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Yorktown’s Comptroller Set to Make History in N. Castle
By Rick Pezzullo and Martin Wilbur Goldberg, 47, brings a strong set of skills Terrence Murphy and Vishnu Patel that
Three months after the majority of to the job. She is a recognized fiscal called for her to resign to allow the board
the Yorktown Town Board voted for her expert who also holds a masters degree the opportunity to interview candidates
to resign but kept her in the position, in public administration. With rapid for comptroller. The resolution was not on
longtime town Comptroller Joan Yorktown supervisor changes in recent the official agenda available to the public
Goldberg was expected to be approved years, Goldberg has been relied upon to and triggered dissention on the board.
Tuesday morning as the first ever town complete more administrative tasks. Grace said Monday Goldberg’s apparent
administrator in North Castle. “She’s actually the comptroller in new job in North Castle was “news
If approved by the North Castle Town Yorktown but with the turnover in the to me,” noting he hadn’t received any
Board, Goldberg, who has served in supervisor’s office there she’s become the contact from any North Castle officials or
Yorktown for the past 16 years and worked de facto town administrator for the past Goldberg, who reportedly was out of the
under five different supervisors, would six years,” Arden said. office this week and could not be reached
likely begin her new position in mid- Arden confirmed Goldberg’s salary will for comment.
September, in time to help North Castle be $135,000, not including benefits. She “I don’t hold it against her to interview
officials with the 2013 budget process and currently makes $110,000 a year. elsewhere. I guess it would have been nice
the upcoming state comptroller’s audit of In May, Goldberg said she was to know she was proceeding in another
the town’s finances, which is scheduled to “flabbergasted” by an after midnight direction,” Grace said. “I wish her the best
begin this week. resolution approved by Yorktown of luck. She has to do what is best for her
Supervisor Howard Arden said Supervisor Michael Grace and councilmen continued on page 14
Cortlandt Unhappy with DOT’s
Response to BMP Petitions
By Rick Pezzullo remedy on the roadway where there have
Angry Cortlandt Supervisor Linda been four deaths and several accidents in
Puglisi said the state Department of the area of Locust Avenue.
Transportation’s recent response to a William Gorton, acting regional
petition effort to install a median barrier director for the DOT, responded on
on the Bear Mountain Parkway was “not August 15 to the petitions and a letter
acceptable.” submitted by Puglisi.
“What does it take to get the state “The New York State Department of
DOT to recognize that a barrier/median/ Transportation is aware of safety concerns
guardrail will stop these serious accidents on the Bear Mountain Parkway in the
and fatalities?” an exasperated Puglisi Town of Cortlandt, and we are considering
remarked. “This response is the same one our options as we work toward developing
that we’ve had over many, many years of safety enhancements on the parkway,”
lobbying the state to make this necessary Gorton stated.
improvement. They must agree to do this Puglisi criticized Gorton’s short
rick pezzullo photo
William Nazario (right), chairman of the cortlandt Veterans committee, was honored earlier this project and to begin immediately.” response and the six weeks it took for the
month as this year’s “National patriot of the Year” by the National convention of the Military order On July 2, town officials sent petitions state to react to the petitions.
of the purple heart in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nazario is a Vietnam purple heart recipient and junior with 1,500 signatures to the DOT and “In the interim there has been another
vice commander of the Department of New York Military order of the purple heart. other state officials requesting a safety continued on page 15
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Fund Drive Started for Paramount Center in Peekskill
By Rick Pezzullo Paramount theatre in Peekskill,”
With what has been described as a the board stated in an e-mail. “The
“severe drop” in funding for non-profit Paramount budget has been cut to
organizations over the last two years, every extent possible zeroing in only
the Paramount Center for the Arts in on those expenses that are directly
Peekskill has launched a fund drive necessary for the organization to carry
with a goal of raising $300,000. out its core mission. In short, more
The Board of Directors for the Brown contributed revenue is needed now if
Street theatre made a public appeal we are to continue to provide you with
to members and patrons earlier this the Paramount experiences you love.”
month asking for contributions. Offering a wide variety of live
“We are in a position that requires performances, high quality films and
a candid, direct and honest plea to visual art exhibits, the Paramount has
those who over the years have enjoyed been drawing larger audiences in recent
what has been presented at the historic months, but, according to the board,
regardless of how successful box sales
are, its donations and contributions
from other sources that tip the profit
scale in the right direction.
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Yorktown Teens to Perform at Apollo Theater
Two Yorktown teenagers are getting “Having both of them performing on
an opportunity to perform on the same the same night is incredible.”
stage where Michael Jackson, Steve Koller will compete with other adults
Wonder and others began their careers. for the title “Super Top Dog” performer
Kristina Koller, a 2012 Yorktown with the winner receiving $10,000. The
High School graduate, and Zerena audience votes on who advances to the
Lupo, an eighth grader at Mildred next round with an applause meter. She
Strang Middle School, will be part of is the lead singer for the Swing 4 Band
Amateur Night at the historic Apollo with fellow Yorktowners, including Jeff
Theater in Harlem on Wednesday, Whalen, who is a music teacher in the
September 19. Yorktown School District. Koller is
Both teens have performed at First currently majoring in jazz studies at
Fridays Open Mic Night, sponsored The Hart School of Music.
by the Yorktown Teen Center and the Lupo will compete against her own
Justin Veatch Fund, and have played at peers for the title of “Stars of Tomorrow.” zerena lupo (left photo) kristina koller
other venues locally and nationally. She has been writing poetry and
“It is amazing that two of our First playing guitar for six years. She is a stations. Lupo will be performing at the
Fridays performers go on to Amateur member of the Nashville Songwriters Yorktown Grange Fair on September
Night at the Apollo,” said Helena Association International and has 8 and The Fieldhome’s Fall Festival on
Rodriguez of the Yorktown Teen Center. played her music live on several radio September 22.
Ossining Highway Superintendent Feels Underappreciated by Board
By Robert Christie his chance. Before O’Connor could finish, Town especially at a Town Hall meeting,” she
Two weeks ago, the Town of Ossining As he held the microphone in his right Supervisor Susanne Donnelly, made it said. “The issue is not about an individual
held a public hearing to discuss changing hand, the left one being used to keep the clear to everyone, “We are not talking but rather what is best for the community.”
the position of highway superintendent right from trembling, he let the town about Michael G. Connor.” With the transformation of highway
from an elected post to an appointed one. board know what he believed to be the Since this proposal has been brought to superintendent from elected to appointed,
While in attendance, current Highway real problem: budget and infrastructure. the public, Donnelly has stressed on many the board believes the town will spend
Superintendent, Michael G. O’Connor, “We only have a small amount of chips, occasions that changing the position was less, apart from the possible change in
chose not to speak. money that we get for our measly 20 miles not about one person. salary.
At a Town Hall meeting last week at of road,” he said. “It’s not enough.” “Mr. O’Connor has the right to speak, continued on page 10
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State Legislation Proposed to Ban Smoking in Playgrounds
By Rick Pezzullo Westchester County Medical Society,
Anti-smoking advocates and officials said it’s been proven that second-hand
banded together last week at Louis smoke can lead to significantly increased
Engel Waterfront Park in Ossining risks of cancer and cardiovascular
to show support for state legislation disease.
that would prohibit smoking in public “You name it, you get it,” Lee said of
playgrounds. the long list of ailments associated with
The bill is being co-sponsored by smoking. “Nonsmoking infants and
Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D/ children who are chronically exposed
Ossining) and Senator David Carlucci to environmental tobacco smoke have
(D/Rockland-Orange) but would not an increased risk of respiratory disease
preempt municipalities, such as the and malignancy. We need to protect our
Town of Ossining, which have enacted children and our future by passing this
more stringent anti-smoking policies. legislation.”
“We’re trying to have a common The Town of Ossining passed a law in
ground across the state,” said Galef, who May that prohibits smoking within 50
has had support on similar legislation in feet of any entrance point, playground,
the Assembly for years but was unable to playing fields and fenced-in areas like
gain traction in the Senate. “We all care the dog park and organic garden. Like
about children and that’s why we are the proposed state bill, Ossining’s law
here. Allowing smoking on playgrounds doesn’t include any enforcement or
sends the wrong signal to our kids.” penalties.
“We believe this legislation will have a rick pezzullo photo
“Most enforcement will be done by
meaningful impact,” Carlucci said. “We State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef speaks at press conference at louis engel Waterfront park in peer pressure,” said Town Supervisor
can be leaders. We can set the example. ossining. Susanne Donnelly.
This is something we have to have a and 11 are exposed to second-hand Tobacco. “Even brief exposure to “Enforcement is done by other
zero tolerance policy so young people smoke. About 350 municipalities in second-hand smoke does your body people,” said Galef. “I think there are
don’t have to worry about the kind of air New York have put in measures to limit damage. Parks and playgrounds and still people who don’t want to obey the
they’re exposed to.” second-hand smoke. other recreational areas should be law. The public is usually the enforcer of
According to the Center for Disease “There is no safe level to second-hand places where people can go and not have this type of legislation.”
Control, almost 60% of children in the smoke,” said Makeda James, Westchester to worry about second-hand exposure.”
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Somers Town Supervisor Term’s Public Hearing Extended
By Faith Ann Butcher is running for re-election, but that it has no
Somers residents will have another bearing on progress from the town.
opportunity to verbalize how they feel After hearing the comments from the
about adding a referendum to November’s residents, the councilmen decided not to
election ballot pertaining to the length of a close the public hearing. While councilmen
town supervisor’s term. Tom Garrity and Rick Morrissey back
The town board is mulling over whether holding the referendum, Councilman
to give its voters the opportunity to extend Richard Clinchy is still undecided in his
the position of town supervisor from a vote. Councilman Richard Benedict, who
two-year term to a four-year term. Before was absent during the August meeting, has
the councilmen vote on the resolution that vocalized his opposition to the referendum
would move the referendum to the ballot, in the past.
another public hearing will be held at the Clinchy said that he wanted to gather
next town board meeting, which is set for more information before casting his vote.
Thursday, Sept. 6. Acknowledging that he sees the pros and cons
Sitting town supervisor, Mary Beth of both sides of the argument, Clinchy said
Murphy, has said that she would abstain that he had called the New York Association
from the vote since the outcome affects the of Towns and asked for the state’s reasoning
position she has held since 1998. Murphy behind having town supervisor’s term be
Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy will not vote on setting a referendum to extend term of supervisor
has not ruled out running for re-election only two years. According to Clinchy, he
post to four years.
in 2014. enough time to have the discussion on this ballot in November.” was told that the two-year term was set up so
The initial public hearing was held really excellent issue.” Former town board member Maureen that during every town election there would
during the Aug. 9 town board meeting. At Following Appel, Clifford Wolhberg, Devine spoke out against holding the be three seats open and the voters could
that meeting only three residents spoke. who lives in Heritage Hills, advocated referendum. An opponent of increasing the determine the majority party bi-annually,
Mark Appel of Purdys was the first person not only for putting the referendum on the length of the supervisor’s term, she gave a rather than every four years.
to speak at the lectern. He said that he was ballot, but increasing the term as well. number of reasons for her dissention. It was requested by Clinchy that the public
neither in favor of nor against the notion of “Everyone I have spoken to in a social One reason was since the town supervisor hearing remain open until the September
expanding the term. Appel’s concern was atmosphere is clearly in favor of the four – does not hold veto power, three seats being meeting so he become more educated on the
on the process and questioned if having the year term,” said Wolhberg. “It just does not up for vote every two years permits votes to subject and that he could speak with more
referendum on the ballot for November make sense to make someone campaign have the opportunity to change the majority community members.
was a good idea. hard and then as soon as they get into office vote every two years, Devine said. Another, If the town board does not vote on the
“I am not sure if there is enough time they have to be out there hard campaigning she said, was that the short term of the resolution during the Sept. 6 meeting, it will
for people to consider [the referendum] again. This referendum needs to be on the supervisor, may impact the individual who miss the deadline to add the referendum
properly,” he said. “I do not think there is to the ballot.
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Neighbors Concerned About Noise from Planned IBM Helipad
By David Propper Program as prescribed by the Helicopter from other helicopters in the area don’t
IBM officials delivered a presentation Association International. compare to that of a dishwasher.
earlier this month for its plans to build In July, IBM evaluated helicopter “They constantly fly over my house
a helipad at its T.J. Watson Research sound levels at four different locations and when they do fly, it is very loud so
Center to Yorktown’s Planning Board, that are near its property on 1101 they’re not that high up so I don’t know
while facing skepticism from concerned Kitchawan Road. The study, which what’s going to change and what’s going
citizens on how it would affect was evaluated by the SSM Group, Inc, to be different once we bring more traffic
neighboring residential areas. found the maximum noise levels for in the area and I’m very upset about this,”
The IBM group, led by senior manager the helicopter to be between 64 to 72 she said. “...What makes your helicopter
of engineering and environmental decibels. Yorktown residents are upset over a planned different from anybody else’s helicopter?
services Bob DeAngelis, presented a The measured sound from the study helipad for iBM’s Watson center. That’s my point.”
study of the noise level entering and can compare to a typical business office Smiley responded by saying the
would also be limited to once or twice
exiting helicopters might make and conversation or equipment, a typical difference is IBM is committed
vowed to practice the Fly Neighborly shower, flushing toilet, dishwasher or a to practicing the Fly Neighborly
“It is unlikely the limited helicopter
window air conditioner, according to a Program that would limit the possible
activities at the “Helistop”... will
document of the noise level study. inconvenience.
negatively impact surrounding
“So we’re not talking about a lot Another resident, Victor Rallis, also
properties in any significant way,”
of heavy noises,” George Smiley, a found it hard to believe the noise from
declared the conclusion of the study. “In
corporate pilot said. the helicopters wouldn’t be significant.
fact, a positive aspect for the presence
Smiley estimated that in good weather, He also questioned the point of building
of the “Helistop” will be its designation
the pilot would be able to fly at about the helipad at all.
by IBM as an available landing location
1,500 feet to 2,000 feet overhead. On a “I want to know why their (IBM’s)
for medical emergency helicopter
cloudy day, a pilot might have to fly as helicopter is so special that it makes so
operations for the surrounding area.”
low as 1,300 feet above, he said. little noise?” Rallis said.
Despite that statement, residents at
Among other aspects on how the “Westchester airport is less than
the meeting still expressed concerns
helipad would not be a burden for an half-hour away, I think it’s a waste
over the project and how the noise level
Yorktown residents, DeAngelis and of time and money personally as a
might affect them.
director of corporate flight operations businessman,” he added.
One resident, Elizabeth Bastos-
Bob Murtha said the flight to and from In a meeting in February, DeAngelis
Becerra-Cummings said helicopters
IBM would primarily be during business said how the project was long overdue
that already fly over her house are loud
hours on weekdays, and if a flight came and would service senior executives,
enough that she feels vibrations in
in at night, the helipad had lights that important customers and government
her home. For her, the noise she hears
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Astorino Should Not Rub Salt in the Wound of Struggling Families
There was something rather disturbing aside for children’s programs that DSS could Astorino’s actions, especially considering how
about seeing Westchester County Executive have tapped into if it miraculously went belly he campaigned twice on making Westchester
Adam Stone Rob Astorino gloating about a court decision up. more affordable and helping hard working
firstname.lastname@example.org that could make child care unaffordable for Furthermore, the county Board of families. Lending a hand to someone does
several thousand families. Legislators, which Astorino tried to make not mean patting them on the back and then
laura Markowski How could Astorino, a father of three young the scapegoat, funded the program through kicking them from behind when they turn
Associate Publisher children, take joy in the fact fees for more the end of 2012, and the county has provided away. That’s exactly what Astorino has done in
than 2,700 children throughout the county subsidies for child care for years. Perhaps this case.
peter Stone in subsidized day care programs will rise Astorino and his administration need to check The Board of Legislators has vowed to
Chief Financial Officer more than $200 a month during a time when the record books. appeal the recent decision by state Supreme
Faith Ann Butcher unemployment remains sky high and families “These programs allow mostly working Court Justice Robert Neary. Neary should start
email@example.com are struggling to keep up with escalating food, mothers who are near the poverty level to by looking closely at the books of DSS, which
Chief Operations Officer gasoline, housing and health care costs? stay in the work force and contribute to the Jenkins said had an average budget surplus of
Earlier this year, Astorino tried to defend his local economy, while paying their bills and $15 million over the last five years. Something
rick pezzullo heartless plan by claiming the county would run providing for their families,” said Board of doesn’t add up with this whole situation,
Editor-in-Chief out of money this summer in the Department Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins. “I’m at a starting with Astorino’s blatant disregard for a
of Social Services if the parental contribution loss to explain why County Executive Astorino population that can ill-afford his petty politics,
Martin Wilbur subsidy increase was not approved. What he has to wrap this mean and disruptive mid-year and an increase of any kind in their lives.
Assistant Editor failed to disclose was the county has $135 cost-cutting agenda around them.”
Neal rentz million in a non-restricted fund balance set Most county residents should be stunned by
Reporter Kudos to the Cortlandt Town Board and Planning Board
Sara Dunn Recently the Cortlandt Town Board refused a the people of Cortlandt and the surrounding legal suit that claims the PB was being arbitrary
firstname.lastname@example.org request from Walmart to rezone property across communities that use Route 6 and the Bear in their numbers and not being mindful of the
from the Town Center so that they could build Mountain Parkway. Thank you Town Board. developers possible financial loss. The court
ray Gallagher and operate a Super Store (roughly the size of And Kudos Kudos to the Planning Board! The upheld the Planning Board’s right to limit the
Sports Editor Home Depot). Traffic and the location were Planning Board stuck to its guns and refused to number of houses and further said that the PB
the major issues and the ones that worried the allow far too many houses on a sensitive piece of is not responsible for the developer’s financial
Freelance Photographer community most. Route 6 is already crowded land at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard concern. This is a huge determination since
and the side roads that feed to and from Route and Red Mill Road. After several years of many developers will try to get their way by
Dina Spalvieri 6 are frequently crowded as well all know. Many wrangling with the developer, they finally made claiming financial harm if the number of houses
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Hayworth Was Very Responsive to Hurricane Irene in PV
firstname.lastname@example.org I was quite surprised when I recently heard the hurricane, Congresswoman Hayworth extremely helpful during this disaster.
comments regarding Congresswoman Nan and her staff arranged for a “town hall” Robert Tendy
Hayworth’s alleged “poor response” (the phone conference which included residents, Town Supervisor for Putnam Valley
words I heard, not my words) to last year’s elected officials, emergency personnel, FEMA
Hurricane Irene. I presume this may be a topic representatives, and others. There were also
also publishes of conversation for two reasons. First, the follow up meetings. I was in direct contact with
anniversary of the hurricane is upon us (August
28), and, second, (and more probably the real
reason) it is an election year.
Like most elected representatives, I was
very much involved in dealing with Hurricane
her office representatives during and after the
storm. Members of the staff came to Putnam
Valley and gave me updates about available
federal resources for residents. Congresswoman
Hayworth also voted for continuous funding so
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& Examiner without reservation that Congresswoman
Hayworth was every bit as much involved
work, and, of course, the incredible work of
Putnam Valley’s own employees and emergency
tolls rise to $10 or more?
as I was. Her office was available to me 24/7 responders, helped our town’s recovery from
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for discussions regarding federal funding the storm move as quickly as possible.
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Albert Golanec, Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial was Salvatore DiMaggio 24, Kristen, 22; his mother, Beatrice
Albert Golanec Jr., a resident of held at Our Lady of Loretto Church Salvatore DiMaggio, a resident of Fiorio and brother Robert Fiorio.
Mohegan Lake, died August 23. He was in Cold Spring. Interment followed at Yorktown, died August 24. He was 84. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St.
68. Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt. Mr. DiMaggio was born in Yonkers Columbanus R.C. Church in Cortlandt.
He was born March 30, 1944 in Port Donations can be made to Phelps on June 10, 1928, to the late Geriaco The family requests that donations be
Chester to Albert and Stella Golanec. Hospice, 701 No. Broadway, Sleepy and Mary DiMaggio. He was the made in his name to the Lustgarten
On March 22, 1969, Mr. Golanec Hollow, NY 10591. maintenance supervisor for Parks and Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave,
married Patricia vonAchen in Rye. He Recreation for the Town of Yorktown, Bethpage, NY 11714 (www.lustgarten.
served honorably in the U.S. Army from Thomas Wall retiring in 1990. org).
1965-1971. He then became a police Thomas James Wall, a resident of He is survived by his wife Theresa
officer for the City Of Rye in 1971 and Ossining, died August 19. He was 87. (nee Norcia) of Yorktown; his daughter Nicholas DiLello
retired in 1993. He was born October 3, 1924 in New Diane Fanning and her husband Henry; Nicholas J. DiLello, a resident of
In addition to his wife Patricia, he York City to Michael & Anna Gallo Wall. three grandchildren, Daniel, Caitlin and Peekskill, died peacefully at his home
is survived by children Jeff Golanec Mr. Wall was a veteran of WWII, having Nicole Fanning, all of Carmel, and his on August 21. He was 86.
(Debbie) (Ret. RPD), Chad Golanec served in the U.S. Navy. He worked sister Rosalie Barro. He was predeceased Mr. DiLello was born April 9, 1926 in
(NCPD), Theresa Moretti, George for Con Edison, retiring as a chief gas by his brothers, Anthony and Stanley Ossining. He proudly served in the U.S.
Romano, Thomas Romano (Melissa), Ddspatcher. DiMaggio. Navy from 1943 to 1946.
his sister Helen Morus, and six He is survived by his wife Gladys, son A Mass of Christian Burial was held He is survived by his beloved wife
grandchildren: Ava, Anthony, Victoria, Michael (Ann), daughter Janet Accurso at St. Patrick’s New Church in Yorktown. Isabella DiLello; six loving children,
Kaela, Anthony, and Kyle. (Louis), and grandsons Thomas James Charlaine DiLello, Diana DiLello, Frank
A Mass of Christian burial was held Wall and Christopher Byron Wall. A James Fiorio III Calabro, Jeanne Lipscomb, Kathleen
at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Memorial Service was held at St. Luke’s James (Jimmy) Fiorio III, a former Lucanera-Nagy, Loretta Ford and their
Entombment followed at Rose Hill Episcopal Church in Somers. resident of Cortlandt, died peacefully at spouses; 12 cherished grandchildren;
Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations his home August 22 in LaGrange with and a dear brother, Tony Cequeria.
may be made to Friedreich’s Ataxia Allan Egan his wife, children and faithful pup by his A Mass of Christian Burial was held
Research Alliance. WWW.curefa.org Allan E. Egan, a resident of Yorktown, side after a brief fight with pancreatic at Assumption Church in Peekskill.
died August 19. He was 83. cancer. He was 60. Entombment followed at Rose Hills
Pamela Savva Mr. Egan was born and attended Mr. Fiorio grew up in Peekskill and Memorial Park in Putnam Valley.
Pamela M. Savva (nee Brennan) of Cardinal Hayes High School. He was graduated from Hendrick Hudson High Donations can be made to the American
Cortlandt died August 20. She was 66. a graduate of Manhattan College. Mr. School in 1971. He had recently retired Lung Assoc., National Hdq’s., 1301
Mrs. Savva was a property manager Egan worked at Westvaco Corp. for 47 from a 33-year career with Metro North Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Ste. 800,
for the Country House in Yorktown. years and served in the Army. He was Railroad. Washington, DC 20004.
She was born August 24, 1945 in Mt. a former chairman of the Yorktown He is survived by his wife of 30 years,
Vernon, NY to William and Geraldine Zoning Board of Appeals and was Kathy; two amazing children, Thomas,
Dunn Brennan. She was a graduate of an active parishioner at St. Patrick’s
Lakeland High School. On September Church.
14, 1968, she married Chris Savva at St. An avid sports fan, he loved all
Columbanus Church in Cortlandt. Yorktown events, New York Giants
In addition her husband, she is football and West Point Army football.
survived by four children; Chris He also enjoyed spending time at his
(Tammi) Savva, Jr. of Hopewell Junction, home in Windham, N.Y.
NY, Kevin (Jennifer) Savva of New Mr. Egan is survived by his wife of
York City, Kimberly (Kevin) Howard 58 years, Julie Blessington Egan; five
of Raleigh, NC and Amy (Michael) children, Mary Jane McNamara, John
Kuchera of Fishkill. Also surviving are Egan, Julie Egan, Nancy Murphy and
four grandchildren, Steven and Dylan Timothy Egan; and 10 grandchildren.
Savva, and Kaleb and Kolby Howard; A funeral mass was celebrated
one brother, Peter Brennan; and five at St. Patrick’s Church. Memorial
sisters, Barbara Sampson, Bernadette contributions may be made to Hospice
Herkert, Beverly Manco, Geraldine Care in Westchester & Putnam, 540
Brennan and Jacqueline Brennan. She White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY
was predeceased by a brother, William 10591.
10 August 28 - September 3, 2012 The Northern Westchester Examiner
Yorktown Police a male identified as Keith Hoyt allegedly stole in her purse. Following her arrest, Irwin was was arrested in Baltimore, Maryland on
August 19 two Ford Escorts valued at $3,000 from the also found to be in possession of 112 bags of local charges. Holcombe was transported to
3:55 p.m. – Kim Quickel, 50, of Katonah business by towing the vehicles from the scene heroin and three bags of cocaine. More than Peekskill by the Westchester County Police
was charged with driving while intoxicated, without permission from the owner. Hoyt $1,700 which Irwin was carrying was seized Warrant Squad, arraigned in Peekskill City
a Class E felony, and several traffic violations voluntarily appeared at police headquarters, for possible forfeiture. Court and remanded to Westchester County
following a traffic stop on Granite Springs where he was arrested and arraigned by Judge August 17 Jail without bail.
Road. She was arraigned in Yorktown Justice Raniolo, who remanded Hoyt to Westchester 8 a.m. – Thomas Holcombe, 41, of Peekskill,
Court and remanded to Westchester County County Jail without bail. a registered Level 3 sex offender, was arrested
Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond/$5,000 cash bail. for failing to abide by sex offender regulations, State Police
August 16 Peekskill Police a felony. Holcombe is required to report to August 22
7:45 p.m. – Keith Hoyt, 50, of Ossining August 20 the City of Peekskill Police Department every 8:39 p.m. – Stephen McCarthy, 34, of
was charged with two counts of grand larceny 8 p.m. – Jessica Irwin, 18, of Pennsville, 90 days while he is a resident of Peekskill. In Fairport, N.Y. was charged with driving while
in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Police N.J. was charged with criminal possession of September 2011, Holcombe failed to respond intoxicated after being pulled over on the
received a call on August 16 at approximately a controlled substance, a Class B felony, and and an investigation by Detective Ralph Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown for moving
2:27 p.m. from a business owner at 1735 Front unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, D’Aliso resulted in charges being filed after unsafely from a lane. McCarthy was allegedly
Street reporting the larceny of two vehicles following a traffic stop on Route 9 for speeding. he learned Holcombe no longer resided at the found to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol
that were parked in the parking lot. Following Irwin, who was a passenger in the vehicle, address he had provided. A warrant for his content of 0.11%. He was processed and
an investigation by Detective Brian Shanahan, was first charged with marijuana possession arrest was obtained and circulated nationwide. released on uniform traffic tickets returnable
it was determined that on August 15 at 2 p.m. after it was allegedly observed in plain view D’Aliso was notified on July 3 that Holcombe to Yorktown Justice Court on September 4.
Ossining Highway Superintendent Feels Underappreciated by Board
continued from page 4
“We believe we save money getting the if the board is looking to get quality at feel the board appreciates the work that period, if the motion were to pass,
process done quicker and working with the highway superintendent position, he has done. “There are tangibles and the town would begin looking within
other people,” Donnelly said. the current salary will not be sufficient. intangibles,” he said, maintaining the the community to fill the position. They
O’Connor earns $89,536 annually. “Anyone with any type of experience board does not appreciate the intangibles must first decide what will be included
According to Councilman Peter Tripodi, you’re not going to get at $90,000. What he brings to the job. in the job description, which will most
the town’s engineer made over $300,000 you might get at $90,000 is a general Donnelly chose not to comment likely affect the salary of the new highway
last year. At last week’s meeting, the board foreman who does not have as much on O’Connor’s performance. She did, superintendent.
speculated about combining the two experience and is willing to take a lower however, mention that any moves The Town Board was scheduled to vote
positions. salary.” concerning the highway superintendent this Tuesday on whether to schedule a
Judy Weintraub, village clerk for the O’Connor is in his seventh year as position cannot be made until the end of November 6 referendum on the highway
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Child Care Contribution to Increase in Westchester
By Faith Ann Butcher by some members of the county Board Justice Robert A. Neary rejected the in order to keep the day care program
Parents who get their child care of Legislators who challenged the right case brought by several Democratic solvent.
expenses subsidized by Westchester of the County Executive Rob Astorino’s members of the Board of Legislators, In the court decision, Neary said that the
County will soon have to contribute more administration to set the contribution including Chairman Ken Jenkins Board of Legislators did not put enough
to participate in the program. levels for families enrolled in the county’s (D-Yonkers), challenging the authority of money into the budget line to support a
A state Supreme Court justice on non-mandated, subsidized day care Commissioner of Social Services Kevin 20-percent cap for parental contribution
Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought program. McGuire to raise parent contributions and the McGuire had the authority to raise
the family share up to 35 percent to make
up for the budget shortfall. Additionally
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Court Declares MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional
By Faith Ann Butcher County Executive Rob Astorino. “The increase traffic; or B) raise fares even higher It is clear that the tax that was put on use
Officials from municipalities surrounding MTA payroll tax is essentially an unfunded than planned.” was onerous and should never have been
the metropolitan area have been saying mandate from Albany. In this case, we were State legislators who have been fighting implemented in the first place.”
it for years and now they have a court allowed to challenge it. We did. And now the MTA payroll tax expressed their Ravitz added, “It is a great decision
agreeing with them – the Payroll Mobility we’ve won an important victory with the satisfaction. for taxpayers; it is a great decision of
Tax, which is more commonly known as the court’s decision that this unfair burden on “This is great news,” said state Senator businesses.”
MTA payroll tax, is unconstitutional. taxpayers was unconstitutional.” Greg Ball (R-Patterson). “I will be fighting Jen Maher, chairwoman of the Putnam
On Wednesday a state Supreme Court The payroll tax provides more than $1.5 for full repeal of the MTA payroll tax County Chamber of Commerce, said
Judge R. Bruce Cozzins, Jr. declared in the billion in revenue for the MTA annually immediately. I will be reaching out to the that while the MTA is a vital piece of the
case Nassau County vs. MTA that imposing and some are concerned that the court’s governor and my colleagues to make sure community as it allows many of the county’s
a the payroll tax “does not serve a substantial decision would destroy the engine of the we expedite this even before next session.” residents to earn a living, the burden
state interest” and is therefore considered state’s economic vitality. Assemblyman Steve Katz (R-Yorktown) of its debt should never have been on
unconstitutional. “This decision threatens the foundation agrees with the court decision also. communities that did not reap any benefits
The MTA payroll tax, which forced of the state’s economy,” said Paul Steely “I am ecstatically happy that the courts from the tax.
all businesses, municipalities and school White, executive director of Transportation have done the right thing for the taxpayers “Now that they have found this law
districts to pay 34 cents for every $100 of Alternatives. “Public transportation is of the state and my only question right now unconstitutional they need to go look at
employers’ payroll in the 12-county MTA critical to the New York City metropolitan is, when are we going to get our refund other laws, at every level of government—
region, was passed in 2009. The tax was area--an area which provides 45 percent of checks?” said Katz. “The courts have state, county and town that are holding back
passed to fill a deficit in the MTA budget. the state’s tax revenue, paying for countless confirmed that the MTA cannot use us as residents and business owners,” said Maher.
Nassau County filed the suit in 2010. public services from Niagara Falls to their personal piggyback any longer. It’s “Also, I would like to know how the MTA
Subsequently other counties joined the Montauk. We hope Governor [Andrew] time for a forensic audit of the MTA and to is going to pay back all of the companies,
case, including Westchester and Putnam, Cuomo resolves this crisis, and that the look into the possibility of its privatization.” schools and governments that have had to
while Nassau County was maintained as the appeals court will consider the substantial Business leaders of the Lower Hudson pay the unconstitutional mandate.”
lead petitioner in the lawsuit. state interest when reviewing this ruling.” Valley have pushed for a repeal of the tax The MTA, which counts on the money
In Dec. 2011, lawmakers passed Commuters and those who utilize the for years. from the payroll tax, said it intends on
legislation revamping the tax code and mass transit system are concerned about “We knew when it was passed that it appealing the decision.
exempting about 80 percent of companies rate hikes. would be devastating to our businesses “We will vigorously appeal [the] ruling,”
from having to pay the MTA payroll “This is not good news,” said Stanley community,” said John Ravitz, chief said Aaron Donovan, the MTA’s media
tax. Schools also became exempt. Large Fritz a project coordinator for New York financial officer of the Business Council of liaison in a statement that was emailed out
businesses and municipal governments Public Interest Group (NYPIG) who lives in Westchester. “When the repeal was passed to the press. “We believe this opinion will
were still mandated to pay the tax. Harlem and uses the transit system. “The last year it was a help, but I do not think we be overturned, since four prior challenges
“This is good news for Westchester County MTA will lose money, which could force will be able to ever make up for the long to the constitutionality of the law making
and its municipalities,” said Westchester them to either A) cut services which would outstanding damage that this has caused. the same argument have been dismissed.”
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of the W
By David Propper off like many. Coming over to United States
For three years, chemistry and biology to visit his friends and cousins in New York
books are what a young Diego Sarmiento used City, Sarmiento got a job washing dishes for a
to focus his attention on. Sarmiento, 33, was restaurant. While doing his work, he watched
studying to become a doctor back then, in his others in the kitchen do their work, which was
home country of Ecuador. cooking and preparing food.
But a trip to the United States threw his “When I came to this country I saw the chefs
life into a completely different direction. Now working, I started watching Food Network,”
15 years later, Sarmiento can call himself a Sarmiento said. “So I got into that.”
business owner, in an area of expertise far from Sarmiento estimates he worked at about 25
science books. different delis and restaurant cooking all over
“When I got to this country, everything Westchester and New York City, with his most Diego Sarmiento stands proudly in his restaurant. DAViD propper photo
changed,” Sarmiento said. “Started doing recent and previous stint at Finnegan’s Grill in
dishes and now opened my own place, that’s Yorktown as a chef. He still sweeps the floors, cooks the food, and shares more time with his family. His wife,
the dream.” During that span, Sarmiento also took washes dishes but the new wrinkle in his job is Johanna, also works in the deli, having past
Sarmiento is the owner of Diego’s Deli, classes at culinary schools, like BOCES in his ability to interact with the customers. restaurant experience as well. Their three
BBQ and Catering, a new restaurant that Yorktown and Culinary Institute of America, “That’s the difference between being at children usually eat meals there, including a
opened August 8 and is located along Route 6 one of the top culinary schools in New York. a restaurant like at Finnegan’s, I was there Sunday dinner.
in Mohegan Lake. Diego’s Deli, which is open During that time, Sarmiento was also learning behind the kitchen,” Sarmiento said. “Now I And for a man who hopped to countless
seven days a week, boasts a menu that includes how to speak English. can talk to people.” delis and restaurants since immigrating to the
a various selection for breakfast, lunch and Once Sarmiento made the decision to open And Sarmiento wants to hear from those states, he finally has a place he can call his own,
dinner. his own place, he said it took about seven long customers, and try to accommodate them and he’s happy to bring his passion for cooking
The food served is extensive, featuring months of putting it all together and getting the best way possible. He doesn’t want to say to Yorktown.
southern ribs and pulled pork, to cold cuts, the paperwork done. From previously working “no” to a customer. One way he believes he’s “The American dream man,” Sarmiento
sandwiches and salads. And all of it is home at another business along Route 6, Sarmiento different from other delis. “Customers first,” said.
cooked, Sarmiento said. knew that’s where he wanted his business to Sarmiento said.
“I want to do everything from scratch, not open in. Sarmiento said the biggest challenge so far Diego’s Deli is open seven days a week from
doing anything frozen,” said Sarmiento, who Now, almost three weeks into Diego’s Deli, is depending on himself, rather than just being 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Its address is 1859 East Main
speaks with a strong Ecuadorian accent. Sarmiento loves the idea of being his own boss, part of a larger staff. But that one arduous task Street (Route 6), Mohegan Lake. The phone
Sarmiento’s experience in the kitchen started even if he still does a lot of the grunt work. outweighs other opportunities. Sarmiento number is (914) 743-1680.
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Yorktown’s Comptroller Set to Make History in N. Castle
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and I have to do what is best for the Town “My first reaction to her was that I you get anything more by going through
of Yorktown. I guess it’s time for her to “I don’t blame her for wanted her to be the town comptroller the process,” Cronin said.
look for different horizons and for us to but she did a lot of the jobs of a town “I think she is well-suited for this
change direction.” leaving. I would to. I administrator without ever having been a job, is high energy and has outstanding
Meanwhile, Grace defended the actions town administrator,” D’Angelo said. experience,” he added.
of the Yorktown Town Board in seeking wouldn’t want to be Arden has been a strong proponent Arden and Cronin acknowledged
other applicants for comptroller. of hiring an administrator, making it a that the recent controversy that placed
“There were certainly issues that I had where I wasn’t wanted key issue in last year’s campaign against Goldberg at odds with Grace gave them
that deserved adequate exploration,” he former supervisor William Weaver. He reason to pause. However, Arden said
said. “There were a lot of concerns on either.” argued that costly mistakes such as the after speaking with Grace he believes the
how the office was running on a daily aborted Westwood organic recycling disagreement was mainly philosophical.
basis. There were a lot of reasons for us center project and the loss of the Armonk “I think for the past few years Joan has
to reexamine that office. I guess she felt A&P could have been avoided with more been in charge of the daily running of the
threatened by the process of reviewing comptroller. Berland, who recently moved effective town management. town and he had much different thoughts
the position. When someone makes with her family to town, was the director Despite the town board’s establishment on how it should be run,” he said.
themselves indispensable, then it’s time of finance for 12 years at Reuters, a $1.7 of a search committee in late June Hiring an administrator was formally
for them to go. That’s not a good situation billion a year company, Arden said. She which provided a short list of names discussed for the first time in 2008
for anyone to be in.” is currently a finance executive with the for the administrator’s post, Goldberg under then-Supervisor Reese Berman,
Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco, Manhattan law firm of Beys, Stein & was the only candidate the town board who formed the first of the two task
who opposed the May resolution for Mobargha. Berland, who is scheduled to interviewed, said Councilman John forces. In 2009, the town board voted
Goldberg to resign with Councilman Dave begin on Sept. 10, will earn $80,000 a year. Cronin. The committee was comprised to establish the administrator’s position
Paganelli, said of the approximately eight The double appointments will mark of members from North Castle’s two task but opted not to fund the position while
people the Town Board has interviewed a significant move to more professional forces that had been formed during the the town was under difficult financial
for comptroller, including Goldberg, management for North Castle, Arden last four years to study the feasibility of constraints. Weaver opposed the hiring
Goldberg was by far the most qualified. maintained. an administrator, plus retired New Castle of an administrator but formed a second
“This is their (North Castle) gain. We “We felt by bringing the two of them on Administrator Jerry Faiella and Town of task force last year that recommended a
lose. There’s no question about it,” Bianco together they would really complement Mamaroneck Administrator Steve Altieri. chief financial officer be hired to assist the
said. “I don’t blame her for leaving. I each other,” he said. “We’re getting two Initially, the board had considered supervisor with fiscal matters.
would to. I wouldn’t want to be where I really good people.” Goldberg for the vacant comptroller’s North Castle becomes just the third
wasn’t wanted either. Our finances are in Councilman Stephen D’Angelo said position but found her to possess all the Westchester town to hire an administrator.
good shape, mostly due to her guidance.” he liked that Goldberg managed a qualities officials had been looking for in All cities and villages in the county employ
Goldberg’s appointment comes staff of about five or six employees in an administrator. a manager or administrator.
in tandem with the hiring of Faith the comptroller’s office. He said her “I think if there’s a candidate that has
Berland, who will be North Castle’s new appointment will be good for the town. everything you’re looking for I don’t think
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Playground Dedicated at Former Seaplane Base in Verplanck
By Rick Pezzullo operations a year. Martin also ran a small
A former seaplane base in the hamlet flight school and flew sightseeing tours to
of Verplanck was formally recognized the Statue of Liberty and West Point.
by the Town of Cortlandt last week with In 1991, Martin, who was friendly with
the dedication of the Jim Martin Aviation former town supervisor Jack Gaffney,
Playground. donated all 26 acres to Cortlandt as part
Located on a portion of a 26-acre parcel of a life estate legal agreement. Part of the
on the banks of the Hudson River that agreement stipulated that a mobile home
has been renamed Cortlandt Waterfront park on the property would remain at
Park, the playground cost approximately least 10 years after Martin’s death, at which
$50,000, which was funded from the time the town would turn it into a park.
town’s recreation account. Martin died July 3, 2006 in Greenwich,
Jim Martin, a native of England, owned Connecticut at the age of 87.
what was known as the Peekskill Seaplane The seaplane base was officially removed
Base since 1950. The seaplane base covered from FAA records in 2007. Cortlandt is
approximately six acres and included two also planning to construct a boat launch
hangars and a Quonset Hut. Between 2004 on the site in the spring. That project is
and 2005, the base averaged 1,200 aircraft estimated to cost approximately $85,000.
clAuDiA VAheY photo
the Jim Martin Aviation playground.
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Follow BMP Petitions
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fatality (motorcycle tragic accident) over the years calling for a barrier. The
and other accidents,” Puglisi said. “This DOT shelved a planned $60 million capital
response letter comprised of two brief project to reconstruct the parkway next
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town government and officials, by our
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community and certainly not by the the interchange of the parkway and Route
Search for families who lost their loved ones by
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All Good Things Around the House Will End, But When?
By Bill Primavera
The harbinger of trouble
the wizard at my local
Silicon Valley shop who
Why must all trusted 10 years but it has a better chance if the
water is not hard or mineral-filled. To
ahead with any product or
appliance in the home is
at first thought it could be
the electrical connection,
equipment and lessen the effects of hard water, the tank
can be drained and flushed once a year to
usually just a little kink in its
operation. Once that whiz is
which he replaced. But
after he left, the shutdown
appliances have so prevent mineral buildup, but who has time
to think about that?
heard or blip is seen, it’s only a
matter of time before the death
problem continued. When
he returned and opened
limited a life span? The summation of the survey noted
that the results were based on average
knell inevitably tolls. The time
in between can produce great
up the computer again,
he proclaimed that the Why can’t everything life expectancies. There are exceptions on
both ends of a product’s life cycle, much
anxiety, even anger, over being
betrayed by something we
problem was a failure in the
“mother” board. be made to last at like my Kenmore dishwasher that stopped
dead after only a year, but was mercifully
depend on. Feeling betrayed as I did capable of being repaired.
Why must all trusted by the trusted repository least as long as we do? For now, I take comfort in the belief that
equipment and appliances of my work for at least my Aunt Pearl’s sturdy adjustable desk
have so limited a life span? six years, I denounced by gas. lamp will last longer than I. But I admit
Why can’t everything be made the computer without Refrigerators should last from 14 to 17 every time I push the red button to turn it
to last at least as long as we reservation as a different years. I guess we’re very tough on ours on, I hold my breath.
do? Would we ever grow tired kind of “mother.” because each lasted less than 10 years
of the same old things hanging At the same time, my before problems developed, such as our Bill Primavera is a residential and
around the house indefinitely? television is experiencing icemaker on speed. commercial Realtor® associated with
I think not. occasional digitalized Furnaces will usually last about 20 years. coldwell Banker and a lifestyles columnist
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electrical device that I have enjoyed know how else to describe its quirk), the bought my house, lasted another 25 years those seeking advice on home maintenance
without interruption for many years is one refrigerator’s ice cube maker is producing with occasional replacement of the starter or who want to buy or sell a home, visit his
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The lamp originally belonged to my Kiplinger’s Report on that very subject.
Aunt Pearl who gave it to my wife and me The life expectancy of some items was
when she retired, telling us at the time that surprising and others, from my personal
it was indestructible. She was right. It was experience, incredulous.
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has always stood next to my main office Washing machines and dryers typically
computer du jour, which since my first last 11 to 12 years, with top loading
primitive Wang has been replaced more washers lasting a bit longer than front-
times than I can remember. loading models.
Last week the latest edition of my Dishwashers fare better, lasting
main computer began to shut down an average of 13 years. (Here’s a tip:
unpredictably on its own. I panicked until Dishwashers actually run better and Medical Alert
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Forensic Science Enters the Realm of the Vineyard
“Thieves Plunder Presenting the forensic stolen in Antioch, Calif., 400 miles south SH: It would be difficult to harvest nearly
Californian Vineyard.” This viewpoint, in true CSI of Oakley. This all sounds a bit peculiar to 3,000 clusters manually in a short period of
is a headline I came across fashion, I’ll appoint an me, my dear Mr. Williams. time. Not only that, but, using my powers
last week and it immediately individual of utmost BW: Mr. Planchon, 90 years old, farms of observation, I’ve been able to deduce
piqued my curiosity. I’ve read reputation: Sherlock a well-known vineyard that dates to the that Mr. Planchon had built a fence around
about other incidents of stolen Holmes. You can provide early 19th century. He sells his grapes to his vineyard, which was the only fenced-
grapes in other countries your own visuals from the Rosenblum Cellars, a highly regarded in vineyard in the surrounding region. Oh
(notably France), however, media; the houndstooth- producer of Zinfandel wines. yes, the fence was six feet tall, making it
this incident was (somewhat) capped Basil Rathbone SH: No other thefts have been reported quite difficult to maneuver sufficiently to
closer to home and had a few personification, the recently in the specific or broader area of carry off 1,200 pounds of contraband.
twists. disheveled Robert Oakley. Why did the thieves single out BW: No suspects have been identified.
Here’s my synopsis of the Downey Jr. personification this prized crop? How were they aware of Anyone with information on the crime can
news story as reported in the By Nick Antonaccio of a brilliant but slightly its value and desirability? How did they call county dispatchers at 925-646-2441
Contra Costa Times: A fourth unbalanced investigator, or maneuver through the vineyard, seemingly SH: Hmm, my dear Williams, could this
generation farmer in Oakley (northeast of any of the other 72 actors aided only by flashlights, possibly be an inside job? Perpetrated by
San Francisco and south of Napa Valley) who have portrayed Holmes accumulating nearly 3,000 a disgruntled employee? Drunk workers?
reported that thieves stripped and carted in movies, television, radio clusters of grapes? An insurance fraud? Mind you, Williams,
away the grapes from 81 plants in his and theater. BW: Mr. Planchon this is speculation at the moment. I must
vineyard. He startled them but they sped BW: Mr. Planchon said he estimates the haul was worth continue my investigation in earnest. I
away in a pickup truck. The farmer, Stan drove down and found two approximately $1,500. will report back to you at an appropriate
Planchon, estimated the thieves absconded vehicles apparently being SH: Perhaps. Zinfandel interval.
with about 1,200 pounds of grapes. used by the grape thieves and grapes ripen later than other
Several detailed facts in the article was able to park his truck to block one of varieties. Given the weather conditions I’ve Nick antonaccio is a 35-year Pleasantville
seemed questionable and led me to them. researched for the 2012 growing season, it resident. For over 15 years he has conducted
speculate about the underlying premise of SH: I find it strange that the blocked is reasonable to assume that grapes on the wine tastings and lectures. He is co-host
the story. Allow me to present a fictional vehicle, which incidentally was a pickup vine in August are two weeks--or more-- of “Glass Up, Glass Down,” a local cable
dialogue analyzing the components of this truck with sufficient capacity to hold the from achieving the desired level of ripeness television series on wine and food; he also
news story. stolen grapes, was able to escape when to achieve a high market value. A certified offers personalized wine tastings and wine
Presenting all factual information, I’ll blocked by Mr. Planchon’s truck–and winery would be aware of this, making the travel services. Nick’s credo: continuous
appoint a trustworthy news broadcaster, didn’t damage his truck or injure him. unripened grapes virtually unsalable, even experimenting results in instinctive behavior.
who has a reputation for (mostly) unbiased The second vehicle was abandoned. I’ve in the black market. You can reach him at nantonaccio@
reporting: Brian Williams, the current learned that it happened to be covered in BW: The vehicle that escaped had no theexaminernews.com or on Twitter @
poster child for telling-the-facts-with- gasoline and was riddled with bullet holes. apparent grape harvesting equipment on sharingwine.
no-subjectivity-attached broadcasting. Police have verified that this vehicle was board or left behind in the vineyard.
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Tuesday, Aug. 28 hosting a special summer blood drive. Series will conclude with a performance Native American dance, plus open-
New Synagogue Members: The Donors from all towns are welcome to by Mike and Miriam Risko at 7 p.m. hearth cooking demonstrations, games,
Yorktown Jewish Center, located at participate. Pleasantville Firehouse, at Engel Park, which is located across live music and hands-on craft activities
2966 Crompond Rd., Yorktown, is 75 Washington Ave., Pleasantville. from the Ossining Metro-North station. for children. Philipsburg Manor, 381
offering a special deal for new and/ 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Info (including how The free event will be held weather N. Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow.
or former members to join/return to to volunteer): 914-747-2408 or email permitting. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $14. Seniors: $12.
our community. The Center offers email@example.com. Hilltop Hanover Events: A series of Children (ages 3-17): $8. Children
many activities and fellowship. Call events are being held this weekend at (under 3): Free. Also Sept. 2 and 3. Info
the Center office at 914-245-2324 for Thursday, Aug. 30 Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover and tickets: 914-631-8100 or visit www.
more details, or go to http://www. Walt Disney Film: The 1971 film St., Yorktown, A farm stand, featuring hudsonvalley.org.
yorktownjewishcenter.org/. “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” will be fresh Westchester-grown vegetables is Sunday, Sept. 2
Farmers’ Market: The Putnam Valley screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Ossining open of Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Farmers Market: A farmers market,
Grange Farmers’ Market is held every Public Library, 53 Croton Ave. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. U-Pick which will be held every Sunday through
Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Admission is free and the movie will Vegetables are sold on Saturdays from October except for Jewish holidays, will
Mill Street and Peekskill Hollow Road be presented in the Budarz Theater. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. begin today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the
(Adams Corners). film, which has a running time of 117 Sabbath Services: During the parking lot at Temple Beth Shalom, 760
Senior Benefits Information: minutes, stars Angela Landsbury. Info: summer months of Daylight Savings Route 6 (located at the corner of Croton
Trained volunteer counselors help 914-941-2416. Time, the Yorktown Jewish Center, Falls Road), Mahopac. Info: 845-628-
older adults and their caregivers find Summer End Reading: Writopia Lab 2966 Crompond Rd., will begin Friday 6133.
information about government benefits will hold an End-of-Summer student night Sabbath services at 8 p.m. and Healing Yoga: Yoga classes for
to help them stretch their budgets every reading from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Little Joe’s Saturday morning Sabbath services will women with breast cancer are held at 5
Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Books, 25 Katonah Rd., Katonah. Info: begin at 9:15 a.m. Everyone is invited p.m. on Sundays at Hudson Yoga, 5 Old
John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E. Lena.Roy@WritopiaLab.org or 914- to attend. Info: 914-245-2324 or www. Post Rd. South, Croton-on-Hudson.
Main St., Shrub Oak. Get information 401-4159. yorktownjewishcenter.org Weekly classes are being conducted by
on Medicare health and prescription YJC Web Site: The Yorktown Jewish rotating instructors. The suggestion
plans, nutrition assistance, the Home Center has launched a new Web site Saturday, Sept. 1 is $15. Info: Ellisha Simpson at 914-
Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), at www.yorktownjewishcenter.org. Cookout and Cruise: Rhythm 319-4010 or send an e-mail to info@
tax relief programs, and much more. Features include a live status feed from Brothers Line Dance Studio will present laughingheartsyoga.com.
Info: 914-245-5262 Ext.227 or http:// the synagogue’s Facebook page, which Lets-Float-On, a three-hour cruise on
www.westchesterlibraries.org/sbic. gives instant updates on events. The site the Hudson River and cookout The Tuesday, Sept. 4
Checkmate: A chess program is held is connected to the synagogue’s Google cookout will be held at 5 p.m. at the Yorktown SEPTA Fundraiser:
every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Ossining calendar. studio, 3199 Albany Post Rd., Building Celebrate the last day of summer
Public Library, 53 Croton Ave. It is held From a Child’s Perspective. Parents 37, Buchanan. The cruise will begin at vacation with Twist Frozen Yogurt Bar
in the second floor conference room. and children are invited to travel back 7:30 p.m. at the Charles Point marina, 5 & Sweet Shop, 2202 Saw Mill River Rd.,
Info: 914-941-2416 Ext. 336. to the 19th century and explore the John Walsh Blvd., Peekskill. Tickets are Yorktown. Twist will donate a portion
home of Washington Irving through $55. Info: 845-494-0639 or 914-882- of the day’s proceeds to Yorktown
Wednesday, Aug. 29 a child’s eyes. Play games, hear stories, 2262. SEPTA. SEPTA is the district wide
Photography Exhibit: “Eclectic race through a scavenger hunt, and Overeaters Anonymous: Worried Parent Teacher Association organized
Quintet,” a photography exhibition participate in hands-on-activities, about the way you eat? If food rules to provide information and support
featuring works by photographers from including a new craft each week. your life, Overeaters Anony-mous to parents and caregivers of children
the Westchester Photographic Society, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 89 W. may have the answer for you. There is with special needs and general learning
is being held this month in the library Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown. 10 a.m. to 5 no weigh-ins, dues or fees. The group challenges. Info: 914-588-4248 or www.
gallery at the Ossining Public Library, p.m. $12. Seniors: $10. Children (3-17): meets on Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 yorktownsepta.org.
53 Croton Ave. Info: 914-941-2416. $6. Members and children (under 3): am at the fourth floor conference at the Baseball Exhibit: “SPRING Fever,”
Dog Park: Donations for the future Free. Info: 914-631-8200. Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, 1350 a collection of vintage baseball items
Somers Dog Park, which will be located Route 9, Garrison. Info: call/text Lisa at from guest curator Bob Mayer, is being
next to the town highway department Friday, Aug. 31 917-716-2488. exhibited through September at the
on Route 100, are being accepted. Shabbat Service/School Shabbat Services: Chabad of Yorktown Museum, located on the top
Donations should be made to Town Registration:. A Shabbat service will Yorktown holds Shabbat morning floor of 1974 The museum is open on
of Somers (put dog park on the memo be held at 7:15 p.m. at the Hebrew services at 10 a.m. at the Yorktown Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
line) and mailed to: Town of Somers Congregation of Somers, located at Nursery School, 247 Veterans Rd (next Commerce St. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig,
Dept. of Parks and Recreation, PO Box Cypress Lane and Mervin Drive. Also, door to the VFW, and across the street Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Sandy
46, Somers, NY 10589. the synagogue has announced that from the running track). Kiddush Koufax are just a few of the players
Every Day Summer Activities. registration for its Hebrew school, luncheon is provided following the represented. Info: 914-962-2970.
Special activities for kids every weekday which begins on Sept. 9, is underway. services. All are welcome, no affiliation
through August. Wednesdays: Board Info: 914-248-9532. necessary. Hebrew/English prayer
Games; Thursdays: Puzzles; Fridays: Dance Party: Hip Hop Dance Parties books will be available. Services are
Lego Day; Mondays : Drop-in Art; with Christian Morel will be held on held on the first Shabbat of each month. The Northern Westchester
Tuesday: Put on your own puppet Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. this summer at Info: 914-962-6600 or go to www. Examiner is happy to help spread the
show. Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, the Energy Movement Center, 925 South ChabadYorktown.com. word about your community event.
276 Titicus Rd., North Salem. 12 to 5 St., Peekskill. The suggested donation is Green Corn Festival. Explores Please submit your information
p.m. Free. Info: 914- 669-5161 or www. $10, but no one will be turned away for the history and culture of the area’s at least three weeks prior to your
ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org. the classes. Info: 914-930-1504. Native American residents. Enjoy event to Neal Rentz at nrentz@
Blood Drive. The Pleasantville Ossining Waterfront Concert: This folk tales, song and storytelling and a theexaminernews.com.
Volunteer Fire Department will be summer’s Ossining Waterfront Concert participatory presentation of traditional
24 August 28 - September 3, 2012 The Northern Westchester Examiner
‘King Henrik’ Inspires Kids to Keep Dreaming
By Faith Ann Butcher
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had an active presence
at the first Henrik Lundqvist Hockey ProCamp over the
weekend at Brewster Ice Arena in Brewster. Over the two-
day workshop Lundqvist worked hands-on with the young
hockey players—giving them pointers, camaraderie and
words of encouragement.
“It is important to dream and set goals,” said Lundqvist to
the campers. “Then as you reach a goal you create another
one.” He even encouraged the handful of female players to
dream of making it to the NHL.
The camp, which had players from age 7 to 15, featured
skills clinics, scrimmages and drills.
During a specialized clinic for goalies, Lundqvist spoke
about the importance of staying focused while in the
goal—not dwelling on a bad move or getting too elated on
a good save. “It is not good to allow yourself to feel too
high or too low, because that is when you let your guard
down. You have to let those moments roll right off of you.
Your team is depending on you.”
There were almost hundred campers on the ice and dozens
of players where from Westchester and Putnam. There
were some who traveled from as far as Colorado and Texas.
“This was the first camp that he has ever done that had his
name attached to it,” said Steve Santini, owner of Brewster
Ice Arena. “He took that very seriously and was actively
involved with the kids during the entire camp. They all
looked like they were having fun out there.”
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