Vol. 13/Number 3
LUCK OF THE IRISH
(L-R) Joe Mauro, Mike Hynes, Tania McMenamin and Shannon Pujadas. Members of the Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee celebrate the naming of the 2013 grand marshal, James P. Hynes at a sash presentation ceremony held at Orienta Beach Club on Jan. 12. The parade will take place St. Patrick's Day. For more, see page 8. Photo courtesy/Sandra Wong Geroux
City plans FOIL function for gov website By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
The oft-discussed efforts to streamline the city’s FOIL process seems ﬁnally underway with a process that will allow for document requests online. However, critics of the city say the technology update
does little to address the problem of a lack of government transparency in Rye. Over the past year, the city has been routinely criticized, by some members of the public, for being unresponsive to speciﬁc Freedom of Information Law, or FOIL requests. City ofﬁcials have countered that
they can no longer accommodate the increased demands for information from certain residents. Under the New York State Ofﬁcers Law, laws involving FOIL are meant to provide the public with transparency of governments and FOIL continued on page 11
Safety projects to gain traction due to grant By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR email@example.com
A recent federal award will allow the city to move forward on four pedestrian safety projects that mainly target area schools and are estimated to cost $223,000 in total. The infrastructure projects, which otherwise would not have been un-
dertaken without the award, aim to improve conditions around Midland, Osborn and Milton elementary schools and the Rye Middle School/ Rye High School campus. The initiatives are part of the Safe Routes to School Program–a federal aid transportation reimbursement program administered by state Department of Transportation.
State funds in the amount of $223,952 were awarded to the city through its Safe Routes to School Program. On Jan. 9, the grant was presented to the City Council on behalf of the Rye YMCA, which coordinated the application last year. City Manager Scott Pickup said GRANTS continued on page 14
January 18, 2013
Personnel ofﬁcer being mulled By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
against the city manager and another Rye TV employee about ﬁrst hiding, then altering a video taped With high-proﬁle controversies meeting involving the City Council. surrounding several prominent city The concern is the amount of employees, one councilwoman be- time the City Council has been lieves Rye government needs to add forced to spend on personnel issues a personnel ofﬁcer function to its instead of focusing its efforts on hierarchy. policy decisions. In both instances, City staff has been cut consider- City Manager Pickup faced some ably over the past few years, down pressure from some members of the from what was once a 170-person public due to his roles in each saga. organization to just 148 employees The Rye Golf Club controversy today. The downsizing has stemming from quesled to criticisms regardtions over alleged mising city oversight and management and illegal operational management. practices brought about Scandals involving Rye a City Council led inGolf Club, the Boat Basin vestigation that remains and Rye TV all within the ongoing. Brett said past 12 months have led the ﬁrst question that some critics to question was raised—whether whether the staff size of the the club manager had city has been cut too small. a relationship with anCouncilwoman Laura other club in Norwalk, Brett, a Republican, wonConn.—could have ders if some of the incidents Councilwoman been forwarded to a could have been prevented Laura Brett seems personnel employee, or better handled if the to have garnered instead of the city manfor her city had a personnel func- support ager, who could have proposal to add tion in City Hall. Part of a personnel looked at city policy the function of someone in ofﬁcer to the city and decided how to repersonnel would be to talk payroll in an effort spond. “That question to employees and receive to avoid future could have started with complaints or questions controversies like a personnel person,” those that plagued they have about roles and Rye in 2012. she said. responsibilities. “I think The position of a that function is missing in city gov- personnel ofﬁcer is one the city has ernment,” Brett said. “Right now, been without since 2003, dating [City Manager] Scott [Pickup] ﬁlls back to when Julie Novack served that role.” as city manager. At that time, the Brett said when a Rye TV scan- city manager post had two assistant dal unfolded in February 2012 her positions; and one was dedicated ﬁrst question was who fulﬁlls the almost exclusively to personnel iscity’s personnel function. She was sues. After the city manager’s ofﬁce surprised to learn that it was the city was eventually downsized to one manager, since the city had cut that assistant, the function of a human position years ago. But in that scanPERSONNEL continued on page 3 dal, an employee leveled charges
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Community weighs Rye Town dissolution in public hearing By JASON CHIREVAS STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
A committee analyzing the possibility of dissolving the Town of Rye landed in the Village of Mamaroneck on Jan. 10. Steering Committee members presented one possible solution to the problem, but some local residents proved it's not the only possible solution. As it stands, the Town of Rye is wholly comprised of the Village of Port Chester, the Village of Rye Brook and Rye Neck, which is also a part of the Village of Mamaroneck. The Village of Mamaroneck, in turn, joins the Village of Larchmont and the unincorporated area of the Town of Mamaroneck to form the Town of Mamaroneck. In New York State, villages must exist within towns. Rye Neck exists as an ofﬁcial part of one town and an unofﬁcial part of another, which will be the main sticking point if Rye Town dissolves. In 2010, Rye Town Supervisor Joseph Carvin, a Republican, led the effort to obtain a $60,000 Local Government Efﬁciency grant from New York State, which was used to fund a study examining the feasibility of dissolving Rye Town and what the alternatives are for how it could be done. Carvin joined fellow Steering Committee members Village of Mamaroneck Manager Richard Slingerland, Assistant Village Manager Daniel Sarnoff and Republican Mayor Norman
The potential dissolution of the Town of Rye was the topic of discussion at a public hearing in the Village of Mamaroneck courtroom on Jan. 10. Several options were weighed and debated–the most prominent being the formation of a series of coterminous townvillages. Photo/townofryeny.com
Rosenblum, who chaired the hearing, in the village courtroom on Jan. 10. “I'm terribly concerned about sustaining our communities,” Carvin said. “I think the tax burden has become overwhelming.” The study, by the Center for Government Relations–a nonproﬁt consulting organization– provided the following options for the remaining municipalities once the potential dissolution of Rye Town is complete: The Village of Port Chester becomes either a coterminous town-village or an incorporated city, both using the existing boundaries of the village. The Village of Rye Brook becomes a coterminous town-village using the existing boundaries of the village. The Village of Mamaroneck becomes a coterminous town-village, which includes Rye Neck, or else annexes Rye Neck and remains a village in the Town of Mamaroneck. A coterminous town-village is a municipality that functions as, and has the beneﬁts of, both a town and a village. The simplest way for a municipality to become a town-village is through Home Rule legislation, which gives a municipality the ability to establish its own system of government without a charter from the state. Currently, Harrison, Mount Kisco and Scarsdale are the only conterminous town-villages in Westchester County. Another option not represented in the CGR report would see the villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook become coterminous town-villages,
with Rye Neck remaining as a new, smaller Town of Rye. This scenario is unlikely as Rye Neck does not provide many of its own services and would have to contract with another municipality to obtain them. The idea behind all of this is to reduce the number of municipalities and, therefore, the taxes on the residents of those that remain. Rosenblum, who favors the coterminous solution for the Village of Mamaroneck, called the plan “a winner.” “If we are to survive with any type of quality of life in the type of communities we live in now, we have to get control on these taxes,” Rosenblum said. Also at issue is the Village of Larchmont's fate. Though it is not part of the group of municipalities participating in the study, Mayor Anne McAndrews, a Democrat, has formed a committee to explore the village's options should Rye Town dissolve. Josh Mandell, a former mayor of the Village of Larchmont, represented the new committee at the Jan. 10 hearing. “We've sort of been watching what [the Village of Mamaroneck] is doing,” Mandell said. “We need to start analyzing the impact.” Another option for Rye Town dissolution came from former Village of Mamaroneck trustee John Hofstetter, who suggested the Town of Mamaroneck could annex Rye Neck while the DISSOLUTION continued on page 14
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City C ouncil News Compiled from the Jan. 9 Rye City Council meeting • Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, gave his annual State of the City Address and expressed optimism for the future of Rye. He also said 2012 was a year of accomplishment, adding that the state of the city is now strong. Mayor’s Management Report Update on Capital Projects: Sluice Gate and Central Avenue Bridge The sluice gate is a ﬂood mitigation device that can aid in retaining water at the upstream Bowman Avenue dam during storm events; the project is near completion. City Manager Scott Pickup said that Con Edison had completed all its utility work on Bowman Avenue. In the meantime, the city’s electrician has been on site concluding any last electrical work. Once that work concludes, a two-week testing period will then begin. The city manager said he expects to know by the end of January if there are any ﬁnal hurdles standing in the way of completing the project aimed at regulating the ﬂow of water downstream from Bowman Avenue. The reconstruction of the Central Avenue Bridge, a project that has been in the works ever since the bridge was destroyed during the 2007 April Nor’easter, continues to move along after the city recently received ﬁnal approvals from the state. The city manager reported that utility relocation is still ongoing at the Central Avenue site. Both Cablevision and Verizon still have work to complete, Pickup said. The contractor in charge of completing the job accepted a Aug. 18 target deadline date, and the city manager said although there has been some delay with implementation, the belief is the project will still be completed by that time. “So we’re holding him to that Aug. 18 date,” Pickup said, “and we have no reason to believe that he won’t meet that.” The city manager said the contractor expects to be on site within the next few weeks and plans to work through the winter. Other news • Republican Councilman Peter Jovanovich was reappointed as deputy mayor by Mayor French. • Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, was appointed as trustee of the Police Pension Fund for a one-year term. • Republican Councilwoman Julie Killian and Councilman Jovanovich were appointed to the City Council’s Audit Committee. • Designation of the City Council liaisons: Mayor French: Rye Town Park Commission, Rye City School Board, Audit Committee, Legal Case Management Committee and Rye Cable & Communications Committee Councilwoman Brett: Planning Commission, Flood Advisory Committee, Landmarks Advisory Committee and Rye Town Park Commission Councilman Richard Filippi: Rye Free Reading Room, Conservation Commission, Recreation Commission and the Board of
Architectural Review Councilman Jovanovich: Audit Committee, Government Policy & Research Committee and EMS Councilwoman Killian: Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Environmental Sustainability Committee and Trafﬁc and Pedestrian Safety Committee Councilwoman Parker: Rye Merchants Association, Rye Playland Advisory Committee, Police Pension Fund, Senior Advocacy Group and Rye Fire Department Councilman Joe Sack: Rye Boat Basin, Board of Appeals and Legal Case Management Committee and Rye Golf Club Commission • The Journal News was designated the ofﬁcial newspaper of the city. • David Cutner and Tony Piscionere were reappointed to the Board of Appeals for threeyear terms. • John Alfano was reappointed to the Board of Ethics for a three-year term. • George Zahringer* and Rex Gedney were reappointed to the Landmarks Advisory Committee for three-year terms. • Barbara Cummings was reappointed to the Planning Commission for a three-year term. • Bart Dinardo*, Frank Adimari and Lisa Dempsey were reappointed, and Jason Mehler appointed, to the Recreation Commission for three-year terms. • Steve Fairchild, Ken Knowles and Mary Ellen Doran were reappointed to the Rye Cable and Communications Committee for three-year terms. • Jeanne Golden* and Mehler were reappointed to the Rye Town Park Advisory Committee for three-year terms. • Brian Dempsey*, Denver Boston, Maureen Gomez and Steven Secon were reappointed, and Steve Cadenhead appointed, to the Trafﬁc & Pedestrian Safety Committee for three-year terms. • Frederic Dunn, Paula Schaeffer and Michael Guarnieri were reappointed to the Finance Committee. • Carolyn Cunningham* was appointed to the Conservation Commission for a three-year term. • Charles Dorn*, Joan Marshall Cresap and Garrick Gelinas were reappointed to the Playland Advisory Committee for three-year terms. • Council accepted a $250 donation to the Rye Police Department from the Hasday family. • Authorization was granted to hire legal representation for the city in the appeal of Carroll v. City of Rye, a court case in which a resident successfully contested his property’s assessment. The city will appeal the costly decision that awards the resident, Ted Carroll of Forest Avenue, a refund on his property taxes dating back to 2004. * denotes committee chair –Reporting by CHRISTIAN FALCONE
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resources ofﬁcer continued as part of the job description of the assistant city manager. But today, the city does not operate with an assistant city manager after the position was eliminated in 2010, by a City Council seeking to keep spending down. Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, made the decision that year to elevate former Assistant City Manager Pickup from his position and leave his former post unﬁlled. Mayor French said the plan had always been to add back a position in the city manager’s ofﬁce that would be able to take on additional responsibilities. The mayor is in his ﬁnal year in ofﬁce; he is yet to announce if he will seek re-election in 2013. Councilwoman Brett said the current city structure puts employees in very difﬁcult positions when they have to refer questions or even complaints to the city manager. Brett ﬁrst pitched the idea publicly at a Jan. 12 strategic planning session. At that meeting, City Manager Pickup said in reducing the size of its workforce in recent years the city has shown gaps of vulnerability. “We’ve gone through a very traumatic personnel related year. No doubt about it,” he said. The corporate world typically employs a ratio of one human resource ofﬁcial per 200 employees. Councilman Peter Jovanovich, a Republican, said the Rye ratio wasn’t ideal for such a position but might be necessary going forward. “I don’t want to add cost either but at least from a corporate point of view you
wouldn’t have a 148-person organization without an human resources function,” he said. The biggest questions with the proposal is whether it is ultimately deemed necessary and also if the city can afford to add an expense to its budget. Brett wonders if the addition of a personnel function would actually save the city money by reducing the need to consult with Vincent Toomey, the city’s labor attorney. “We rely pretty heavily on Vince Toomey on a lot of employee matters,” the councilwoman said. “If we hire this person with personnel expertise maybe we wouldn’t need to lean on Vince as much.” And the city could also decide to tie in the duties of a personnel function with additional responsibilities in order to make the position the most cost-effective. But one of the concerns with adding a personnel position is it would likely still report in to the city manager. Therefore, what beneﬁt would it have played if the personnel ofﬁcer were vetting accusations against his boss, like in the instance of the Rye TV scandal? The councilwoman agreed that could become an issue in such an instance but remained conﬁdent that the city could ﬁnd a way to balance that power question. In the meantime, the councilwoman believes the city is protected. “I’m not saying we don’t fulﬁll those responsibilities,” she said. “It just might have been simpler and cleaner if someone on city staff had a personnel function.”
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C ommunity Briefs MLK literary breakfast The Westchester Library System will hold its annual African-American Literary Celebration on Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Abigail Kirsch’s Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. For 15 years, the Westchester Library System has presented this event featuring writers and individuals who have been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrates his legacy. Diane Brady, author and senior editor of Bloomberg BusinessWeek will speak about her book “Fraternity,” the story of ﬁve young African-American men recruited by a visionary mentor at the College of Holy Cross in 1968. Kevin Plunkett, Westchester Deputy County Executive, College of Holy Cross alum, is honorary chair. Dr. Bettye Perkins, founder and chief executive ofﬁcer of Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers will be honored of her mentoring program that recruits and trains culturally diverse and economically challenged high school students for a careers in education. Tickets for the 2013 Literary Tea are $95 and include a networking breakfast and presentation. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (914) 231-3241 or visit westchesterlibraries.org.
The Westchester Library System is located at 540 White Plains Road, Suite 200, in Tarrytown. For a complete list of programs and events throughout the Westchester Library System, visit westchesterlibraries.org. Coyote discussion “Living with Coyotes in Westchester” – Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The New Rochelle Humane Society is pleased to host an upcoming presentation by Frank Vincenti from the Wild Dog Foundation: “Living with Coyotes in Westchester.” Learn how you, your family and your pets can live safely with our coyote neighbors. For more information, visit newrochellehumanesociety. org or call (914) 632-2925. The New Rochelle Humane Society is located at 70 Portman Road in New Rochelle. Come sing with the Westchester Chorale Westchester Chorale invites choristers to open rehearsals Jan. 22 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. at Larchmont Avenue Church. These will be the ﬁrst rehearsals preparing for the May 18 concert. Directed by Douglas Kostner, the Westchester Chorale is the chorus-in-residence of the Larchmont Avenue Church, located at 60 Forest Park Ave. in Larchmont. For further information, call (914) 7257507, visit WestchesterChorale.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Roe v. Wade event Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with “Securing the Promise of Roe,” a program by Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. Jessica Arons, director of the
Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress, will talk about the barriers women face in accessing abortion. Jan. 24 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $20 per person/$15 under age 30 YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester 515 North St., White Plains Sign up at pphp.org or by calling (914) 467-7311 Upcoming events at the Rye Free Reading Room Children’s author at the library Meet children’s book author Linda Petrie Bunch at the Rye Free Reading Room on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. and hear about the books she has written and illustrated with photographs of Hannah, her Bernese Mountain Dog pup. “A Snow Day for Hannah” and “A Beach Day for Hannah” follow the young dog’s adventures as she romps through spectacular scenery in playful stories with rollicking rhyme schemes. There will also be a doggie craft and visit with a mystery guest as part of a program that promises to be enjoyable for the whole family. For more information, visit ryelibrary.org or call (914) 231-3162. “Art in the Garden” Photographer Rich Pomerantz comes to the Rye Free Reading Room on Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. to present a lecture entitled “Art in the Garden.” The talk covers the use and placement of objects and will be accompanied by Pomerantz’s own slides of art and ornament in gardens. A specialist in garden photography, Pomerantz’s images have appeared in such periodicals as Garden Design, Traditional Home, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening and Outdoor Photographer.
His books include “Great Gardens of the Berkshires and Hudson River Valley Farms.” For more information, visit ryelibrary.org or call (914) 231-3161. Children’s movie The Rye Free Reading Room invites children age ﬁve and up to see the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” (PG) on Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (914) 231-3162 or visit ryelibrary.org. Pet Rescue kitten and cat adoption day Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Petco 324 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale For more information, visit NY-PetRescue. org, email email@example.com, or call (914) 834-6955. Rye girls softball registration Registration is now open for Rye Girls Softball. All girls in grades 3 – 8 who live or go to school in the City of Rye are eligible to play. Visit RyeGirlsSoftball.com for information or email RyeGirlsSoftball@gmail.com with any questions. Softball clinics The Rye High School Softball Boosters are hosting a softball clinic for all girls in grades 3 - 8 The clinic will take place on March 2 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.; March 9 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; and March 16 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Rye High School. Advanced registration is required and space is limited. Register today at RyeGirlsSoftball.com to guarantee a spot. Email RyeGirlsSoftball@gmail.com with any questions. All proceeds support the RHS softball program. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Osborn hosts “30 Lessons for Living” A Heard In Rye program featuring Dr. Karl Pillemer internationally renowned author, Cornell professor of Human Development and professor of Gerontology at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Families, parents, youths, grandparents and great-grandparents are welcome to attend this intergenerational event, which will be held on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Osborn, located at
101 Theall Road in Rye. Dr. Pillemer will share wisdom about family relationships, careers, marriage, happiness and overcoming life’s ups and downs. Attendees will each receive a complimentary copy of his book, “30 Lessons for Living.” This program is free and open to the public. RSVP to (800) 815-8534 or email RSVP@theosborn.org. (Submitted)
Correcting the record In the Dec. 21 & Dec. 28, 2012 edition, in the article, "New Rochelle mayor seeks to unseat Astorino," we reported that Democratic county executive candidate Noam Bramson had $900,000 in the bank for his campaign. According to ﬁlings by Bramson's camp, the candidate had $100,000 in hand from a previous run as mayor of New Rochelle. Since announcing last month, the total funds for the campaign have reached $525,000. Rob Astorino, the incumbent county executive, announced this week that he had raised $2.2 million for the race.
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Flu surge prompts New York State emergency declaration By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
In an effort to spare New Yorkers from the ravages of the seasonal ﬂu sweeping across the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide public health emergency Jan. 12. The declaration suspends for 30 days state law that prohibits pharmacists from ad-
ministering “immunizing agents” to people under age 18. As a result, patients between six months and 18 years of age can now get ﬂu shots. “We are experiencing one of the worst ﬂu seasons since at least 2009, and inﬂuenza activity in New York State is widespread,” Cuomo said, noting that cases have been reported in all 57 counties in the state and all ﬁve boroughs of New York City. “Therefore, I have directed my administration, the state health department and others to marshal all needed resources to address this public health emergency and remove all barriers to ensure that all New Yorkers–children and adults alike–have access to critically needed ﬂu vaccines,” Cuomo said. This year’s vaccine will protect against all three strains of the ﬂu, Westchester County health ofﬁcials said. The shots are recommended for pregnant women, children age 5 and under, people age 50 and older, people with certain medical conditions and people who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Health care workers and others who are exposed to high-risk groups are also encouraged to get the vaccine. While getting the vaccine is a “good idea for most people,” county health ofﬁcials also recommended checking with your health provider ﬁrst. This is especially important for people who are allergic to chicken eggs,
those who have had severe reactions to past ﬂu vaccines, and those who have developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks after getting a ﬂu vaccine. Because the ﬂu season often continues into late winter or early spring, Cuomo also reminded New Yorkers that it is not too late to get a vaccination. It is especially important to do so now given the severity of the ﬂu season, he said. The New York State Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control tracks statewide inﬂuenza cases. According to the agency, there were 4,059 laboratory-conﬁrmed ﬂu cases in the week ending Jan. 5. While the number of laboratory-conﬁrmed ﬂu reports decreased by 7 percent in comparison to the previous week, the reports of the percent of patient visits for inﬂuenza-likeillness was 6.82 percent, which is above the regional baseline of 2 percent. Symptoms of inﬂuenza-like illness include a fever of 100 degrees or more, accompanied by a cough and/or a sore throat “in the absence of a known cause other than inﬂuenza.” The number of patients admitted to the hospital with laboratory-conﬁrmed inﬂuenza or hospitalized patients newly diagnosed with laboratory-conﬁrmed inﬂuenza also increased during the week ending Jan. 5. In all, 1,120 patients met those criteria–reﬂecting a
55 percent increase over the prior week. The ﬂu reportedly claimed one child’s life during the week ending Jan. 5. It was the second such fatality reported in the state. As of Jan. 12, the overall number of reported ﬂu cases in the state stood at 19,128. In addition to getting the vaccine, there are things people can do to help prevent the spread and contraction of the ﬂu. On its website, the Westchester County Health Department recommends avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home if you are sick. Other tips include covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and cleaning your hands in hot soapy water. “Hand washing is one of the most effective, yet overlooked ways of preventing the spread of illness,” the county health website said. A list of Westchester pharmacies and neighborhood health centers that provide ﬂu shots for adults and children is available on the county health department’s website. The site can be accessed at health.westchestergov. com. The site also contains basic information about the ﬂu vaccine, including the intradermal ﬂu vaccine available this year. It is administered on the surface of the skin instead of being injected into the muscle in order to minimize soreness.
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Philadelphia boasts one grand boulevard among its mostly narrow three-lane streets. It is the Parkway, which stretches from the majestic Museum of Art to the ugly post Civil War City Hall. I use the word “ugly” advisably, having worked in that massive structure in 1952-1954 as an assistant district attorney. Sadly, City Hall was built on top of what William Penn saw as the central one of ﬁve open downtown city squares. The Parkway now boasts what is unquestionably the No. 1 collection in America, if not in the world, of post-impressionist and early modern paintings. They belong to the Barnes Foundation, founded by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, and have just been moved from the suburbs into a new Parkway building next to the Rodin Museum, which features Rodin’s famous statue of “The Thinker.” In the early 50s, my wife Pat and I would drive to work along the Parkway, parking our car in an outdoor lot for 35 cents a day. Pat had studied at the Art Students’ League on 57th Street in New York City. She applied successfully to study at the Barnes Foundation’s facility in Merion, northwest of the city limits. This had been built by Dr. Barnes to house his huge collection, purchased mostly with funds from sale of his medical product Argyrol, a disinfectant. He sold his company just before the 1929 crash and turned to collecting art. According to legend, Barnes had offered his paintings to the Philadelphia Museum
of Art but was turned down because his now-priceless Renoirs, Matisses, Picassos, Cézannes, Soutines, Modigliannis, van Goghs and Rousseaus did not ﬁt the pattern of Old Masters of interest to the people then in charge. Barnes sought to open the world of art to less pretentious people. An example was a lawyer colleague of mine. An ancestor with his same name had signed the Declaration of Independence. But in order to gain access for a look at the Barnes collection in Merion, my friend wrote a request on wrapping paper and visited the facility in his oldest clothes. Barnes wanted to teach about art to people unlikely to have a chance any other way. He felt a mission to enhance understanding and appreciation of art, and in the endeavor collaborated with philosopher John Dewey. The new Barnes Museum on the Parkway has a ﬂoor plan like that in Merion, so paintings can be placed in exactly the same juxtaposition as they used to be in. When Pat and I visited last week, she kept remarking that room after room looked just as it had in the 1950s, though in a different building. Besides vivid paintings, there is Pennsylvania Dutch decorated furniture, ornate metal works, African sculpture, antiquities, Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles. All these are arranged so as to demonstrate the continuity of artistic traditions and the universal impulse for creative expression, rather than being arranged by chronology, nationality, style or genre. The Merion location still houses the Barnes Foundation’s horticultural program and library, herbarium, archives and special collections. For more detailed information, see barnesfoundation.org. Reach John Carey at J_Pcarey@verizon.net
What’s Your Beef?
What’s bothering you today? Collected on Purchase Street in Rye “The number of people driving through Rye [while] on a cellphone.” -Jeffrey Kohn, 42, Rye Brook
“I don't know what to make for dinner.” -Michelle Pohlman, 36, Rye Brook
-Photos and reporting by JASON CHIREVAS
“The situation with U.S. Consulates abroad.” -George Grossman, 58, Rye
“Immigration laws.” -Emelda Zagoya, 65, West Harrison
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Retired Wisconsin cop shares insight on ‘active shooters’ By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Lt. Dan Marcou, a retired Wisconsin police ofﬁcer, didn’t coin the term “active shooter,” but he said he encountered a few in almost 33 years on the job. He also said he knows exactly what it takes to stop them before they strike. Authorities deﬁne an active shooter as someone who is currently engaged in the act of unlawfully shooting at random or targeted victims. During a three-hour lecture on Jan. 10 at Iona College in New Rochelle called the “Five Phases of the Active Shooter,” Marcou said preventing a deranged gunman who is hell-bent on killing as many innocent people as possible from fulﬁlling his mission takes an “effective act of courage.” Sometimes, it’s up to an “honorable gunﬁghter”–often a cop–to end a rampage, Marcou said. Other times, its up to a civilian–be it a lawyer, a social worker, teacher or family member–to see the warning signs and report the would-be shooter to the appropriate authorities before innocent lives are lost. “Each of the ﬁve phases an active shooter goes through are dangerous, but the earlier intervention occurs, the fewer casualties there will be,” Marcou said. “The longer we delay, the more people will die.” The ﬁrst phase an active shooter experienc-
es is the fantasy stage, when they dream about slaughtering the people who have “wronged” them, according to Marcou. The next phases are the planning stage and preparation stage. “Their activities and behavior are very noticeable then,” Marcou said. “That’s when they’ll visit gun shows to obtain weapons or commit burglaries to steal weapons.” Then, there’s the “approach stage,” when the would-be killer literally walks or drives toward the target. At this point, the perpetrator will likely be armed, Marcou said. The last and most lethal stage is implementation, when the plan is ﬁnally carried out. The most recent example of an active shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Others happened at Columbine, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, and Aurora, Colo. For those who engaged in some of the country’s most horriﬁc shootings, carrying out their plans was “a game,” and they wanted to get “the top score,” Marcou said. According to the retired ofﬁcer, there are people who seek to admire and emulate the gunmen. “There’s a small segment of society who know about George Hennard [who killed 23 people and wounded 20 in 1991] and Charles Whitman [who killed 15 people and wounded 30 in 1966],” Marcou said. But mass killings aren’t unique to the United States, Marcou said. In fact, it’s a worldwide phenomenon. Documented incidents have happened in
Retired Wisconsin police ofﬁcer Lt. Dan Marcou recently shared his insight on “active shooters” in light of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting. Contributed photo
Mumbai and Iceland. The weapons change depending on the culture. In the United States, mass killers typically use ﬁrearms. In the Middle East, killers rely on improvised explosive devices and in Asia mass killers tend to prefer “edged weapons,” Marcou said, adding
that a Chinese teenager killed eight people in a knife attack last August. “We need to recalibrate the way we look at dangerous people,” Marcou said. “We need to know that we can make a difference, that we don’t have to surrender.” Marcou’s message resonated with police and civilians who attended the seminar, according to Cathryn Lavery, chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at Iona. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Lavery said. “A lot of people said it reassured them that they were doing things the right way all along.” Lavery and a lieutenant from Bright Line Police Consulting Services who had seen Marcou speak before decided to invite him to speak at Iona back in September and scheduled his appearance then. “We arranged for him to come in January because we knew class wouldn’t be in session and it would be easy to accommodate him,” Lavery said. “Then, the Newtown tragedy happened. I didn’t want anyone to think that we were capitalizing on the tragedy. This was deﬁnitely not a post-Newtown rush to do something to address active shootings at schools.” It was important to offer the program now because it is harder than ever to detect threats, Lavery added. “These types of programs are quite good and I’m glad we did it,” she said.
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Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal chosen By CHRIS MARRAFFINO CONTRIBUTOR
Among the many guests, committee members and friends who gathered at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck Saturday night, none held more acclaim or prestige than its honoree, James P. Hynes. The 65-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist has been named the grand marshal of the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 2013. The Bronx native will be leading this year’s parade on March 17 along Mamaroneck Avenue. Hynes was joined by Anne-Marie, his wife of 41 years, his daughter Alanna, 29, and several committee members of the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Hynes has chosen to have his wife, his two daughters, Alanna and Katherine, 29, and their husbands, Phil and Tom, as his aides to march alongside him this year. Hynes, who is the chairman of Iona College’s Board of Trustees, looked on as the festive evening ignited with the young dancers of the O’Rourke Academy of Irish Dance, who kicked off the celebration with Irish Tap
Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade Journal Committee Members Joseph Mauro and Shannon O’Leary Pujadas. Photo/Chris Marrafﬁno
Mike Hynes (center) of the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade Committee, celebrates with 2013 Grand Marshal James P. Hynes and the grand marshal’s wife, Anne Marie, at the ofﬁcial sash presentation ceremony at Orienta Beach club Saturday, Jan. 12. Photo credit/Sandra Wong Geroux
Dancing. The group of girls raised the spirits of all on hand before the invocation speech. While dinner commenced, the McLean Avenue Band entertained guests. Overlooking the water, the atmosphere was like being among family, according to committee member Michael Hynes. “We’re a close knit group of people,” said Michael Hynes, 58, as laughter and excitement remained constant throughout the evening. Following a performance from the Iona Pipe Band, president of Iona, Dr. Joseph Nyre, began the introduction as the Presenter of the Sash. Dr. Nyre took the time to talk about James Hynes’ contributions and support to the college. He pointed out James Hynes’ fundraiser known as The Hynes Challenge. This act challenged Iona’s board members to increase the annual gift to the college. Also, Nyre pointed out that James Hynes would match each donation dollar for dollar. “Thanks to the leadership of Jim Hynes, the Iona grant has raised more than $41 million dollars in scholarships next year,” said Nyre.
(L-R) Gregory Sullivan, Paul Bryce, Tania McMenamin, Chris Murphy, Sean Murphy, James Hynes, Kevin O’Shea, Stephen Carty, Timothy O’Neill, Michael Hynes, Alan Wilson and Shannon O’Leary Pujadas. Photo/Chris Marrafﬁno
“James has generated an enormous amount of respect for his generosity, giving back so much to the college that gave him his start.” Hynes himself closed out the evening by coming to the podium. He thanked everyone
for their presence and kind words. He reﬂected on his college days. “I attribute a lot of my success to the time I spent at Iona,” he said. He ﬁnished by saying, “We’ll make the 2013 Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day a great one.”
Coping with deer focus of lecture The Committee to Save the Bird Homestead has rescheduled “Coping with Deer in the Garden and Landscape,” a lecture and book signing by well-known horticulturalist and garden writer Ruth Rogers Clausen, for Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Meeting House. The program was postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which left the Meeting House without power. Clausen is the author of the book “50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat.” She has gardened in Westchester County for many years and will offer expert advice on how to have a successful garden while coexisting with deer. She serves on the advisory committee for the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and is a member of the advisory council for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Her book, “Perennials for American Gardens,” received the Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association in 1990. A well-respected expert, author, teacher, and overall lover of nature, Clausen is the former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener magazine. She has also contributed numerous articles to Country Gardens, Horticulture, and Organic Gardening. The gardening programs presented by the Committee to Save the Bird Homestead honor the tradition of horticultural and landscape expertise represented by Henry Bird and his
Horticulturalist and garden writer Ruth Rogers Clausen will be at the Meeting House on Jan. 26 for a lecture and book signing. Contributed photo
daughter Alice Bird Erikson. Admission is $5 per person at the door. The Meeting House is located at 624 Milton Road in Rye. For further information, contact email@example.com or (914) 967-0099. (Submitted)
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The nasties are after you LUNGARIELLO AT LARGE Mark Lungariello
I don’t shake hands anymore, nor do I handle anything without using disposable latex gloves. I wear a surgical mask in public places, too. As if it could be any other way these days. This ﬂu outbreak could be “the Big One.” If it’s not, there is probably another plague right around the infected corner. If this adaptable, durable, vicious strain of the ﬂu doesn’t get you, there are plenty of other ﬂus that pop up pretty much annually, like the swine ﬂu. Then there is SARS. or an XDR tuberculosis not far behind any ﬂu epidemic. Try not to share your oxygen with other people, they may be carrying one of the millions of microscopic organisms out to wreak havoc on your immune system. If you are afraid of other’s people’s breath, let’s not even get started about their blood. Your own blood is good, but other people’s blood is bad. Being a vampire isn’t the free lovin’, free bloodin’ game it used to be in Transylvania in the (18)60s. You never know
whose veins are hiding HIV, hepatitis B or even hepatitis C. Avoiding human contact and wearing a surgical mask only gets you so far. You also need to protect yourself from those mosquitoes and ticks, which have bellies full of other people’s blood and various West Nile viruses, encephalitises and malarias. Danger is everywhere, on every doorknob you turn and on every spoon you use at the diner. Invisible enemies, and even not invisible enemies, are constantly bombarding you like all of these dueling credit report commercials they broadcast on television every ﬁve minutes. Think about this stuff next time you’re on the subway and about to grip a strap or pole to keep your balance. Balance isn’t that important. By the way, keep your hands and any open wounds covered. Not just because you might pick up a stowaway virus or bit of bacteria but because it’s just a good practice no matter the weather. You want to keep your extremities safe from exposure to elements whether it’s freezing out (hypothermia) or even when it’s a sunny summer day (melanoma). It’s enough to make you sick and lose your appetite. Speaking of, if you’re an impulse eater looking to occupy your time in self-imposed quarantine by eating, you may only be
putting yourself more directly in harm’s way. Be careful what you eat! No sweet snacks, you might get type 2 diabetes. No tub of soda at the movie theater is worth gangrene, says me. And sure, you might be tempted to nosh on some American style comfort food like a cheeseburger. But then you’ll have to worry about hamburger disease, salmonella and mad cow. Not that staying healthy with a salad (e. coli) or a shot of carrot juice (botulism) will do you much better though. Be suspicious of veggies as much as a fatty, undercooked steak. Chew on that as you lock yourself away from the outside world. This is to say nothing of meningitis, typhus, measles, cholera, and dengue fever–that gruesome disease that I’ve been paranoid about since those commercials that started airing a few years ago in which a victim explains the harsh symptoms. This might give you a stress headache but don’t take any painkillers. You’ve got to be careful of your Tylenol doses as even overthe-counters can result in deaths in large doses, not to mention headache pills can cause liver disease I’ve heard and if you mix aspirin with certain other products you could end up having a reaction. You never know when there might be a recall on these OTCs: sometimes,
like last year, due to a gross, moldy smell from the meds, and other times because you can’t be totally sure the pills you are taking are what you mean to be taking. You can’t even open the mail without worrying about some anthrax. As you’re locking yourself in your home, don’t get a warm, cozy sensation as you soak up the Purell fumes. It’s dangerous there too. Toxic mold and black mold can be growing in your basement and poisoning the air you’re breathing right now. Rusty water pipes are putting dangerous elements into the water you’re drinking (who knows, repairing those pipes could cost hundreds of dollars). Not to mention all the chemicals and old pharmaceuticals that have slipped into our water supply. Hopefully, termites aren’t eating away at your home’s foundation and invisible carbon monoxide isn’t seeping out into your home while your sleep. And if you watch television, don’t sit too close it isn’t good for your eyes. Please don’t say, “What is the world coming to?” The world has always been a place with menace in every shadow and fear at every turn. Civil Wars, the Ebola virus, the Cold War, small pox, Hollywood blacklisting, yellow fevers, the son of Sam, the Bubonic plague, the Salem witch trials, the movie “Outbreak,” the Trail of Tears and any number of episodes of “The Twilight Zone.”
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Otis sworn in as state assemblyman
Numerous dignitaries helped to pack City Hall to witness the inauguration of Steve Otis, Rye’s long-time former mayor and chief of staff for former state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer.
Steve Otis takes the oath of ofﬁce as a state Assemblyman, replacing former Assemblyman George Latimer who is now a state senator. The ceremony took place in Rye City Hall on Jan. 12.
Admittedly not one for the spotlight, former Democratic Rye City Mayor Steve Otis must have been overwhelmed by the turnout for his recent inauguration into the state Assembly. On Jan. 12, friends, family, residents and numerous elected ofﬁcials from both sides of the political aisle packed Rye City Hall to witness the former mayor take the oath of ofﬁce alongside his wife, Martha. Former state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, a Democrat who retired in December, presided over the administering of oaths. Prior to taking ofﬁce in the state’s less prominent house, Otis spent 12 years as
Rye’s mayor, from 1998-2009–the longest tenured mayoral run in the city’s history. Professionally, he also spent 27 years working as chief of staff for Oppenheimer and 32 years total in state government. He now steps into the role vacated by state Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat, in representing the constituents of the 91st Assembly district–commonly referred to as the Sound Shore district. The 91st District consists of Rye City, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Port Chester, Rye Brook and portions of New Rochelle. –Reporting by CHRISTIAN FALCONE
Congressman Eliot Engel, a Democrat whose district now includes Rye City, congratulates his elected colleague Steve Otis. Photos/Debra Lagapa
The following Rye residents have been named to the University of Delaware's Dean's List for fall 2012: Kelly Pryor Stephanie Schilling
January 18, 2013 • THE RYE SOUND SHORE REVIEW • 11 FOIL from page 1
other agencies in the public sector through simple requests for information. FOIL allows citizens access to speciﬁed records if they make such a request. FOIL was ﬁrst put into place in 1974. But the world of open government continues to evolve. Legislation has been proposed in both state houses that would require government agencies to post information on their websites on a proactive basis. In Rye, city staff is working on an interface that would allow residents to submit electronic FOIL requests through the city website. The goal is to roll out the new format by the springtime, according to city ofﬁcials. City Attorney Kristen Wilson said the city is currently working with e-gov, its website hosting company, to develop the new software. “The idea is any person wishing to submit an electronic FOIL could do so, pulling up a screen where you can ﬁll in an email address and your request,” the city attorney said. The email would then be sent to a generic email account, and take away the current process in which FOIL requests are emailed to various city department heads. “It goes to a central database through a website; all department heads would have access to it,” Wilson said. One of the possible features included in the new software would also be a tracking system that would help city staff–and residents, for that matter–keep track of FOIL timelines. Under this scenario, a person who submits a FOIL request would receive a tracking number that he or she could use to monitor his or her request or ask additional questions related to the FOIL. The city attorney said this would be done, “So that it is clear to everyone where the request stands and whose department is responsible for ﬁlling it.” The city revamped its ryeny.gov website to be more user-friendly and interactive back in 2010 but didn’t include a FOIL function. According to Bob Freeman, executive director of the state Committee on Open Government, state agencies are required by law to provide a FOIL function although all they must do is provide contact information for the agencies FOIL ofﬁcer. Local governments are not required to do the same. Earlier this month, the state Senate and Assembly each sponsored bills authorizing the Committee on Open Government to study proactive disclosure as a means of increasing transparency and access to government information. In 2011, the state committee began pushing “proactive disclosure” for government agencies. The proposal consists of making information available on websites either before the public requests it, or when it is recognized that the information is clearly available and of interest to the public. Freeman states that when proactive disclosure occurs, there is a beneﬁt for the government, as well as the public. “When government posts information online, it is no longer necessary for the public to submit FOIL requests or for government to expend time, effort and, therefore, money in responding to the requests,” Freeman said. The city’s decision to create a FOIL func-
tion stems from the increase in FOIL requests the city received in 2012, thanks in large part due to a management controversy that surfaced at Rye Golf Club. The city also began receiving more requests, last year, for lengthy documents. Wilson said the city tried to respond to such requests by posting them on the city website– in particular, with information related to the golf club investigation. But that hasn’t worked out, either. “Our website is not set up to be a document retention center,” she said. “We are reaching capacity.” The city received roughly 181 FOIL requests last year, compared to just 68 in 2011, according to City Clerk Dawn Nodarse. Those numbers do not include requests sent to the police department, which utilizes its own computer system and records ofﬁcer. The bulk of those requests, however, have come from two residents: Tim Chittenden and Leon Sculti, who have both said that they have, at times, been unrightfully denied access to public information. Sculti said the web feature has nothing to do with the transparency issues, saying the city is merely distracting from the real issue. “The City of Rye doesn’t have a problem receiving FOIL requests, they have a problem answering FOIL requests,” he said. “So they are creating a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.” The resident said when put to the test during the controversy at Rye Golf Club, the city’s FOIL policy failed. Any information obtained by Sculti related to the club never came from City Hall. Instead, he said the only documents he received initially came from Rye Golf Club Manager Scott Yandrasevich, who was accused of having a conﬂict of interest with a ﬁrm he was a consultant for and was paid by the golf club. Sculti said he is yet to receive all the information from a June 28, 2012 FOIL related to the golf club and anything he did receive related to that request came from submitting additional requests. It was fears of not hitting the requirements that led the city to update its FOIL policy a few years ago. Since the process was amended, appeals were taken out of the hands of the City Council in favor of the city attorney. The city manager continues to serve as the designated records access ofﬁcer. Previously, when hearing an appeal to a FOIL rejection, the council was forced to hold special meetings at inconvenient times of the day in order to comply with the law. Appeals need to be responded to within 10 days (an initial request must have a response within ﬁve days). However, Councilman Joe Sack, a Republican, said it is time for the city to return to the City Council members as the appeals ofﬁcers. “I think it worked and the experiment of removing the council from that process didn’t work,” Sack said. But the likelihood that such a change is instituted under this City Council seems very slim as only Sack and Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, have expressed interest in retaking control of the FOIL appeal process. A phone call to City Manager Scott Pickup seeking comment was not returned as of press time.
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Village of Mamaroneck dissolved, which would create a much larger unincorporated area with only Larchmont remaining as a village in the Town of Mamaroneck. According to Hofstetter, the Town of Mamaroneck would be able to take up the slack in providing services to the newly reformed unincorporated area. Hofstetter argued this is the only way to actually reduce the number of municipalities in the area, which is what the state is looking for when issuing one-time grants for dissolving local governments. According to Hofstetter, each coterminous town-village would actually mean the creation of a new municipality. “I think that's a little unfair,” Carvin said. Carvin said he would have been in favor of eliminating the villages in the Town of Rye with an eye toward merging with the City of Rye, but there is no political will to do it. Ultimately, it will be up to the voters of all involved municipalities to decide what to put in place of Rye Town, if it's to be dissolved at all. The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit will hold a breakfast discussion of the potential Rye Town dissolution on Jan. 22 at 7:45 a.m. at the Nautilus Diner on Boston Post Road.
the application also reﬂects the prior work of the city’s now-defunct Shared Roadways Committee as well as incorporating principles of the Complete Streets guidelines. “All that work helps us in these regionalized competitions with very strict federal guidelines,” said Pickup, adding that the driving efforts of the Rye YMCA were crucial in building a community-wide focus geared toward healthier living and pedestrian safety. “This funding will reinforce our efforts to create a more walkable Rye, especially for our schoolchildren.” Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, underscored the Rye YMCA’s leadership in kicking off a lot of the city’s initiatives geared toward pedestrian safety and active living dating back to 2007, when the Safe Routes to School effort got underway in Rye one early weekday morning at the Rye Presbyterian Church. Greg Howells, executive director of the Rye YMCA, said the organization involves itself in pedestrian safety because it feels that part of a being a healthy community is making a community more walkable for its residents. “For us, the bottom line is the more physical activity in their lives the better off and healthier they will be,” Howells said. “That is how we tie into it.” Competing with various communities throughout the state, the city was one of 64 municipalities, agencies and nonproﬁts awarded funding under the federal program, which calls for no local funding match and 100 percent reimbursement. During the current round of funding, the state received $26.5 million to
distribute through a competitive application process. The projects include installing pedestrian activated rectangular rapid ﬂash beacons at four existing un-signalized intersections near existing city schools. The intersections were selected since they are not currently manned by crossing guards. Each pair of signals is estimated to cost $20,000. Upgrades to the intersection of Theall and Osborn roads would extend the existing curbs to reduce the crossing distance by roughly 30 percent. The project would also replace deteriorated sidewalk at the intersection, providing ADA-compliant ramps and increasing the size of the landing area for pedestrians waiting to cross Osborn Road. Improvements to the Grace Church Street intersection, commonly known as the Five Corners, would extend existing curbs on Grace Church at its intersection with Midland Avenue.
In addition to extending the existing curb lines, the project would look to reconﬁgure the existing narrow center island on Grace Church Street to provide a pedestrian safety refuge. And lastly, improvements to Milton School sidewalk would elevate the existing sidewalk and install a six-inch curb to better separate vehicles from the pedestrian area. Currently, there is no physical barrier to prevent vehicles in the adjacent drop-off zone from encroaching the sidewalk, which is heavily used by school children. The grant funding affords the city the ability to implement pedestrian safety initiatives without spending any capital dollars in the same vein as the 2009 federal stimulus funding that awarded the city roughly $700,000 earmarked toward a slate of projects. The $223,000 in funding would otherwise have cost the city an additional 1 percent increase on its property tax bills to complete the capital work on its own.
Safe Routes to School Projects Project name
Pedestrian activated rapid ﬂash beacons
Theall Road-Osborn Road intersection improvements
Grace Church Street intersection improvements
Milton School sidewalk safety improvements
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Battling the injury bug Bronxville basketball The Broncos have suffered through all sorts of bumps and bruises this year. From concussions, to busted shoulders and knee surgery, to important players, it wasn’t until last week that the Broncos ﬁnally ﬁelded their full roster. But now, with all of their starters back, and some of their resereves with a few key minutes under their belts, the Broncos, at 4-5 on the year, could be poised to turn the corner. If they can stay healthy, they might be a force to reckon with. New Rochelle girls basketball The Huguenots are having a great year thus far, posting a 9-1 record to establish themselves as one of the top teams in what might be the best league in all of Section I. In fact, New Rochelle hasn’t lost since the ﬁrst game of the season. But what is intriguing about the team’s success thus far is that it has done it without talented junior Amirror Dixon, who has been sidelined for the past month with a knee injury. Dion Duran, Mamaroneck wrestling Mamaroneck’s 170-pound wrestling standout Dion Duran, has met some bad luck this season, notably in the Shoreline Classic tournament on Jan. 5, when he was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. However, Duran was on his game on Jan. 12, capturing the Yonkers title bracket for his ﬁrst tourney win of the year. If healthy, expect Duran to make waves at sectionals alongside teammate Ben Miller.
Bronxville’s Matt Tormey battles for a rebound against Tuckahoe on Jan. 11. Tormey recently returned from knee surgery and is one of many Broncos who has struggled to stay on the court this season. Photo/Mike Smith
Joe Maida, Harrison wrestling Maida has been healthy this year, as his 24-2 record indicates, but staying that way has been something that’s been on his mind. The Huskies’ senior suffered a leg injury before sectionals last season, which dashed his hopes of postseason glory. With one more shot at a postseason run, Maida is hoping to stay healthy–and hungry–as sectionals approach.
RyeTown/Harrison blanks Fox Lane, eyes Garnets
RyeTown/Harrison Goalie Brian Ketchebaw looks on during the Nov. 30 season opener against Scarsdale. On Jan. 13, Ketchebaw and backup Joey Livornese teamed up to shut out Fox Lane. Photo/Mike Smith
On Jan. 13, the Titans earned their seventh win of the season, shutting out Fox Lane in a convincing 4-0 fashion, to improve to 7-3-1 on the year. Ian Bass, Max Picker and Doug Harrison all found the net for RyeTown/Harrison while goalies Jamie Ketchebaw and Joey Livornese combine to stop all ﬁve shots they saw on goal. The Titans have been playing well as of late, despite a tough loss to New Rochelle on Jan. 11, even earning a tie with powerful White Plains on Jan.7. They will square off against their cross-town rivals from Rye on Jan. 18 at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Conn.
Harmony is a Border Collie mix that looks like a mini ﬂat-coated retriever. She is about 10 months old and a great size, at around 30 pounds. She is very sweet and playful, although she may take some time to warm up at ﬁrst. But once you're in her "pack," she will love you forever. She spent the ﬁrst part of her life with very little socialization, but now she’s learning the wonders of being a pet and what it's like to be loved. She must go to a home with another dog to play with and with no children under 10. Harmony is extremely smart and will quickly pick up whatever skills you throw at her. She will need an active home that is willing to make her "work" and to continue to train and stimulate her. Harmony lives with cats, but may do best in a home without cats as she has a tendency to try and "herd" them. She is great on a leash, wonderful in the car, crate trained and housebroken. Harmony is spayed, vaccinated, dewormed, heartworm tested and microchipped. Her adoption donation is $250. To learn more, contact Larchmont Pet Rescue at (914) 834-6955 or visit NY-PetRescue.org.
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Garnets skating through tough schedule By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
Although Rye’s ice hockey team may be sporting a stellar record, make no mistake about it; the road hasn’t been an easy one for the Garnets. With a challenging schedule, including top teams both in-section and out, that is completely by design. Now, as the Garnets hit the home stretch of their schedule, they are hoping that the challenges they’ve faced to date will help propel them towards a section crown. After a handful of games against top teams from upstate, the Garnets kicked off 2013 with two tough Section I matchups, taking on White Plains and Horace Greeley in back-to-back games. The Garnets were able to ﬁght off a challenge from the Tigers on Jan. 4, beating White Plains in overtime, then found themselves playing some extra hockey two nights later against the Quakers. In that game, Rye overcame an early two-goal deﬁcit to force an overtime draw against the one team ahead of them in the league standings. “I think we took a lot away from those two games, we played hard right until the end,” said head coach Jason Friesen. “Especially against Horace Greeley, things weren’t necessarily going our way but we kept ﬁghting through the game all the way back.” Back in action on Jan. 11, the Garnets again
Andrew Urbanczyk wins the faceoff against Ossining on Jan. 12. Rye rolled against Ossining, winning 6-0.
Max Bresolin tries to sneak one past the Ossining goaltender on Jan. 12. The game against Ossining was one of Rye’s less challenging games on the schedule.
Griffen Tuten carries the puck against Ossining on Jan. 12. Rye will be tested over the next few weeks when the team faces Rye Country Day, RyeTown/Harrison and Pelham, among other squads. Photos/Bobby Begun
found themselves in a bit of a hole-this time against a good Clarkstown team-but were ultimately buried by a costly penalty and fell to the Raiders 5-2 in what would by Rye’s ﬁrst in-section loss of the year. “Clarkstown was a very decent opponent, but I don’t think we played our best,” said Friesen.
“We got a little bit unlucky and the next thing you know, the game got out of hand.” Despite the loss, however, Friesen remains conﬁdent that the Garnets (10-2-1) are in good position as they prepare for a grueling stretch that will see them take on rivals such as Rye Country Day, Rye Town/Harrison and Pelham
in the coming weeks. With only 22 goals scored against on the year, Rye commands what appears to be one of the most dominant defenses in the area. Friesen, however, says that while the play of his defense and goalie Aiden Talgo is reﬂected in the squad’s overall defensive numbers, the
truth of the matter is that Rye’s success stems from a more team-oriented approach. “I’m happy with our play all around,” said Friesen. “It’s easy to look at some numbers and chalk them up to our goaltending our defense, but a big part of it is that the better the offense plays, the fewer opportunities we give up.”