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NRC Upholds Ruling
Full House Present for Yorktown Inauguration Forcing Indian Point
By Sylvan Lane
Close to 150 people crammed into
Yorktown’s Town Hall Sunday as the
to Review Measures
town rang in the New Year with the
inauguration of six elected officials, three
of which are serving their first terms at By Rick Pezzullo
their new positions. The federal Nuclear Regulatory
“Today is a special day for the Town Commission (NRC) has rejected an
of Yorktown,” said Councilman Terrance attempt by the owners of the Indian Point
Murphy, who gave the ceremony’s nuclear power plants to seek relicensing
opening remarks and presided over the without completing legally required
inauguration with fellow Councilman analyses of the Buchanan facility’s severe
Vishnu Patel and Town Justice Salvatore accident mitigation measures.
Lagonia. Entergy, owners of Indian Point, had
Jan. 1 marked the first day of the terms challenged a July 15 ruling by the Atomic
of Town Justice Gary J. Raniolo (R), Safety and Licensing Board, which
Councilman David Paganelli (R), and supported a stance taken by state Attorney
Town Supervisor Michael Grace (R). General Eric Schneiderman.
Michael Kaplowitz (D) and John Testa (R) “While Entergy might prefer to treat
were re-elected as County Legislators, as severe accidents as impossibilities, the
was Nicholas J. Bianco (R) as Councilman. millions of people who live and work
Following the official entrance of the SYlvan lane Photo near Indian Point rightfully expect more,”
six officials with bagpipes, the recitation Schneiderman said about the Dec. 22 NRC
Yorktown’s newest town supervisor Michael Grace is sworn in during Sunday’s inauguration ceremony. decision. “My office will continue to take
continued on page 11
every action necessary to ensure Indian
Point complies with all applicable laws
Popp Named ‘Man of the Year’ and regulations, and that the surrounding
communities are protected.”
Dr. Mike Popp, vice president of the Yorktown Chamber of As part of the relicensing process,
Commerce, was designated “Man of the Year” by the Hudson Valley nuclear power plants are mandated to
Occupational Medicine Center, which is affiliated with the Mount identify the environmental impacts that
Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental could be caused by a severe accident and
Medicine. Popp has been the program director for the Lower Hudson provide analyses of actions facilities could
Building and Construction Trades Employee Assistance Program take to protect the public if an accident
for over 22 years. He is also a member of Laborers Local 601. The were to occur. In its environmental
program serves union members and their families in the Hudson review, Entergy identified such measures
Valley dealing with problems that affect them on or off the job. at Indian Point units II and III, including
“In grateful recognition of your dedication and commitment to flood protection and auxiliary power
the health and safety of our patients and workers across the Hudson improvements.
Valley,” reads the inscription on the award. Schneiderman had argued that the NRC
Popp is a Vietnam veteran and retired New York City police officer. is obligated to require Entergy complete
He has been decorated in both uniforms. a review of cost beneficial measures
Pictured left to right: John Gentile, C.W.A. Local 1103, chairman or require the measures be adopted,
of the board and Dr. Mike Popp. continued on page 2
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HVHC Offers Smoking
Ossining Inaugurates Town, Village Trustees Cession Program
By Sam Barron
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The Village and Town of Ossining When making their list of New Year’s
kicked off the New Year by inaugurating resolutions, for many quit smoking
village and town trustees. appears. Hudson Valley Hospital Center
Bob Daraio and Manuel Quezada (HVHC) is offering a four-week smoking
joined the Ossining Village Board while cessation program to help members of the
Eric Blaha joined the Ossining Town community stop smoking. The program
Board. Geoffrey Harter kicked off his is offered to reinforce the message that
sixth term on the town board. quitting is possible.
Sue Donnelly took over as Ossining’s Sara Oppenheim will host the smoking
new town supervisor in place of cessation workshop every Thursday in
Catherine Borgia. She was inaugurated as January at 6 p.m. at the Dempsey House,
Westchester County Legislator of District 1992 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor.
9, which represents Ossining, Croton, Each week, the group will work towards
and parts of Cortlandt and Peekskill. reaching that final goal with planning
Daraio said he was very excited to and interactive techniques to ensure the
begin his service on the village board. In support needed. In addition, hospital
preparation for his term, Daraio sat in on employees will receive reduced-priced
budget meetings throughout November, patches, lozenges and nicotine gum.
learning how the village operates. HVHC, which has been a tobacco-
“I watched every department head free campus for six years, is dedicated to
justify ever nickel being spent,” Daraio assisting people find the support and the
said. “I was so impressed with how much tools needed to help stop smoking.
they really care. It gives me great hope Studies show that smoking is linked
for the future.” Westchester County District 9 legislator and former ossining town supervisor Catherine Borgia is sworn in to coronary heart disease, emphysema
Quezada said he plans on giving 150 during Sunday’s ceremony. and throat cancer as well as some other
percent to the village board. Quezada, serious diseases such as leukemia,
an Ecuadorian, said he looks forward looking forward to serve. part of town government. On Tuesday we
pneumonia and cancers of the cervix,
to representing Ossining’s burgeoning “I am excited to get started,” Blaha said. get back to work.”
kidneys, pancreas and stomach. About 46
Ecuadorian community. “I hope to see more of the people in this Borgia said she was grateful to everyone
million Americans smoke. The New York
“It means a lot to me,” Quezada said. “I room.” that helped her in her campaign, and is
State Health Department has a public
look forward to working with the village For Harter, inaugurations have become happy to leave the town in good shape.
awareness campaign that offers help to
board and improving what we have done.” old hat for him, though he said his sixth “I was sad to leave a job I love, but I am
smokers seeking to quit. To find out more
Blaha said joining the town board was a inauguration was just as exciting as his first. excited for this new challenge,” Borgia said. about it, visit www.hvhc.org or http://
great way to begin his 2012 and said he is “I enjoy it,” Harter said. “This is the fun “ I am feeling optimistic.”
NRC Upholds Ruling Forcing Indian Point to
Review Measures for Relicensing
Continued from Page 1
consistent with the NRC’s own regulations. week that John Ventosa has been named
The NRC is currently reviewing a 20- vice president at Indian Point, making
year relicensing application from Entergy. him the top official at the plant responsible
Recently, Schneiderman joined a petition for its overall management. He has been
effort urging the NRC to reexamine working at Indian Point since 1991.
operating limitations at the aging Indian “I look forward to working closely with
Point reactors and lower the reactor’s the 1,100 dedicated Entergy employees
operating temperatures to increase safety at Indian Point as we continue to safely
and reduce the risk of a meltdown in the operate this important resource,” Ventosa
event of an accident. said.
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Siegel Looks Back on Being Yorktown Supervisor
By Faith Ann Butcher In addition to the government reforms, desire for more police services, road paving,
When Susan Siegel was elected as town Siegel helped put the new emergency ball fields and drainage system upgrades,”
supervisor in Yorktown in 2009, she did notification system in place, implemented Seigel said. “Until we begin to distinguish
so with the mission of bringing good the first full time fire safety inspection between needs and wishes, and to prioritize
government back to the people and making program and broke the ground of the long our needs, we will continue to spend limited
government more transparent. As her term delayed improvements to the senior center. tax dollars in an unplanned, ad hoc fashion
as supervisor has passed Siegel looks back Siegel also made government more that responds more to political expediency
on her time as supervisor as promises kept, accessible and transparent to Yorktown than dire emergency. The difficult – and
as much as they could be. residents by having information uploaded painful – process of setting priorities and
Siegel is proud of the fact that she was able to the town website for anyone to see. She making choices has to start at the top, with
to lay the groundwork for putting the town’s also sent out a monthly emailed newsletter our elected officials.”
finances in order. It was her request in a and filmed two shows for the government Although she will no longer be sitting
letter to the state comptroller’s office that channel. in the supervisor’s seat, Siegel intends
asked for risk assessment that instigated Of the many things that Siegel was able to on remaining a fixture at the town board
the audit that would later uncover that accomplish in two years, there were some meetings.
millions of dollars had been spent without thing disappointments and items that could “I was going to the town board meetings
the soliciting of competitive bids. just not be crossed of the list. long before I was elected supervisor and I
By the time the audit results were released Siegel said that of all her disappointments will continue to attend the meetings,” Siegel
in August 2011, more than 80 percent of the her greatest one was not being able to get the said. She will resurrect her website “Citizens
auditors’ recommendations were already Hallock Mill residents on the town sewers. for an Informed Yorktown,” found online at
put in place. She also found additional Siegel’s efforts to help get the residents who ciyinfo.org, and she will post recaps of the
revenue sources for the town and had Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel have septic systems hooked up to the town town, planning and zoning board meetings.
assisted in having the back taxes that were septic treatment plant began before she even “Working for good government and
owned to the town be rectified. “[Siegel has] done tremendous things for took office. The problem was not one that overcoming voter apathy are part of my
“Government, at all levels, needs money this town,” Yorktown resident Ann Cutter affected Siegel personally. Her home was DNA and I hope that circumstances will
to operate,” Siegel said. “It’s that simple. said. “She did what she said she was going already hooked up to the town sewers. She permit me to continue to work towards
And it’s the job of all elected officials, to do which was to fix the bottom line. was an advocate of it because in her eyes, it achieving these goals,” Siegel said.
but especially the supervisor, to manage Good government was really her passion was right for Yorktown. Holdups between Siegel ran for re-election this past
taxpayer money in the most efficient way and I think we are all better off for it.” the city and the state environmental November in a three-way race. She collected
possible so that town government can Former supervisor Linda Cooper, who departments have put the efforts on hold. 2.316 votes while one of her opponents,
provide its residents with the services they served from 1995 to 2007, agreed. “I Siegel also cited not being able to get the Don Peters, received 2,847 votes. Michael
have come to expect at a price they can thank [Siegel] for the care, intelligence and town board to adopt a long term capital Grace won the election by garnering 3,078
afford.” diligent pursuit of good government that plan as a disappointment. votes.
Siegel has been commended for her [she has] and will continue to represent,” “We have to make choices between our Grace was sworn into office as the new
persistent pursuit of good government. Cooper said. desire for limited tax increases and our Yorktown town supervisor on Jan. 1.
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Martorano Reflects on 20 Years of Service to Yorktown
By Faith Ann Butcher she, a Republican town supervisor who goal that never came into fruition
New Year’s Eve marked not only the served from 1995 to 2007, appointed because of the short-term solution,”
end of 2011, but for James Martorano, it Martorano, a Democrat, as her deputy Martorano said. “We never put the
closed the chapter of a 20-year career as twice. money aside or bonded because it
a Yorktown councilman. In reflection of Over the past 20 years, Yorktown has was too painful in the short term
the time he served, Martorano revealed faced a number of polarizing issues and to reach the long term goal. The
the lessons learned and the values that he Martorano said that he always looked immediate gratification of a budget
kept along the way. at his town as one community when he trumps the needed senior center
Martorano, 63, has served under five made his decisions. for the long term.”
different supervisors and along with 10 “We are not Democrats or Republicans, He sees similar short-term fixes
other council members throughout his Conservatives or Liberals, we are that he thinks will impede the long-
tenure. Yorktown,” Martorano said. “What unites term goals of the town: fees, the
In any decision he made on the board, us is far greater than what divides us and Cablevision contract, the spending
he said he always remembered three unfortunately that gets blurred. I always of the surplus and the two-percent
things—that he was there to serve the try to go back every time there was a property tax cap.
people of Yorktown, not to be involved divisive issue in the town.” “The tax cap makes political
in party politics or gossip and that his The greatest words of wisdom sense,” Martorano said. “People
job was to try to help make people’s lives Martorano thinks he can pass along is are concerned about taxes and you
better. not lose sight of the long term goals by need to be cognizant about that.
“I have always tried to be the voice of implementing short term solutions. Municipalities, the school board
reason and civility on the town board,” “Partisanship politics and the need to on up, do have a responsibility to
Martorano, who works for the Legal Aid get elected are short-term needs that hurt maintain a reasonable and tight
Society as a trial lawyer in the Bronx, the long term goals,” said Martorano. “It tax structure. But the tax cap says
said. “I never tried to have a preconceived is only a coincidence that if you make a that no matter what your long term
notion; I would always be willing to hear political decision and it is good for the issues are we are going to make it James Martorano
people out.” town in the long term. Sometimes it is, politically difficult for you to raise
“[Martorano leaves] a legacy of fairness,” but it really just a coincidence. That is a the tax levy. If you have problems and streams and trails and trees and
said former town supervisor Aaron Bock, problem. The only way you can govern that will take an infusion of funds you wildlife. I wanted to maintain that for
who won his seat along with Martorano effectively is if you don’t worry about have to bite the bullet and go against what posterity. I think that will be maintained.
in 1991. “His talent, skill of listening being re-elected.” is politically correct so you can do what That is important for our children’s
and being fair-minded to everyone who His biggest disappointment, not having is right for the town, but that is unlikely grandchildren.”
comes before him is a testament to his the town build a standalone senior center, to happen if you are worries about getting Martorano is quick to tell you that he
own integrity, longevity and success.” was a result of the short-term solutions. re-elected.” cannot take full credit for anything that
It was his sincerity and reasonability “[The senior center] is a long term In addition to being a positive role model the town has accomplished.
that Linda Cooper found appealing when on the board and in politics, it is the long- “Everything I did was part of a ‘we,’
term plans, that the town has adopted over it was part of a town board that had the
Advertise With Us, It Works! the last two decades that Martorano is wisdom and wherewithal to protect the
most proud. The comprehensive plan and environment and have a vision,” said
the various environmental legislations Martorano. “I take no personal credit, it is
that Martorano has helped pass are what only as part of the team that went in there
he believes will be his lasting legacy. and made the right decisions,”
“The completion of the comprehensive For the immediate future Martorano
plan that took eight years to do and it was intends on taking a break, but he has not
Mount Kisco Medical Group: controversial to do,” said Martorano. “It ruled out another run for political office
raised all kinds of issues that short term in the future.
“MKMG has definitely benefited from advertising in The you don’t want to raise such as zoning but “Right now my goal is to help Michael
Examiner. With the three different editions, we are able to it sets the course for the town for the next Grace and the town board succeed,”
40 to 50 years.” said Martorano. “If they succeed all of
reach patients and potential patients in Putnam and Thinking of not current Yorktown Yorktown succeeds. If I am called upon I
Westchester Counties. The Examiner is a GREAT paper with residents, but the generations to come, will help in any way I can.”
Martorano thinks his commitment to the Martorano was defeated in his pursuit
GREAT people behind it!” environment will be his biggest legacy. for a sixth term in November. Dave
Westchester Ballet, Yorktown Heights: “We saved 3,200 acres of open Paganelli was elected to the town board
space during my 20 years on the and Councilman Nick Bianco won his bid
“We would like to acknowledge the numerous inquiries and board,” Martorano said. “We raised for re-election.
subsequent registration of new students that were the direct the consciousness of the environment. Both Paganelli and Bianco were sworn
Yorktown is a beautiful town that has a into office on Jan. 1 at Yorktown Town
result of the ads we ran in the paper, proving the Examiner to complement of things. It has five business Hall.
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‘Time to Celebrate’ at the Yorktown Museum
By Faith Ann Butcher are really the most important things.” In the Woodlands Room you can learn
The Yorktown Museum is a treasure To Pruzan each clock is a muse and it about Westchester's first inhabitants, the
FaIth ann BUtCher Photo
to the community and its newest exhibit inspires her as to what she will put inside it. Mohegan Indians. Then in the Arthur
"Time to Celebrate" is a potpourri of many Nancy Augustowski, archivist at C. Lee Room discover the farming tools
wishes and dreams that all fit in old clock Yorktown Museum, then used the clock that were once used in the region while
cases. vignettes as the centerpiece of each display one can see what a two room home of
A series of vignettes enclosed in old in the “Time to Celebrate” exhibit. the 1750s-1850s would look like in the
clock cases, created by Carole and Neal “I tried to make it so that the other Sylia Thorne Rooms.
Pruzan, that represent venues and holiday objects in the display would relate to the A HO scale model train layout of
memories, are on display in the main scene in the clock,” Augustowski said. “We the Yorktown Depot area circa 1950 in
hallway. Additional shadowbox vignettes have a display that is all about music and the Bob McKeand Room is a favorite of
created by the Pruzana are showcased in another one that is just about cookies.” railroad enthusiasts young and old. Carole and neal Pruzan created vignette displays out of
the Marjorie Johnson Room of miniatures. The pieces that she uses have been The library also provides resource old clocks, which are the cornerstone of the “time to
“I was a middle school art teacher for donated to the museum, mostly by material for delving into genealogy, Celebrate” exhibit now open at the Yorktown Museum.
many years and several times a year I residents, through the years. To bring local area history and antiques. The
would bring in doll houses and I would out the festive spirit of the holidays, map collections as well as old records and
It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from
be amazed how the students would love to Augustowski also placed classic Christmas documents are available in the Doris and
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1
play with the stuff inside,” Carole Pruzan storybooks throughout the exhibit. Cortland Auser Research Room for study
to 4 p.m.
said. “When I retired I needed an avenue “Time to Celebrate” is on display until and research.
For more information, call 914-962-2970
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have to cut. You have to paste. You have to In addition to the exhibit, visitors can of Yorktown Community and Cultural
paint. You have to plan and design which view the permanent museum showcases. Center, located at 1974 Commerce Street,
Drivers with Suspended Licenses Crash on Bear Mtn Pkwy
By Rick Pezzullo driving,” Peekskill Police Lieutenant Eric driver’s license over the years, according to Following that crash, Cortlandt officials
A late night crash last week on the Bear Johansen said. “It was clearly the fault of Johansen. O’Leary was also charged with immediately called on the state Department
Mountain Parkway in Peekskill involving O’Leary. Her actions could have had grave reckless driving and improper lane usage. of Transportation to construct a median
two drivers with suspended licenses sent consequences. It’s a dangerous enough The accident came nearly three weeks on the parkway but the DOT said a $60
five people to the hospital. intersection as it is because of the hill. He after a 27-year-old Lake Peekskill man million capital improvements project on a
According to Peekskill police, Jade (Carter) had no chance.” was killed in a head-on crash near Locust portion of the roadway had been delayed
O’Leary, 20, of Hudson, N.Y. was heading O’Leary and Carter both suffered leg Avenue on the Bear Mountain Parkway in from 2012 to 2017 because of the difficult
east in a Hyundai SUV near the Highland injuries and were transported by ambulance which he was a passenger. economy.
Avenue exit about 11:30 p.m. December 28 to Westchester Medical Center, along with
when she attempted to pass a car in front of O’Leary’s three passengers, all of whom
her and collided head-on with a westbound suffered facial lacerations.
Mercedes, driven by Ronald Carter, 46, of Both drivers were charged with
Peekskill. aggravated unlicensed operation, O’Leary
“It doesn’t happen every day. Neither in the third degree and Carter in the second
one of them should have been on the road degree, since he had 17 suspensions on his
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Account Executive how best to protect them. • Inform the Division of Oil, Gas, and gas companies will continue to rake in
In August of this year, I went on a tour and Geothermal Resources what chemicals profits while raking communities over the
of Bradford County, PA and spoke to were injected, the source of water used, how proverbial coals.
MEDIA property owners about the real impact much water was used, and whether any Greg Ball is New York’s 40th District
also publishes of hydraulic fracturing. I was shocked radioactive components resulted from the senator.
In the Dec. 20 issue of The Northern Westchester Examiner, the article titled "PV Man
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STATE POLICE Gibson, a 20-year old Mohegan Lake allegedly burning a staff member at BOCES County Jail.
resident, Rayshawn Sharrock, a 30-year old with a cigarette lighter and attempting to
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 Peekskill resident and Leozy Culberson, a burn another staff member while the staff WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
32-year old Mohegan Lake resident. member was attempting to restrain him.
1:40 a.m.— New York State Police All four subjects were charged with He was released on his own recognizance 1:10 p.m.— Patrick Allen, a 40-year old
in Somers arrested Sarah Wilson, a 32- Burglary in the 2nd Degree, a Felony and and is due in for counseling on January 5 Peekskill resident, was arrested and charged
year old Mahopac resident, and charged were remanded to Westchester County Jail. at 9 a.m. with Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor,
her with Driving While Intoxicated and after allegedly stealing a TV set from Rite
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. SATURDAY, DEC. 31 8:35 p.m.— A 16-year old Peekskill Aid. He was held for arraignment.
Wilson was arrested subsequent to being resident was arrested and charged with
involved in a property damage automobile 10 p.m.— New York State Police Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor, 7:45 p.m.— Ikeen Greenhill, a 19-year
accident on Route 118 in the Town of conducted a Fixed Sobriety Checkpoint for allegedly stealing $129.98 worth of old White Plains resident, was arrested
Somers. Investigation revealed Wilson on the Taconic State Parkway at the ramp merchandise from Sears in Jefferson Valley. and charged with Criminal Possession of a
to be intoxicated, with a BAC of .21%. to ST-202 in the Town of Yorktown which She was released on her own recognizance Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a
Wilson was issued Uniform Traffic Tickets yielded the following arrest: and is due back in court on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Class B Felony and Criminal Possession of
returnable to the Town of Somers Court on Susan Kessler, a 56-year old New York a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree,
January 4 at 5:30 p.m. City resident, was arrested for DWI. PEEKSKILL a Class C Felony, after allegedly being
Kessler was arrested and processed without in possession of crack cocaine which he
11:15 a.m.— New York State Police incident and issued traffic tickets returnable TUESDAY, DEC. 20 intended to sell.
received a 911 call regarding a possible to the Town of Yorktown Court on Jan. 8 at
residential burglary in progress at 6 p.m. 2:05 p.m.— Jeffrey Winters, a 22-year THURSDAY, DEC. 22
Lexington Ave. in the Town of Cortlandt. old Buchanan resident, and Jesse Maxwell,
Police responded and through witness YORKTOWN a 21-year old Buchanan resident, were 10:50 p.m.— Juan Aguilar-Perez, a 32-
interviews and evidence at the scene, arrested and charged with Criminal year old Peekskill resident, was arrested
were able to obtain descriptions of the FRIDAY, DEC. 23 Possession of a Forged Instrument in the and charged with DWI on North Division
perpetrators involved and items stolen 1st Degree, a Class C Felony, after allegedly Street. He was released on his own
from the residence. A search of the area 8:17 a.m.— A 15-year old Mt. Vernon passing counterfeit $20 bills throughout recognizance.
led to the arrests of Sheriffe Baker, a 23- resident was arrested and charged with Peekskill. They are arraigned in Peekskill
year old Cortlandt Manor resident, Elmetia two counts of Juvenile Delinquency after City Court and remanded to Westchester
Art, Music, Poetry, History - One Night, One Place
You like music, they like poetry. You like an America prior to the 1960's civil rights Person’s “All Soul”. He
history, they like art. Now, you can all get movement through an America still has also performed and
together at the Bean Runner Cafe where struggling with racism and oppression. recorded with Carman
the menu will satisfy everyone’s tastes. In Kearsley’s paintings, figures and McCrae, Jaki Byard,
Artist Hank Kearsley’s exhibit of two highly backgrounds are built from simplified bold John Abercrombie,
acclaimed series, “History: the Black West” graphic shapes with richly layered surfaces Chet Baker, Claudio
and “Slavery” opens on Saturday, January of pure color applied in various techniques, Roditi, Enrico Rava,
14, with a reception, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., one over another. The beauty, dignity, and Jimmy McGriff, Irene
followed by the Chip White Trio, 7:30 to pathos of these often formal portraits, Reid, and Savion
10:30 p.m., providing an evening of live set in story telling backgrounds, compel Glover, among others.
jazz and original poetry. The exhibition of one to look long, question and absorb As leader, White’s
artwork will run from January 8 through our collective history. He studied under albums include Harlem
March 4, 2012. greats such as Esteban Vincente, Helen Sunset (1994), Music
Hank Kearsley is an artist and educator Frankenthaler and Louise Nevelson, and and Lyrics (2005),
who blends aesthetic and historical issues has exhibited in one-person shows at the Double Dedication
into a strong social vision. His life spans Museum of the National Center for Afro- (2008), More
American Artists, Goddard College, Long Dedications (2009)
Island University, CREON Gallery and and Percussive Tributes
group shows that include the International (2011). He has also
Juried Show: NJ Center for the Arts (Best of published a book of
Show Award), Abney Gallery, II Designing original poems, I'm
Women Gallery, Newton Arts Center, Just the Drummer in
Vermont Studio School, Kottler Gallery, the Band, written for
Natick Arts Center, International Exhibit: jazz masters including
Tokyo, Japan, Hudson River Museum and Lester Young, Duke
numerous colleges and universities. Ellington, Charlie
Alan "Chip" White is a composer, Parker, Dizzy Gillespie,
percussionist and poet who has toured and Billy Strayhorn.
internationally, performing with the The artist’s reception
Houston Person and Etta Jones Quintet, are free and open to
and since 2001 with the Houston Person the public. The evening
Quartet. He is on Houston Person’s albums, performance has a
“In a Sentimental Mood”, “Social Call”, $10 music charge.
and “To Etta With Love”; on Etta Jones' The BeanRunner
“Easy Living” and Grammy-nominated Café is located at 201
“Etta Jones Sings Lady Day”; and on Teddy S. Division Street,
Edwards' “Midnight Creeper”, “Ladies Man”, Peekskill, NY. For more com. See websites at www.beanrunnercafe.
and “Smooth Sailing”. White’s composition, information, or reservations, call 914-737- com; http://www.hkartstudio.com/bio.html
Time Stood Still, is also featured on Houston 1701 or e-mail beanman@beanrunnercafe. and http://www.chipwhitejazz.com.
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Family Members Help Swear-in Peekskill Officials
By Rick Pezzullo Chairman Darren Rigger. rICk PezzUllo Photo
The New Year’s Day swearing-in “I’m humbled and extremely grateful,”
ceremony of Peekskill officials at City said Rigger, who was joined on the podium
Hall was a family affair as various family by his wife Katria. “I did not know a lot
members participated in their loved ones’ going into this and I still have a lot to learn.”
new terms as elected representatives. Talbot was sworn-in by her son Bryan
“It is a commitment of the whole family,” and her two grandchildren and promised
Mayor Mary Foster said after being sworn to devote her energies to moving the city
in by her son and daughter for her third forward over the next four years.
two-year term. “It is a new beginning and “I think Peekskill is going in a wonderful
our goals are ambitious. It’s a great team direction. I love its promise. This is a train
that will forge ahead…so that everyone in that everyone gets on,” Talbot said. “This is a
the community is having their needs met. huge honor. Hopefully I will serve the next
We want to make sure everything we do four years in a way I hope you’ll appreciate.
in the next two years will make everyone This is a great city and I’m happy to be part
proud.” of it.”
Councilman Don Bennett was sworn in Bishop Michael Champion of the
by his son, Damon, a first lieutenant in the Peekskill Area Pastors Association urged
U.S. Army, for his third four-year term after the council to follow their conscious when
being the top vote-getter in the November making decisions.
election. “Peekskill is that kind of city where we all
“It’s been eight years of fun and labor,” work for the community,” he said.
Bennett said. “I’m hoping within those eight Meanwhile, as part of the organizational
years that it has been effective to the City of meeting, Councilwoman Drew Claxton
Peekskill and surrounding communities. was named deputy mayor and Brian
Hard times don’t last but hard people do.” Havranek was officially appointed acting
Joining the Common Council after being city manager, a role he has served in since
part of the Democratic sweep are Kathleen Dec. 7 following the resignation of former Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster being sworn in by her children for her third two-year term during Sunday’s
Talbot former Democratic Committee City Manager Rick Finn. ceremony.
Cortlandt Ponders Commercial Zoning Change Small NewS iS BiG NewS
By Rick Pezzullo Under discussion is the creation of a new
The Cortlandt Town Board is considering Community Commercial Center zone,
establishing a new commercial zone to which not only could be applied in that
encourage development near the traffic area but other sections of the town as well.
circle at Oregon Road and Westbrook Councilwoman Ann Lindau suggested
Drive. in addition to the CCC zone, perhaps
Town officials and residents frowned some financial incentives could be offered
upon a 50,000-square-foot shopping center to potential developers. Puglisi mentioned
that was once proposed near the circle a a special permit component could also be
few years ago and was later withdrawn. added.
However, with the site vacant and a former But not everyone on the board was sold
Carvel and pub abandoned for several on the concept, specifically Councilman
years, Supervisor Linda Puglisi and other Frank Farrell, who expressed concerns
members of the board are looking to about proposed restrictions on setbacks
enhance the area. and lot coverage.
“We want it to be very attractive,” Puglisi “It seems a bit onerous,” Farrell
said. “We want to put something in a zone remarked. “Why don’t we try to come
that we feel could be welcoming to that up with something that would be more
area and make it more esthetic. We want desirable there?”
to make sure there’s never a large box store The CCC zone will be discussed further
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We Save Stuff and More Stuff, But Where To Put It?
Our homes are where we eat, sleep, play, as the project wore on and certificate to a special blessing Martha Stewart’s cubbies and closet kits, as
sometimes work and store things we’ve I wore out, memories were from the Pope (my wife had well as a full assortment of containers for
finished using but somehow can’t bear to discarded wholesale. It felt connections) when I married. the garage or outdoor shed. The ones I like
throw away. There are many reasons we liberating. The Since then, that one box has best are called “totes,” which feature clear
may want to keep possession we no longer Actually, my wife is the multiplied like loaves and plastic bottoms where you can actually see
need, but where do we put it all? more practical one between fishes. what’s stored in them. Who remembers
Granted, some homeowners achieve us. When she took charge of By the time I was a teenager, what’s contained in a big cardboard box
living on the light side where nothing is
hidden and what you see is what you get. Or
having our garage cleaned
out just recently and a helper Guru I was collecting books and
phonograph records before
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different careers and lifetimes, including It all started when I was an adolescent business part-time, the floodgates opened. better manage what we collect in the first
those of our parents and grandparents, and my mother gave me a white envelope We never got to the point of hoarding, and place. Now if only I were able to accept that
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How to Stick with New Year’s Resolutions
It’s the time of year 20 pounds overnight. A person cannot a certain number of days each week. You break an entrenched habit overnight. For
when people reflect create a business overnight. There are can also reframe other resolutions. If you parenting resolutions, you can’t expect
on their lives and their steps involved. However, when making want your child to do better in school, for your schedule to change just because you
habits and resolve resolutions, most people make a general instance, rather than simply making grades want it to, but you can reexamine your day
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Popular goals include and fail to devise a plan. Plans must be goal in terms of how much time you spend spent with family. Set goals that are within
weight loss, quitting concrete and attainable. They should not helping your child with homework. Parents reach. When resolutions fail, it is typically
smoking, and getting be abstinence-based, but rather allow for can make other simple and attainable due to a lack of planning and the setting
By Dr. Jaime out of debt. According mistakes and treat lapses as setbacks and resolutions, such as appreciating a child’s of unrealistic goals. Start small. Reword
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single most common more likely to give up entirely. It is simply work. learning opportunities rather than failures,
New Year’s resolution too easy to revert back to the familiar It is easy to be motivated in January and keep at it so you are not making the
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Americans - is to spend more time with yourself for small successes along the way. With all resolutions, it is crucial to have her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
family and loved ones. Despite all the good Parents do not spend time away from a measurable plan of attack. If you want from Yeshiva University. She works in a
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Most people are aware that change terms of what is doable and measurable. you spend working towards that goal. If 8208.
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example, achieve their goal of losing be to have dinner with your family at home your intake before expecting yourself to
Full House Present for Yorktown Inauguration
Continued from Page 1
of the Pledge of Allegiance led by support and the people of Yorktown for great changes, changes that will keep the watchdog who ran for Councilman as a
Councilman Patel, a rousing rendition of “putting their trust in me and electing me residents of Yorktown in mind,” she said. write-in after allegedly being “forced off ”
“God Bless America” and a few opening to this position, which I take very seriously,” “We’re the ones that live here, we’re the of his party’s ticket, is not as optimistic.
words from Councilman Murphy, the followed by Councilmen Bianco and ones that want to continue to live here, and “If they do like everyone else, not a penny
series of inaugurations began with Michael Paganelli, who touted that “actions speak we want to work with them also.” will be reduced,” he said. “I’m just hoping
Kaplowitz, who defeated Councilman louder than words” and looked forward to However, Ed Ciffone, a Republican tax they reduce the spending.”
Murphy by just 346 votes to re-secure “accomplishing a lot of great things” with
his role as representative of Westchester the Yorktown government.
County’s 4th District. Capping off the inaugurations was
“Our obligation is to the people. You are Supervisor Michael Grace, who joked that
our bosses, if you will,” said Kaplowitz after he would implement the same rules of
being sworn in, who spoke of his desire his house during board meetings before
to solve critical problems in a bipartisan outlining the principals he will use to guide
manor. his term and the Yorktown government
Testa was sworn in next and vowed to and embracing the challenges of his new
continue to cut county spending with the position.
intent of reducing the burden of taxes, “I welcome embarking on this endeavor
which he claimed was forcing people out of to bring Yorktown to greatness again,” he
“The focus on the first term was to After all of the elected officials were
change the course of county government sworn in, each earning their own bursts
to one that is looking to cut spending, cut of thunderous applause, Councilman
the bloating size of county government and Patel delivered closing remarks, in which
bring it a more appropriate level of the tax he advised the politicians, “The caliber
payer,” said Testa following the ceremony. of a person is not how he prepares for
“I think the overall tax burden of everything to go right, but how he stands
Westchester County has significantly when everything goes wrong,” and, “It’s
changed the future plans of many families easy to make a buck, but it’s a lot harder to
who in the past may have planned to stay, make a difference.”
but now are looking to get out of the county. Serafina Mastro, Chairwoman of the
We want to make it so people can plan their Yorktown Republican Town Committee,
futures as residents of Westchester,” he believes that the newly installed politicians
continued. from her party can indeed make a
After Testa, Town Justice Raniolo was difference.
inaugurated, thanking his family for their “I think [Yorktown] can expect a lot of
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A Blossoming Arts Community in Ossining
By Sam Barron a foothold in the village, it’s really (www.ossiningartscouncil.org)
The arts are alive in Ossining. going to help downtown shops and averages about 80 visitors a day.
The Ossining Arts Council is celebrating downtown restaurants.” The Internet has allowed the arts
its 40th anniversary of promoting the arts Other exhibits hosted by the arts council to make further contacts,
and artists of its town and other neighboring council include an exhibit held and the council was recently
municipalities. recently at the Paramount Center awarded a $1,000 grant from Arts
A not-for-profit organization, the for the Arts in Peekskill, which was Westchester.
Ossining Arts Council is enjoying a attended by 200 people with several Sarazen runs his own business,
renaissance with more than 150 members. In pieces of art sold during the show. Sarazen Additions that he started
2009, the arts council was floundering, but Sarazen said the arts council is in 1997. His business works with
since reorganizing, the council has hosted also hoping to put on a show at the photographers and artists who
seven exhibits and also offers a scholarship Briarcliff ’s library. want to make reproductions of
for Ossining High School students. “A lot of people are watching us,” their work. Sarazen, who moved
“We’ve done terrific programs at the Sarazen said. “I think if we put on an to Ossining six years ago, said
Ossining Public Library,” President Mark exhibit we can generate a crowd and being president of the arts council
Sarazen said. “We pride ourselves on generate more buzz.” is a good way for him to enhance
working with the community.” All of this is a far cry from where his business.
Sarazen said studies have shown that the arts council stood in 2009 when “It’s worked out well,” Sarazen
having a strong arts community is linked to Sarazen was invited to a meeting. John Wunderlich with painting that he showed at the ossining arts said. “I help local artists and give
positive economic development. While attending his first meeting, Council’s hudson river show earlier this year. them another way to market
“If a gallery is located in a village, it there were only three people and soon themselves. I have clients all over
attracts hundreds of people to an opening,” after the president asked him to take over. the U.S.”
Rubenstein said that the community has
Sarazen said. “And when they leave, they go Sarazen soon got the ball rolling. An arts council allows artists to promote
shown an interest in the council, coming to
to a restaurant or theatre. Peekskill has had “I put together a team and we held a themselves, which Sarazen said is often a
its galleries and exhibits. With Briarcliff no
a renaissance, because they have attracted a gallery opening at the Ossining Public problem among local artists.
longer having its own arts organization, the
lot of artists.” Library,” Sarazen said. “We put together a “We give them a lot of traction and help
Ossining Arts Council has been taking over
Last year, the council purchased an empty website and started sending out newsletters. them get their careers going,” Sarazen said.
space at the Art Barn on North Highland The snowball started becoming bigger and “A lot of artists are undiscovered. There is a
“It’s a great thing,” Rubenstein said. “It’s
Avenue and has hosted two exhibitions bigger.” lot of talent here. Art is very important, it’s
become kind of a Mecca for creative people.”
since being there. Elsa Rubenstein is a sculptor and a creative outlet for people. We’re trying to
Like Sarazen, Rubenstein is hopeful that
“We’re looking for more of a permanent Briarcliff resident that joined the Ossining expand people’s vision of what art is and not
the Ossining Arts Council will eventually
home,” Sarazen said. “We are working with Arts Council in the midst of its resurgence. pigeon hole them.”
have a permanent home.
someone who might be able to give us a “It’s a really great group that is focused For more information on the arts council,
Sarazen has been using the Internet to
space in downtown Ossining. Once we get on the arts and exhibiting people’s work,” visit www.ossiningartscouncil.org.
the council’s advantage, and says its website
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Former Teacher, Administrator Team Up and 'Struggle for Power'
By Martin Wilbur Bock would travel from economic ruin. Also, in the
Thomas Kavunedus and Dr. Leon school to school in an attempt 1970s, the state's Taylor Law
Bock may not be particularly well known to repair damage with faculty. not only docked the teachers’
outside the community they served during At the risk of ridicule by his pay during the strike but fined
the defining moments in their careers. colleagues, Kavunedus made them the equivalent of their
Now, decades later, their stories won't be sure to reach out to Bock pay that had to be paid to
forgotten. during one visit. the district, which included
Kavunedus and Bock were adversaries "The bottom line was that accusations the district was
in arguably the ugliest and most divisive each of us had a story to prolonging the strike because
chapter in New York State education tell and we didn't want to it was profiting. Although
history. Kavunedus, a retired teacher in the interfere with each other's the walkout ended on Nov. 9,
Lakeland School District in Shrub Oak, and point of view," Kavunedus most teachers didn't get paid
Bock, the acting superintendent who later said of the unique approach until April.
became its permanent chief administrator, for the book. "Although there was
were two of the key negotiators representing Kavunedus said their hardship here, there was the
the teachers union and board of education, accounts of the strike were sense that the teachers felt
respectively, in 1977. That September, the not meant to be a completely they had fought the good
district endured a two-month teachers accurate historical narrative fight," Kavunedus said.
strike, the impact of which reverberated but feature their personal Following the strike,
throughout the state and still affects New stories and remembrances. there was a five-year push to
York's public sector union contracts today. Most of the other key players revise the Taylor Law, which
Nearly 35 years later Kavunedus and have died in the ensuing resulted in passage of the now
Bock have collaborated to write a book years. hotly debated Triborough
detailing the issues and dramatic and The seeds of the conflict Amendment, which extends
painful events leading up to the walkout, were actually sewn in 1970, the terms of expired public
the strike itself and its aftermath. The 664- two years before Bock was sector union contracts until a
page "Struggle for Power: The Longest hired by the district to be new pact is reached.
School Strike in New York State History," is Walter Panas High School’s For Kavunedus, the
actually two books in one, with alternating principal. Seven years larger issues surrounding
chapters written by each co-author told before the big showdown, the strike are two-fold and
from his perspective about the key events the Lakeland Federation of still are debated today--
and personalities. Teachers staged a weeklong the affordability of public
"We began writing and writing and strike, causing widespread education and the struggle
writing and by the end of 2003 we had a perception in the community between unions and the
manuscript," Kavunedus said, although it that the board and the board.
would take another eight years to cut the administration had caved Although painful, both
more than 1,200 pages in half. into the union. At the time, authors claimed there were
It may seem a bit surprising the two Lakeland had the lowest long-term gains for their
“Struggle for Power: the longest School Strike in new York State history” by Dr.
negotiating foes would collaborate on a wealth and highest tax ratio sides. Kavunedus said within
leon Bock and thomas kavunedus
project that could run the risk of opening of any district in Westchester, a decade the pay scale saw
old wounds but both men, who are well making the teachers' salary gains that put Lakeland
into their retirement, each had plenty to demands a sore point with the union, in a vote by their executive teachers' pay in line with
say years later. That was certainly the case factions of the community. board, deemed the board of education's last surrounding districts. Bock said the
for Kavunedus, 80, now living in Florida. In the spring of 1977, with the teachers offer to be inadequate. Their negotiating majority of the community united and
Several years after his 1988 retirement, contract coming due and the federation team was dismissed. Bock accused supported decades of district budgets.
he started putting pen to paper about having accepted a salary freeze for that union leaders, including Kavunedus, of There are issues the two authors will
his recollections of the strike, which saw year during a period of high inflation, they bargaining in bad faith. likely never agree on. That was evident at
him and seven of his colleagues jailed for demanded a 6 percent increase. The board With no settlement reached over the last month's Lakeland Board of Education
contempt. and administration were willing to go up summer, a majority of the union voted to meeting, where district officials invited
Despite the contentiousness and each only to 4 percent. walk out. It was a monumental decision the pair to speak about the book. Bock
holding very different views of what In his account, Bock wrote that the two for the teachers, Kavunedus said, knowing held court for about a half hour. When he
happened, Bock, now 90, and Kavunedus sides didn't appear that far apart in May they and their families were risking their was done Kavunedus simply responded, "I
have remained on speaking terms. and even expected an agreement to be in livelihoods, careers and the disdain of the disagree with everything he said."
Kavunedus recounted how after the strike place by June. But confusion reigned when community along with the prospect of
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Ball Promises $100,000 to Yorktown Seniors
By Faith Ann Butcher said that she and the seniors are grateful
Renovations are currently underway that Ball is fighting for this funding they
at the Yorktown Senior Center, but more have been waiting on for over three years.
amenities could be provided if more Yorktown at one time had been
funding was secured. State Senator Greg designated to receive funding from the
Ball recently told the Yorktown senior state dormitory authority when former
community that he will work to secure state senator Vincent Leibell was in office,
at least $100,000 in funding to help their but the grant never came to fruition.
plight. “It’s important to have a center that
The center offers nutrition programs, looks beautiful and cheery,” DeSilva said.
home meals, grocery shopping, a wellness “It makes the seniors enjoy coming to the
program, medical transportation and a center. Many of these seniors come here
multitude of classes for the seniors who five days a week, and it’s like their second
walk through its doors. home— their home away from home.”
"This is the hub of senior life here in The current renovations, which cost
Yorktown and it is vital to the well-being about $300,000,was paid for through funds
of our seniors that they have a safe, happy the town had earmarked for the seniors
place to go every day," Ball said. "Without and through community development
the senior center, these folks would have Ball visited the construction site of the renovated senior center in Yorktown with the town planner John block grants that the county distributed.
to fend for themselves when it comes to tegeder. Ball said he will push to get an additional
getting the care they need to stay healthy $150,000 from the dormitory authority
this holiday season and throughout the During his visit, Ball had the opportunity addition is currently being built. Mary for additional renovations to the center’s
year." to tour the construction site where a new DeSilva, the director of Senior Services, bathrooms and hallways.
Fair and Affordable Housing Opportunities In Westchester
Getting information on the community homeseeker, the site allows visitors to sign “With these enhancements, we have fair and affordable homeownership or rental
where an affordable housing opportunity up to receive information on affordable created a one-stop hub for information about opportunities that are part of Westchester
exists is now easier with enhancements to housing opportunities. With the newest available housing units, their neighborhoods County’s housing settlement with the federal
Westchester County’s Homeseeker Web feature, visitors can also “see” the community and nearby services,” said County Executive government as well as those that become
section. in which the new housing opportunities are Robert P. Astorino. available through other housing initiatives.
Available at www.westchestergov.com/ being created. The site includes a map locating all current The person signing up can check a box
affordable housing developments with to receive information for homeownership
pop-up pictures and links for additional information, for rental information or for
information. When a user clicks on the link both ownership and rental. Those who sign
for more details, a page for that development up receive notification of available homes and
opens up that shows a rendering or photo apartments, including information sessions
of the housing, floor plans and information and open houses, and homebuyer education
on how to apply and receive additional seminars.
information. The housing settlement was entered into
The housing page also includes links to two years ago by former County Executive
the local government’s and school district’s Andrew J. Spano with the U.S. Department
Web sites, as well as a New York State of Housing and Urban Development. Also
database on daycare options. Click on approved by the Board of Legislators, it
“neighborhood map” and the user will see requires the county to ensure the development
a detailed map of the neighborhood where of 750 units of housing in 31 communities
the housing is located. The map shows other and to undertake marketing that ensures
community facilities such as schools, public outreach to racially and ethnically diverse
transportation and hospitals. The map also households. Nearly 300 of these housing
connects through Bing Maps to locate retail units are in some stage of development,
and commercial opportunities. including accepting applications. Other
Those who sign-up and provide contact county financed homes are also available and
information will be notified of upcoming are accepting applications.
People who need assistance completing
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Former Lincoln-Titus Students'
Project Benefits School
Three girl scouts and former Lincoln- for the Whirligig because they
Titus ES students recently developed and each attended LT and it signifies
implemented a project to improve an area where their friendships began.
at the entrance of the school. The project included clearing
Nicole Marques, Leah Frattellone, and and replanting the front garden
Kelly Weinborg, who are completing their bed. Additionally, they designed,
silver award for Girl Scouts, decided earlier made and installed the current
this year to spread the importance of structure representing friendship
friendship and show the benefits through known as a "Whirligig."
a whirligig. Frattellone and Marques On Nov. 29 they held an
at Walter Panas HS and Weinborg at evening event for other troops to
Lakeland HS. further spread the importance of
They chose Lincoln-Titus as the site friendship.
Westchester Jazz Orchestra to Perform Bossa! Tango! Flamenco! on Jan. 28 in Irvington
The Westchester Jazz Orchestra – “the WJO will also offer Open Mike, an near perfection as one could wish for” (Irish Holober. “Our guest musicians – on guitar,
best we’ve had since those wonderful interactive chat hosted by Artistic Director Times). Maiden Voyage Suite was also percussion and bandoneón – will enhance
aggregations headed by Duke Ellington, Mike Holober, before the concert. Holober lauded in The Wall Street Journal and most the authenticity of the evening.”
Count Basie” (JazzScan.com) – will perform will preview the evening’s music with the recently named among the “Best of 2011” by Looking ahead, WJO will perform The
Bossa! Tango! Flamenco! on Saturday, aid of returning guest musicians Rogerio AllAboutJazz and the Huffington Post. Music of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles in
January 28 at 8 PM at the Irvington Town Boccato on percussion and Juan Pablo Jofre The January 28 program will include Irvington on April 14.
Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, on bandoneón. The talk is free for ticket works by Brazilian bossa nova king Antonio WJO’s concerts are partially funded
N.Y. WBGO’s Gary Walker is set to host the holders. Carlos Jobim, tango master Astor Piazzolla by NYSCA, ArtsWestchester, the Aaron
concert. Following the August release of their as well as original flamenco by Barcelona Copland Fund for Music and numerous
“Two years ago, WJO performed a second CD Maiden Voyage Suite, WJO is composer Perico Sambeat. WJO will round individuals.
program of South American music. The enjoying a year of tremendous popularity out the evening with additional Brazilian Reserved seating tickets are $35 for
band played to a packed house and standing and critical acclaim. The CD spent 12 weeks music – Maxixe, Samba and Choro by the adults, $30 for seniors and only $10 for
ovations,” says WJO’s Executive Director on the national radio airplay chart peaking great Egberto Gismonti. students. Group discounts are available.
Emily Tabin. “For January’s concert, we at #8. Reviewers call the disc “nearly “With its invigorating rhythms and Tickets: www.westjazzorch.org, 914-861-
are adding some flamenco as we revisit a flawless” (DownBeat), “a top big band beautiful settings for soloists, the music of 9100. Theater box office, 914-591-6602.
crowd-pleasing evening.” outing of the year” (AllAboutJazz) and “as this concert suits WJO so well,” explains Mr. Concert snow date: Sun., Jan 29 at 2 PM.
cocktail hour begins 7 pm
full open bar all evening
For a list of this year’s
14th Annual Dinner Dance
honorees, to register online,
or to advertise in our dinner
journal, contact the
Friday, February 3, 2012
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Commerce at 914-245-4599
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Hangovers: Can The Remedy Be Worse Than The Ailment?
“there is but one universally
Some of us proven remedy, with a perfect record of
celebrated hard for curing hangovers: the passage of time.
New Year’s Eve, some Warning: To my knowledge, none of
Some of us woke up
proven remedy.” these remedies have been evaluated or
approved by the FDA. Proceed at your own
the next day in an calculated risk.
alcohol-induced fog; Each of us has a physiology – and a
some of us woke up a night on the town. Don’t forget to also 4) Oh, you’re a vegan? Try a Polish psyche - that responds differently to the
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I’ve researched hangover remedies around on the producer’s website: “A simple, all- soup. It’s an Eastern European feast that of the above formulas. It depends on how
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Above all, know your limits and always following remedies. probably got its name: experimenting results in instinctive behavior.
drink responsibly. 2) A significant amount A cup of rabbit dung tea You can reach him at nantonaccio@
If you don’t heed the advice in the of the toxins we consume after spending a night theexaminernews.com or on Twitter @
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New Year’s weekend. If you’re inclined to or wasabi powder (lends Just reach for your child’s
try any of these remedies, do so at your new meaning to the term or parent’s Pedialyte to
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negative effects you may experience. 3) From the ancient electrolytes.
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homeopathy product, you apply this before need hangover cures, comes Deep-fried “avoiding” the ill effects of a hangover: A
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My personal remedy, bland but effective:
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TuesdAY, JAN. 3
Pain Class: A free
to: Town of Somers Dept. of Parks and
Recreation, PO Box 46, Somers, NY 10589.
Valley Rd., Ossining. Participants will
look for ice formations along the Waterfall
healing Yoga: Yoga classes for women
with breast cancer are held at 5 p.m. on
fiibromyalgia//chronic pain class is Trail and circle Teatown Lake to search for Sundays at Hudson Yoga, 5 Old Post Rd.
conducted on the first Tuesday of the FrIdAY, JAN. 6 winter wildlife. The program will conclude South, Croton-on-Hudson. Weekly classes
month, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Physical Contemporary Art exhibit: “Circa with a hot drink. The program is open to are being conducted by rotating instructors.
Therapy at Briarcliff, 584 N. State Rd., 1986,” is being held through July 2012 at the adults only. The charge is free for Teatown The suggestion is $15. Info: Ellisha Simpson
Briarcliff Manor. This month’s topic is Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary members and $5 for non-members. To at 914-319-4010 or send an e-mail to info@
“Yoga Can Help.” Info: 914-762-2222. Art, 1701 Main St., Peekskill. The exhibition make a reservation, call 914-762-2912 Ext. laughingheartsyoga.com.
Checkmate: A chess program is held includes 65 artworks by 47 international 110.
every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Ossining artists who emerged with significant work Pancake Breakfast: The Yorktown LBOS MoNdAY, JAN. 9
Public Library, 53 Croton Ave. It is held in New York between 1981 and 1991. Info: and the Yorktown Elks Club will hold a Computer Classes: Computer classes
in the second floor conference room. Info: 914-788-0100 or hvcca.org. pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon are conducted every Monday from 5 to 8
914-941-2416 Ext. 336. Beanrunner Programs: A series of at the Yorktown Elks Club, 590 Waverly p.m. on the second floor at the Ossining
Jewish Center Programs: The Yorktown programs are scheduled for this weekend Rd. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for youths Public Library, 53 Croton Ave. Info: 914-
Jewish Center, 2966 Crompond Rd., is at the BeanRunner Café, 201 S. Division between the ages of four and 12; and free 941-2416 or ossininglibrary.org.
holding a series of programs. Maimonidean St., Peekskill. Orlando Marin, known as for children under 4.
Thought (Topics in Mishneh Torah) is the “Last Mombo King,” will perform on Farm Winter: Learn what to do to
held on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is prepare for winter on a farm, including
Understanding Hebrew Prayer is held from $10. The Alva Nelson Trio will perform on how animals stay warm, during “Winter The Northern Westchester Examiner
Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. (through May 31). Jan. 7 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission on the Farm” from 1 to 3 p.m. at Muscoot is happy to help spread the word about
Also on Mondays, Conversational Hebrew is $10. The Noo Moves Entertainment’s Farm, Route 100, Somers. Info: 914-864- your community event. Please submit your
is held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (through May Artist Appreciation Showcase will be held 7282 or www.westchestergov.com/parks. information at least three weeks prior to
31). Talmud and the Law is held on Fridays on Jan. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Concert series: Chamber music will be your event to email@example.com.
from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (through May The program will include comedy, poetry performed by cellist Jameson Platte and
Please make sure to call or e-mail
31). Lunch ‘N Learn (about topics of Jewish and live music. Info: 914-737-1701 or piano player Matthew Quayle at 2 p.m. at
ahead and confirm all events. The Putnam
interest) is held on Saturdays from, after beanrunnercafe.com. the John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130
Sabbath services, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. J-Baby: “J-Baby,” a program for Main St., Shrub Oak. The program is part Examiner prints time and dates supplied by
(through June 30). Religious services are beginning Jewish families with babies or of the Hart Library Sunday Concert Series. each organization and is not responsible for
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WedNesdAY, JAN. 4
Jewish Children’s Library: Temple
Beth Shalom, 760 Route 6, Mahopac, is
sATurdAY, JAN. 7
shabbat Learns: Two Shabbat Learns
The Navajo Gator’s Baseball Club
Boys 9U, 10U, 11U and 12U Tournament Teams Tryouts:
launching The PJ Library, which offers free will be held for study and discussion will, be
books and music to families raising Jewish held after the Shabbat service and Kiddush 9U & 12U Saturday, January 7, 2012 4:00p.m.
children. The materials are being provided (which begin at 9:15 a.m.) at the Yorktown 11U Sunday, January 8, 2012 5:00 p.m.
to children between the ages of six months Jewish Center,2866 Crompond Rd. Rabbi 10U Monday, January 9, 2012 7:00 p.m at
and eight years who live in northern Stenstein will focus on Hanukkah and
Westchester and Putnam and Dutchess Rabbi Urbas will examine the weekly The Training Zone
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The Northern Westchester
Sports Covering Putnam County and Northern Westchester Sports
Kennedy-Peekskill Hoops Rivalry to be Renewed
Euro-Pro McGrath Remembers; Somers Takes 3rd in Yorktown Tourney
By Ray Gallagher against one another professionally in Europe. Those games were blood, sweat, and tears in
The northern section of the Section 1 But when these two and the likes of Mark every sense of it.”
hoops docket is chock-full-of awesomeness Carter and Rashard Turner (Peekskill) and Fast forward to 2012 and we could very
in the days ahead. I see some particularly Brian O’Donnell and James Gray (JFK) got well be looking at a Final 4 Class A County
intriguing matchups that we could spend after it in the late-‘90s through 2002 they Center prelude when the two meet next
hours talking about: Perhaps none more so took us northern folk on a magic carpet ride Tuesday at Peekskill (6:15 p.m. tip). It would
than hookup between state-ranked (No.22) to the Westchester County Center; fabled, be special if the basketball gods brought
Class A Peekskill and surging Kennedy frenetic Peekskill as a Class B man-eater and these two former rivals together on Section
Catholic on the 10th of January. Coach upstart Kennedy, under former boss Tom 1’s grandest stage – the Westchester County
Kelly’s Gaels haven’t found their way to the Nelligan, the two gobbling up sectional and Center – but we’ll settle for the first of two
NYS rankings as of yet, but after a one-point regional championships along the way. dust-ups with major league title implications
loss to state-ranked (No.23) Class AA New “Those games against Peekskill are
Rochelle and a 79-72 loss to state-ranked probably the most memorable games of my
(No.13) Class AA Jamestown it’ll be hard to high school career,” McGrath said Monday
ignore the Gaels whether or not they crack from France. “We were the two best teams
the state’s Top 25, but they did make some in Class B at the time when I was playing
headway in this frivolous poll. them, and some of those guys were friends
Section 1 fans will recall fondly the rivalry of mine, which made the rivalry even more
between Coach Lou Panzanaro’s mythical intense. That “Brawl Game” at Peekskill was
Peekskill Red Devils and former boss tom an incredible game, as good as a high school Somers forward nick Colombo eludes the defense
Nelligan’s Kennedy Gaels when pro prospects game can be. 'll never forget, and of course of Yorktown forward aiden Fullerton for a nifty
Hilton Armstrong (Peekskill) and Donnie scoop shot and two points in the tuskers’ 61-45
McGrath (JFK) graced the hardwood with a win over the huskers in last Wednesday’s consy
presence we don’t regularly see up here in the round of the 15th annual George Budries tourney.
North Country. Ironically, both Armstrong Tyree Hull. The Red Devs have noticed the
(ASVEL Basket), a former first-round NBA competition Kennedy has already faced in an
pick of the New Orleans Hornets, and effort to prepare for what lies ahead and the
McGrath (Cholet Basket) are now playing league flag should go the club that prepares
No. 2 MAhoPAC – Coach Downes’
athletic Indians (4-1) have been the surprise
team in Section 1 this season and appear to
be the favorites for the League I-B crown.
No. 2A KeNNedY – Coach Kelly’s Gaels
(3-3) get a major bump just for playing in the
Slam Dunk tourney in something other than
a challenge game, and when you consider
they placed fourth against state-ranked Class
AA foes like Kingston (No.3), Jamestown
Somers guard John Decker got wrecked on this (No.13) and New Rochelle (No.23), you
play by Yorktown forward anthony Coutsouros but have to consider K.C. among the favorites
the shot went to the line for a conventional three to challenge Tappan Zee (No.15), reigning
in the tuskers’ 61-45 win over the huskers in champion (No.21) Byram Hills and (No.22)
raY GallaGher PhotoS last Wednesday’s consy round of the 15th annual Peekskill for the Class A crown this season.
George Budries tourney. Sophomore Mike DeMello (14 points vs.
Yorktown guard Conor Gately fires up a last-
New Ro’) is panning out as the real deal, and
second shot in the huskers’ 61-45 loss to Somers
on the line. The best part is they’ll get to do I see at least five guys who can score the ball
in last Wednesday’s consy round of the 15th
it again on Feb.1st when the Red Devils visit consistently.
annual George Budries tourney.
Kennedy Catholic. No. 4 soMers – Coach Tanzi’s Tuskers
we won! I just saw Hilton a few weeks ago Putnam/North West. Examiner Top 5 (5-2) did not pass their first big tests of the
tusker forward austin Brown drops fade-away out here in Europe and we even talked about Hoops Poll season, falling to Greeley in the opening
shot in the tuskers’ 61-45 win over the huskers in those games. Some of my best memories in No. 1 PeeKsKILL – Coach P’s state- round of the Yorktown tourney. When
last Wednesday’s consy round of the 15th annual basketball were those games, and for anyone ranked (No.22) Red Devs (4-1) dispatched opponents come in with the mindset of
George Budries tourney. that was a part of it I'm sure they would agree. Athens behind a solid 20-point effort from Continued next page
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Fate of Put Valley Athletic Department Decided in Weeks
I hate sounding game or contest is over, and next train back to Central, NY., which he did
like a broken record know that the knowledge about a year-and-half later (I tried cutting
and being critical; they have gained through a that line but couldn’t get past the coaching
honestly, but there comprehensive education is staff, nor the good ladies on the A.D. office).
are some things that sufficient to sustain them in life. But that’s all in the past, water under the
need to be touched These individuals understand bridge, my friends. There are eminent people
upon for the good personal responsibility and who live in the Town of Putnam Valley now,
of the children. I sat accountability." people who are willing to sit on an advisory
By Ray Gallagher down with Putnam I just hope the PV committee to assist with the decision
Valley A.D. Peter administration and school making process; successful, veteran coaches
Kuczma the other board trustees heed these words, like Mike Robinson and Sharon Sarsen
day and he confirmed that candidates especially the accountability (both of the Lakeland School District),
will have until January 15th to get their part, something Kuczma has who should be on that board, plus Keenan
applications in to replace the venerable been during his two stints in the Deegan (Somers High), Ed DeChent (Asst.
administrator, who retires in June sticks of P.V. But even Kuczma Principal Yonkers High) and even my pal
after a long, distinguished career at had his hands full this go-round. Paul Brazeau (current NBA Vice President of
places like Horace Greeley, Croton and I wasn’t overly fond of the Basketball Operations) has a vested interest
PV. So the fate of the Putnam Valley Winchell hiring, based on with children in the district. Heck, bring in
Athletic Department and all student conversations with key faculty Judge Judy off her Lake Oscawana home to
athletes henceforth will be decided members and coaches, who render a final verdict, just make sure we do
sometime between now and then; when squirmed and refused to go on our damn homework and we don’t rubber
the last willing soul decides to apply the record but wanted little to stamp this thing, as the fate of thousands
for this “dream job” with nightmarish do with her hiring. I nearly got of student athletes, plus coaches, educators
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implications (nope, this piece won’t Conroy’s whiffle ball bat on my and administrators lies in the blessing of this
see the sports bulletin board outside tiger senior rachel Fitzgerald has seen four different athletic butt for saying so publicly, just as one, apparently problematic, decision…
Kuzzy’s office). Directors in her varied athletic career at Putnam valley, including Brian I had when I acted out in his gym on a Lighter Note:
I also sat down with an Athletic hogeboom, Mark lybolt, interim Sam oliverio and Peter kuczma. class back in the day. Hogeboom Putnam Valley sixth-grader Nick Ferraro
Coordinator from a neighboring school might have been the nicest fella (see back page) just got hit with a Letter
(for a second go) take over since Bill Conroy
district that same day; a more rugged dude I’ve met in years, but he never secured the of Recommendation from Triple Crown
left in 2002. That’s five athletic directors
whom I surmised would be a good fit in P.V. full respect of his staff and was run out of Sports, a bona fide baseball association that
(four if you don’t count Kuzzy twice) in less
He told me flat out, “Nobody wants that job,” here. It took me all of five minutes to know hosts 15,000 players and 900 teams along
than a decade for those scoring at home; six
including himself. that Lybolt wasn’t the right fit, and this is the eastern seaboard. Ferraro, previously
if you count Assistant High School Principal
Apparently, there is a degree of fret what I told him upon entering Putnam groomed in the PVBA, CALL and Frozen
Slingin’ Sam Oliverio’s four-month interim
surrounding the A.D. position in Put Valley. Ropes organizations, got the call to be
stint (nothin’ but love, Sammy boy).
Valley, due in part to the recent instability “Since Bill Conroy left Valley, you are the recognized among the top one percent of
Kuczma, now 70 and in the
of both the athletic department and overall fourth person to take on this job, baseball players within the association on
administration within the PV School
District, plus the shenanigans of the past
twilight of a fabled career, is
said to have a major say in his Direct and the instability is killing a lot of
us that live/lived and/or worked in
Feb. 18th at the North Haven, CT Holiday
regarding the way some coaches had been
treated prior to Kuczma’s reinstatement
replacement, though second-
year Superintendent Barbara
Fuchs will make the final call,
Rays town. I hope you stick around for
that reason alone; because another
Having seen the kid play on the D-33
Little League circuit, I can vouch. Straight
when a prior administration had run amuck. botched kick would be costly to and narrow, young man: Tis a straight and
a determination that could
I’m not going to rehash the issues that led to the student athletes of Putnam Valley, which narrow road to the top.
ultimately shape her legacy. Kuczma once
good coaches/people like Kelly Thompson is inexcusable in this neck of the woods. NY Giants Wr Victor Cruz is the sickest
profoundly expressed his viewpoint of the
and Frank Heitman resigning their coaching Make no mistake, though, they'll run you freak I’ve seen at the position in a few years.
importance of athletics within the school
posts, but I will agree that the job is a tough outta here if you're not their man within a Cruz – a 5’11” burner straight outta D-I AA
district. It was so insightful, I wrote it down
sell for anyone that knows the recent history year or so.” UMASS (2010, Colonial Athletic League)
as he told me so.
of the district (sorry if anyone is offended by Lybolt wasn’t just Scott Norwood in 1991’s – cooked Cowboys DB Terrence Newman
"The athletic program is an extension of
that). Super Bowl XXV going wide right; it was so bad in the Giants 31-14 win over Dallas
the academic foundation that directs the
Stability hasn’t been PV’s strong suit, but Garo Yepremian in Super Bowl VII (1972) Sunday night, Cowboy trainers checked
concepts of self-sufficiency, independence
that could change by ending the incessant botching a kick like none had ever done Newman for burns when he went down in
and personal goal setting,” he said.
renovation within the athletic department, before or since. It took a little more than a the fourth. Tis “Good to be Blue”, go G-Men!
“Our athletes are the ones who stand
which has seen Linda Winchell, Kuczma, month before folks were lining up to drive Happy New Year, gang!
alone, outside the sports arena, after the
Brian Hogeboom, Mark Lybolt and Kuczma Lybolt to Peekskill, so he could fetch the
Kennedy-Peekskill Hoops Rivalry to be Renewed
Continued from Page 18
stopping junior guard John Decker, will can match up in an ultra-competitive league, is why the Bears fall from grace this week. Thom has been legit.
senior forward Nick Colombo be enough to which gets underway with a tune-up against hM CroToN – After winning the hM YorKToWN (only because they
offset the scheme or will this massive front a mediocre John Jay club. If the Rams can’t O’Neill tourney, Coach Thom’s Tigers (6-1) played) – Not sure what to make of Coach
line finally impose its vast will. Inquiring pass this test they are in some trouble with will need Tyler Gilman’s leadership, tourney Veteri’s winless Huskers, but if the Crop ain’t
minds want to know if the Tuskers can adjust Brewster and Mahopac to follow. MVP Ian Thom’s (18PPG) marksmanship, showing up – and I don’t believe I saw more
accordingly if Decker doesn’t put up All- hM BreWsTer – I know the County Wes Turner’s (recent 30-point game) than 10 of them last week at the Budries
Tourney digits like he did against Yorktown Center is a tough place to score points, but explosiveness and Aaron Thompson’s best tourney – something’s not right in the land
(25 points), despite a box-and-one look Coach Martino’s Bears (2-3) are beginning against state-ranked (No.16), undefeated of the Huskers. I came away wondering
at times, in a 61-45 win over the Huskers. to have the look of an over-rated club after league foe Pleasantville on Jan.4. Looks like why the Huskers, with a few guys over 6’3”
Colombo (18 points) is the key. scoring just 43 points in a nine-point loss to it could be a true a three-horse race for the on the roster, don’t pound the ball inside ad
No. 5 CArMeL – Coach Coate’s Mamaroneck. Let’s just say, though I have league with P’Ville, Briarcliff and the Tigers. nausea. Nowadays, coaches use the phrase
undefeated Rams (4-0) may not be long for still have high hopes, I’m starting to have Sure would feel better about Croton if we saw “POWER!” until they are blue in the face. I
this spot, depending on whether or not they some concerns over the sub-par start, which a TRUE quality W among the six, but Ian need more POWER!
Chiriboga Blues at Yorktown
Somers Hammers Huskers, 61-45
Somers forward Matt
Chiriboga rips away a
rebound from Yorktown's
Chris Schmitz in the
tuskers' 61-45 win over the
huskers in the consolation
round of the 15th annual
George Budries Basketball
tournament last Wednesday
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