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Vol. 13/Number 12

Proposed access road stirs debate By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER

A proposed 12-lot subdivision on Buckout Road in West Harrison had members of the town Planning Board requesting the use of eminent domain in order to build alongside the 18.8 acre property. During their meeting last January, members of the Planning Board were presented with two different proposals for the location of an emergency access route. The first was identical to a proposal that had been presented in 2010 that was found unfeasible since it would require an easement to construct. The second was a new proposal, which would seek an alternate route looping between two of the 12 subdivided properties. According to the applicant’s legal advisor, the most desirable of the two routes would interconnect Buckout Road with adjacent Forest Lake Drive. But, while the proposed subdivision would meet the basic requirements imposed by the town, an easement would be required to build the initially proposed emergency access route between the two roadways and would require the applicant receive the consent of all 306 members of the Park Lane Homeowner’s Association. President of the Park Lane Homeowner’s Association Bahman Arjomand said that after speaking with his attorney, the association felt it would be a nearly impossible task to gain the consent of each homeowner in the area. “Homeowners don’t want traffic outside of their houses across from the proposed road,” Arjomand said. “The HOA never looked into any aspect of the proposal apart from the easement request.”

However, according to Harrison Town Planner Patrick Cleary, the alternative ‘loop’ proposal was a less preferable alternative for the town. “The loop is unfeasible and would actually be more impactful to the area,” Cleary said. “We would need to work with it to meet the code.” Cleary added that the 12 homes along Buckout Road are still in need of access, and had suggested the town pursue to condemn the property on behalf of the applicant. Though the consent of the Park Lane Homeowners Association would not be the only option for the emergency access road, members of the town Planning Board had raised the question of whether or not the town could execute any action through the use of eminent domain laws. Essentially, this would allow the town to condemn the privately owned property between the two roadways for a public purpose, provided they reimburse the applicant. But not everyone in the audience felt the same way as the Planning Board members when it came to the use of eminent domain. Forest Lake Drive resident Michael Stephenson said he would oppose the suggested use of eminent domain, citing that the local homeowners association had said the access road was not feasible. According to Stephenson, the route proposed would additionally impede on greenspace located across the street from his front door. “They knew this was greenspace,” Stephenson said. “I am vociferously opposed to this access road.” Park Lane resident Joseph Grillo said that his main concern was the environmental impact of BUCKOUT continued on page 3

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Sound Shore marks St. Paddy’s The second annual Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17. Hundreds of residents braved the cold to watch the procession down Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck. For more, see pages 10-11. Photo/Sandra Geroux

Man accused of sex abuse picked up by ICE By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER

On Feb. 15, town police arrested Olivio Jimenez, 49, of New Rochelle, who is being accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy. Police apprehended Jimenez shortly after receiving a 911 call

from the child’s mother, who works inside the same office building located at 3000 Westchester Ave. According to reports, Jimenez had allegedly lured the victim from the lobby of his mother’s offices before kissing and touching the boy. Additional requests for information with the Harrison Police

Department and Town Court have been rejected due to the victim’s age and the nature of the offense. Jimenez was being held at the Westchester County Jail on a charge of second-degree sexual abuse, a class ‘A’ misdemeanor. He later court continued on page 5

Man charged with identity theft, selling crack By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER

On March 19, Harrison resident Scott Howard was transported from lockup at the Westchester County Jail to the municipal courthouse on Heineman Place, to face arraignment on six charges of identity theft, a misdemeanor,

and a felony charge for criminal sale of a controlled substance. According to the court records, Howard is accused of assuming the identity of an unidentified victim and making six separate charges, costing over $400 in total, to a telephone entertainment service between March 6 and March 11. Police later apprehended him

on March 14, after witnessing him sell what investigators believe to be crack cocaine to an unidentified individual from his apartment at 285 Halstead Ave. Assistant Westchester County District Attorney Ada Diana Hedayati said that because the three charges continued on page 5

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HHS senior receives French award

March 4…A White Plains resident reported the theft of a spare tire from the rear of his Jeep Wrangler after he said he returned to his car a half hour after parking it at St. Vincent’s Hopsital and found the tire missing. Patrol officer Ronald Olivier said that after speaking with the head of security at St. Vincent’s, he had been informed that the security surveillance cameras didn’t observe anyone taking the tire. The victim said he does not wish to pursue charges at this time. March 6…Police arrested Jennifer Sagastume, 19, of Yonkers, and charged her with possession of marijuana. Police said they recovered the marijuana during a routine traffic stop, after Sagastume passed through a steady red light. According to arresting Officer Paul Cuzzupoli, the suspect’s vehicle had smelled of unburned marijuana which she willingly turned over to police. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana for 10 grams recovered from the scene and is scheduled to return to court on March 26. March 8…A Cottage Avenue resident had reported that an unknown person had rummaged through the interior of her Chevy Suburban taking about $30. According to police officer Anthony Conte, the homeowner had left both the Suburban and a BMW unlocked overnight and had seen her motion sensor lights go off, but did not think anything of it as animals on their property set them off nightly. The resident has not pressed charges but has reported the incident. March 8…Another Cottage Avenue resident reported an attempted larceny after observing her vehicle, which also had been unlocked, was entered by an unknown person. According to police officer Anthony Conte, nothing was taken, and the contents of the front compartments were scattered across the front interior of the vehicle. The resident is not pursuing charges, but requested documentation at this time. March 8…A third report of larceny was reported off Barnes Lane, when a resident had found the driver side door to her stepson’s vehicle was ajar, with contents of the compartment thrown across the front of the vehicle. According to reporting officer Anthony Conte, $56 was stolen along with a small gold change purse between the three parked vehicles, each of which had been unlocked over night. March 8…A White Plains man was charged with criminal impersonation after police requested the suspect’s driver license, registration and medical card during a traffic stop at the intersection of North Street and Wendover Road. According to police officer Paul Cuzzupoli, the suspect, Donald Hilliard, 54, appeared to have altered the year on a medical examiner card from 2007 to 2009 and had claimed he didn’t have time to go get a medical exam. He was released on $200 cash bail. March 9…Sonia Alfenas, 19, of White Plain,s was arrested after police conducting a routine traffic stop said they smelled marijuana emanating from the suspect’s vehicle. Upon inspection police recovered seven jars containing numerous individually wrapped plastic bags of marijuana, weighing approximately 238 grams. She was released on $500 cash bail and is due in court March 19. The driver, Samuel Bukovsky, a 20-year-old male from Connecticut, was issued summonses for driving without an inspection sticker or front license plate displayed. March 11…A Purdy street resident was arrested after a being pulled over for a disabled taillight. According to police officer Ronald Olivier, the driver, Jose Duarte, had his license suspended on Jan. 10 for a failure to answer a summons. Duarte was placed under arrest and was issued a summons for disabled rear license plate light, an unregistered vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

Harrison High School Senior Devin Ullerick received the American Association for Teachers of French (AATF) Outstanding Senior in French award. This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many Francophone cultures where it is spoken throughout the world. Ullerick will be taking the Grand Concours National Exam, along with 50 other HHS students, on March 4. The Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the AATF to Devin Ullerick allow students studying French to compete and compare their knowledge with students from all over the country. This will be the fourth time Ullerick has sat for this exam. As a non-native speaker of French of Anglo-Canadian origin, Ullerick has immersed himself in the study of French for the last seven years. He is the current President of the HHS Club de Francais and has been an active member and officer for his four years at Harrison High School and has qualified each year for the Foreign Language National Honor Society. (Submitted)

Correcting the Record In the March 15 edition, in the article “Police will not be in permanent post at town schools,” we quoted Harrison school Superintendent Louis N. Wool as saying, “having police patrol each school [in the district] is not the most effective way to ensure the safety of our kids.” Wool’s thoughts, in fact, were that having police patrol the schools throughout the day was effective, while having them stationed at one location was not.

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the construction, including the impact to nearby and preventing any additional fill in the property. “Further design is needed for development of this size,” Grillo said. According to Grillo, prior construction in the Park Lane corridor of West Harrison had resulted in the removal and replacement of various types of trees. There were attempts to introduce new plant life into the local ecosystem, but the attempts didn’t always work as planned. “It created some type of eyesore,” Grillo

said. “There are no trees anymore.” Grillo questioned the members of the Planning Board regarding whether or not the existing fill on the property had been removed according to regulation. Although members of the Planning Board had suggested the town’s law department review the proposals, compose a written statement on the plan’s feasibility, and determine the potential use of eminent domain law, Town Attorney Frank Allegretti said that the board had not made contact with the legal team.

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Community Briefs Harrison Police encourage residents to buckle up Through March 29, the Harrison Police Department will aggressively enforce the seatbelt laws in an effort to gain compliance and to increase awareness. Seatbelts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Kitten and cat adoption day Saturday, March 23rd 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Petco 324 N. Central Avenue Hartsdale, “” (914) 834-6955 Harrison Public Library Children’s Events Board Games March 26 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Volunteer for Harrison Library’s first Teen Advisory Group For people in grades 7-12. Members will help plan and assist with events, the new Teen Room, and several other

projects. Community service credit possible. March 27 10 a.m.-11 a.m. 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Friends. For info call 914/835-0324 or see www. HYPERLINK “” \t “_blank” Harrison Council for the Arts presents Youth Art Month March 1-31, at the Harrison Municipal Building, Heineman Place, and the Harrison Public Library, Bruce Avenue. This annual exhibit consists of multi-media art reflecting the talents of students in the Harrison schools with works selected by art teachers in the community. For info call 914/835-0324 or see www. Local artists exhibit at Mamaroneck Artists Guild The Mamaroneck Artists Guild brings together a quartet of artists March 22 through March 30 who will exhibit an eclectic range of imagery – everything from the realistic to the abstract. New Rochelle artists, Jeanie Ritter (oils), Shelia Benedis (mixed media), and Jane Petruska (mixed media and sculpture) join forces with Carol Gromer (pencil drawings) of Scarsdale in this unique exhibition of two and three-dimensional works. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 126 Larchmont

Ave. in Larchmont. Admission is free. “God of Carnage”at the Harrison Library Friends of the Harrison Public Library present 2009 Tony Award winner “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. A playground altercation between elevenyear-old boys brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their principles in tatters. This M&M Production is directed by Michael Muldoon and features M&M cofounder Melinda O’Brien, M&M veterans Elise Godfrey and Gary Simon with Bruce Pearl making his M&M debut. For info call the library at 914/835-0324 or see Topical novel discussion Love at the Edge, written by noted writer and educator Joan Katen, will be the focus of a discussion with the author at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the realities of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the novel tells the story of two young people of opposite backgrounds, culture, and belief systems, who meet in Paris and fall in love. The ECSW is located at 7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, next to the Saxon Woods Pool, off Mamaroneck Avenue. It is wheelchair accessible and child care is available. There is no charge but donations are always welcome. Call Bridget McGraw 914-777-5022 for more information or visit Meet the author Friends of the Harrison Public Library and the Joseph M. Acocella, Jr. Memorial Fund present Kelvin V. Smith discussing his book “The Unlikely Candidate‑An Amazing Journey of a Heart Transplant Patient” at the Harrison Public Library on Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Kelvin V. Smith has been a heart transplant recipient for over four years. Today he is an inspirational speaker and a volunteer for The New York Organ Donor Network. For info call the library at 914 835-0324 or see Boat Show Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mamaroneck. McMichael Yacht Brokers will have more than fifty boats on display 15’ to 50’. Sail and power. 447 E. Boston Post Rd. and 700 Rushmore Avenue, Free admission. Cancer support available Support Connection, Inc., a not-for profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, offers a wide range of free support groups women with breast and ovarian cancer. Groups focus on topics per-

taining to living with cancer through all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. They are offered in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, and by toll-free teleconference. For a complete calendar of groups at all locations, visit Advance registration is required for all groups; call 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. The following support groups are scheduled Westchester in April: At the support connection office in Yorktown: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Apr. 4, at 10 a.m. Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 23, at 7 p.m. Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group: For women who have or had breast cancer at a young age. Apr. 10, at 7 p.m. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor: Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 15, at 7 p.m. At the Yorktown Jewish Center in Yorktown Heights: Support Group for Women Living with Recurrence: For women living with recurrence of breast or ovarian cancer, with advanced stage and/or metastasis. Apr. 19, at 12:30 p.m. At Northern Westchester Hospital in Chappaqua: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Apr. 4, at 7 p.m. By teleconference: For those unable to attend groups in-person, there are monthly Telephone Support Groups via toll-free teleconference, enabling women to participate regardless of their location and from the comfort of their homes. Call a few days ahead to learn how to participate. The Ovarian Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 8 p.m. The Breast Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 8 p.m. Westchester Library System’s 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon The Westchester Library System will hold its 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY. The event celebrates National Library Week and features talented authors Deidre Bair, Marie Howe and Dorothy Wickenden who will discuss their newly published books. The luncheon, which will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., will be followed by an author signing. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Tickets for the Book & Author Luncheon are $95 for general admission. Proceeds from this event will support WLS’s efforts to expand its e-book collection and increase digital media content for all Westchester public libraries. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (914) 231-3226 or visit Deadline for our Community Briefs section is every Friday at 12 p.m. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to

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Parades, plays and putting litter in its place harrison Happenings Mayor Ron Belmont

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining the Harrison High School Band as they marched in New York City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Although the temperature was chilly, the anticipation and enthusiasm of parade participants and viewers made the atmosphere warm and friendly. Marchers and parade-goers lined Manhattan streets as political leaders, municipal associations, schools, marching bands, pipe bands, bag pipes, community organizations, and cultural associations took part in this year’s festivities. This parade does a wonderful job in building pride in our New York metropolitan community. As onlookers cheered, our high school added to this sentiment and did an outstanding job. Through the cold temperatures, they persevered and they should be commended for their commitment and talent. I would like to extend my congratulations to all involved in last week’s Harrison High School Footlight Player’s performance of “Crazy For You.” It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to catch one of the performances. It was an exciting event

and I am glad I was able to attend. The production value in everything from the music to the choreography was exceptional. The dynamic cast complemented the brilliant music and the talent was enjoyed by all. The hard work and devotion of the students, director/chorographer and technical crew was evident and I would like to recognize them for their commitment and dedication. I think I can speak on behalf of the audience when I say that we all thoroughly enjoyed the show. The Town of Harrison continues to grow and prosper. On March 10, I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Janney Montgomery Scott’s new office space at the Centre in Purchase. The financial advisory firm’s corporate offices were formerly located in Tarrytown. I welcome them to Harrison and look forward to a long and lasting relationship. Thank you, in advance, to all who have contacted my office to volunteer for April 6’s Harrison Spring Spruce Up Day. This year, Harrison student and Eagle Scout candidate, David Pierroz, is coordinating the event in order to complete his Eagle Scout

Service Project for the Boy Scouts of America. The town is required, by the state Department of Conservation, to ensure that areas leading to storm drains are free from debris. By clearing litter from key areas, parks and roadways, Harrison will meet this state mandate. Materials and instructions will be provided on site by group leaders. If you are interested in joining this very worthwhile event, please contact my office or email David at to sign up. Please take note of the sanitation schedule change for the week of March 25: Garbage and/or recycling normally collected on Thursday, March 28 will be collected on Wednesday March 27. Garbage and/or recycling normally collected on Friday, March 29 will be collected on Thursday, March 28. There will be no bulk trash collection on Wednesday, March 27. The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, March 22nd, and I will be at Realdo’s Pizzeria Restaurant located at 125 Halstead Avenue, in Downtown Harrison. I will be at this location from 12:30 to 1:30 and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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posted bail, set at $1000, and had been scheduled to appear in the Town of Harrison municipal courtroom before Judge Mark Lust on March 19. On Tuesday morning, despite having been scheduled for arraignment, Jimenez did not show. According to Assistant District Attorney Ada Hedayati, although the accused had been able to post bail, it is believed that he had been picked-up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to review his legal status in the country. For now, the case has been postponed until April 23, at which time the county will know the client’s immigration status and confirm whether or not ICE had him deported.

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grams of crack cocaine seized during the arrest is still being processed in the county laboratories the felony case would need to remain open for at least the next two months. Presiding over the case, Judge Marc Lust addressed the incarcerated Howard, concerning two prior felony convictions. “Because of your prior convictions, we don’t have the ability to set bail,” Lust said. Since he had already been convicted more than once for a felony, Howard could only receive a bail sentencing for the misdemeanor offenses, but would still remain in police custody for the felony offense. Since the ability to determine and set bail for the felony charge does not fall within the town’s jurisdiction, Howard would need to bring the case to the Westchester County Courts for a decision.

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Kids mark 100th day of school

Harrison Avenue School

Purchase School

The kindergarten and First Grade classes at Harrison’s four elementary schools celebrated the 100th day of school with creative and colorful counting exercises to reiterate the joy of math. Parent volunteers helped to facilitate the activities and gather firsthand knowledge of the classroom experience. At Purchase Elementary school, a 100th Day parade, students participated in 100 exercises, stamped 100 stamps, and had a 100 bean bag toss. Even snacks had a numerical significance. Children made individual snack bags with 10 different kinds of snacks and 10 of each of those snacks. In addition to the regular 100 activities, the kindergarteners of Samuel J. Preston Elementary set a goal of collecting 100 cans of food for the Harrison Food Pantry. For each can of food that was brought in, a square was colored

Parsons School

on a 100 chart. (The kindergartners collected 101 cans.) At Parsons Elementary, students engaged in creating pizzas with 100 toppings, stretched into 100 yoga positions, and created a structure of 100 cups.

Harrison Avenue Elementary students created elaborate structures with 100 marshmallows, paired 100 objects, measured and weighed 100 objects to find balance, and built structures with 100 blocks. (Submitted)

PET RESCUE Portia is as lovely and unique as her name. This two-year old Torby, with her distinctive mix of tabby and calico markings, is as sweet, charming and friendly as she is beautiful.  She will look at you with her amazing eyes and you will fall in love.  Portia gets along with other cats and should do well in a family setting. Portia is spayed, in excellent health and up to date with all vaccinations. The adoption donation for Portia is $75.  If you have a soft spot in your heart for a delightful Torby, please contact Larchmont Pet Rescue at 914-834-6955 or visit to meet Portia. (Submitted)

With Honors Christopher Malfitano, a chemistry and economics major and a Harrison resident, has been named to the Holy Cross dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. Jillian Christina Jacobson of Purchase Named to dean’s list at Washington University in St. Louis for the 2012 fall semester.

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Fake statistics to help your arguments LUNGARIELLO AT LARGE Mark Lungariello

Prior to the 2012 presidential election, a chart was making the rounds on Facebook and through email forwards. There were pictures of the last few U.S. presidents; below their little presidential heads were bars in red and blue, to distinguish their political affiliation. The bars showed the increase in the national debt during the term or terms of each president. Poor Jimmy Carter was left off the chart; he’s even lost in the shuffle of modern Internet misinformation. What I noticed was the chart was quite different depending on who was sending it via email or posting it to social media. For those whose politics swing to the right, the chart showed that the increase under Barack Obama dwarfed every other president’s debt. When I saw the chart posted by Obama supporters, Obama’s debt contribution was negligible and the largest increase was during Ronald Reagan’s tenure. Neither chart is entirely accurate, if not for any other reason than its childlike simplification of something as complex as the national debt. (What was happening in the economy? Were there foreign conflicts? Are we attributing new debt from a predecessor’s policies?) What’s alarming about the chart isn’t the oversimplification or lack of scientific method: It’s that it’s essentially the same chart. Same graphics. Same photos. Same fonts. Different information. It’s obvious that one chart was in existence, someone didn’t like what it said and another person came in and changed “the facts” to align better with his or her views. Statistics are no longer facts, but little fictions people invent for one reason or another. That line of thinking explains why cable news is so popular. My thoughts about fake statistics, though, are if you are going to use them then why not really have fun with them? I’ve made a handy list of fake statistics for you to use when in arguments. None of these are true, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t compelling! Extreme weather statistics: Statistic: People who tie their shoelaces to the ground during a tornado are 95 percent less likely to be swept up into the funnel cloud. Statistic: Sixty-seven percent of scientists who claim global warming is real were C students in college. Out of that overall number, 23 percent are related to Al Gore. An additional 17 percent are former KGB members still hellbent on destroying the American way of life.

Statistic: One out of every 10 hurricanes is caused by a really large dog chasing its tail and inadvertently creating a cyclone. Statistic: Taking a pogo stick to work can reduce your carbon footprint by as much as 33 percent annually. Anti-gun control statistics Statistic: In the United States in 2012, you were less likely to die in an accidental gun death than you were to die: -In a catapulting mishap. -From being forced by your grandchildren to listen to One Direction’s album. -After being scooped up by a giant mutated hawk, being flown in its clutches into the mountains and being fed to several young hawklings in a nest. (By the way, hawklings is the scientific name). Statistic: Despite what the Obama administration would have you believe, less people are murdered by assault weapons than they are murdered with: -Antique Webster’s Dictionaries -Electric toothbrushes -Bathtubs full of Marshmallow Fluff So why doesn’t the administration want to try to take away our fluff? Immigration statistic Statistic: By reducing the number of undocumented immigrants, the price of gasoline per gallon would drop $2. Political statistics Statistic: All of the best “Die Hard” films were made during a Republican presidential administration. The Clinton administration derailed the franchise, with “Die Hard With a Vengeance” in 1995 and the series misstepped again this year with “A Good Day to Die Hard” at the start of Obama’s second term. Statistic: Seventy-seven percent of fans of “The Waltons” are registered Republicans. Statistic: Nine out of every 10 people who self identify as “Obama supporters” enjoy the end of “Old Yeller.” Five out of every 10 admit to liking the torture of cute little puppies. Social statistics Statistic: A heavy metal music fan at an Ozzy Osborne concert is 100 times more likely to go shirtless than the average American citizen. Statistic: Ninety-eight percent of people living in Brooklyn say they are cooler than you are for no other reason than they live in Brooklyn and you don’t. Follow Mark Lungariello on twitter @marklungariello.

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WVOX annual St. Paddy’s party a local who’s who

WVOX’s William O’Shaughnessy interviews Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle March 15 at Dudley’s in New Rochelle during WVOX’s annual St. Patrick’s celebration.

James O’Toole pours a little spirit at Dudley’s on March 15 during the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration hosted by WVOX Radio. Photos/Bobby Begun

WVOX, the independently-owned radio station that broadcasts out of New Rochelle, has held a St. Patrick’s Day celebration each year for 54 years, according to station representatives. On March 15, the latest installment of the party took place at Dudley’s Parkview Restaurant, overlooking Hudson Park and Echo Bay in New Rochelle. During the party, the station broadcasts live for five hours, with WVOX’s head honcho

William O’Shaughnessy taking a microphone and wading through crowds of attendees to conduct impromptu interviews. The crowd throughout the day is a who’s who of local politicians, civic organization leaders, radio hosts as well as various listeners. Howard Sturman, the publisher of this newspaper, hosts a show called “The Hometown Hour” which airs each Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. on WVOX. WVOX is broadcast locally on 1460AM and streams live worldwide at wvox continued on page 9

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WVOX radio jock Dennis Nardone, host of “Harrison Live” and “Remember Then Oldies Show.”

HHS debate team wins at Harvard

Joe Nyre, president of Iona College, stops by for a chat with William O’Shaughnessy, president of WVOX.

Its all thumbs up with Jim Killoran, the executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity, March 15 at Dudley’s for the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon.

Joe OBrien gets in the spirit and belts out an old Irish tune last Friday at Dudley’s in New Rochelle during WVOX’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

The Harrison High School Debate Team continues to venture into unchartered territories by claiming their first two national varsity wins, at Harvard University’s National Championship and The Beltway Tournament, and a New York State District Championship captured by Harrison’s Geller siblings. Junior Danny DeBois won the varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate division of Harvard University’s National Championship, often referred to in the debate world as the U.S. Open of debate. This year’s three-day event, held over President’s Day weekend, saw over 600 varsity and junior varsity debaters from 30 states contend for the ultimate prize. DeBois entered elimination rounds with a 5-1 record and secured his next five rounds by unanimous decision, ending with a 2-1 decision in the final to amass an astounding 11-1 record. Two weekends later, DeBois was named the Champion of The Beltway Tournament held at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. With his back-to-back championships, DeBois has maintained his standing with the National Forensic League as the #1-ranked Lincoln Douglas debater in the United States.

The Geller sisters, senior Patty-Jane and sophomore Amy, were declared Co-Champions of the New York State’s National Forensic League District tournament held the first weekend of March at Pelham High School. The District tournament determines which students will compete at the National Forensic League’s National Championship in June. PattyJane, based on pre-tournament seeding, will represent Harrison in Birmingham, Alabama at the week-long National Championship at the end of the school year. Not to be outdone, the novice division of the Harrison High School Debate team continues to place in the top 8 at every tournament they attend. Freshmen Bea Almeida and Ella Eisinger had impressive showings as junior varsity debaters at the Harvard tournament. In the March tournament at Lakeland High School, both Sarah Ryan and Kathryn Kenny reached the semifinals and Evan Burger reached the quarterfinals with each capturing Top 6 Speaker honors. Elyssa Alfieri and Constantinos Staten were among those in the top 10 to be awarded Tournament Speaker distinctions. (Submitted)

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Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade comes to Mamaroneck

Some very enthusiastic – and very green – fans cheer on the parade during Sunday’s Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo/Sandra Geroux

Mike Hynes, who is the co-owner of Molly Spillane’s on Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck, waves to the crowd at Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Hynes helped spearhead the parade. Photo/Sandra Geroux

It is a kilt-laden crowd stopping by Jimmy’s Pizza on Mamaroneck Avenue for a slice on Sunday, during the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo/Sandra Geroux

The Village of Mamaroneck hosted the second annual Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade, organized in 2012 to provide college scholarships to local students, began at 1:30 on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, and stretched across Mamaroneck Avenue, eventually concluding in Harbor Island Park. James P. Hynes, of Hynes Capital Resources, served as grand marshal for the event. Participants included the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department, the Cardinal

Hayes HS Marching Band, the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Iona College Pipers, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Lynn Academy of Irish Dance, and the Village of Mamaroneck Volunteer Fire Department. Village Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson also joined the ranks of those marching in the parade, and ST. PAT continued on page 11

Molly Spillane’s on Mamaroneck Avenue was the center of the action for residents and visitors watching Sunday’s Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

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Families line the streets and display their Irish pride, despite a winter chill on Mamaroneck Avenue. Photo/Sandra Geroux

Members of the Mamaroneck Volunteer Fire Department wave the stars and stripes as they make their way down Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, during the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

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were followed by members of the Village Board of Trustees and the Town Council. Sponsorship for the event came from Henegan Construction, Jim Hynes, Molly Spillanes, Merrill Corp, Guinness Beer and

Eastern Stone Fabricators, among others, and the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Committee plans on continuing the tradition of promoting Irish heritage within the community next year. -Reporting by Chris Gramuglia

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Keep saying no to drugs NOTES FROM A THERAPIST’S DIARY Hillary Volper LCSW

Recently, the parents of a high school girl expressed outrage that the school suspended the girl for smoking marijuana on school grounds. Their reactions reflect a national casualness towards the drug. For example, the states of Colorado and Washington have made it legal, and other states are following suit. While marijuana use may not be going away, parents and young people need to be educated about the adverse effects. There are serious consequences to its continued use over a long period of time. In doing an internet search on marijuana, I discovered that most articles were pro marijuana and imply it is a safe drug. I contacted the Caron Foundation in Pennsylvania, and the Hazelton Center in Minnesota. Both institutions are renowned addiction treatment facilities and are on the cutting edge of the most up to date research on addiction. They sent me several articles on marijuana use from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The office of National Drug Control Policy and the Caron Foundation. I learned that marijuana now has 6 percent more delta-9-tetrahydrocannabibol compared to the 1 percent it contained in the 1960s. It also “contains more than 400 chemicals, and can be dipped into PCP mixed with other substances, including crack and cocaine.” The drug’s allure is that it can immediately produce a high. Some use a “blunt,” which is a marijuana cigar from which the user removes some of the tobacco and mixes the marijuana in. These active ingredients enter the lungs and bloodstream, which carries the chemical to the organs and brain and produces a feeling of euphoria. The high produced can last one to three hours or less, if used with food. Marijuana affects the hippocampus and amygdala areas of the brain. The hippocampus controls our memory, while the amygdala affects our fight or flight responses to danger, which can induce anxiety. Smoking three to four joints a day is the equivalent of smoking 20 cigarettes, and the use of a blunt increases the amount of substances ingested into the lungs. Smoking continuously increases a person’s vulnerability to lung disease, including lung cancer and emphysema. And because marijuana users hold the smoke longer in their lungs, they are also holding carcinogenic smoke in their lungs. Research has shown that regular marijuana use can be associated with long term memory problems, poor academic performance, poor job performance, sexual problems and increased absences from

work. The most recent research says that using marijuana can lead to dependence and psychological dependence. Some users have developed withdrawal symptoms. Children and young people experiment with the drug for a variety of reasons. For some, it is the need to belong to a group and be “cool.” But the young people who are most vulnerable to abusing it and being at risk to addiction are those who have untreated depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia, along with ADHD, conduct and oppositional disorders. Their use is commonly referred to as self-medicating. Young people who smoke are more at risk for car accidents. In addition, panic attacks and paranoia, or psychotic reactions, can occur. An important factor in how a child/adolescent approaches the drug is frequently their family’s attitude and use of drugs. If parents, siblings or grandparents abuse drugs or alcohol, there is a higher risk for use by teenagers. Here are some statistics put out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse: 40 percent of teens try marijuana before they graduate from high school. Marijuana users are the largest group admitted for treatment in addiction centers. 63 percent are between 12-14 years old 69 percent are between 15-17 years old. If you suspect that your child is using the marijuana or other harmful drugs, the following are beginning steps to help:

Former Harrison Report intern makes good Tyler Pager, a senior at The Masters School, has been selected as the New York State Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Education Association as part of its national Journalist of the Year competition. Pager currently serves as one of three editors-in-chief of The Masters School newspaper, Tower, and has worked on the paper for the past four years. His work has also appeared in a number of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, The Daily Northwestern and he has served as an intern for The Harrison Report. After the first round of JEA’s competition is conducted at a state level, finalists for the national level of recognition are selected from all 50 states. Pager was chosen to represent New York at the JEA National Scholastic Press Association National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco, California, which takes place April 25 to 28. Tyler Pager Pager’s application consisted of a 38-page portfolio that included a large portion of his work from the past four years. As the New York state winner, his portfolio will be evaluated on a national basis in comparison to the other state finalists. The winner will be announced at the JEA/NSPA conference in San Francisco in April. (Submitted)

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Wild goose case: Contract to slaughter geese causes controversy By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

The Village of Mamaroneck has stepped in it for the last time. The Board of Trustees has signed a contract with the USDA to have a large number of the village’s geese euthanized in order reduce the level of droppings scattered throughout Harbor Island and Columbus parks. As Sound and Town reported in November 2012, the Board of Trustees purchased a Toro Rake-O-Vac, a machine designed to remove droppings from large outdoor areas, but found that more drastic measures needed to be taken to keep the village’s parks clean. Animal rights groups like the Animal Liberation Front and the Animal Defenders of Westchester have protested this decision. The euthanization will take place this summer, when geese enter their molting stage‑an annual process that renders geese unable to fly due to a temporary loss of their wing feathers. USDA workers will also conduct a widespread search for goose nests and coat any goose eggs they find with corn oil to prevent them from hatching. After the geese are euthanized, the USDA plans to donate the meat to local food banks. Preventing excess waste from accumulating in the village’s parks has been a concern for nearly three decades, according to Mayor

The Board of Trustees announced its plan to euthanize a large part of the village’s goose population in order to combat the ongoing problem of droppings left in public parks. These geese were photographed in Mamaroneck last summer. File photo

Norman Rosenblum, and the decision to euthanize geese is only one part of a larger program to combat the issue. “If you go down there, you can see Columbus and Harbor Island Park literally covered in goose waste,” Rosenblum said. “I believe it to be a health hazard, and it is not conducive to the best interests of residents not At a recent work session, Trustee Leon Potok proposed several alternatives to euthanizing geese after consulting with Steven Garber, president of Worldwide Ecology. Potok’s proposal aimed to solve the problem while also preserving the village’s public image. “If we can solve the problem with more humane treatment, than why wouldn’t we?” Potok said. “We will see results immediately, as opposed to waiting until July for the USDA,

and this proposal will stop the erosion of our village’s reputation.” The proposal involves training the geese to leave the village, and relies on hiring high school and college students to chase them out of its parks. Mayor Rosenblum disagreed with Potok’s decision to devise the proposal, claiming that he should have discussed it with the board first. Potok told The Sound and Town Report that he felt he was simply trying to take an initiative to solve the problem. “For [the mayor]to see that as a negative is preposterous,” Potok said. Neighboring villages like Scarsdale have overturned similar efforts to slaughter geese, and the City of Yonkers has announced that it is unlikely it will continue the practice of slaughtering this year.


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Huskies gear up for tough league schedule By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

After reaching great hights over the past few years, The Harrison Huskies - with an array of returning players - should again be contenders in 2013 as they look to defend the league title that they won last season. Harrison will enter the season with a true ace and experienced arm in Luke Sassano, who is looking to develop into the workhorse of the staff. Last year, Sassano posted a perfect 6-0 record with a 1.22 ERA. This year, head coach Marco DiRuocco said, the Huskies are looking for more of the same out of the righthander. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” DiRuocco said. “There’s not much more that he has to do, he was so effective last year. I think he’s a little stronger, throws with a little more velocity, but everything’s the same.” Behind him, however, are a slate of Huskies, young and old, looking for a chance to crack the rotation. Sebastian Pellejero and Jake Zuckman are both looking to vie for the second-starter role, as are up and comers like Chris Santamaria, who pitched on the JV level last season. “Aside from Luke, we don’t have a ton of experience in the pitching staff,” DiRuocco said. “These guys are going to have to battle it out to Head coach Marco DiRuocco looks on as his pitchers throw bullpen sessions on March 18. see who is going to be successful on the varsity DiRuocco will look to see how his pitchers fare in Florida before penciling in his rotation. level.” Photo/Bobby Begun

Finding no fault in #TeamSwagg It’s March again, and for sports fans that means just one thing: It’s tournament time. For the past few weeks, I’ve been awash in the glow of Cinderella stories, burgeoning rivalries and thrilling competition. “But how can that be?” you may ask. After all, as of press time, the NCAA tournament will not have begun. But for me, and likely not so many others, we’ve already had some great tournament action this spring. In the World Baseball Classic. Now I get that the average sports fan doesn’t give two rips about the WBC. In its last two installments, people have written it off as glorified spring training, a shameless money grab and worst of all boring. But for those who have bothered to tune in this year, the WBC has been anything but. From the odds-defying squad from Netherlands shocking perennial powerhouse Cuba to Italy’s thrilling duel with Puerto Rico, to an intense brawl between Canada and Mexico, much of the action in this iteration of

the WBC has taken on the feel of a September playoff run. These players might not be playing for a World Series ring, but for pride in their countries, be it their birthplace or adopted nationality. Heck, even American fans jumped on the bandwagon this year–rare for the WBC–labeling Mets’ third baseman David Wright ‘Captain America’ after his late inning heroics staved off an early U.S. exit. (Wright, however, would leave the WBC with an injury and may miss opening day.) But for me, the most fun part about watching the WBC this year has been the passion the Dominican Republic has exuded, as exemplified both by the players on the field and their supporters in the stands. Playing in front of a noisy pro-Dominican crowd at Marlins Stadium on March 14, the Dominican Republic took on the United States in what was arguably the greatest baseball game of this young spring so far. #TeamSwagg, as the Dominican team has

come to be known in some social media circles, pulled off a late game run to down the Americans. It was a scene you don’t expect to see in March. The outcome of the game hung on each pitch. Big hits, like the ninth inning singles by Erick Aybar and Jose Reyes that propelled the Dominicans to victory caused such a celebration, both on and off the field, that it was clear how much the game meant to the Dominican team. Those celebrations, especially the post game poses of Dominican closer Fernando Rodney, garnered some negative press in the days that followed, with several crusty old sportswriters condemning the showboating. For me, however the exuberance was an authentic reaction. The drums, horns and other noisemakers that wouldn’t pass through even the most relaxed security gate at an MLB game–and the fans making all that noise in Miami is a testament to the importance of baseball in the culture of the Dominican Republic. For the Dominican team, the WBC was simple: some of the best players in the world, coming together to play for their country and have some fun in the process. If that’s not enough to get you on board with #TeamSwagg or the WBC, I don’t know what to tell you. Aside from the fact that the Masters starts in a month.

Offensively, the Huskies should be in good hands with Austin Pollack leading the way. The senior outfielder hit .351 last season and will likely bat in the middle of the Huskies’ lineup. He will be joined by other stalwarts such as third baseman Jack McCarthy and infielder Vinny Nicita, the latter of whom is looking to have a full season after his injury-shortened 2012. Senior utility man Tyler Hart will also be an important cog in the lineup and fill in at a variety of positions defensively. However, the majority of the lineup is still up in the air, and DiRuocco will use the team’s upcoming spring break trip to determine exactly who will play where. “It’s a little early to tell with some of the younger guys,” DiRuocco said. “There are a couple of guys, like Joe Lagani, who I think can make an impact, but we’ll find out down in Florida who is ready to step up.” Harrison opens its Section I schedule on April 9 against Valhalla and will play three games in three days right off the bat. In looking at the league this year, DiRuocco knows it’s going to be tough sledding, with powerhouse Fox Lane, Byram Hills and an improved Horace Greeley team in the mix. “It’s going to be competitive, it always is,” the head coach said. “We’re looking at that league title again, but if you let your guard down, anyone can beat you.”

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Mustangs make 10th straight trip to nationals

Sophomore Jasmine McRoy takes the ball upcourt in a December game at the Monroe Athletic Center in New Rochelle. This season, McRoy became the Mustang’s second all-time leading scorer. By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

On March 19, the Monroe Mustangs took on a tough team from Iowa Central East Peoria, Ill. in the first round of NJCAA Division III national championships. In a tough, hardfought contest, the Mustangs escaped with an 87-84 win over the eighth-seeded Tritons to play another day. Though their first-round win might seem impressive on its own, what makes this trip even more noteworthy is the fact that the defending national champs have fought their way to the tournament every year for the last decade. At 22-7, the Mustangs entered into the tournament as a nine-seed, but head coach James Robinson Jr. believes that the team’s

Head coach James Robinson Jr. draws up a play in a December game. Robinson, now in his second year at the helm of the Mustangs’ program, coached the squad to a national championship in 2012.

success–both immediate and long term–is as much about the college’s support system as it is about the program itself. Robinson has been a part of the Monroe team for the last eight years, serving as an assistant under Seth Goodman before taking the reins of the program last year and leading Monroe to a national title. According to Robinson, the team’s continued success is due in large part to the support the athletic program gets from the Monroe community. “I think the accountability that Monroe has is really important to developing a young student,” Robinson said. “They’ve shown that the system they have in place, from the cafeteria to the security, to the athletic center and weight room, that they are really interested in helping young people, and that is reflected.”

James Robinson Jr. cuts the net after Monroe’s national championship win on March 24, 2012. The Mustangs have punched their ticket to nationals in each of the past 10 years. Contributed photos

On the coaching front, Robinson said, the key to Monroe’s legacy is the fact that it empowers athletes to make the most of their short time at the two-year college. “The girls come in understanding that a lot is given to them, and a lot is expected of them in return,” the head coach said. “They may have come from a place where all the dots didn’t connect and they could do whatever they wanted. But here, they learn that to be champion means you have to sacrifice, and that it’s not easy.” Each year, Robinson relies heavily on his sophomores–who are the de facto upperclassmen at Monroe–to lead the way, and this season, he has gotten some great play by the program’s second all-time leading scorer, Jasmine McRoy, who averaged 14.5 points a

game this season. McRoy did not disappoint in the tourney opener, scoring a game-high 24 points against Iowa Central. However, the Mustangs are still finding a way to play without point guard Ashley Castle who suffered a bad ankle sprain on March 14 and will likely be sidelined for the remainder of the national tournament. “That really hurt with the style that we try to play,” Robinson said. “She’s our point guard and that means we have to figure out a way to replace her skillset.” With the win against Iowa Central, the Mustangs move on to second-round action where they will face the top-ranked team from Mesa Community College from Arizona on March 21. The game will be played after press time.

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