does not pertain the Village of
vacations or time off, 365 days a year. Any one who cuts down a tree over a certain Larchmont situation.
size, on their own property, regardless of the size of the property, should be made to As soon as Con Edison ﬁnishes repairing the gas line at Vine Place, Murray
“justify” that removal and possibly be required to plant a replacement tree, or trees, Avenue, and Myrtle Blvd., the trafﬁc engineers will revisit the intersection at rush
either on their own property or somewhere else in Town. hour to determine what action may be taken. We have discovered that 2 intersections
Our big solution will likely come from lots of little solutions. Local governments with same features in close proximity to one another has increased the waiting time
should be asking themselves: What can we do to help? for motorists. To ease this problem we are meeting with the Village of Larchmont to
determine whether the trafﬁc signals at both intersections can be coordinated to ease
Ernie Odierna, the wait for motorists while maintaining pedestrian safety.
Councilman, Town of Mamaroneck Please be patient and remember the purpose of the change, even though frustrating,
Democratic Candidate for Supervisor is safety of pedestrians. There have been several pedestrian mishaps in the last
This intersection change was the result of a State Dept. of Transportation grant
which was voted in the afﬁrmative by every Town Board member.
Valerie M. O’Keeffe
Supervisor, Town of Mamaroneck
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Zoning Board should obey Savolt has what it takes to be
zoning ordinances Village Mayor
To the Editor: To the Editor:
This has been a very peculiar campaign season. I have been amazed to watch
The Larchmont Village government is not serving its residents with the latest vote
Mayor Triﬁletti campaign on a platform of controlling development. Unfortunately
by the zoning board. This time around, the zoning board tentatively approved the
the record of controlling development that he expounds belongs to John Hoffstetter,
design for a new apartment building on Palmer Avenue. The project is 4 stories,
Toni Ryan and me. When the Republicans controlled the Board the Mayor never
whereas 2 ½ stories are permitted by law, and otherwise violates our zoning code
missed an opportunity to vote with the developers and against the residents.
in nearly every measurable way. Several residents have eloquently summarized
One need only look at the Mayor’s vote in favor of the Blood Brothers project,
the monumental variances in their letters written back in June and July. Apparently
which threatens to dwarf Washingtonville, to realize that this is true. The Mayor
these letters, as well as a petition signed by 578 village residents, and standing room
also twice voted against televising Zoning and Planning Board meetings! What did
only attendance by residents at the planning and zoning meetings aren’t enough to
he not want the residents to see? __Even if you were to forgive the Mayor his pro-
convince our zoning board that the residents desire them to apply the regulations
development position, his inability to control Board of Trustee meetings is alone
more closely and that the variances requested are just too great.
reason enough to disqualify him from holding his ofﬁce: every resident who watches
A few years ago Larchmont residents expressed outrage over a proposed Ikea
meetings on LMC-TV has seen meetings where the Mayor has allowed a lack of
project in neighboring New Rochelle. At that time, New Rochelle’s mayor Tim
decorum and respect to poison any hope of rational discourse that is so essential
Idoni listened to the valid concerns from Larchmont residents and the project was
in a democracy. As Chair of the meeting and the person who holds the gavel it is
ultimately scrapped. When it comes to the Esposito apartment project however,
the Mayor’s duty to maintain order. This lack of order and civility has damaged
the people on our board aren’t giving the same respect to fellow citizens. Rather,
Mamaroneck’s reputation just as much as seven million dollars in legal expenses
they referenced the residents’ concerns as “anecdotal” and even suggested the
have damaged our ﬁnancial future.__
residents should have hired their own consultants to counter existing data. Who
Please come out and vote on November 6 for Kathy Savolt for Mayor and Randi
are the zoning board members representing anyway? Such comments are
Robinowitz for Trustee. These two candidates have the intelligence, dignity and
misguided and insulting to the residents who expect government to work on
honesty to help heal the Village and set us back on the right course.__
So, a small time developer from Peekskill complained he couldn’t make a large Tom Murphy,
enough proﬁt unless he could build his building his way, much larger than what our Trustee ,Village of Mamaroneck
village laws allow, and with less recreation space and setbacks. Now, a tract of land
approved for 51 units would surely be worth more than the same tract zoned and
approved for 40 units. The land value is based on the best use as permitted by current
laws. If the developer can’t make a proﬁt by building within the requirements of
existing land use regulations, perhaps he paid too much for the land. Alternatively,
Why I Am Voting for
if market rental rates (taking into account the project’s inclusion of ﬁve affordable
units) are too low to provide a fair return on the cost to build, well then the project
just shouldn’t be built. To the Editor,
The zoning board can support controlled development in our Village. The zoning
regulations though, are in place for a reason, and it is unfortunate that three residents In Tuesday’s election for Mamaroneck Town Supervisor, I am voting to re-elect
feel it their prerogative to support such substantial variances from code, in the face our current Supervisor, Valerie O’Keeffe. I have had the pleasure of working with
of what seems an entire Village of opposition. The residents’ important voice should Valerie during my six years of service as a member of, and more recently as the
not be ignored or marginalized on this issue. president of, the Mamaroneck Board of Education, from which I retired in June. I
I fail to understand what the beneﬁts of this project are to the Village. I do am, of course, speaking for myself, not for the Board.
understand the costs, however, in terms of negative neighborhood effect, greater Why am I voting for Valerie? Valerie has eight years of invaluable experience as
congestion and density. The project will almost surely become a precedent for other Town Supervisor. She demonstrates strong leadership and makes decisions through
sites in the village where developers will expect their own 4 story zoning variance building consensus. She listens carefully and considers a range of perspectives on
for future proposed buildings. I urge the zoning board to stick more closely to the issues. Her straight-forward, common-sense approach enables compromises to
regulations, particularly with respect to height and density. If Esposito Builders be reached when needed. Being both responsive to the needs of the community
cannot make enough proﬁt by building in accordance with our codes, someone else while balancing interests of different constituencies, Valerie exudes fairness and
will surely build a project more closely in compliance with our laws when it makes reasonableness. Valerie is that rare combination of down-home relaxed style and
economic sense to do so. wise practicality. She is candid, solutions-oriented and gets the job done. In short,
she’s a community treasure!
Bruce Habig, In the end, it’s not about politics, it’s about leadership and effectiveness. I am
Larchmont conﬁdent Valerie is the best person for the job.
Town of Mamaroneck
Triﬁletti and Fava are committed
To the Editor: Resident concerned with
I am writing to urge you to support Mayor Phil Triﬁletti and Trustee Tony Fava in
the upcoming election on Nov. 6.
As you know Mayor Triﬁletti has worked tirelessly to preserve our natural resources To the Editor:
by reopening our beach at Harbor Island and initiating an aggressive campaign to
clean the storm drains and sewer lines to prevent future beach closings. He and As a long-time resident, I write now to express my deep concern about the future of
Trustee Tony Fava are committed to keeping our neighborhood parks like Rushmore Mamaroneck Village. I live in a wonderful place ﬁlled with many lovely families and
Ave., Florence and Warren Ave. Park passive parks. good businesses. But during Mr. Triﬁletti’s six years as mayor, our village has become
Mayor Triﬁletti has initiated a comprehensive review of the master plan to a nationally recognized symbol of enormous ﬂooding problems, racial unfairness in
recommend changes in the zoning code to restrict development and ensure that all the treatment of day laborers and major legal conﬂicts. It is very troubling that village
land use planning decisions are made with our environment in mind. Mayor Triﬁletti taxpayers have been handed more than $7 million in legal costs due to ongoing
and Trustee Fava have also commenced the excavation of local river beds and hired lawsuits. With the announcement of the recent decision in the Westchester Day
an independent engineer with expertise in ﬂood control matters to address the impact School case, these costs will certainly be a major component of our ever increasing
of the ﬂooding that devastated the village last spring. real estate taxes.
Mayor Triﬁletti has always been responsive to all our neighborhood concerns. We I like what the challenger, Kathy Savolt has to say. She seems positive, inclusive
need his responsive style of leadership to continue. Plus, we need to keep bipartisan and focused on sensible solutions. Mr. Triﬁletti’s personal attacks against Ms. Savolt
representation on the Village Board so all voices may be heard. have angered me, and convinced me that it is time for a change in leadership. I believe
Regardless of your political afﬁliation, I urge you to join me and vote for Mayor our village will become a much better place to live and work with Kathy Savolt as
Phil Triﬁletti and Trustee Tony Fava on Nov. 6. mayor. Let’s give her a chance.
Fred Longacre, Amy Zinaman,
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Boy Scouts 100th Anniversary Vice President Al Gore. at 60 Forrest Park Avenue, Larchmont 9:00 pm. Programming repeats 3:00
In preparation for the Boy Scouts of America’s addiction to oil and the on Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30 am - 4:00 am, 9:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 9:00 pm the
America 100th Anniversary, Boy Scouts development of more sustainable pm. New and used books, DVDs, CDs, following day. For a full schedule, see
across the nation are invited to submit energies were some of the topics of LPs, videos and cassettes. www.lmc-tv.org/programs_schedule.
a memorable logo design to capture the the sessions. Ms. Crowley is a video Walk for Habitat html#71.
true spirit of Scouting. producer and Historical Society Your WALK can BUILD a World of Video Contest
The goal of the national 100th Archivist. Hope. Join us on Sunday, November The Almost Anything Goes Short
Anniversary logo contest is to inspire The public is invited to attend. 11 for a fun-ﬁlled walk while helping to Video Contest is now airing on LMC-
every Scout at every level to think Refreshments will be served. raise money for Habitat for Humanity TV, channel 77 Friday, Saturday and
about what the organization means to Larchmont Garden Club Annual of Westchester. Habitat for Humanity Sunday evenings starting at 9pm.
him. We need your help to encourage Fundraiser is a non-proﬁt organization that builds Contest Submissions were judged by
Scouts in your area to pick up a crayon, The Garden Club of Larchmont will simple, decent, affordable housing for age-group (k-8, highschool, adult) and
a pen, a pencil – anything – and submit hold its annual fundraiser on Monday, low-income working families. Habitat by genre (drama, comedy, documentary,
ideas. Every contest participant will November 5 at the Larchmont Avenue for Humanity has also taken the lead art/music&PSA). Playing this month
receive a special patch and certiﬁcate Church. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., in helping ﬂood victims get back into through October 21st are the Best
from the Boy Scouts of America with a program that includes an Italian their homes in Mamaroneck. There Overall winners from each age group
National Council and will also fulﬁll theme luncheon, followed by a fashion are more families that still need help. and the best overall video submission.
one of the requirements for the Graphic show sponsored by Coldwater Creek, This fund-raiser will help those ﬂood This compilation includes Best Overall
Arts Merit Badge. of Stamford, CT. Fashions will be victims as well as build affordable Video: Romeo and Juliet 1hr 20min
Winners will be chosen in ﬁve modeled by members of the club, and homes here in Westchester. The walk by Michael Lewen; Best Overall K-8
different categories and honored at by members of our sister garden club will be less than two miles so the video: Theseus and the Minotaur 5min
the May 2008 Boy Scouts of America in Mamaroneck. There will be a silent whole family can join – young, seniors 12 sec by Robby Nigro; Best Overall
Meeting. The overall winner will auction with many wonderful gifts and and everyone in between. Start raising Highschool video: The Beatles in India
travel to San Francisco to ﬁnalize the services donated by local merchants; pledges. Let people know what a good 8min and 14sec by Grannell Knox; Best
design alongside one of our nation’s houseplants and home baked goods cause this is and ask them to pledge Overall Adult video: Universal Traveler
most preeminent graphic artists, Kit will also be for sale at the Kountry money for your walk. Go to friends, 11min43 sec by Patrick Meaney. .Stay
Hinrichs. Kitchen. Funds received through the neighbors, and relatives; go to your tuned for subsequent Video-Category
Woman’s Club of Larchmont event will be used by the club for local ﬁrm and co-workers and ask them to Compilations to air later this Fall.
Two interesting programs will philanthropic activities. pledge. Ask your ﬁrm to match your After school program
be given by The Woman’s Club of Tickers are $25.00, and the public pledges. The WALK begins at 1 PM KEEPS, the non proﬁt after school
Larchmont on Friday, November is welcomed. For further information, on November 11th at Constitution Park program serving families in the
2, beginning at l:00 p.m. at the contact Jennifer Jones at 833-1825. next to Village Hall in Larchmont Village of Mamaroneck, is accepting
Larchmont Avenue Church. Book Fair (across from St. Augustine’s Church). applications for the school year
The ﬁrst will be a selection of show From Monday, November 12, through We will walk to Manor Park and back to beginning in September. We serve
tunes and semi-classical music, played Wednesday, November 14, the Parent Constitution Park, then cross the street families needing after school care,
by pianist Edmund Niemann. Mr. and Teacher Association (FASNYPAT) for refreshments in St. Augustine’s from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with children in
Niemann is a member of the Steve of the French-American School of New cafeteria. the Mamaroneck Avenue School and
Reich & Musicians, a group which York will hold their sixteenth annual If you are unable to walk but would the Rye Neck Schools and in grades K
won the 1998 Grammy Award and Book Fair on the Larchmont campus at like to help, donations can be sent to to 6. We are accredited by New York
has toured the United States, Canada, 111 Larchmont Avenue. The Book Fair Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, State, entering our twenty ﬁfth year of
Europe, Japan, and Australia. Mr. will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 c/o St. Augustine Church, 18 Cherry after school service to families. Please
Niemann formed the piano duo, Double p.m. on November 12 and 13 and from Ave., Larchmont, NY 10538. For call 698 5632 for further information
Edge, with Nurit Tiles. After the debut 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on November more information, call Anne Avenius and an application.
at Town Hall in 1987, the duo toured 14. A total of 5,000 new books for (914) 527-6762. Rye Methodist
extensively throughout the United children and adults, including 3,500 LMC-TV program Rye United Methodist Nursery
States and Europe and have released books in French, and gently-used The feature program for September School is taking applications for
three CDs. Mr. Niemann is presently books will be on sale. The new English on LMC-TV’s Future Choices September 2007. We are a small child-
on the faculty of Hoff Barthelson books were selected in partnership series will be “Abortion Knows No centered program: centrally located,
School and also teaches at Princeton with Diane’s Books, a reputable Strangers.” In this program, Mary spacious open classroom setting, parent
University. bookstore in Greenwich, Connecticut. Ann Sorrentino, former director of participation.
The second program, starting at The Book Fair is open to the public Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island Call or e-mail now for application:
2:00 pm, will be given by Larchmont and admission is free. Funds raised by and author of the newly published 921-1939,RyeMethodistNS@aol.com.
resident, Lynne Crowley, and is the Book Fair will be used for school Abortion: The A Word, introduces
called “The Climate Project.” Ms. projects for the FASNY students on viewers to the women she has known Deadline for our Community News
Crowley will host a slide presentation the Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and who have faced the decision whether section is every Friday at 12 p.m.
on the dangers of global warning. She Scarsdale campuses. or not to terminate their pregnancy. Though space is not guaranteed,
attended training sessions in Nashville, Book Sale The show will air throughout this we will do our best to accommodate
Tennessee last March, led by former Larchmont Avenue Church Book Sale month on LMC-TV’s Channel 75 on your listing. Please send all items to
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at email@example.com.
Republican Chair Colety speaks out on
Spitzer driver license folly
Westchester County Republican “A driver’s license is a premier behavior?” Colety also commented on always been a welcoming gateway
Chairman Douglas Colety, speaking identiﬁcation mechanism. What does what he contended were the “massive for legal immigration and will
from GOP Headquarters, urged all passing such a law say about the legal security concerns” created by such a law continue to embrace that kind of new
Westchester residents to contact their process for those awaiting legitimate as well as the ripple effects of “drawing immigrant. Lady Liberty still stands
state legislators in both the Senate entry into the United States?” asked many more illegal aliens into New tall in our harbor and continues to be an
and Assembly to express their strong Colety. “Further, what does this imply York State and further overburdening inspiration for those who wish to come
disagreement with Governor Spitzer’s about the willingness of our avowed its taxpayers and our medical, school here legally, to be a whole part of our
proposal to grant driver licenses to ‘law and order’ governor, Eliot Spitzer, and social services.” great society.”
illegal aliens. when he is willing to reward illegal “New York State,” Colety said, “has
November 2, 2007 THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT • 9
Hispanic Resource Center to present “Amigo”
award to Bishop Wayne Powell at Fiesta
The Hispanic Resource Center (HRC) of Larchmont generosity of Reverend Powell, who provided space other residents of Mamaroneck after the devastating
Mamaroneck, an organization that assists newly at Strait Gate, those seeking work now have a place ﬂoods this spring. The HRC also offers English
arrived immigrants adjust to life in the community, where they can connect with potential employers in classes, health screenings, job training, assistance
will present their “Amigo” award to Bishop Wayne a safe and orderly environment. According to John with housing, professional referrals and workshops
Powell of Strait Gate Church at their annual Fiesta Gitlitz, president of the HRC, “Bishop Powell’s on parenting, nutrition and ﬁnance.
on November 8. willingness to step forward in solidarity has been an The Fiesta is the major fundraiser for the HRC.
The HRC is presenting the award to Bishop inspiration to all of us.” This year, it will take place at Hampshire Country
Powell for his role in the creation of a day laborer In addition to working with community leaders to Club on Thursday, November 8 from 6:30-10 p.m.
hiring center in Mamaroneck and his commitment to create an organized hiring site, the HRC was the lead The theme is “Salsa and Sangria.” Attendees will
the ideal of an integrated community. Through the agency coordinating relief efforts for their clients and be able to sample an array of Latin American foods
including arepas, empanadas, roast pig, quesadillas,
anticuchos de pollo and, of course, a sampling of
salsas such as pineapple, tomatillo and chipotle.
Sangria made by clients of the HRC with wine
provided by the Liquor Pantry in Mamaroneck will
also be served and there will be a cash bar.
According to beneﬁt co-chairs, Naomi Lowenthal
and Melina Vourlekis, “the Fiesta provides an
opportunity for the community to come together to
support a local organization, enjoy delicious food
and dance to the Latin beat of Blackout 77. There
will be something for everyone with our “pick-prize”
rafﬂe including jewelry, a “Salsa and Sangria” basket
to create your own ﬁesta, a day of pampering, and
artwork by local artists. Our live auction will include
one-week stays in St. Maarten and at Quissisana, an
authentic Cuban dinner for six, a night on the town
with dinner and tickets to see “Legally Blonde,” and
a golf outing at Winged Foot.”
Mariana Boneo, executive director of the HRC
adds, “Funds raised by the Fiesta will enable us to
continue to provide critical services and programs
to our clients. In 2008, we hope to launch new
initiatives including career counseling speciﬁcally
for women, traditionally an underserved segment of
Tickets to the Fiesta are $100 and are available by
calling the HRC at 835 -1512.
For more information on the Fiesta, please contact
Naomi Lowenthal at 833-2958 or MelinaVourlekis at
“A Gift of Art”
The Mamaroneck Artists Guild will celebrate the
2007 holiday season at its fabulous new location, 126
Larchmont Avenue. The annual show and boutique,
“A Gift of Art,” will be displayed in new and exciting
ways in this space and will run from November 15th
through December 23rd. The selective gift buyer can
choose from an abundance of beautiful and affordable
works of art, in a variety of media, as well as exquisite
boutique items, including jewelry, textiles, scarves,
holiday decorations, and other crafts. There will be
a Champagne Reception on Friday, November 30
from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (Snow Date: December 1,
Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday thru Saturday,
noon to 5 p.m.
In December, the gallery will have extended hours
and be open Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23
from noon to 5 p.m. and December 18-22 from noon
to 7 p.m..
MAG will be closed from December 24 thru
January 1. For additional information please
call the Gallery at 914-834-1117 or visit www.
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Ready, Aim, PIE!
MHS ﬁnds a fun way to raise money for ﬂood victims
Students break out into laughter as they watch their teachers get ‘pied’.
By Kelechi Ubozoh students rushed to the high school track
Cakes for walking, chairs for for a chance to pie their teachers in the Mamaroneck High School Students get ready to pie their teachers.
dancing and pies for throwing signiﬁed face, ride on the inﬂatable Donkey Kong
the beginning of a colorful and ride, play musical chairs, get their hair help those who were affected by the Philanthropy club and started her
messy carnival. braided, and even buy a new pet. All ﬂoods,” said Principal Mark Orﬁnger. own club called Cards for a Cause,
Last Monday, school got out a little of the proﬁts went to the Mamaroneck Over 30 student clubs participated was very instrumental in preparing the
early for Mamaroneck High School Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. and each came up with their own ideas school for Monday’s carnival.
(MHS) students and over 600 people “Once again it was example of the for booths to raise money. With the “We wanted to do something that
attended the Carnival for Mamaroneck whole school community coming proceeds from the event along with a would impact our own community,”
Flood Victims. Horns blared and together for a philanthropic cause to secured matching grant she said. The carnival was also
from the Lanza Family Foundation, reminder to Mamaroneck residents that
MHS raised $8,350 for Habitat Habitat for Humanity still needs help
for Humanity. and are still working to rebuild homes
While Carol Schefﬂer, coordinator of in Mamaroneck.
student affairs at MHS, is fairly modest Geithner and her student council
about her involvement in the fair, she mates worked effortlessly to organize
did help Student Council a great deal the clubs and booths were ecstatic
by advising about choices and helping about the turn out.
organize the carnival. When Jim Killoran, president of
“When the ﬂooding initially happened the Westchester Habitat for Humanity
we were able to have a cleaning and ﬁnally got to the MHS track, it was
toiletry drive, but the one thing we totally packed.
hadn’t addressed was the ﬁnancial “Efforts like that inspire me, because
needs,” said Schefﬂer. when the youth get out there and do it
As Habitat’s funding started to to help their own town it should be a
dwindle, the Student Council decided challenge to all of those who are adults
that they needed to infuse some cash to step up to the plate,” he said.
into the organization. This generosity Currently Mamaroneck Habitat for
isn’t new for the high school; during the Humanity is still working on homes on
ﬂood a few families lived in the gym Van Ranst and the organization is still
for three weeks. And when Hurricane in need of funding.
Katrina hit in 2005, the students worked While Killoran was touched by
together again to raise money for those the student’s efforts, he felt that it
victims. was unacceptable that the problem
“The thing I loved most about it hadn’t been ﬁxed and hoped that there
was watching students taking on an wouldn’t be a need for another fund-
enormous job and in doing so realize raising carnival.
they have the power to bring about “Every time it rains people still live
positive change in our community,” in fear, and we really need to rebuild
said Schefﬂer. Westchester. The youth will lead and
Elise Geithner, an eleventh remind their parents that people still
grader who is vice president of the need help,” said Killoran.
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Committee assembled by WCA
addresses tax issues
By Keith Loria burden on homeowners and businesses residential destinations. Clearly, that efﬁciencies in their respective areas
A tax reform committee put together has increased more than 67 percent, reputation deserves to be respected and of inquiry: Public Education (K-12),
by The Westchester County Association threatening the ability of the county to protected. That is our goal as we look County Government/Services, Property
(WCA) released their initial ﬁndings attract and retain local business. to the future.” Assessment/Valuation, Municipal and
last Thursday and the report suggested “There are 383 taxing entities that Before presenting their report, the Other Taxing Entities.
that the local tax burdens have reached cost taxpayers millions of dollars each Commission conducted in-depth Mooney said that the Commission is
a dangerous level that could affect the year in duplicative services,” said interviews with key ﬁgures in the public optimistic that there will be change that
county’s economy. Mooney. “It’s also being burdened by sector including county ofﬁcials, town will lead to results. At the conclusion
“The Commission was formed to the unnecessary and continuing growth supervisors, school superintendents of the report, the Commission
address the growing concern of the of the public sector and by pension and and Governor Spitzer’s Commission recommended six potential areas for tax
organization’s members who have been health care beneﬁts policies that are on Local Government Efﬁciency and reform. Those included Overlapping
telling us in surveys and through direct completely out of sync with today’s Competitiveness. Areas of Government, State Pension
outreach meetings that Westchester’s economic realities.” “The Commission’s many ﬁndings and Beneﬁt Policies, School Taxes,
ever increasing property tax burden, To solve the problems the committee showed that the tax issue in New York Special Districts, Privatization of
ranked among the three highest in recommended the formation of a new State is very complex indeed,” said Infrastructure and Transparent and
the nation, is threatening the county’s alliance of key stakeholders in the Richard French, chair of the WCA Equitable Tax System.
ability to attract and retain businesses,” private and public sectors to work Property Tax Reform Commission. “It is time for the public sector to begin
said WCA’s President William M together to initiate reforms to help “Rather than pursuing our inquiry on to implement the type of integrated
Mooney. “Our initial ﬁndings have lessen the tax impact. many fronts, we concluded that we model that the private sector follows,
conﬁrmed that the property tax crisis “Moving forward, we expect to would be more effective by focusing i.e. moving away from vertical lines of
poses a real and present economic create an alliance that engages the on a limited number of areas where we business to a more holistic horizontal
threat that needs to be immediately business community together with believe we have the realistic potential model,” said Mooney. “We hope that
addressed.” representatives from county and to make a positive impact.” the business community can be the
The report listed “almost endless municipal governments as well as the Created late last year, the catalyst to effect this type of change.”
possibilities for reform” in areas such as public education sector,” said WCA Commission’s 60 members - who The Commission’s initial ﬁndings
school taxes, town, village and county Chair Alfred B. DelBello. “Westchester represent a cross section of the county’s are presented in a white paper that can
taxes, sewer district and ﬁre district has a well deserved reputation as one business community - had extensively be accessed by visiting the WCA’s Web
taxes. Over the past decade, the tax of the world’s premier business and examined ways of achieving cost site, www.westchester.org.
Piano Concert held by
Larchmont Mamaroneck Fine Arts Music School
Continuing Ed honors two
On Thursday, Oct. 18 Larchmont Ms. Sandie Conner, Director of
Mamaroneck Center for Continuing the Center, said, “Ellie Fredston and
Education honored two of its past Marlene Kolbert introduced a number
presidents, Elinor Fredston and of courses and trips that adults still
Marlene Kolbert. The Center’s enjoy today. They spearheaded the
chairman, Raymond Haas, presented organization that has grown to provide
its ﬁrst Paula Shamoian Different more than 100 courses and trips for
Course Award to Ms. Kolbert and Ms. some 3,000 students. In large part of
Fredston, recognizing their outstanding their leadership, wisdom and drive our
leadership and commitment to adult program is accessible to more than
education. The Center’s theme is to 30,000 families in the area who beneﬁt
“Take a Different Course”. from many enjoyable and rewarding
Ms. Fredston served on the Board courses.”
of Directors from 1982 to 2002 and The Center is an independent, non-
was president from 1995 to 1999. She proﬁt organization that is funded from (L-R) Ron Anthony, Janet Page, Robert Page, Jonathan Putnam, Heike Rauls,
Talia Ram, Mark Gothberg, and Caroline Oliveira
led the summer school program and course fees and private donations. It is
organized well attended trips the Center a valuable resource to the community;
continues to offer to the community. offering a broad array of classes, Patients and visitors at the Burke Liszt, and Tchaikovsky as well as folk
Ms. Kolbert was on the Board from ranging from computer training, to Rehabilitation Center in White Plains and Spanish dances.
1984 to 2002 and served as president foreign languages to the visual arts, enjoyed a special program on Sunday, Performers included, Mark
from 1988 to 1994 and again as co- dance, exercise, ﬁnance and ﬁlm October 21, performed by student Gothberg, Caroline Oliveira, Robert
president with Ms. Fredston from 1997 appreciation, the Center provides life- artists from the Fine Arts Music School Page, Jonathan Putnam, Talia Ram,
to 1999. Ms. Kolbert was a guiding long learning opportunities for adults. in Larchmont, under the direction of and Heike Rauls.
light and led the Center in the direction Enrollment for this fall’s semester is Janet Page, music director and teacher. Special guest artist, pianists/vocalist,
it needed to go. Both women continue underway now. For more information, The School’s Annual Community Ron Anthony performed New Orleans
to support the organization and still visit www.LMCCE.org or call Outreach Concert included classical inspired selections including Scott
act as mentors and contribute valuable 914-698-9126. piano selections by Mozart, Beethoven, Joplin ragtime and novelty, which were
ideas and insights. Brahms, Offenbach,Clementi, Paganini, fantastic and fun for all.
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Artists soar at Flower Show
The Garden Clubs of Mamaroneck
and Larchmont staged a two-day
Standard Flower Show titled “Come
Fly With Me” at Sarah Neuman Center
for Healthcare and Rehabilitation
in Mamaroneck on Oct. 18 and 19.
Mamaroneck Flower Show Chairs,
Caroline Silverstone & Pat McNelis,
and Larchmont Flower Show Chair,
Nedra Gilette, worked tirelessly to
make this show the success that it was.
The show consisted of four design
classes which were open to all Club
Members: Pedestal, Cubes, Tablescape
and Petite and one design class open
only to novice exhibitors. In addition
to design, an abundance of horticulture,
grown and raised by members, was
displayed. Two educational exhibits,
“Garden Therapy” and “Endangered
Birds,” rounded out the show. An oral
judging program allowed attendees residents and staff streamed into the
to understand how each design was beautiful Sally Froelich Winter Garden
judged and ribbons determined. A and enjoyed the horticulture, design
steady procession of Sarah Neuman and educational exhibits.
Awards: Class 2 - Tablescape - First place - Pat
McNelis, Mamaroneck Club
Second Place - Mary McGee, Larchmont Club
Rabbits Foot Fern
Award of Merit: Julie Varca (Rabbits Foot
DESIGN: Second Place - Liz Porretto, Larchmont Club Class 5 - Novice - Second place - Fran Lisa, Fern & Hydrangea), Beth Tafuri (Phalaenopsis
Designers Choice: Christel Pugin, Larchmont Class 3 - Cubes -First place - Pat McNelis, Mamaroneck Club Orchid), Liz Porretto (Dahlia)
Club Mamaroneck Club Second place - Trish Klein, Larchmont Club
Class 1 - Pedestals - First place: Christel Second place - Laura Sprengelmeyer, EDUCATIONAL:
Pugin, Larchmont Club Larchmont Club HORTICULTURE: Educational Award: Beth Tafuri, Nancy Brand
Class 4 - Petites - First place - Pat McNelis, Horticulture Excellence: Julie Varca for her and Shoko Iwata for Garden Therapy Display.
Second Place: Martha Zerega, Mamaroneck Club
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Skateboarding in the streets
Aragon pitched the skate park idea wanted the skate park,” said Brown.
to Brown, who decided to not only Brown has been skating for 15 years
support the park but completely fund and began ﬁlming skateboarding in
it and even build it. They seemed be 2000 felt disheartened by the Board’s
off to a promising beginning, because decision.
when they approached the recreation “Once they thought of the location
department their idea was approved. more it seemed like they didn’t like
“We endorsed it in theory only,” said that. I’m going to put the money up and
Recreation Department Superintendent I’m going to build this park and there
Rosanne Saracino. is nothing that the Town will have to
Saracino said that insurance and lose,” he said.
making sure the skate park was However, once the Board of Trustees
portable and not permanent was one of saw the cement and cinderblock, they
the deﬁning issues. were concerned that the park wasn’t
With his fellow skateboarders behind him, Blake Aragon approaches the Board Once the plan was approved in very portable, and they were also wary
of Trustees for a skate park. theory by the recreation department, of the liabilities from injuries at the
Brown returned to present the Board park. Furthermore they were worried
By Kelechi Ubozoh of Trustees with a more structured plan about the hours of the park, since the
Skateboarders in Mamaroneck might Aragon, who attends Mamaroneck of what the park would look like. The group wanted it to be run from dusk
have to go back to their dangerous High school, said that his group and proposed park would be made from until dawn.
pastime of skating in the streets, since other skaters in the area needed a place cinderblocks and cement. Brown and In the spring of 2005, Brown built a
their proposal for a new skate park that was safe. the boys wanted the skate park to be skate park in Mount Pleasant and also
in the Harbor Island Park might have “Originally we tried getting a petition run similarly to a basketball court, helped to move it within days when the
kicked the bucket. a few years ago and that didn’t work where people could come and go as county wanted him to take it down so
Doug Brown, owner of a skate and then another kid tried getting one they please and most importantly not be he felt certain that the park could be
store that just opened in Mamaroneck in the Town of Mamaroneck and the charged for skateboarding. They also moved within a few days notice. Also
avenue called ‘2nd Nature,’ and a group Village of Larchmont and that went discussed possibly having potential he felt that skateboarding had a bad
of students from Mamaroneck High through for a long time but didn’t work skateboarders sign a waver and buy a reputation for being extremely unsafe.
School extreme sports club, approached out,” said Aragon. cheap parking pass so that they would “If you don ’t skate and you watch
the Board of Trustees in the beginning The Board encouraged them to speak be allowed to skate, and have a way of TV, then skateboarding looks like the
of October to ask for a skate park. with the Harbor Island Recreation identifying whoever came to the park. most dangerous sport in the world,
“We skate in the streets, random Department and give them a speciﬁc “When we got up there, they kind of but ﬁrst off there’s less injuries in
spots and we always get kicked out by model of what the park would look threw us a curve ball and told us there skateboarding than there are in football
the cops,” said Blake Aragon. like. was a plan for the tennis court where we SKATEBOARDING continued on p. 27
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Resident grows giant
Antonio Dattilo, a resident of Madison Street in Mamaroneck, got quite a surprise this
fall after planting one seed he was given from a friend last spring. Antonio has grown
pumpkins every year, but never have they gotten this big. Seen here with his grandson,
nine-year-old Andreo Otiniano also of Mamaroneck, the four largest pumpkins all grew
from one vine. Antonio is a 37-year resident of Mamaroneck, and was a cook at Sal’s
Pizzeria for 31 years.
Coldwell participates in
The Coldwell Banker Larchmont ofﬁce sales associates were proud to participate in the
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk which was held on Sunday, Oct. 21.
The Village of Mamaroneck Republican Campaign Breakfast will honor Tony
Marsella at its annual breakfast this Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Orienta Beach Club at
9:00 a.m. Please come to honor one of our village’s outstanding citizens.
November 2, 2007 THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT • 19
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in updated kitchen. Set on .66 acre of meticulously
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Larchmont Brokerage 914.833.0420
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ﬂuent German and a smattering of several in life where intelligence and personality long term experienced Certiﬁed Epilight
other languages - and can create culinary is formed. Specialists and a local Bronxville Board
masterpieces in almost any ethnic cuisine. Certiﬁed Plastic Surgeon. Our clients
Carolynn will bring her culinary expertise I would like to take this opportunity feel comfortable knowing we will get to
to bear on the offerings at Auray Cheese to introduce myself as the new owner of know them and design a treatment plan
Shop - and has already done an amazing Andre’s Hardware in Bronxville. Please according to their particular needs and
job at expanding the product mix at Auray. stop in and say hello we are here for you to goals. Call us at 337-5500 or visit us
New cheeses, like Holster Butterkaese, be your neighborhood hardware store. We atwww.hairremovalcenters.com.
Chiantino, Leerdammer, Prima Donna - need your help in getting the store up and
all speak to her knowledge of German and running. Your feedback would be greatly HOLIDAY BEAUTY CELEBRATION
Dutch cuisines. New products like Maest- appreciated. Our hours have been extended AT DERMACARE OF WHITE PLAINS
macher German Pumpernickel bread, Ritter to 7 p.m. and Sundays we are open until Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinic of
Sport chocolates, and Haribo - also greatly 4:30 p.m. We just added Martin Senour White Plains is hosting a holiday beauty open
expand the European product line at Auray. paint and have a computer system to match house on Thursday Nov. 15. Dermacare
Starting Nov. 1, Auray will be able to de- any color. In the coming weeks we will be provides non-surgical, minimally invasive
liver party platters in Larchmont, Mama- adding toys. I am excited and can’t wait The mother/daughter team of Cathy and skin treatments. Services include wrinkles
roneck, Rye, Northern New Rochelle and to meet you so once again let us be your Brianna Billone welcome the opportunity to reduction; skin tightening; sun damage
Scarsdale. We accept phone and email friendly neighborhood store. meet you and show you our environment. Feel and age spot minimization; spider vein
orders. Use your frommagination! auray. free to call, ask questions, and arrange your visit. and hair removal; and reduction of stretch
firstname.lastname@example.org THE L.A. BOXING STORY marks. All the treatments are administered
Sean McCully founded L.A. Boxing THE EPICENTER FOR by Dr. David Minozzi, D.C., Dr. Christian
DOC JAMES CIGARS OPENS in Costa Mesa, California in 1992. L.A. PROFESSIONAL HAIR REMOVAL Guzman, M.D., F.A.C.S., and highly
SECOND STORE Boxing is passionate about helping people experienced nurses. Area residents are
from all walks of life get in the best shape invited to a fall open house to learn about
of their lives through instruction in boxing the latest technology in laser skin care.
and kickboxing. You will ﬁnd at L.A. Refreshments will be served, special
Boxing that our workouts are ﬁfty percent packages and giveaways will be offered
ﬁtness based and ﬁfty percent instructional. every hour between 12 to 9 P.M. Special
Our goal is to help you get in the best shape savings will be offered for the open house
of your life and learn realistic self-defense for Friends and Families. Please email or
at the same time. call to conﬁrm your attendance, Phone: 914-
Committing to a workout plan and then 696-4900, email: whiteplains@dermacare.
executing that plan can be intimidating. com. RSVPs by Monday Nov. 12 will
That is why, at L.A. Boxing, we make your get a free microdermabrasion facial. For
time here motivational and fun. We pump more detailed information on Dermacare’s
high-energy music during the classes; the (L-R) Candida Ambroseo, Pennie Broncati, services, please visit www.dermacare.com
Owned and operated since 1993, Doc instructors are friendly and promote a Dana Wachter JP’S DRY CLEANERS IS OPEN
In today’s fast paced, hectic lifestyle, On Saturday, Oct. 12, JP’S Dry Cleaners
James Cigars and Golf of Shrub Oak, NY positive workout. If you are having fun
we want to be able to offer our clients a of the Southside Plaza located at 134
is scheduled to open their second store this while you workout and see results quickly,
daily routine that requires less personal North Avenue, New Rochelle, (next to the
November in Mamaroneck. we know that we have earned a customer
maintenance. Our advanced Epilight Roaring Rooster), had their ribbon cutting
The 1,200-square-foot store located at for life. At L.A. Boxing we treat our
Hair Removal System allows just that: ceremony to ofﬁcially open their doors.
154 East Boston Post Road, will house members like family. That is why we have
Affordable luxury to pamper yourself, Jp’s Dry Cleaners is a family owned
a state-of-the-art, custom-built, walk-in included in your membership a free, fully
while avoiding the side effects of shaving,
humidor boasting an unparalleled selection customizable diet club at www.laboxing.
tweezing and waxing. BUSINESS BRIEFS continued on p. 24
of premium and hard-to-ﬁnd cigars com.
including the highly esteemed Davidoff The fact is it is not easy to get in shape. It
Cigar, of which they are the sole source takes commitment, work and perseverance
for Westchester. Pipes and custom blended to get the body you want. You could do
tobaccos will also be offered. that the traditional way, by weight training
A beautifully appointed smoking and cardio, which could be mundane and
lounge will feature ﬂat screen televisions, tedious or you could do it quickly while
Wi-Fi capabilities, leather furniture and having fun, learning self defense, gaining
beverages including waters, espresso and conﬁdence and getting the body that you
cappuccino. The store will offer a plethora are looking for.
of cigar and golf accessories and ﬁnely “L.A. Boxing is where you will toughen
crafted humidors for any smoker’s need. up while you shape up.”
Custom walnut cabinetry will display an
impressive collection of golf apparel and GET “NURTURED”
customers can order golf clubs directly IN NEW ROCHELLE
through the store. The Nurtury has recently experienced its
A foremost provider of cigars and grand opening in New Rochelle, NY. Here
humidors for Golf Clubs throughout at the Nurtury we will nurture 4 Infants and
Westchester and Connecticut, Doc James 10 toddlers in a wonderful private home
is a valuable source for corporate golf designed just for them. We will run as a full
outings, offering several gift options for time daycare with our hours of operation
players. Cigar dinners are very popular being 7:30-5:30 Monday thru Friday,
which Doc James can co-host or simply twelve months of the year. We know this
supply and their lounge will be available will allow all working parents the freedom
22 • THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT November 2, 2007
A “magic” event at The Rye Arts Center
The RyeArts Center announces The Magic Head Start and Carver Center After-School to the Purchase performances (Nov. 30 and chaired by Gail Harrison Roman of
of Storybook Dance: Original Illustrations Program. In addition, renowned poet Ted - Dec. 2) will be available at the Center Harrison and Betsy Bober Polivy and
for Children’s Books, with Costumes and Scheu will meet with school groups to throughout the afternoon. Lori Belilove’s Alison Wise of Purchase; and Elyse Faltz
Artifacts from the World of Dance. This discuss his work and to motivate students’ troupe of young costumed dancers from of Larchmont chairs the dance exhibits.
unique exhibition, to be held at the Center interest in reading and writing poetry. the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation will Linda Goldstein of Rye chairs hospitality,
from November 4th – December 15th, will The Rye Arts Center will offer docented be on hand to greet guests as well. Visitors and Deborah Boillot of Rye and Mickie
focus on art created for books written and tours of the exhibition as well as age- will be able to watch artists draw at easels Kerson of Harrison act as community
illustrated for children on many different appropriate interactive demonstrations and to purchase books, which they can have liaisons. Marilyn Gasparini of Rye
forms of dance, including ballet, ballroom, and participatory workshops. Amy Sewell, signed by illustrators and authors present at represents the Center’s Gallery Committee.
jazz, and modern. Original paintings and creator of Mad Hot Ballroom, will speak to the Opening. For information: www. ryeartscenter.org;
drawings will be on view in the Gallery, school groups about the ground-breaking The Magic of Story Book Art… is curated 914-967-0700 x 33.
which will feature the debut of the complete ballroom-dance program in public schools,
set of paintings by Susan Jeffers for her which is chronicled in the ﬁlm and which
Nutcracker, due to be published this fall
by Harper Collins Publishers. Elaborate
costumes and props on loan from the
has recently been imported to Rye.
The Opening will take place on Sunday,
November 4th from 2-5 pm and will consist
Ongoing programs at
Purchase College Conservatory of Dance,
the JCC of Mid-Westchester Dance School,
and the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation
of a cornucopia of multi-media events.
Author Paul duBois Jacobs and dancer
Jennifer Swender will offer a storytelling-
will enhance the exhibit and introduce
visitors to the splendor and excitement of
the dance world.
and-movement workshop. Yan Burke,
hip-hop teacher at the Purchase College
Conservatory of Dance, will offer a
Others whose works will be on view workshop in this popular dance form. Paws A While
include Leo and Diane Dillon, Jules There will be a video montage of dance Drop into the library and read to Charley & Nettie, certiﬁed therapy dogs
Feiffer, Rachel Isadora, Steven Kellogg, performances and ﬁlms, created for this that love to be read to! Open to All Ages. The dogs are here the 1st & 3rd
Betsy and Ted Lewin, E.B. Lewis, Patricia exhibit by Evan Polivy, a resident of Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m.
Polacco, Dr. Seuss, and Peter Sis, among Purchase and a student at Rhode Island
many other illustrators. Susan Jeffers, School of Design. Principal Clarita Zeppie Storytime Groups
Alyssa Capucilli, and ﬁve-time Caldecott will join Ms. Sewell in introducing her Age Ranges from 6 months through 5 year olds
Honor winner Brian Pinkney, whose works Osborn School students to demonstrate Registration Required. Monday through Saturdays. Call for availability.
will also be on view, will each spend a day ballroom dancing. Children can be Teacher in the Library
at the Center addressing school groups photographed with costumed performers
(by appointment), as well as special from the Purchase College Dance Corps’s Monday-Thursdays: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Grades K-8
presentations for children in Port Chester’s Nutcracker’07 from 3-4pm, and tickets Now through June 12, 2008. Local teachers from the Rye Neck School
District are here to help with homework questions!
Chess for Kids & Teens
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. now thru December 13th.
Want to learn? Need some pointers? Perhaps just someone to challenge?
Join our teen volunteers for a rousing Battle of Wits! All Skill Levels
Welcome. Grades K-12.
Roots & Shoots
Alternate Fridays 10/26-12/7: 4-5 p.m.: Ages 8& Up
Be a part of Jane Goodall’s global network of young people & show your
concern for the environment.
Young Critics Clubs
Alternate Fridays 11/2-12/14: 4-5 p.m.
Grades 1-3 / Grades 4-6. Bring a favorite book to share with other avid
Special Event Programs
Library Sleepover in celebration of The Big Read & National Children’s
Saturday November 10th: 7 p.m. thru Sunday November 11th: 7A.M.
Sign-up required. Need Parent Volunteers. Call for details.
Holiday Gift-Making for Kids
Saturday December 1st @ 2:30 p.m.: Grades 1-5.
Meets Tuesdays once per month: Nov. 27, Dec. 18 : 7-8 p.m.
Teen book discussion group, discuss what you like to read, not what you
have to! Snacks & refreshments provided!
Teen Movie Night
Friday, 11/2: Doors Open 6:30 p.m. / Movie Starts 7 p.m.
Big Screen / Surround Sound / Free Snacks & Rafﬂes. Grades 6-12.
Holiday Gift-Making for Teens
Wednesday: November 28th: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Grades 6-12
Registration Required. Space & Materials Limited.
For more information on these events please call 698-1250 x24
November 2, 2007 THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT • 23
Channel Monday 11/5 Tuesday 11/6 Wednesday 11/7 Thursday 11/8 Friday 11/9
6pm- Meet the Candidates- 7pm- LMC News- (all 8pm- Hands on 6pm- Larchmont Arts 7pm- LMC News
TOM (R) week) Gardening- Dahlias Fair 8pm- The
6:30 Meet the 8pm Carmine’s Arena 8:30pm- LMC-TV 8pm- Lisa- Miracle Songcatchers Present-
Candidates- TOM (D)
8:30pm- Conversations Summer Workshop- League of Westchester Choir Camp Concert
7:30pm- Poetry Moments
with Dr. Marian- Instilling Morning Scoop 9pm- Larchmont Today 8:30 Bandfest 2007
8:30pm- Hope in the Bible
9pm- Meet the Candidates Values in Children 9pm- LMC-TV Summer 9:30pm Election Night 9pm- Future Choices
WCL (R) 9pm Election Night Workshop- Foresight Nov 2007 9:30pm- A Town and
9:30pm Meet the LIVE 10pm- Conservation Cafe Village Two
Candidates- WCL (D) 10pm- Carmine’s
11pm- Meet the Candidates- Arena
VOM (D) 10:30pm- RNHS
11:30 Meet the Candidates- Programming
7pm- Rye Neck School 7:30pm- Mamaroneck 8:15pm- Town of 7pm Village of 6pm- Mamaroneck
Board Meeting 10/17 School Board Meeting Mamaroneck Board of Mamaroneck Planning School Board
LIVE Trustees LIVE Board Meeting LIVE Meeting 11/6
9pm- Town of
of Trustees 11/7
6pm- Changed Forever 6pm- Assembly Update 6pm- Progressive News 8pm- Swept Away- 6pm- Election Night
7pm- Free Speech / 8pm- CMS and You- Network- Why Impeach Fright Night Nov 2007
Democracy Now (all 8:30pm- Journey to the Now 8:30pm- League of 9pm-
week) East- 8pm- The Reading Lady- Women Voters- New Almost Anything
8pm- Education News 9pm- Vital Signs- Heart Goodnight, Knight Rochelle Goes Short Video
Parents Can Use- English Disease 9pm- Going Global with 9pm- Jobs and Careers- Contest-
Version 9:30pm- Chat with the UN Ernie Davis Documentaries and
9pm- Education News Glendora 9:30pm- Westchester 10pm- Vital Signs- PSAs
Parents Can Use- English 10pm- Ticked Off Board of Legislators 11pm- Hardﬁre
Prints and watercolors on paper
and silk at Larchmont Library
to 4:30 p.m.
Kendall has a Master of Fine Arts
from Pratt Institute and has studied
printing in Bali. Her show includes
wood block prints and watercolors.
Michel’s works focus on Brittany,
Burgundy and Provence, in France,
and Guadeloupe. She fell in love with
the art of painting on silk in 1981 and
has been perfecting her skill ever since
in both this medium and watercolor
on paper. Using silk from Lyons -- the
ﬁnest available -- she draws her subject
with ﬁne liquid glue. She then paints
Artist Annie Michel with special watercolors, ﬁxes the
colors with high, wet heat, and washes,
The Larchmont Public Library is irons and stretches the ﬁnished piece.
presenting paintings and prints by Caty The lighthearted charming results of her
Kendall, and water media on silk and labors belie the demanding technique
paper in a show titled “Blue Sky” by and time required for each piece.
Annie Michel in the Oresman Gallery The exhibit is on view Nov.
during November. A reception will 5-29 during regular library hours. For
be held at the gallery for Ms. Kendall further information, call the library at
on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 3:00 834-2281.
24 • THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT November 2, 2007
from p. 21
business. They bring 20+ years of Colarossi as vice president, director of and has lived in Eastchester since 1965. NEW MEMBER WITH
knowledge in the dry cleaning industry to property management and construction. She worked recently as a Middle School PRUDENTIAL CENTENNIAL
New Rochelle. They build relationships Teacher at the Westchester School and is the REALTY’S BRONXVILLE TEAM
with their customers by giving them the founder of woman’s Twilight Golf at Lake
attention they deserve. Customer service Isle. Donna earned a BA in Journalism
is always their #1 priority. They believe in from NYU and a MS in Education from the
providing their customers with the highest College of New Rochelle.
level of dry cleaning without the high Ken Marx joins as an Associate Broker.
costs. Ken has been a resident of Garth Road in
Their motto is “Our Customers are our Eastchester for 25 years and comes from a
best advertisers,” so stop in, check out their Real Estate Family. He is an attorney and a
prices, give them a try. If you like them, member of the New York State Bar.
tell your friends, if you don’t like them
please tell them! Your feedback makes
Their hours are Mondays and Fridays Michael Colarossi
7:15am-7:00pm, Tuesdays - Thursdays Mr. Colarossi joined Simone Michael Stout
7:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays 7:30 Development in 2000 and has been Michael Stout, an experienced, licensed real
a.m. - 6:00 p.m. responsible for construction and estate sales person, is now with Prudential
Any questions on what services they maintenance activities at the company’s Centennial Realty’s Bronxville-area team
offer, please call them at 914-355-2109.? If core portfolio of commercial properties. headed by managing broker Donna Tierney.
you ﬁnd it more convenient you may email His added responsibilities now include all Formerly with Ragette Realtors in Bronx-
them at email@example.com or just aspects of tenant relations and retention as ville, where she also lived for 11 years,
stop in anytime. well as optimizing the economic value of Stout earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts
properties. Mr. Colarossi is a resident of from the School of Visual Arts and her
ENT AND ALLERGY Katonah, NY. Ken Marx Bachelors degree in anthropology at Hunt-
ASSOCIATES, LLP ANNOUNCES Headquartered in New Rochelle, Simone Sara Adams joins as a Sales Associate. er College. Michael has a unique under-
CONTRACT AGREEMENT Development Companies is a full service She is a resident of Eastchester and has standing of building materials, especially
WITH AETNA real estate investment company specializing lived in Westchester most of her life. She stones and marbles. She is also knowledge-
ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, in the acquisition and development of ofﬁce, lives with her husband Bill who is an able about plants and landscaping. .
the tri-state area’s preeminent and most retail, industrial and residential properties owner of Hill and Adams Inc., a plumbing “We’re pleased to have Michael with us,”
comprehensive team of physicians in the in the tri-state area. The privately held and heating company. said Mark Nadler, president and principal
ﬁelds of Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy care, company owns and manages an extensive broker of the ﬁrm. “She has proven to be a
announced today that it has successfully range of commercial projects from multi- real asset to her buying and selling clients.”
reached a new, ﬁve-year agreement with building ofﬁce parks to retail and industrial Prudential Centennial Realty
Aetna, effective November 1, 2007. space in Westchester County, Queens, the Prudential Centennial Realty has been
Under the new agreement, Aetna Bronx, Long Island and Connecticut. The a leader in Westchester’s residential real
members will continue to have access to company’s portfolio of more than 90 real estate market since 1981. Dedicated to
ENT and Allergy physicians as in-network estate properties totals approximately 4 creating winning results for its clients
providers. million square feet of development space. and agents delivered with integrity,
“We welcome this agreement providing professionalism and caring, Prudential
Aetna’s members with uninterrupted NEW AGENTS AT Centennial has consistently ranked among
access to our practice, which has recently CLAIR D. LEONE REAL ESTATE the top 4% of realtors in Westchester in
added several leading edge subspecialties- Four new agents have joined the Real terms of volume. The family owned ﬁrm
including Neuro-otology (treatment of Estate Ofﬁce of Claire D. Leone Real had record earnings in each of the past
complex hearing and inner ear disease), Estate: Sarah Adams three years and established Global Real
laryngology (treatment of voice disorders), Estate Connections, a wholly owned
sleep medicine and head and neck cancer EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATING subsidiary in 2006. Prudential Centennial
screening in clinical afﬁliation with CERTIFICATION AWARDED has approximately 75 agents and is the
The Mount Sinai Medical Center,” said Thirty-eight agents with the Westchester exclusive provider of real estate listings for
Dr. Wayne Eisman, Board-Certiﬁed Real Estate, Inc. group have recently earned Yahoo! Real Estate. For more information,
Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon, the title “Certiﬁed Skilled Negotiator”. call Mark Nadler at 914-723-5225, or go to
and President of ENT and Allergy These agents, in addition to a graduating http://www.prudentialcentennial.com.
Associates. class of 80 Westchester Real Estate agents
Aetna provides health beneﬁts to nearly in May, are currently the only ones in the
two million members in the metropolitan
areas of New York and in northern New
NY metro area to earn this prestigious
certiﬁcation. Send us
Jersey. In order to earn their certiﬁcation, agents
The Aetna agreement follows on the attended an intensive training program, your
heels of ENT and Allergy Associates, Dorthy Mutz followed by written and practical testing to
LLP’s successful negotiation of a ﬁve year
provider agreement with Empire Blue
Dorothy Mutz, Associate Broker has
been a Realtor for over 20 years and has
demonstrate mastery in negotiating skills.
The agents who have completed the
Cross/Blue Shield, completed this past
been a consistent Multi-Million Dollar
Producer serving Scarsdale, Eastchester,
Certiﬁed Skilled Negotiator program are
from Westchester Real Estate, Inc. ofﬁces
About ENT & Allergy Associates, Yonkers and Bronxville. She cultivates her throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess,
LLP skills by attending real estate seminars and New York City and Fairﬁeld counties, The business briefs
ENT and Allergy has 76 physicians in classes. Dorothy lives in Westchester with including Bronxville-Ley Real Estate in section runs the ﬁrst week
24 ofﬁce locations in Westchester, Putnam, her husband Bill and has 3 children and 5 Bronxville, Century 21 Wolff in White
Orange, Dutchess and Rockland counties, grandsons. Plains, Billingsley Realty in Katonah & of every month. Each
New York City and northern New Jersey. Mahopac, C.S. McClellan Real Estate submission can include
in Pelham, Gillian Stewart Real Estate
Each location provides a full complement
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Pediatric ENT, Allergy, Asthma, Clinical Hastings-on-Hudson, River Towns GMAC between 175-225 words.
Immunology, Diagnostic Audiology, Real Estate in Croton-on-Hudson, Tri-Crest
Realty in Eastchester, CB Hunt Kennedy
Please send any submission
including hearing aid testing and hearing
aid dispensing (visit www.entandallergy. in Manhattan, and Barbara Cleary’s for our December issue
com for more information). Realty Guild in New Canaan, CT. The to firstname.lastname@example.org by
program was supported by CitiBank and
PROMOTION ANNOUNCED AT CitiMortgage, and held at their executive Friday, Nov 23. If you
SIMONE DEVELOPMENT conference center. have any questions, email
COMPANIES To ﬁnd a Certiﬁed Skilled Negotiator in
your area, contact Gail Fattizzi at 914-961- Asst. Editor Dan Gabel at
Simone Development Companies, a full
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Donna DeMarco has also joined the ofﬁce
has announced the appointment of Michael
November 2, 2007 THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT • 25
Book & the Cook series debuts at Plates
Food writers and the foods they published and will be on sale at a 35% Chef Rick Gencarelli of Shelburne
feature will be on the table at Plates discount. Farms will share food and stories from
Restaurant in Larchmont this fall. A Gordon and Chef Karp have together Vermont. Their new book, Cooking
new Book & the Cook series brings created a menu featuring chocolate in with Shelburne Farms, contains their
writers and their new books to the four savory and two sweet courses, philosophy about healthy food systems
kitchen and customers of Chef Matthew each paired with wine. Starting with and recipes from the Shelburne Farms
Karp, owner of Plates. Wasabe peanuts dusted in Cocoa Restaurant, which Gourmet magazine
The series begins Thursday, Nov. 8, at powder and continuing on to traditional just named as one of the 100 best
7:00 p.m. with a “Discover Chocolate” Mole Poblano and Choctal Cocoa farm-to-fork restaurants in the U.S.
Wine Tasting Dinner designed to Crunch, Gordon will reveal not just Created in 1880 as a model farm
explore the range of chocolate from his extensive knowledge of chocolate, and agricultural estate, Shelburne
savory to sweet. International chocolate but his unique skill at pairing it with Farms continues that vision today as
expert Clay Gordon, a Larchmont adult beverages. (Complete menu a nonproﬁt environmental education
resident, will provide information and wine lineup are available at www. center, working farm and inn. More
on the provenance, history and styles Platesonthepark.com/chocolate-menu. than 120,000 visitors each year visit
of one of the world’s favorite foods. html.) Admission is $100, including the 1,400 acres of pristine farmland.
His book, Discover Chocolate: The wine; tax and gratuity additional. For the ﬁve-course dinner, Chef Karp
Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting, On Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m., and Chef Gencarelli will use recipes
and Enjoying Fine Chocolate, was just food writer Melissa Pasanen and Head from the farm and farm produce such
as Shelburne Farms cheeses, oven-
CONTRACT from page 1 roasted apple butters and spiced
One of the many concerns that the the contract hasn’t been settled. maple nuts. Both chefs butcher whole
teachers have is how long the process “A teacher’s salary schedule is in animals in their respective kitchens,
will take. Since the district hired a law steps and the steps are based on their and the menu will include slow-roasted
ﬁrm, Ingerman Smith LLP, to negotiate experience: if you start here as new meats and hand-made pastas. Access to
the contrat there has been a lot of teacher (last year) you could start on both chefs and the writer will provide
concern on how long the process will step one, and after a year you move up time for Q & A, food insight and
take. to the following step and that’s a salary kitchen tips. Admission to the evening
“We want to settle this as quickly as increase from one step to the next. On is $75, with tax and gratuity additional.
possible,” said Borsellino. top of that they negotiate a raise, so it’s Cookbooks will also be available at a Recipes from two new books will be
Superintendent Fried had similar the step increase plus the raise,” said 35% discount and can be signed for on the table Nov. 8.
sentiments to Borsellino, but he wanted Fried. gift-giving.
to emphasize that the delay was not So while many teachers will still For additional information and 834-1244. The restaurant is located at
intentional and that the district was get a salary increase they won’t get a reservations, please call Plates at 121 Myrtle Boulevard in Larchmont.
working as quickly as they could. raise because the contract hasn’t been
“We are interested in having a settled, but teachers who have worked
contract that’s settled and fair. We think in the district for over 13 years are no
our teachers are terriﬁc we want to pay longer eligible for a salary increase and
them well we want term and conditions were awaiting a raise.
in the contract that’s fair to them and “That’s almost 50 % of us who don’t
fair to the distinct,” said Fried. get a salary increase,” said Sherwood.
According Linda Sherwood, the While the speciﬁc negotiations are
teacher Chief Negotiator for the conﬁdential, Sherwood said that the
contract, there were no lawyers teachers have 16 proposals and the
involved with the last teacher contract, administrators have 56 proposals. The
which was created four years ago, number one concern of the MTA is
and this probably was one of the key whether or not the district will impose
reasons it did not take so long. on teacher time outside of the classroom
“Because there were no lawyers, we during their work hours, namely prep
were able to meet all the time and if time. According to Sherwood the
something came up that day, we could teachers believe that their time not
carve out an hour here and there,” said spent with students should remain ﬂuid
Sherwood. for such activities as developing lesson
Superintendent Fried said that the plans, meeting with individual students,
practice of having lawyers involved doing paperwork or conferring with
in negations was very prevalent in colleagues. The district is seeking
many districts, but Borsellino is also more control of that time.
concerned that because she feels Seven meetings have been scheduled
Ingerman Smith has had a history for the MTA and the district from now
of protracted negotiations in Rye, until Christmas break, but during the
Harrison, Bronxville, Mt. Pleasant, last contract process sometimes there
Bedford, and Katonah-Lewisboro. were meetings ﬁve days in a row.
Sherwood, who is also an English “It’s very up in the air; we haven’t
Teacher at Mamaroneck High School, been able to discuss anything deﬁnitive
felt that there was a lot less explaining because we haven’t discussed the
without lawyers because the district issues,” said Sherwood.
representatives and the MTA were The district hired a consultant to
familiar with the building. dramatically cut health costs and there
“I think that the feeling is that since will be a presentation on November
you don’t have a new contract that 14 about those ﬁndings. This will be a
you’re not being appreciated, and I think large step toward ﬁnding a resolution.
that’s the concern that teachers have. “We will hear a report on health
Why won’t they just settle and give us costs; we are always trying to provide
a new contact,” said Sherwood. health care at the best possible rate.
Teachers like Sherwood, who have Right now our teachers have health care
worked in the district for over 13 years, and 100% of its paid by the distinct,”
will not be receiving a raise because said Fried.
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November 2, 2007 THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT • 27
FIELDS FOR KIDS from p. 1
authorized a lease agreement with the take responsibility for the landscaped
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for island that will be located at the end of
the use of the Senior Center; at that Championship Drive, the storm water
time the lease was not signed because detention area. The sewage from the
VFW wanted to amend some of the subdivision will be carried through
terms, such as allowing the town to landscaped island and through the
use the entire facility Monday through property of the Winged Foot Country
Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Club to a manhole on Old White Plains
adjusting the rent, and adding a clause Road. Westchester County Department
that would permit the parking of the of Health has insisted that the town will
senior bus at the site 24/7. The town be responsible for maintaining these
voted to approve these changes. sewer lines.
The Town also approved an easement The town voted to move their Nov.
agreement from the Elmcroft Estates 21 meeting to Nov. 20 and approved
Subdivision which will now have a the minutes from September and the
homeowners’ association that will ﬁrst meeting in October.
SKATEBOARDING from p. 16
and basketball,” said Brown. Brown and the skateboarders felt like By Paul Bookbinder, M.I.D. to look stylish once more.
At the last Board meeting, Mayor the idea was rejected. More and more people are turning Augmentation and reduction are
Phil Triﬁletti suggested that the boys go “It was frustrating to get shut down to cosmetic surgery to improve also popular options in C-K-S. You
back to the recreation department who and we really thought we had something their personal appearance. Tummy may feel that some of your parts
sent them to the Harbor Island Master set and the Rec Department didn’t have tucks, Botox, and liposuction are too small or some too large.
Plan Implementation Committee. He any problem,” said Brown. offer people a new improved look, You may want to remove some
also encouraged the boys not to give In the meantime, Brown said that he without the headache of working unsightly protuberances. With
up. would try and pursue putting the skate hard or starting over again from augmentation or reduction you
“Don’t throw your hand in the air,” park elsewhere in January, but at the scratch. These techniques are so can add, remove and change up to
said Triﬁletti. same time he is tired of bureaucracy widespread, and have been so 10% of your kitchens’ total volume
But it seemed too late, because and has a store to run. successful, that there was no reason and still realize substantial savings
not to apply similar methodology when compared to a complete
to modern kitchen remodeling. transplant.
Tenth Annual Stein Lecture Why start over if you don’t have
Recent (scientiﬁc) studies
Contouring countertops is yet
another option, but this alternative
deserves special attention. Surgical
on Alzheimer’s disease at indicate that 8.5 out of 10 people
can beneﬁt from “Cosmetic Kitchen
solutions on existing counters are
difﬁcult, (and may not last), so
Sarah Neuman Surgery” (C-K-S). And more
importantly, the procedure is much
faster, safer, and more economical
replacements are the best solution
for these surfaces. With the
plethora of solid surface materials
The tenth annual Stein Lecture of AD;” and Eileen Chichin, PhD, than a complete transplant. As with available today, these new areas
on Alzheimer’s disease, offering co-director, Greenberg Center on any restoration technique there are can be sculptured into pleasing,
continuing education credits for Ethics, The Jewish Home and Hospital various options available to the organic curves, eliminating the
physicians, social workers and Lifecare System, “Palliative Care and patient. Although the prerequisite harsh angles that you may have
administrators, will be held Nov. Ethical Issues.” requirements for C-K-S are not been struggling with, all of your
13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Tisch The free lecture is funded by the stringent, in order to qualify for this life.
Auditorium at Sarah Neuman Center Marion Stein Endowment Fund process your underlying structure When your ready to investigate
for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, for Specialized Training, Services must be sound in order to beneﬁt “Cosmetic Kitchen Surgery”
845 Palmer Avenue, Mamaroneck. and Programs for Residents with from this procedure. make sure you chose a board
Admission is free. There is no charge Alzheimer’s Disease. The endowment For a basic facelift, the least certiﬁed (National Kitchen &
for continuing education credits. was established with a major gift from invasive technique is to apply Bath Association) specialist. Their
Panelists and topics include: the late Mrs. Alfred Slaner as a tribute permanent, make-up (paint) to the extensive training will ensure a
Pasquale Fonzetti, M.D., clinical to the late Marion Stein, a dedicated face of the cabinets and then afﬁx pleasant, successful experience
assistant professor of neurology, long-standing member of the Board new door and drawer fronts. This resulting in a natural, beautiful and
Cornell University, Weill Medical of Trustees at Sarah Neuman, the procedure is commonly referred healthy kitchen. Unfortunately,
College, Burke Rehabilitation Westchester Division of The Jewish to as “a partial reface.” Combine most HMO insurance does not
Hospital, “Progressive Stages of Home and Hospital Lifecare System. this process with new jewelry, like cover procedures such as these.
Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia;” Della For reservations or additional knobs, pulls, or molding and this However, the expense, which is
Frazier-Rios, RN, MS, Alzheimer’s information, please call becomes a fast and prudent way to minimal when compared with a full
Association, “Understanding and (914) 864-5690. make an exciting change to your transplant, will give you renewed
Coping With Behavioral Symptoms otherwise dreary appearance. conﬁdence and pride in the way
For a more dramatic approach, your kitchen looks and feels. And,
we must consider peels and skin citing those same (scientiﬁc) studies
grafting; i.e. a full-reface. A number that were previously mentioned,
of materials can be bonded to your if your kitchen feels better, guess
existing surfaces, in various colors who else will feel better?
or patterns. Unattractive creases
and wrinkles can be smoothed Paul Bookbinder, M.I.D., is
out to give your exterior a silky president of DreamWork Kitchens,
smooth texture. Exciting new color Inc. located in Mamaroneck, New
combinations can be explored to York. A Master of Design (Pratt
contrast the basic foundation with Institute), he is an advisor for
the highlights. Kitchen & Bath Design News and
What about those unsightly, a member of the Advisory Panel of
sagging areas that embarrass you Professional Remodeler magazine.
so? With a tuck here and a tuck A member of the National Kitchen
there, sagging cabinets can be and Bath Association for the past
tightened up and made to look new 15 years, he can be reached for
again. And, at the same time those questions at 914-777-0437 or
wavy looking “eyebrows” over the www.dreamworkkitchens.com.
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A muddy victory in Mamaroneck
King and fellow senior running back attempt, Poughkeepsie head coach Ken
Max Rios, it was King who drew ﬁrst Barger elected to go for the two-point
blood with a scoring run late in the conversion, his decision assuredly
ﬁrst quarter. The rain intensiﬁed by based on the whipping winds and
the end of the quarter and it was slow heavy rain. King came into the game
sledding for both squads as Mother as an extra defensive back and teamed
Nature drenched the ﬁeld. The track with junior cornerback/wide receiver
down the middle of the ﬁeld between Gabe Arias to knock down McCabe’s
the 20s showed basically no grass, just lob to the corner of the end zone.
a brownish puddle of much through From there, it was all Mamaroneck.
which both teams plodded back The Tigers put the game away for good
and forth. on two magniﬁcent scoring runs, one
Poughkeepsie mounted a controversial apiece from King and Rios. King broke
scoring drive in the second quarter away from the line of scrimmage and
Mamaroneck quarterback Andrew Benkwitt tries to avoid the pressure of an to bring the game within one point at outran the secondary to pay dirt for a
oncoming Pioneer blitz. Benkwitt threw only twice on the rain-soaked 7-6 after senior quarterback Clinton 32-yard score and Rios bounced off
afternoon, but led his team to a victory in Saturday’s non-league match up McCabe snuck in from one yard out. two would-be tacklers and rumbled
against Poughkeepsie. Photo/Josh M. Shreckengost The drive was marked by questionable 30-yards for his touchdown scamper.
calls, most notably a phantom late hit Mamaroneck’s 13 points in the third
By Josh M. Shreckengost conditions were tough, but it would that extended Poughkeepsie’s scoring quarter sealed the game and ended the
The soggy, mud-covered ﬁeld at have taken a Category 5 Hurricane drive after the Pioneers failed to day’s scoring.
Mamaroneck High School made to stop Mamaroneck’s Roy King. convert a 3rd and long. Mamaroneck With the 20-6 victory, Mamaroneck
Saturday’s non-league tussle between The six-foot, senior tailback played looked to have Poughkeepsie stopped improved to 5-3 on the year and
the Tigers and visiting Poughkeepsie the role of workhorse all afternoon, once again inside the 5 when the back notched their fourth victory in their past
Pioneers interesting to say the very carrying the ball 19 times for 124 yards judge threw a ﬂag for pass interference 5 contests. Poughkeepsie fell to 2-6 on
least. Both coaches instructed their and two scores as the Tigers beat the in the end zone. The call prompted a the year. The win marked the Tigers’
sidelines’ ball handlers to towel Pioneers, 20-6. loud and unhappy reaction by the fans fourth home victory of the season (4-1
down the wet, dirty pigskins between The only score of the opening quarter who had weathered the storm to take at Mamaroneck) and gives Peterson’s
nearly every play. The strategy kept came courtesy of King after a good in the afternoon’s game. The latter squad a bit of momentum as they head
the game clean for the most part, but drive by the Mamaroneck offense. penalty set the Pioneers up at the 1 to Mahopac this weekend to take on
missed snaps and slippery fumbles While Tigers head coach Harry yard line and McCabe snuck in on the 6-2 Indians.
dotted the afternoon’s game. The ﬁeld Peterson divvied up the carries between 1st down. Eschewing the point after
30 • THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT November 2, 2007
Mamaroneck edges Yorktown
The Tigers were victorious in their ﬁrst playoff
game of the year. Photos/Marc Iacovelli
By Marc Iacovelli a rain-soaked ﬁeld at the Holy Child
A vocal crowd of more than 100 School in Rye.
people came out to watch the ﬁeld Mamaroneck started off the game in
hockey quarterﬁnal game between dominating fashion, keeping the ball
the third ranked Mamaroneck Tigers in the opponents’ end for the ﬁrst ﬁve
against number eleven-seed Yorktown minutes of the game. Mamaroneck
Tigers. Despite the weather being took shot after shot, corner after corner,
in the high 60’s, the clouds were out but wasn’t able to take advantage of the
and rain fell on and off throughout the great start.
game. But not even the weather could “I thought in the ﬁrst six or seven
dampen the emotion and suspense this minutes we were knocking on the door
game provided for their friends and and we were in their end, had four or
families. The game was close, but the ﬁve penalty corners, and that’s when
Mamaroneck Tigers advanced to the you really got to score,” Mamaroneck
next round of the playoffs as they took coach John Savage said.
down the Tigers of Yorktown 2-0 on The only problem was Mamaroneck
TIGERS continued on next page
November 2, 2007 THE SOUND & TOWN REPORT • 31
in battle of Tigers
didn’t, and Yorktown turned their and score one or two more goals, and
game around and brought the pressure with a 1-0 lead you don’t back up and
back on the rest of the half. It was the start playing conservative,” explained
ﬁrst playoff game of the season for Savage.
Mamaroneck, and one could imagine Well, Savage’s game plan worked
there were some butterﬂies. as Mamaroneck scored off of a
“I think we were all a little nervous, Reddicliffe corner 10 minutes later
but we know what we had to do when sealing the game and putting the Tigers
we were out there; everybody kept into semiﬁnals.
trying and no one gave up, we were “I reversed sweeped it, she [the
just having a tough time,” said Anna goalie] kicked it out, and I lifted it into
Reddicliffe who led the Tigers with a the right corner,” Reddicliffe said.
goal and assist. It was her second point of the game.
The half ended with a 0-0 tie, as It was a play she knows all too well.
the favorite Mamaroneck looked for “Oh yeah, we practice it, we were
answers heading into the second half. practicing it in the pouring rain all day
The game remained scoreless till on [Friday],” she said.
about eight minutes into the second After the teams shook hands, and
half when Joanna Lyons ﬁnally put congratulated one another, Yorktown
Mamaroneck ahead with a goal after a exited the ﬁeld as Savage addressed his
beautiful pass from Reddicliffe. team in one of the corners of the ﬁeld.
While most teams would sit on a one After several minutes the team broke
goal lead in tough conditions, especially the huddle, and led by Reddicliffe,
in a playoff game, Mamaroneck took the Mamaroneck Tigers were on to
the opposite approach and kept the the semiﬁnals. When she was asked
pressure on Yorktown. for a ﬁnal comment after the game,
“Actually when we score, it always Reddicliffe said with a smile, “It’s Mamaroneck came out ﬁring
seems then we get more aggressive, going to be a good rest of the season.” early during Saturday’s match
more positive and we usually come out and kept the pressure on to notch
a 2-0 win.
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