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Vol. 13/Number 5

February 1, 2013

City receives offers on old CVS Councilman’s speech draws community pushback By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

The city is weighing eight bids to purchase the old CVS building that will likely lead to Rye selling off the controversial property. The City Council is currently reviewing the offers for 1037 Boston Post Road behind closed doors, but Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, said they are legitimate. Late last year, the City Council hired CBRE, a brokerage firm out of Stamford, Conn., to market the property. Bids were due back by Jan. 17. City Attorney Kristen Wilson said the issue of potential sale would be up for public discussion within the next month. “It is probably the next big action item for the City Council to take,” said the city attorney, adding that in a four-to-six-week timeframe, “we’ll know which way the City Council is headed for sure.” City officials would not comment on the monetary value of the offers, or whether or not they exceed the

$3.6 million offer to purchase the property from Lester’s, the property’s current tenant, prior to hiring the firm. The only question remaining involves the timing to sell the property in order to put it back on the city’s property tax rolls. “That is the phase we are in,” Mayor French said. “Given the economy, the state of the commercial market, is this the right time and right offer to sell the property?” In deciding to hire a broker, the city also chose to extend the lease agreement with Lester’s through the end of 2013. The lease with Lester’s was set to expire on March 31 of this year. Rye collects roughly $23,000 per month in rent from the clothing retailer. Late last year, the broker placed the property on the market for both sale and lease. The contract with the city states that if CBRE helps facilitate a sale of the property, it would charge the city 4 percent of 1037 continued on page 7

The City Council has received eight offers from prospective buyers interested in the Lester’s building. The property was purchased by the city in 2006. File photo


One city councilman’s lengthy commentary on civility has sparked criticism from some residents and reignited an internal controversy that the current city administration had hoped would never again see the light of day. At the City Council meeting of Jan. 23, Richard Filippi, a first-term Republican councilman, launched into a near 12-minute prepared speech. The councilman’s comments centered on the need to move away from personal attacks for the good of the community. He referenced sharp criticism that has been leveled against the the administration over its handling, or lack thereof, of a Rye Golf Club scandal. The main target of Filippi’s jabs

was resident Leon Sculti, who has been an outspoken critic of the administration dating back to last year. Filippi leveled a pointed verbal assault against Sculti, whom he said had an abrasive and unorthodox approach toward city officials. Sculti maintains the blog, LausDeo that has been outwardly critically of the current mayor, city manager and other Rye elected officials. But the councilman didn’t stop with Sculti. He provided his take on a 2012 Rye TV scandal—a controversy that City Councilman Richard Filippi Council members had taken a stance not sounded off on a slew of to discuss since the city Ethics Board topics at the Jan. 23 City decided not to rule on accusations levCouncil meeting. Among eled against top city management. In the councilman’s targets were city critics and former his comments, Filippi accused Andrew Rye TV employee Andrew Dapolite. Contributed photo

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Sustainability plan on track for summer completion By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Although Rye’s sustainability plan remains in draft form, the document has already left an impression on some residents in the community. At 80 pages, the plan might be viewed as heavy reading, but it is something Sara Goddard, the city’s Sustainability Committee chair and main author, said is in many ways a must read. The draft comes after a process that has long been in the works and includes input from various community stakeholders. The goal of creating a sustainability plan for Rye is to maintain the community and its inhabitants for the long haul by focusing on the unique natural, social and economic characteristics that set the city apart from others in Westchester. The ef-

fort to implement more eco-friendly approaches in mostly cost-effective ways is a growing trend that has been seen in several communities in Westchester already. New Rochelle, Bedford and Larchmont have already adopted sustainability plans, and Goddard said her committee referenced those plans while drafting a version for Rye. Goddard hopes that the Rye plan will be completed by the end of the summer at the latest. “We’re really not at that stage to say ‘here is this document,’” she said. “It’s truly really a draft right now.” The city’s position as a desirable community depends on preserving its open spaces and maintaining an attractive shoreline with abundant, natural wildlife–all without stifling economic growth, according to the draft plan.

The plan requires periodic updates as the community grows and priorities change. Once completed, the plan would require the approval of the City Council in order to move forward with its implementation. Then, input would be taken from city officials, municipal committees and civic organizations in order to prioritize a list of initiatives that the city could put into practice. Goddard said it would help the city hone its focus. “It will be a collaborative effort,” said the committee chair. “Certain things will be wish lists since funding would be a concern or long-term projects to set aside.” Personally, Goddard said, she would like to see a focus toward energy efficiency initiatives. She PLAN continued on page 6

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Carvin, Latimer discuss Rye Town dissolution By JASON CHIREVAS STAFF REPORTER

In a display of bipartisanship toward a daunting goal, Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, a Republican, and Democratic state Sen. George Latimer did their best to explain the Byzantine nature and history of Westchester municipalities in furtherance of the effort to dissolve the

Town of Rye. The Town of Rye is wholly comprised of the villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook, and the Rye Neck section of the Village or Mamaroneck. Since there is no unincorporated area of the Town of Rye–as there is in the Town of Mamaroneck–the municipalities within Rye Town’s borders can exist without it.

Representatives of Rye, Mamaroneck and Larchmont gather for the Local Summit breakfast at the Nautilus Diner on Jan. 22 for a discussion of the potential dissolution of the Town of Rye. Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin and state Sen. George Latimer spoke to the group. Photos/Jason Chirevas

A Carvin-headed steering committee has worked to develop scenarios under which the Town of Rye can dissolve. In one such scenario, which Carvin explained at the monthly meeting of the civic group the LarchmontMamaroneck Local Summit on Jan. 22, Port Chester and Rye Brook would secede from the Town of Rye and become coterminous town-villages. A coterminous town-village is a municipality which functions with the benefits of both designations. Currently, Harrison, Mount Kisco and Scarsdale are the only coterminous town-villages in Westchester County. With its villages gone, the Town of Rye would then shrink to wrap around Rye Neck in what Carvin described as a “paper town.” The end result would include a small tax benefit for the remaining municipalities, and the possibility of sharing services among them for added savings and streamlining of government, Carvin said. As it stands now, however, Rye Neck does not provide many of its own services, so its status as a town would essentially be in name only. Carvin told The Sound and Town Report that although nothing is final, the steering committee is likely headed in the direction of the “paper town” scenario. Carvin said it is not an ideal situation for Rye Neck, however, and would likely only be an interim position until a permanent solution could be devised.

That solution would almost certainly involve the Town and Village of Mamaroneck, either of which could be in a position to annex Rye Neck. Once the steering committee finalizes the scenario it wants to propose, Carvin said the next step is getting approval from all the municipal boards in the Town of Rye. Then, Latimer and Assemblyman Steve Otis, a Democrat, would work in Albany to secure Home Rule legislation, which is the mechanism by which a community can become a coterminous town-village. Once that’s in place, the entire scenario would be placed before Rye Town voters in November as a referendum. Latimer said under those circumstances, it’s possible for one or all of Rye Town’s sections to secede. If Rye Town voters approve the dissolution as proposed, Carvin said there will be one year to affect the changes, so the Rye Town Board would remain in place until Jan. 1, 2015. Village of Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla, a Democrat, said the real opportunity in dissolving the Town of Rye will be in sharing services between the resulting coterminous town-villages. “The cost of government is free. You don’t pay your Planning Board. You don’t pay your Zoning Board. You don’t pay your trustees DISSOLVED continued on page 13

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City C ouncil News Compiled at the Jan. 23 Rye City Council meeting Mayor’s Management Report Discussion of Land Use Workshop Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, said the goal of holding a “Land Use Workshop” is to bring together a number of boards and commissions that focus on land use and look at what potential legislation the City Council might want to consider. The city has set a tentative date of Feb. 27 for the meeting. The Planning Commission, the Board of Architectural Review, Board of Assessment Review, and possibly the Zoning Board of Appeals and Conservation Commission would join the City Council in the joint workshop. Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, said it would be the first time the City Council sits down with various boards and commissions as a unit. “It’s a good way to make sure we are all operating on the same page,” the councilwoman said. “This would be a good way for us to have a healthy dialogue.” Other news • Lisa Urban was appointed to the Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Committee for a three-year term. • Councilwoman Laura Brett, a Republican, and Councilman Joe Sack, a Republican, switched liaison duties. Brett will now serve on the Rye Town Park Commission and Sack the Boat Basin Commission. • The City Council rejected a bid award contract for police uniforms. There were two bids received by the city and this constitutes

the second rejection of bids for this contract. Police Commissioner William Connors recommended that the city reject the latest bid and entertain new bids for the contract. City Manager Scott Pickup said the problem is the city permits two different brands for police uniform shirts with one-year warranties but neither company that submitted bids could offer warranties for both brands. • The council accepted a grant award from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in the amount of $3,500 for participation in the “Selective Traffic Enforcement” program. The goal of the program is to reduce the rate of preventable traffic accidents and fatalities in Westchester County by increasing public awareness through traffic safety enforcement. Police are authorized to spend the funding between the time period of October 2012 and September 2013. City Manager Pickup said this year the goal is to reduce aggressive and unsafe driving, speeding, red light and stop sign violations. “This gives us an opportunity to schedule this type of enforcement at specific times and looking to target specific behavior,” the city manager said. • The council accepted a donation on behalf of the Rye Police Department from the Zegarowicz family in the amount of $100. The family sent a letter to the police commissioner on Dec. 31, 2012 advising him of the donation. –Reporting by CHRISTIAN FALCONE

Vandalism, swastikas found at high school Local police are investigating damage to school district property that included swastikas carved on the joint middle school, high school campus. On the morning of Jan. 22, a Rye City School District employee arrived at the high school, located on Parsons Street, around 7 p.m. to find broken glass near a side entrance of the building. A number of windows were smashed in the high school’s portable classrooms outside the main building near the Milton Road side of the campus. Two small windows leading to the music room area were also broken, according to Police Commissioner William Connors. The employee contacted police to report the incident, which authorities believe occurred between the night of Jan. 21 and early the following morning. Schools were closed for the federal holiday on Jan. 21. There was also damage to three vehiclestwo vans and a pickup truck-parked near the middle school side of the campus. The vehicles are property of the school district. Commissioner Connors said all three had symbols carved into them that resembled

swastikas. The damage was believed to be from a rock. One of the vehicles also had a smashed windshield. On Jan. 22, the school district released a statement to the community via email stating that areas of the high school had been vandalized over the previous weekend. “The portable classroom windows were broken and anti-Semitic symbols were carved into the district trucks,” the notification said. “The district contacted the Rye Police immediately upon discovering that this had occurred and the matter is being investigated. The district is appalled at this disturbing act, which is certainly not acceptable in or reflective of the Rye community.” In the meantime, police are continuing to investigate the incident and have since contacted the county district attorney’s office. The use of swastikas would likely result in hate crime charges, if and when any arrests are made. A hate crime is a felony. The police commissioner said this was the first instance of school damage or bias-related vandalism in recent memory. – Reporting by CHRISTIAN FALCONE

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C ommunity Briefs

Upcoming events at the Rye Free Reading Room Preparing to apply to college Geoffrey Stearns, a partner at Educational Futures, will give parents and high school students an overview on preparing for applying to colleges at the Rye Free Reading Room on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. He will discuss trends in college admission, what classes to take in high school, types and timeline of testing and applications, varieties of scholarships and financial aid, and the college interview. There will also be a Q and A session. Geoff travels extensively throughout the United States visiting colleges and meeting with coaches and admissions counselors. He works primarily with students seeking college

admission or placement for a post-graduate year and has extensive experience advising high school athletes. For more information, go to or call (914) 231-3172. “Show Your Love” Feb. 8 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Rye Free Reading Room invites children age 5 and up to Fun Club on Friday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m. to listen to stories for Valentine’s Day and make something special for someone they love. For more information about this and other children’s programs, go to or call (914) 231-3162. Mardi Gras parade The Rye Free Reading Room invites children age 4 and up to celebrate Mardi Gras with beads, masks and music on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Decorate green, gold and purple cupcakes, make celebration masks and parade through the library in true Mardi Gras style. Pre-registration is required; sign up in the Children’s Room or call (914) 231-3162. This event is sponsored by

L etters The U.S. government and its people To the editor: The politicians in Washington D.C. do not want to understand that our government is of the people, by the people and for the people. The people have spoken many times but the politicians are not listening. We, the people, demand that our government listen and provide for: -Social Security, which is paid for by the employee and employer contributions via a payroll tax. -Medicare, which is partially paid for by employee via payroll tax and the monthly Part B charge to all enrolled. -Planned Parenthood/family, if for no other reason but to contain our population growth. -Nondiscrimination for skin color, country of origin, religion, sexual orientation. -A good education. Return our educational system to where it was 50 years ago, the best in the world. Further, if the government had stopped illegal immigrations years ago, we would not have the problems we have today. The illegal immigrants want to speak their own native tongue and not learn English, our common language. They want to keep

their culture and not accept the American Way, which was created by the legal immigrants since we became the United States in 1776 (remember we are a country of immigrants). They want all of the government support they can get. In addition, and consistent with the second amendment to the Constitution, the right to bear arms. A necessary right for the people of a new country to make sure their government was the right one for them. But, the right has been abused and, as a result, 1 million and counting people have been killed by guns. This tragedy is worse than any outside terrorist action. Therefore, we the people must accept a government control of gun ownership. It is for our own protection. Also, we the people have rights. But the exercise of those rights must not affect the rights of others. In conclusion, the government must work for the people and not politicians, and the people must support the government and not their radical elements. May God bless America. Carmine Masucci, Eastchester

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Dapolite, the former Rye TV employee, of manipulating Rye TV cameras, harassing city employees and shaking down the city for money. “It was a workshop with the fire department and the Board of Wardens…he went in there, he manipulated the cameras etc.,” he said. “To Andrew Dapolite, I never steered you wrong. I don’t think what you are doing is right. I think your anger should be focused on the older adults that told you to go to the press and file the lawsuit.” Dapolite, 23, came forward in a February 2012 letter to the City Council, and blew the whistle on his superiors stating he had been pushed to lie about the existence of a videotaped meeting and was shortly thereafter brought up on disciplinary charges for using city equipment for private use. In his letter, he implicated City Manager Scott Pickup and Rye TV head Nicole Levitsky. “When an employer sees that a very talented videographer and the HR [human resources] department goes and looks up on Google and sees these issues come up, they just put that résumé into the shredder and I’m sorry for you,” the councilman said about Dapolite. The Rye TV saga centers on a contentious Jan. 25, 2012 Fire Department workshop with the City Council. At that meeting, members of the City Council, public, press and representatives of the Fire Department were told by City Manager Pickup that the meeting wasn’t taped. However, the truth emerged that the meeting had in fact been videotaped, then kept out of

public view for 13 days and specifically kept away from Councilman Joe Sack, a Republican adversary of the mayor and city manager. Sack and Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, were the only elected officials that were in favor of the City Council investigating the matter under the authority granted to the body in the city charter. They were voted down by the Republican majority who instead chose to refer the matter to the city’s relatively powerless Ethics Board, which wound up shutting down its investigation without offering any conclusions or findings in the matter. City Manager Pickup and Levitsky were never asked by the board to respond to the allegations made against them. The administration of Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, appointed Scott Pickup as city manager in 2010, and critics questioned the reluctance of the council to vet the allegations based on the professional allegiance between the administration and Rye’s city manager. Sources with knowledge of the situation said that members of the administration from the outset believed the scandal had been orchestrated in an attempt to damage the reputations of the mayor and city manager. This viewpoint was mentioned by officials to multiple sources who spoke with The Rye Sound Shore Review on the condition of anonymity. Filippi also claimed, during his comments, that workshops were not supposed to be taped. However, in 2009, the City Council made it city policy that all regular meetings, workshops, and special meetings were to be televised live on Rye TV and be recorded for subsequent

rebroadcast, and for streaming on the city website. The resolution also states when staff is not available, the meetings will be audio taped and made available to the public through the same media as video recorded meetings. Dapolite has remained mostly out of the public eye since resigning from his post with Rye TV in July of last year. He did so, he said, due to frustrations over the City Council’s refusal to address his allegations and what he had said had become a deteriorating work environment. And even though financial compensation was part of the discussion for Dapolite to walk away from the job early on last year, he chose not to accept resigning in the hope that the claims in his letter would be looked into. However, a March 2012 email obtained by The Rye Sound Shore Review from City Attorney Kristen Wilson to Dapolite’s attorney, Aldo Vitigliano, showed that the city’s focus was to have Dapolite withdraw his February letter. When Dapolite did resign from his post five months later, he did so without any deal in place, and with no financial compensation. This week, when asked for comment on the councilman’s accusations, Dapolite said, “It’s surprising he [Filippi] said the things that he said. First of all, they weren’t even accurate. But I think that was his intention. I find it interesting that he arrived at some conclusions when the council voted not to investigate.” The former employee also said that he is still willing to cooperate with anyone in the city who would like to get to the bottom of the matter. Councilman Sack also responded to Filippi’s

remarks by saying that the Rye TV matter can now be viewed in a new context and that the time may finally be right to require the relevant parties to answer these allegations. In a previous interview, Sack said it was “unbelievable” that the city manager never publicly addressed what Sack viewed as serious and credible allegations. “Notwithstanding the truth about the underlying incident here, the further truth is that [Scott] Pickup was given multiple opportunities early on to handle this matter in an appropriate way,” the councilman said. “Unfortunately, not only did he reject those chances, but he also repeatedly aggravated and compounded an unfortunate situation of his own making.” A registered Independent and political outsider who was was largely unknown prior to his run for office in 2009, Filippi was the last piece to French’s “Change for Rye” ticket. Filippi’s victory on Election Night was considered a shock by some local pundits who also saw incumbent Democratic Mayor Steve Otis defeated after three terms in office. Filippi spent most of his first term in office largely inconspicuous. But as of late, the councilman has become quite outspoken. The recent speech may prove a hindrance to a re-election run, should Fillipi choose to seek re-election this year. There is strong opposition within the city’s major political parties to nominating the councilmember. Several emails to Councilman Filippi and Mayor French seeking comment were not returned as of press time.

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Playland sits in limbo as county executive race kicks off By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

If all goes according to plan for the group, Sustainable Playland, Inc. will maintain the rights to redevelop the Rye amusement park as it sees fit, but several obstacles could conceivably stand in its way. With a contentious county executive race which is pitting the county’s legislative branch majority against incumbent County Executive Robert P. Astorino, a Republican, looming is the possibility of a court battle, or at minimum a party lines disagreement, over the future of the county-owned Playland. The county seemed unified when a plan to “reinvent” Playland was first undertaken by the Republican administration in 2010. Soon after taking office that year, Astorino made resolving concerns over the financial state of the amusement park one of his top priorities, and subsequently set forth on a course to rethink how the park is used. Astorino sent out a request for proposals and received 12 differing visions for the park. The administration announced in October 2012 that the victor in the Playland sweepstakes was the Rye-based nonprofit group Sustainable Playland, or SPI. The administration held a press conference to celebrate the agreement and sign a letter of intent with the group’s founder. Sustainable Playland’s vision for the historic amusement park would provide the county with $4 million up front, as well as a minimum payment of $1.2 million annually. The group has also pledged to pump $34 million in capital investments into the park and plans to transform it into a year-round destination point. However, soon after announcing that Sustainable Playland would be taking over the park, the county’s two governing branches began to travel down different tracks. It was revealed that the founders of the nonprofit group were in debt and owned back taxes to Rye City and even Westchester County. The Rye couple, Dhruv Narain and Sandhya Subbarao, quickly resigned from the nonprofit, citing intense media scrutiny over their near tax default. Then the Democratic-led Board of Legislators said nothing would be finalized until it did its own

vetting of the proposals criticizing the a litany of policy disagreements-could administration for operating in secrebring the two sides into court. cy regarding the proposal process. Legislator Myers, whose district County Legislator Judy Myers, a includes Rye and Playland, continues Democrat, said once an administrato publicly support the SPI plan, which tion appointed bipartisan Playland she did during her re-election back in feasibility committee, on which 2010. “Ideally, I’d like to see us all end she and two other legislators sat on, up behind SPI,” she said. provided a feasibility report to the But her legislator colleagues may county executive, everything from think otherwise, and their decisions then on related to the park became could be based on a forthcoming public cloaked in ambiguity and mystery. hearing in mid-February that the Board “It’s unfortunate because we are of Legislators is planning. It is clear now playing catch-up,” said Myers. that SPI is backed by Rye residents but “We’re still in the fact-finding due it will be interesting to see if the sentidiligence phase.” ment is the same from constituents of This marks the first time the legother, less affluent areas of the county. islators are reviewing the financial Right now, the top priority for the facts and figures of each proposal. county is having the park fully operaSince November 2012, the legistional come May, which is no easy task lators have held several meetings considering the destruction Playland focusing on the each proposal, and bore from Hurricane Sandy in October heard presentations from four of the 2012. Since the storm, the boardwalk groups behind the proposals. has been closed to the public due to SPI was back before the legislasafety reasons. The Ice Casino’s roof tors’ government operations com- Playland sustained $12 million in damages from Hurricane Sandy. structure requires major repairs before mittee this week for the second time County officials expect the park to be repaired and operational by the facility can be reopened. Also, high to answer additional questions on late May, but any decisions over the long-term fate of the park, and winds blew off two doors on the indoor who would operate it, may run well into campaign season. the group’s proposal. skating rink causing flooding and damFile photo Although Myers wouldn’t offer age to the basement and boilers. any timeline, she said the board is This week, the county just approved moving toward a point where at least a majority an important and historical county property, the over $12.5 million in bonding to repair both of the legislators can come to a consensus. legislative branch should be involved in the pro- structures. The boardwalk is expected to be The county’s administration and Board of cess. But there remains a dispute over whether repaired by May, and the rink by September. Legislators continue to operate on parallel, yet the board has a say legally over long-term lease County officials hope that FEMA reimbursedifferent, tracks. And there is no telling if the agreements of county parkland. It remains a pos- ment will come now that a Sandy aid bill has two sides will ever reach common ground. sibility that this issue-as has been the case with been approved by the federal government. Ned McCormack, communications director for the county executive’s office, said the county’s and nonprofit’s lawyers are working to finalize an asset management agreement, PLAN from page 1 ance toward the creation of the plan. and the hope is it will be done in February. The believes a fair amount can be done to city inThis week, Keith told The Rye Sound Shore agreement, which would give the nonprofit frastructure where funding could be provided Review that Goddard and the other members the authority to operate the park for 10 years, through various grants. of the committee deserve all of the credit also gives the county an out clause in which The current draft already includes infor- for administering successful educational and Westchester could opt out of the contract for mation from the city engineer and numerous legislative programs such as the city’s ban cause within six months. civic organizations and religious institutions, on plastic bags that will only prove to help “We’re moving forward on the plan, we think detailing what each has done to promote a support the sustainability plan, once impleit makes sense for the county, and we’re using sustainable city. Goddard said she still awaits mented. the tools that are in the charter to get this done,” input and implementation advice from City “This document highlights all the great McCormack said. work that city staff and the local ‘environPlanner Christian Miller. The legislators argue that since Playland is “I wanted their participation in the process,” mentally focused’ organizations have done she said about all the various user groups. in addition to creating the opportunity to set “Part of it is to highlight all the work they realistic sustainability goals for the future,” have done but also a way to let them know the former councilwoman said. With Keith’s departure, Councilwoman what is being done.” The genesis of the city’s Sustainability Julie Killian, a Republican, has stepped in Committee, and a sustainability plan for that as liaison to the Sustainability Committee. matter, started back in 2010 when Goddard, Killian sat in on her first committee meeting as a member of the city’s Conservation last month and said she came away impressed Commission, was asked by former with the work that has been done already by Councilwoman Suzanna Keith, a Republican, the group. “They have a lot of good ideas,” the to look into the feasibility of forming a sepa- councilwoman said. Killian is interested in achieving a more rate committee geared toward promoting sustainability. Around that same time, Goddard environmentally friendly Rye but not at an had written a rationale about why the city additional cost to taxpayers. “I’m not looking needed a sustainability plan which proved to to cost the city more [money],” she said. The draft sustainability plan can be found serve as the template for the current draft. As for Keith, who moved to Texas in July on the city’s website, A phone call to the city planner was not 2012, she remains in contact with Goddard still today and has continued to provide guid- returned as of press time.

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A Danish-American stalwart A RYE OLDTIMER Judge John Carey

We met in the mid-fifties at the New York City apartment of my college roommate George Johnston and his wife Cynthia. The Johnstons and my wife and I were married on the same weekend in 1951. Another couple, Stig and Jeanne Host, were also dinner guests of the Johnstons. The Hosts had been married on the very same day we were, 62 years ago. All three couples celebrated anniversaries together over the years. Each couple had four children, but only we had a daughter. The other eleven children were boys. One son has been lost by the Hosts and we’ve lost one as well. George Johnston left us years ago, and Stig Host just this month. Stig came originally from Denmark, and I will tell you a bit about why some of his friends called him a “Great Dane.” Stig had a phenomenally successful business career in the oil industry and in shipping. I never did business with him, so I’ll mention some other aspects of his life. Stig was an avid sailor, who guided us down Long Island Sound to the East River in the graceful yawl he owned at one stage. At other stages, while he and his family were living in Rome, London, or Tokyo, he navigated waters near to those cities. In recent times, he owned a schooner that he sailed out of Greenwich Harbor. If ever there was an “Old Salt,” it was Stig Host. Stig was a fearless and intrepid entrepreneur. I can best illustrate this with three stories, each told with the inevitable inaccuracies that accompany hearsay information. None of what I say is based on personal observation, all of it on what I have heard from others. When the East Side Airlines Terminal came on the market, Stig organized a group of daring young men with different skills to bid on the property. They won the competition and

proceeded to construct a large apartment building on the site. The old song says that “fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” Stig was no fool, an angel perhaps, but hardly fearful. Stig’s organizational skill saved his life and his family in the 1940’s. When the German Army, theWehrmacht, occupied Denmark, Stig’s father was out of the country on business. His company ordered him not to return, for fear of what the occupiers might do with him. So he did as he was told, and that left Stig, then 15, as the head of the family. Not willing to live under enemy occupation, Stig determined to escape his native country. He succeeded in leading his mother and sisters south through Germany, into Italy, and, from there, to Portugal. From Portugal, he arranged passage to Bermuda and then to New York. Still a schoolboy, he studied at Larchmont High School and won admission to Harvard. At Harvard, Stig befriended fellow student Henry Kissinger. In later years, whenever Stig was organizing a benefit dinner for the environmental foundation the family organized in honor of their lost member Alexander, Kissinger would come from Washington to speak at the dinner. His appearances electrified the Harvard Club on forty-fourth Street, where the dinners were held. But Stig’s most ingenious, daring and ultimately beneficial exploit took place in New York City in 1949. He attended a concert where he spied nearby a young lady whose appearance swept him off his feet. When the crowd dispersed after the concert, he introduced himself, and the rest is history. Some years ago I added to my vocabulary the Yiddish word mentsh. According to page 15 of Leo Rosten’s 1982 book “Hooray for Yiddish,” “The key to mentshlichkeit is character: rectitude, responsibility, decorum, generosity of spirit.” This is a title that is seldom fully deserved. But if ever there was a mentsh in our time, it was Stig Host. Reach John Carey at

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the sale price. If the buyer is Lester’s, the fee would be 3 percent. It is yet to be determined whether going the route of a broker will prove wise, financially. Nonetheless, the mayor said the City Council members felt the city should put the property on the market. “The process itself was important,” said French, adding that the city had sold assets on its own before. “See what the market had to say about it rather than a direct sale. In that respect, it was a positive.” The City Council’s decision to cut a deal with a brokerage firm means leaving millions on the table. However, if the city agreed to the $3.6 million deal with Lester’s, offered in May 2012, it would be on the receiving end of its largest financial loss-$2.6 million-in its history.

The controversial property, once home to CVS, was purchased in 2006 under a different city administration for $6.2 million. Soon after the agreement was reached, the property was appraised for $4.5 million. The initial purchase was made with the goal of finding a public use. The tentative plan at the time was to relocate the city’s police/courthouse from McCullough Place to 1037 Boston Post Road. Mayor French said that when he took office his stance was that the city should not be in the real estate business. The Republican-majority City Council made the decision in 2010 not to construct a police station/courthouse facility on the property due to costs estimated to be in excess of $20 million.

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Monroe pastry squad hoping for ‘sweet’ victory By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

Watch out “Cake Boss” and “Top Chef – Just Desserts” contestants. Three Monroe College students are gunning for glory. Next month, Katrina Vasquez, Shamel Donigan and Maria Wu will compete in the U.S. Pastry Competition during the International Restaurant and Foodservice show at the Jacob Javitz Center. While contestants have vied for the title “U.S. Pastry Chef of the Year” for the last decade, this is the first year there is a school division in which participants will compete for the title “Junior Pastry Chef of the Year.” With so much at stake, Chef Tracy Zimmerman, culinary chairperson at Monroe, said the school’s most well-rounded pastry chefs were selected for the competition. Wu, who was also a member of the confectionary team that won the gold medal at the Salon of Culinary Arts in November, excels at doing “sugar showpieces,” Zimmerman said. “She is already working part time in the field at a New York hotel. She is a straight A student and she’s a natural,” Zimmerman said. “She is focused and gifted. She is outstanding.” Donigan, who has already completed his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, is now in the master’s program. He’s also a teaching assistant at Monroe.

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“He’s a good all-around pastry chef. He works hard, and that’s kind of what it takes to succeed. You need to be willing to put in 12 to 14-hour days,” Zimmerman said. Vasquez, another member of the gold-medal winning confectionary team, is also “quite talented,” according to Zimmerman. The young pastry chef has done sugar showpieces and decorative work, but her real strength is

making the bite-sized desserts known as petit fours. “She is focused, hard working and talented. She’s got what it takes,” Zimmerman said. The theme of this year’s U.S. Pastry Competition is “women,” and the students will be required to produce a sugar and chocolate centerpiece, petite fours, and a plated dessert integrating the theme.

Vasquez said she’s excited and nervous about participating in her first national competition. “I’ve been getting coached by my professors, and I am as ready as I am going to be,” she said. “I am nervous too, but that’s a good thing.” Donigan is just excited. “This isn’t a reality show, this is for real. This competition will be good for all three of us,” said Donigan, 24. On Jan. 26, Donigan helped coach Monroe’s culinary team to a second place finish in the American Culinary Federation’s New York State championships. Team captain Katherine Taveras, Gabriela Grande, Yocary Luna, Carmen Albino, Rossella Cangiolosi, Laura Sanchez and Angelina Hernandez fell short of victory by only three-tenths of a point. A team from the Culinary Institute of America claimed the title. “This is an exceptional group of young female chefs, and they have a very bright future ahead of them,” said Monroe Dean Frank Cosantino. “We think this could very well be the most accomplished team Monroe has fielded in the four years we have been competing at the state level and it is, by far, the most fun group to coach that we’ve ever had because of their passion and culinary ability.” Monroe teams have captured 33 medals at culinary and pastry competitions so far this year. Of those, they have won 11 gold medals.

Be My Valentine at the Square House What better way to say “I love you” than with a homemade Valentine? On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Rye Historical Society will have a special morning Valentine’s Day program for children ages 3-5 at the Square House Museum. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., little ones can create their own whimsical Valentine’s cards from red and pink paper, pretty ribbons, and fancy stamps to give to mom, dad and the whole family. The cost for this fun and creative program is $5 per child for members, and $10 per child for non-members. Morning breakfast treats and juice will be included. Reservations are suggested as space is limited and can be made by calling the Rye Historical Society at (914) 967-7588. The Square House Museum is located at 1 Purchase Street, Rye, NY. The Square House Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call (914) 967-7588 or visit our website, (Submitted)

Rye Winter Vacation Workshop Looking for something fun and creative for your children to do while on winter break? The Square House Museum will have a one-day craft program for children ages 7 to 11 on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In celebration of President’s Day, children will create a miniature figure of George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, or any one of their favorite presidents using Styrofoam and fabric. They will also decorate paper maché masks and boxes. The cost for the program is $15 per child and includes all supplies. Children should bring a bagged lunch; snacks will be provided. Reservations are suggested, as space is limited, and can be made by calling the Rye Historical Society at (914) 967-7588. The Rye Historical Society is located at 1 Purchase Street, Rye, NY. The Square House Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call (914) 967-7588 or visit our website, (Submitted)

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Mayor details list aimed at rebuilding Rye THE RYE Perspective Mayor Doug French

At a strategic workshop on Jan. 12, the council discussed many key initiatives for 2013. One of the most important areas of focus is the list of capital improvements identified to rebuild Rye’s infrastructure in and around our downtown and schools to include roads, sidewalks, and sewers. It is an ambitious program expected to take years to complete, but in the end will it improve safety, enhance Rye’s charm and save money in the long run. Here is the list of funded projects and the estimated schedule from the City Planner: Cedar Place Sewer Project includes replacement of existing failing sewer line in Cedar Street. Staff is targeting bid awards for the first quarter of 2013. Estimated project cost: $90,000. Old Milton Road Drain Project includes replacement of an existing drain line to address stormwater runoff and flooding at the Harbor House. Bonds have already been issued for this project. Staff is targeting bid awards for the first quarter of 2013. Estimated project cost: $200,000. Central Avenue Bridge The project is fully funded and construction has begun with completion expected by August 2013. Annual Street Resurfacing Bid awards are expected in the second quarter of 2013 for the annual street resurfacing program. This funding would include the repaving of Boston Post Road between Parsons Street and Library Lane. Other streets have not been selected at this time, but will be prioritized based on the city’s pavement management system. Estimated project cost: $450,000. Annual Sidewalk Repair Program Bid awards are expected in the second

quarter of 2013 for the repair and replacement of City-owned damaged or deteriorated sidewalks. Estimated project cost: $50,000. Hewlett Avenue Pump Station This project involves replacing the existing pumps at the Hewlett Avenue Pump Station. The project is currently in design and was partially funded by an EPA grant. Staff is targeting bid awards in the second quarter of 2013. Estimated project cost: $300,000. Theodore Fremd Retaining Wall This project involves the replacement of the retaining wall on Blind Brook adjacent to Theodore Fremd Avenue that was damaged by the 2007 floods. The project remains under review by the NYSDOT and requires private property easement acquisition. The project start date is impacted by the required relocation of a gas transmission line, which is targeted for the 2014 spring construction season. Estimated project cost: $1,640,000. Peck/Midland Avenue Intersection This funded project includes the implementation of intersection improvements and signal replacement at the Peck and Midland Avenue intersection. Construction is expected in 2014. Estimated project cost: $180,000 Locust Avenue Sewer Improvement Project includes extending a new sewer line across Blind Brook to bypass the city’s failing sewer siphon. Project plans are 90 percent complete and could be ready for bid awards in the first quarter of 2013, however easements across private property are required. Estimated project cost: $250,000. Central Business District Streetscape Improvement Project includes pedestrian safety and streetscape enhancements to Smith Street and the Smith Street/Purchase Street/Elm Place intersection. Staff will be undertaking design in 2013 and seeking public involvement regarding the selection of the preferred design alternative. Given the level of design required, and limited construction window, project construction is targeted for the summer of 2014. Estimated project cost: $880,000.

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Boston Post Road Retaining Wall Project includes replacement of a portion of the failing Boston Post Road retaining wall. Design and property/easement acquisition is expected in 2013 with construction in 2014. Estimated project cost: $300,000. Sidewalk and Pedestrian Improvements The project includes $250,000 in funding for pedestrian improvements in the city. Preliminarily staff has identified the following projects for potential consideration for a 2013 implementation including: Midland Crosswalk New crosswalk on Midland Avenue at the north playground of Midland Elementary School. Milton Road Corridor Improvement This project includes intersection improvements at the Milton Road/Oakland Beach intersection to provide a new crosswalk and pedestrian signal. Forest Avenue Pedestrian Improvements Project includes crosswalks, ADA ramp and sidewalk enhancement in front of Rye Town Park on Forest Avenue at the intersection of Rye Beach Avenue, Oakland Beach Avenue and Dearborn Avenue. Pedestrian-Activated Flashing Beacons This project would involve the installation of Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) at existing un-signalized intersections near exist-

ing Rye City schools. The signals are pedestrian activated and would serve to alert drivers of pedestrians within crosswalks. Implementation is optimistically targeted for 2013. Milton School Sidewalk Safety Improvement This project would elevate an existing sidewalk and install a six-inch curb to better separate vehicles from the pedestrian area on Hewlett Avenue adjacent to Milton Elementary School. Given that construction cannot occur during the school year a summer 2014 implementation is anticipated. Theall/Osborn Road Pedestrian Improvement This project would extend the existing curbs at the Theall Road/Osborn Road intersection to reduce the approximately 90-foot crossing distance by approximately 30 percent. Targeted for 2013 pending NYSDOT design review process. Five-Points Intersection Improvement This project would extend the existing curbs on Grace Church Street at its intersection with Midland Avenue. The existing crossing distance of this signalized intersection is nearly 100 feet and creates a barrier to children walking from the Louden Woods neighborhood to nearby Midland School. In addition, the project would modify the existing narrow center island in Grace Church Street to provide a pedestrian refuge area. Implementation is optimistically targeted for 2013 pending NYSDOT review.

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Mamaroneck honors “X-Factor” finalist with parade

Carly Rose Sonenclar stops to sign an autograph for a fan on Carly’s way to Molly Spillane’s for a private party after the Jan. 27 parade in her honor.

Carly Rose Sonenclar smiles down at her fans from Molly Spillane’s after the Jan. 27 parade along Mamaroneck Avenue in her honor.


and featured Carly riding in a black convertible alongside village Mayor Norman Rosenblum. Carly waved to hundreds of her fans, who are known as “Carly’s Angels,” as they lined the streets of Mamaroneck before the black convertible stopped just past Molly Spillane’s on Mamaroneck Avenue. At the end of the parade route, Carly stood atop a stage where the mayor and Carly spoke to the crowd. Carly was joined on stage by her parents, Bob and Terri, and by her friends from “The X Factor:” Mr. Melee, Da Queen and Sir Jewlz from the rap group Lyric 145. Mayor Rosenblum addressed the large crowd by reading a proclamation sent to

The Village of Mamaroneck honored hometown hero and “X Factor” runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar with a parade on Jan. 27. Carly, 13, finished second on the recently ended season of the reality music competi-

tion show created by Simon Cowell. Carly advanced to the final round of the show on Dec. 21, 2012, but lost to 37-year-old country singer Tate Stevens. The parade, which was led by members of the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department, ran down Mamaroneck Avenue

Carly Rose Sonenclar and Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum survey the crowd during the parade in Sonenclar’s honor in Jan. 27.

him by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino declaring Jan. 27, 2013, “Carly Rose Sonenclar,” day in Westchester County. Rosenblum then gave Carly “the official key to the Village of Mamaroneck.” Carly then thanked attendees. “I am really bad at speeches, but I want to thank the entire Village of Mamaroneck, Mayor Rosenblum and all my fans, including ‘Carly’s Angels,’” Carly said. “I also want to thank anybody who ever made a poster and wore T-shirts in support of me, every one of my teachers, all my friends at Rye Neck and everybody who is here today.” After the parade, Carly attended a private party, while members of Lyric 145 took pictures with fans and signed autographs. Mr. Melee feels that Carly’s music career is just getting started and that her full potential has not yet been reached. “I think she can be iconic, she definitely is starting at this very young age where she is still able to grow and mature,” said Mr. Melee. “Since she is so big right now at such a young age when she gets older it can only get better and if she keeps on the right path she could be iconic.” Carly’s father, Bob Sonenclar, was delighted by all of the support his daughter has received from the Village of Mamaroneck. “I couldn’t be more thrilled, everyone is so wonderful in the Town of Mamaroneck, and really, it feels like not the end of her accomplishments because I think that things are just beginning, but this really puts a stamp on what she did,” said Bob Sonenclar. “She did such an incredible job and the town recognizes that, and I couldn’t be more proud to be The Westchester Civil Air Patrol leads the parade for Xfrom Mamaroneck.” Factor's Carly Rose Sonenclar down Mamaroneck Avenue on Jan. 27. Photos/Bobby Begun

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NFL plays political football LUNGARIELLO AT LARGE Mark Lungariello

With the Super Bowl just days away, a Washington nonprofit accountability group has released a report that shows the NFL and the players association have been beefing up their political defense through lobbying and the formation of a political action committee. The report is compelling, though perhaps not surprising, evidence that league officials, and to a lesser extent the players association, are strengthening their presence in the capitol amid government scrutiny of head trauma and league drug testing policies. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW for short, usually focuses on the many misdeeds of members of the House and Senate. Their annual “Most Corrupt” rankings of members of congress is quickly becoming a D.C. must-read and is parts terrifying and hilarious in the slapstick comedy tradition. This report is less salacious or infuriating than CREW’s regular findings, but is telling in what it says about the growing lobby industry and a trend in the past decade of congressional attention to pro sports monopolies in the United States. With politicians’ attention to pro sports leagues come easy headlines, and with the sparking of the PAC era, the result of that attention is the creation of a cycle in which the monopolies and federal government are engaging in an elaborate dance, which like everything else, comes back to elected officials’ campaign coffers. The surge comes as the NFL faces some off-the-field issues, the report notes. The treatment of retired players, and a history of misdiagnoses and treatment of concussions continue to be sticky issues for the league. Damaged retired players and illnesses caused by repeated head trauma have been a talking point in the national media for several years. Multiple lawsuits have been filed over treatment of head injuries in the league. Congress held two hearings on head trauma, in 2009 and 2010, and the threat of government regulation looms with each controversy. The rampant use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports continues to be a topic, with accusations of cheating surfacing this week against Major League Baseball players and against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is playing in this Sunday’s Super Bowl. This just weeks after bicyclist Lance Armstrong’s admission that he doped to get an edge while training. The federal government was quite involved in baseball’s PED policies, or lack thereof, several years ago. At stake for the NFL, CREW notes, is the antitrust exemption. At least two members of

Congress have raised the possibility of revoking the NFL’s exemption, which allows it to negotiate broadcast deals. The NFL has an estimated $9 billion in annual revenue. Its spending in Washington is only a fraction of its financial might, but the recent spike in its political investment shows a change in philosophy. The NFL spent $1.14 million on federal lobbying in 2012, more than five times what it spent a decade ago, according to the report. The report showed NFL lobby spending hit its peak in 2011, when problematic labor negotiations resulted in a four-month lockout of the players. The NFL formed a PAC, Gridiron-PAC, which donated more than $650,000 to federal parties, candidates and PACs during the 2010 cycle and gave nearly $850,000 during the 2012 cycle, the report stated. (A Sports Illustrated analysis a year ago had that number upwards of $870,000.) The Gridiron-PAC started making donations during the 2010 election cycle, “as labor negotiations grew tense and Congress began expressing interest in the head injuries issue,” the report said. Recipients of the PAC’s funding targeted House leaders and ranking committee members who were looking closely at the NFL’s issues. Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan, received $30,000 over two election cycles. Upton had co-authored a letter to the league and the union questioning whether a test for human growth hormone would be in place prior to the start of the 2012 season, the report said. Other benefactors of the PAC donations included members of the House Judiciary Committee at the time of the hearings on NFL head trauma. According to a Sports Illustrated column by Melissa Segura, most of the spending from 2012 went to members of the House Energy and Commerce and the House Judiciary, at $230,000 and $175,000, respectively. The two committees would be the groups that would most directly be involved in NFL issues. The donations, Segura said, were also telling in who was left off the donation list. “Representative Linda Sanchez, a Democrat from California, who called the league's concussion efforts a ‘charade,’ did not receive funds,” Segura stated. “Neither did Representative Maxine Waters, a California Democrat and wife of former NFL linebacker Sid Williams, who suggested Congress strip the league's antitrust status because of its handling of concussions.” This Sunday, as we dip buffalo wings in blue cheese, and watch multimillion dollar commercials, extravagant half time shows (and maybe even watch football), we can also know that politics is pumping like blood through the whole proceedings. Probably even the chicken wing industry. Reach Mark Lungariello at

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Squash club earns second place

The Rye Middle School Squash Club Team I took second place in the Division II Boys U.S. Middle School Squash Championship held on Jan. 25-27 at Yale University. The RMS Team I consists of Caroline Neave, Caroline Baldwin, Spencer Hunt, Peter Latara and James McFarland, as well as coaches David Palmer, a world champion squash player, and Dean Young from Westchester Squash Club in Mamaroneck. Rye Middle School Squash Club entered three teams into the tournament competing among 32 middle school squash teams from across the nation. (Submitted)

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The School of the Holy Child off Westchester Avenue may soon see construction of a new 700 squarefoot design studio for engineering and architectural students attending the all-girls private school. At the Jan. 22 meeting of the Harrison Planning Board, Head of Schools Ann Sullivan said that the proposed facility would consist of two components: a workshop for architectural students to create and design different projects within the curriculum and a studio to serve as a classroom for students to work on conceptual designs and ideas. “It’s hard to get into this field without a head start,” Sullivan said. “I don’t think girls get enough chances to do this.” According to Sullivan, the new curriculum would consist of a two-

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County mulls requiring generators for gas stations By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

Gas stations in Westchester County could soon be required to have a power generator if a proposed bill makes its way through the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Following Hurricane Sandy, open gas stations in Westchester were sparse–and those businesses that were able to remain functional had lines of cars waiting for fuel that stretched on for miles, causing traffic jams and even resulting in physical confrontations. Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Democrat, proposed legislation called the "gas station emergency preparation act" at Nov. 7, 2012 meeting of the Board of Legislators. The legislation would require any gas station with five or more non-diesel fuel pumps to keep a generator on the premises to use in case of a state of emergency. Having generators on site would help assist in easing any potential crisis in the event of an emergency, Jenkins said, because one of the reasons for long lines at the pump following Hurricane Sandy was power outages at the stations. "Residents will have more options to fill tanks for their home generators and vehicles," Jenkins said. For days following the hurricane, the county faced a gas crisis. Gas station attendants at the Mobil Station on the Hutchinson River Parkway said that at the height of the shortage, customers waited for as long as three

Customers at a Mobil gas station in Rye stand and wait with gas cans for their chance to get fuel on Nov. 2, 2012. Photo/Ashley Helms

hours just to be asked to leave around 2:30 a.m. so the station could get a delivery. Prices shot up to around $4.85 per gallon for regular gas while the state average was around $3.46, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report. Similar legislation was introduced in Florida after a 2005 hurricane that knocked out power to hundreds of stations. Though Florida eventually passed the law, it only required gas stations along evacuation routes to be able to switch to generator power, but not

actually own generators. Carla Obalde, operations manager for the Service Station Dealers and Automotive Services of Greater New York, responded to the legislators in a letter on Jan. 18. The group, according to Obalde, which represents nearly 500 stations across Westchester County, opposes the legislation. The new requirement would put an unreasonable financial burden on station owners, she said. Obalde also said that stations owner would need to follow


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very much,” Pilla said. “You can have the decision autonomy while we share services.” In an effort to put the idea of town dissolution into perspective, Latimer talked to the Summit about how Westchester’s many layers of intertwined government came to be in the first place. “Before there was a United States of America, before there was a State of New York, there were towns, and there were counties,” Latimer said. Latimer said in the 17th century, towns were originally founded with rivers as their borders. The Town of Rye was created in 1660, with the Town of Mamaroneck following in 1661. At that time, Latimer said, town governments did not provide nearly the level of services municipalities do today. Latimer said things largely stayed the same until the advent of the railroad allowed people to live further inland and gather around the new centers of commerce the railroads created. Once people gathered in sufficient numbers in concentrated areas to want their own independent services, villages started to form within towns. “We evolved ourselves to this position. It’s illogical as we look at it today, but it evolved logically,” Latimer said. “Now, the question is, a hundred years later, what do we do?” Building on Latimer’s chronicle of history, Carvin said the Town of Rye was once part of Connecticut, where today taxes are 75 percent lower than they are in Rye. “So when I first looked at the restructuring, I thought the best thing to do would be to secede from New York State,” Carvin joked. The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit is a citizens action group founded in 1995. The Summit holds a monthly, issue-driven meeting at the Nautilus Diner on Boston Post Road.

certain requirements in order for the generators to be properly positioned at the stations, which would necessitate the hiring of a general contractor. Cement pads would need to be set under the generators and guardrails would have to be installed around them to protect the generators from cars in each gas station. They would also need fencing around the parameter of the generator and become waterproofed since they will be stored outside. "It would cost thousands of dollars to not only purchase a generator, but install it as well," Obalde said. Obalde said that Jenkins' statement about lines being due to power outages is not entirely true because there was also a lack of product at the stations. She said that the legislators shouldn't be concerned about motorists’ safety because of gas station power outages, but because the generators themselves can pose a potential danger. "However, if they have generators on the premises their safety will be put at risk since these generators are flammable and pose a security risk," Obalde said. County Legislator Sheila Marcotte, a Republican, said that the problem wasn't just that gas stations didn't have power, but that many refineries were down and trucks were unable to transport gas to Westchester stations. "It could put an undue burden on the businesses owners," Marcotte said of the legislation. The bill is now in front of the legislation committee.

James J. O’Neal James J. O’Neal, longtime Rye resident, passed away on Jan. 25, surrounded by his family. Son of Elizabeth Dooley O’Neal and Charles C. O’Neal, James was born in St. Louis, Aug. 1, 1921. Sisters Elizabeth Cramer, Florence Burns and Ellen Tipton predeceased him. O’Neal attended St. Louis U. High and then Notre Dame University where he became senior class president, and winner of the Notre Dame DOME Award. He enrolled in the U.S. Naval Officer School during college and served during World War II on the USS Canfield in the Sea of Japan. O’Neal married Mary Tierney of St. Louis and is survived by his seven children: Sally Maloney of Greenwich, Conn., Ellen Walsh of Wellesley Hills, Mass., Mary Davidson of Rye, Kathy Wasilko of Greenwich, Conn., Peggy Shepard of Rye, Nancy Holloway of Springfield Mass., and Jim O’Neal Jr. of Stamford, Conn. O’Neal is survived by 19

grandchildren and 24 greatgrandchildren. He was the husband for 68 years of the late Mary Tierney O’Neal, who predeceased him in 2010. O’Neal cared for her through a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and kept her at home to be with her throughout. He had a long and successful career in advertising beginning in St. Louis, which brought him to New York in 1955 to work for D’Arcy and Campbell-Ewald as a top executive at the firms. He also served as chairman of D’Arcy International. O’Neal worked as the lead executive on major national and international accounts such as Olin, Bermuda, Lufthansa, GMAC and General Motors, before retiring from CampbellEwald as group executive vice president

in 1986. O’Neal was a devout Catholic and attended Mass daily, serving for many years as the daily Sacristan at the Chapel at St. Vincent’s in Harrison. He served on many fundraising committees, notably with the Convent of the Sacred Heart as chair of the building committee in the early 1970s. He was also a Knight of the Order of Malta. Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 30 at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye at 10 a.m. followed by a private family burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Mary T. O’Neal Scholarship Fund,” Convent of the Sacred Heart, 1177 King St., Greenwich, Conn., 08630. For more information, call (203) 532-3512 or visit .

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Business Briefs Harrison’s Al Dente Restaurant opens renovated dining room Anthony Delfino, of Al Dente Restaurant, announced the grand opening of a newly renovated dining room this month. Al Dente had previously renovated its bar area in May 2012 as part of an updating of the facilities. An updated menu and weekly specials are available. Al Dente is located at 61 Halstead Ave. For more information, call (914) 835-2535. Rhonda Hamilton joins Board of New Rochelle Council on the Arts

Domenic Zagaroli offering tax assessment grievance service If you are a homeowner in the Town of Mamaroneck (including the villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck), you are well aware of the reassessment project this is currently taking place. The new assessments are being mailed out sometime in late February/ early March and it is possible that this reassessment will increase some property owners’ tax burden. If you are not sure how this will impact you, call me for a free consultation to review your assessment with no obligation. Domenic Zagaroli will represent the homeowner at no charge if the assessment on your property is not lowered. If Zagaroli is successful in a reduction, he will charge a low competitive fee that is contingent on the assessment reduction. In addition, Zagaroli can now also analyze your assessment if you live in the villages and represent the homeowner there as well; the deadline for these grievances is Feb. 19, which is quickly approaching. What makes Zagaroli’s service unique is that he will personally visit the property and document any supporting evidence that is applicable to the grievance, all at no charge. Zagaroli’s qualifications for representation include having 35 years of appraisal and assessment experience, primarily in the Sound Shore communities. He is a longtime Mamaroneck resident and has served as a consultant to various assessment jurisdictions and currently is an adjunct professor of real estate at Westchester Community College. Zagaroli can be reached seven days a week at (914) 309-3001, or by email at domzagaroli@aol. com. Badger Day Camp 2013 season approaching

Artist Rhonda Hamilton, owner of Just Funki Handcrafted Wearable Art, has joined the Board of Directors of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts for 2012-2013. The NRCA also elected its officers President Judith Weber, vice presidents Theresa Kump Leghorn and Linda Tarrant-Reid, Secretary Angela Derecas Taylor and Treasurer Billie Tucker. In addition, the Board of Directors also recently voted to add two new members to its Advisory Board: art director and President of the New Rochelle Art Association Jesse Sanchez and entrepreneur Eric Woodlin, President of Incoming Tide Entertainment LLC. The New Rochelle Council on the Arts was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts. For 38 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series as well as signature events like ArtsFest and the Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival. For more information, visit

pool staff. Campers are taught the fundamentals of the four strokes–freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke. Door-to-door transportation is provided and each morning, your child will be greeted by one of the bus counselors and will be accompanied home as well. Also included daily is a hot lunch as well as a sandwich alternative. All of the facilities are nut-free and allergy friendly. As an added convenience, the laundry service includes washing and drying campers bathing suits and clean towels for every swim period. The 2013 camp season runs from June 26 through Aug. 16. The enrollment requires a four-week minimum, however, weeks of attendance do not need to be consecutive. Maver Designs presents new, updated website Maver Designs, an independent Interior Design firm based in Mamaroneck, is proud to present their new and updated all-inclusive website. Dorothee Maver established this residential interior design business in 2006, upon graduating from the New York School of Interior Design in New York City, and has worked throughout Westchester County creating stunning rooms. The company takes great pride in creating elegant spaces at rates that are reasonable. A notable example of accomplishing this was when Maver Designs worked with a graduate student. The client needed to affordably organize a 65-foot square bedroom into a space where she could keep what was necessary to study, yet maintain it as a comfortable living space. By repurposing the furniture and wares clients already have in their homes, Maver Designs manages to be both economical and green. The new website includes pictures of projects just recently completed–including a hallway, a living room/dining room space with an Indian theme, and a child’s bedroom that had to multitask as a guest bedroom. For more information, visit Maver Designs at or call (914) 312-3191. FitzPatrick Design, Inc. expands custom design services

Campers aged 3-12 come from all over Westchester, Fairfield and New York City to spend their summers at Badger Day Camp. All summer long, Badger pride abounds from the baseball field to the pool deck and friendships form that last a lifetime. The Badger campus is set on 10 acres in Larchmont. The grassy fields provide the perfect grounds for soccer, baseball, and field sports. At the heart of the Badger campus is an Olympic size swimming pool. U.S.A. Swim coaches and professional swimmers lead the

The husband and wife team of Edward and Christine FitzPatrick of Larchmont known as FitzPatrick Design, Inc. announced that they are expanding their custom design services to include “X” and “C” mullion grids for glass doors. “In addition to these,” says Christine FitzPatrick, “we offer an expanded product line including a wider range of door styles, door grids and wood species.”

FitzPatrick Design offers a full range of services for a complete kitchen renovation, from design to expert installation. Edward FitzPatrick has 16 years of experience with kitchens from small apartment installations to large estate kitchens. Along with installation expertise, FitzPatrick has extensive knowledge in framing, plumbing and electrical systems. This “inner-working” knowledge allows him to avoid potential mistakes or pitfalls in the design process. Christine, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a private cooking instructor, is at home in any kitchen and is able to provide insight into what makes a kitchen design work by taking into account the “flow” and appliance placement. Her expertise in cabinetry and computer design makes it possible to propose and alter a plan to suit a client’s taste. Local orthodontist receives national award Dr. Peter D. Maro, Jr., owner of Blue Wave Orthodontics located in Rye, was selected as one of the nation’s top practices by Orthodontic Products Magazine. Maro is very involved in local charities and sporting organizations. He coaches a local hockey team and his office is designed so patients can have a great experience while achieving the perfect smile. His offices have an arcade, cable TV's at every chair and laptops for patient use in the waiting room. For more information, visit The next Business Briefs section will run on March 1. Please send any submission for our March issue to by Friday, Feb. 22. Each submission can include one picture and must be between 175225 words. If you have any questions, email Deputy Editor Jason Chirevas at


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Rooting for Ray Rice It probably shouldn’t come as a shock to find out that most New Rochelleans–especially those who laced up their cleats for the state championship winning football team–have a strong rooting interest in Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup. There could be a few reasons for these gridiron heroes to be cheering on a game between two out-of-market squads, after all. Sunday’s game will pit San Francisco, which boasts the league’s staunchest defense, against the Ravens–an organization that has its own rich tradition on defense and is led by Ray Lewis, who is arguably the best linebacker of his generation. That sounds like a matchup made in heaven for the Huguenots, who turned in one of the finest defensive seasons in school history this past fall. But in reality, there’s one reason above all others why the Huguenots players will be tuning in to Sunday’s big game: to cheer on

the Ravens running back, former New Ro star Ray Rice. Rice, 26, who led the Huguenots to a state championship in 2003–the school’s last title before the 2012 team captured the crown–has long been a gridiron legend in the area. From his high school exploits to his emergence as a Division I standout at Rutgers University, Rice has been considered by many sports fans to be the pride of Section I football (despite his Huguenots teammate Courtney Greene’s own illustrious football career). Understandably, however, it was aspiring New Rochelle football players that felt the most ownership over the Ravens’ running back. “Growing up, we always wanted to be like him,” said New Rochelle’s star quarterback Khalil Edney. “Even before he made the NFL, back when he was in college, we always looked up to him.” Edney, himself an avowed Eagles fan, said

Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice signs an autograph for a young fan at his annual Ray Rice Day at New Rochelle High School on June 9, 2012. On Super Bowl Sunday, many New Rochelle residents will be rooting for Rice and the Ravens to prevail. Photo/Mike Smith

that his fellow football teammates will be cheering on the AFC’s Ravens, but that has less to do with Rice’s status as one of the NFL’s best running backs and more to do with his commitment to giving back to the New Rochelle community. Before the Huguenots’ trip to Syracuse this past fall, Rice gifted travel bags–T-shirts and headphones to each Huguenots player. Additionally, reports also say that the Ravens star watched the championship game live and was quick to call head coach Lou DiRienzo with words of congratulations soon after the win.

“He’s a good guy,” said Edney. “And he’s always come back to work out with us in the offseason, which is really cool.” Edney went on to say that several of his Huguenots teammates will be getting together on Sunday to watch New Ro’s brightest start shine on sports’ biggest stage–and many of them won’t even have to switch alliegences for the afternoon–even in the middle of Giants and Jets territory. “To be honest, some of the guys are just plain Ravens fans,” said Edney. “And that says as much about them as it does about Ray.”

Local hopefuls hit cages for pro tryout By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

As the hitter climbed through the netting in the cage, Jay Acton, longtime scout and current general manager for the Taos Blizzard, peered up from his clipboard to size up the newcomer. The prospect dug his feet in the right-handed batter’s box, adjusted his sleeves and readied himself for the delivery from the 70-mph pitching machine. The lever arm flung forward, sending the ball hurtling toward the plate, and the coiled batter whirred into motion, his body twisting like a corkscrew from the force of his mighty swing. He never came close to connecting with the offering. After two more attempts–neither meeting with much more success–Acton looked back down at the clipboard with a sigh, hoping that the next batter to step in the cage might possess a bit more potential. On Jan. 25, over a dozen hopefuls showed up at the Elmsford-based Frozen Ropes Baseball Training Center for an open tryout with the Taos Blizzard of the Pecos League, hoping to come away with a minor-league contract. With a mix of current and former collegiate players, as well as optimistic ballplayers in their mid-to-late 20s, each player knew that they had just a short time to impress the Blizzard GM and distinguish themselves from the pack. Current Concordia College senior Luis Gonzalez, 21, may have been one of the more accomplished players at the tryout (Gonzalez hit .295 with 2 HRs for the Division II Clippers last year), but admitted

Angel Gonzalez, 24, from the Dominican Republic, gets ready to throw for scouts at the Frozen Ropes Baseball Training Center on Jan. 25. Gonzalez, a southpaw, has a mid-to-high 80s fastball and is looking to catch on with a pro team.

that he felt some butterflies before stepping into the cages with a potential shot at playing pro ball on the line. “It’s definitely nerve-wracking,” he said. “You only have such a short time to show what you can do, so you need to make it count.” Independent ball clubs–minor league teams with no affiliation to major league teams–often use open tryouts as a pipeline to potential players in other parts of the country (the Blizzard are located in New Mexico). And for some, getting a shot at playing independent ball can lead to catching the eye of a major league scout. Gonzalez, who fared well in his short time in the cage, said that for him, playing professional baseball was not only a lifelong dream, but also his way of showing thanks to his parents for their support throughout the years. “My parents gave so much for me to be able to play baseball,” he said. “They were immigrants, but they worked so hard so that they could pay for me to play baseball, so I would like to be able to give back to them and I don’t want to have any regrets.” While it remains to be seen whether Gonzalez’s showing in the cage will lead to a call from the Blizzard this summer, the right-handed slugger has vowed to take this experience, as well as his experiences with scouts in the summer league ,to heart as he prepares for his last season with Concordia. “All these leagues, you have scouts all around you; it pushes you to get better,” he said. “In the end, it’s all about the numbers. You have to put up the numbers to get noticed.”

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Garnets overcoming tough start to season By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

A simple glance at the Rye girls basketball team’s overall record doesn’t come close to painting the picture of an entire season. It would be easy to write off the Garnets, who entered into a Jan. 24 showdown against Byram Hills with just three wins on the season.. But a closer examination of the team’s season, plus a recent two-game win streak, show a team with plenty to be proud of. Playing one of the most difficult schedules in Section I this season, the Garnets have struggled at times to string together victories until the past week, which saw them take down Byram Hills and Mamaroneck in successive games. First-year head coach Dennis Hurlie, however, sees the team’s 5-11 record as something of a badge of honor, given the team’s topflight opponents. “I think what we’ve done this year says a lot

about our team,” said Hurlie. “Our schedule has been brutal this year, with teams like Hackley, New Rochelle–a lot of teams with just one or two losses.” As a demonstration of the squad’s level of opposition, Ryeranks first in Section I for most bonus points, seed-altering points that are given out to teams with tough schedules. Those points could help players squeeze into a playin game come the postseason. But the surging Garnets are leaving nothing to chance, with back-to-back wins led by junior captain Rachel Egan. Egan had 20 points in the Jan. 23 win over the Bobcats and 12 against Mamaroneck on Jan. 26, but her biggest contribution, said Hurlie, has been her ability to keep the team together despite some tough losses. “The team is going to go as the best player goes, and she’s our best player,” said the head coach. "Our girls have continued to battle all season long and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that Rachel always shows up to

Alanna Morque moves the ball upcourt on Jan. 26. Morque had 19 points to lead the Garnets on the afternoon.

Rachel Egan hoists up a shot against the Tigers on Jan. 26. Egan has been a rock for the Garnets all season long, and is now finding her groove on the offensive end. Photos/Bobby Begun

practice, ready to work hard.” With games against Alexander Hamilton and Ossining (which features the section’s top player in Saniya Chong), the remainder of the regular season will not be easy for the Garnets. Hurlie believes that the hardships faced by the Garnets during the regular season will only help to make them stronger should they reach the postseason–a possibility that is looking more and more likely. “You definitely don’t want to have your schedule full of teams you can just walk over because you don’t get any better that way,” said Hurlie. “We just hope we can get in a play-in game and maybe surprise somebody.” Kelsey Chapderlane breezes by a Mamaroneck defender on Jan. 26. Rye went on to top Mamaroneck 44-39.

EDITOR’S NOTE On Jan. 29, the Garnets fell to Harrison 47-44.

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