Vol. 13/Number 12
Civility push comes from nonproﬁt
Rye remembers Michael Ice
By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR email@example.com
Matt Cohen, ‘08, is presented the MVP trophy for the inaugural Michael Ice memorial alumni game by Michael Ice Sr. on March 16. With a day of basketball events, the community was able to honor the memory of Ice Jr., who died in 2012. For story, see page 14.
Former trustee looks to rejoin Board of Education By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
When Robert Zahm resigned from the Board of Education in 2010, he didn’t plan on being a regular at subsequent board meetings thereafter. But the former trustee said he remained involved in the school board’s proceedings to continue to make the case for cost reductions and how they could and should be made. Local governance has certainly become a far different environment from when Zahm left his position. The biggest issue at play is the state mandated 2 percent property tax cap—in its second year of existence—and the continued escalation of pension, retirement and health care costs that have left school districts and municipal governments with little means to build budgets. The rising unfunded costs handed down primarily by the state, and caps on increases of spending, have placed increasingly more pressure on local school boards to locate cost reductions. With those challenges facing the Rye school district, the former board member said he’s ready to re-
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join the board and help tackle those challenges. He plans to run in the May election. Zahm, 50, said he will be running on the same principles as when he ﬁrst ran in 2004: Improving things from a ﬁscal, governance and communications perspective. “Everyone who runs say they are going to improve communications,” he said. “Very few focus on governance and ﬁscal management.” On the ﬁnancial side of things, the biggest issue on the horizon that
will have signiﬁcant impact on the district’s future budgets will be the need to ﬁnalize collective bargaining agreements with each of the ﬁve school district unions. Each contract is set to expire this year and none appear close to being settled, according to Zahm. That coupled with the current economic conditions, ongoing reductions in government aid whether its on the state or federal level, and the property tax cap means coming to terms on contracts that are satisfying for the both the taxpayer and district employee is not going to be an easy task. “You have to look at employee contributions and what else you can do,” Zahm said. The 2013-2104 school budget as proposed has been controversial in that it plans to cut 28 stafﬁng positions which is believed to be the largest reduction in district history. Zahm said the numbers as presented, in his opinion, so far don’t add up. The administration’s proposal is geared at saving approximately $2.3 million in order to keep the district’s budget complaint with the tax cap. TRUSTEE, continued on page 9
Although calls for a return to civility in Rye politics have largely not gained a sympathetic ear, some organizers of a grassroots movement believe it could be an added bonus if the city’s governmental reputation can also be salvaged. Largely seen as a buzzword in the city for quite some time, civility will now be the centerpiece of an upcoming community conversation in the hopes of kicking off an initiative to promote increased civility in Rye. On April 3, the Rye Youth Council, a nonproﬁt geared toward ensuring students become resilient and responsible members of society, will sponsor the forum which will be held at Community Synagogue. But with children in mind, and contrary to what one would believe, the initiative hasn’t really stemmed from recent events concerning the members of the City Council or ongoing city scandals. Instead, the discussion stems from a high proﬁle hazing incident at the high school last year, according to Greg Howells, executive director of the Rye YMCA. Although the initiative is not really about the hazing, Howells said it always takes an incident to get people motivated.
Around the time of the hazing case, dozens of community members convened to informally discuss ways to address concerns over quality of life in Rye. A subcommittee was soon formed and the group began meeting thereafter to formalize ways of incorporating ideals and principles to inject civility into the broader community. The subcommittee consisted of members from the Rye Youth Council, the YMCA, area clergy and representatives of the school district amongst others. In total, 25 community organizations have been linked to the initiative including the police department, Board of Education and City Council although nothing is ofﬁcial at this point. Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, who represented the city in the initial discussions said he is pleased to see that the dialogue is continuing. “It’s important as community leaders and parents that we continue to work collectively to foster a positive, community environment that at times we have gotten away from,” Mayor French said. According to Howells, the plan is to invite organizations and individuals to embrace the concept CIVILITY, continued on page 10
The NCAA Tournament kicks oﬀ this week and with it comes another installment of Rye’s elected leaders oﬀering their own Final Four picks. For brackets, see page 13.
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School district still ﬁne tuning budget, proposed layoffs By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR email@example.com
The administration of Rye’s public school district said last week that it would detail the amount of layoffs and teacher positions scheduled to be cut in its 2013-2014 budget. However, the superintendent said those figures wouldn’t be ready for another two to three weeks. “It has been hard up to this point to be really definitive about who will be affected by the cuts,” Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez said on Tuesday. Part of the problem, Alvarez said, is the district is still assessing where it can shift staffing without laying off employees. “There are a number of people at this point that are retiring,” he said. “People are taking leaves. People are returning from leaves. There are a lot of moving pieces.” But the superintendent said that the ad-
ministration has already spoken with some employees who they know will be affected. Earlier this month, the Board of Education approved retirement incentives for teachers and the administration is waiting to see how many teachers decide to take the deal. A deadline of March 29 has been set to trigger the incentives. In the meantime, the district is proposing reducing staffing by 28 positions in a budget that is expected to save the district approximately $2.3 million. This measure is being done mostly to help offset salary, pension and health care increases—the latter two of which are mandated by the state. Alvarez’s school budget, first proposed on Feb. 12, projects spending $75.5 million, an increase of roughly $2 million over the 2012-2013 budget. The tax levy increase is projected at 3.04 percent. There was $650,000 in savings identified at the three elementary schools, another
Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez has proposed approximately $650,000 in reductions at the district’s three elementary schools including Milton School, pictured. File photo
$457,000 found at the middle school and $439,000 at the high school. “I think it is a tough time for public education in general,” the superintendent said. Board of Education President Laura Slack called the state of the district’s budget woes unprecedented. Slack called a state imposed 2 percent property tax cap one of the most punitive measures ever handed down to local public schools. The problem with New York’s tax cap is mandated retirement systems costs are not exempt like under the tax cap in New Jersey, Slack said. Slack said the district was also optimistic that enrollment growth would be exempted from the cap but at the last minute that turned out not to be the case. The concern with that is the rate at which enrollment in Rye continues to increase; largely seen as an anomaly in Westchester. “These are very obviously difﬁcult times,” she said. “There is not a single program that isn’t of great value.” During budget deliberations, the superintendent who only joined the district last summer, took a wide look at the educational programs., curriculum and then enrollment that drives particular programs before deciding on numbers. “We didn’t start cutting arbitrarily,” he said.
Alvarez said the process remains fluid and asked residents to offer suggestions they might have as alternatives to the proposed layoffs. The Board of Education has decided to add another meeting, scheduled for April 2, to further discuss its budget cuts—the most widespread the district has seen in decades, at least. Slack said no one on the Board of Education would ever run to think we would have to do this, referring to the proposed cuts. “If you think there are board members who like to have these conversations, there are not,” she said. “If you think there are administrators who like to have these conversations, there are not.” There remains the option of overriding the tax cap, but doing so would provide for some tough sledding at the polls, requiring a 60 percent majority approval vote. If that vote fails, the district can put forward a second budget for vote. However, if the budget is defeated a second time by voters than the district is required to keep taxes ﬂat. Last year, 96 percent of school districts that exceeded the tax cap had its budgets voted down by the public, according to the board president. “We have to figure out what we can do to affect the children the least,” Slack said. “But this affects us all.”
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C ommunity Briefs Miriam’s Attic opens select Saturdays Miriam’s Attic is pleased to announce that it will open one Saturday each month from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. from April to October. The shop will be open the ﬁrst Saturday of the month except in July, which will be the second Saturday of the month because of the July 4 holiday. Miriam’s Attic, which is staffed by volunteers, is open to the public every Tuesday, year-round, and features quality furniture, household and kitchen items, women’s jewelry, scarves, and handbags plus much, much more. The Osborn is a 501(c)(3) not-for-proﬁt charitable organization and all of the proceeds from Miriam’s Attic beneﬁt The Osborn’s Charity Care Program. Donations to Miriam’s Attic are tax-deductible and are accepted every Tuesday when the shop is open, or by appointment. To make a donation or for further information, please contact Susan Olson at 925-8372 or solson@theosborn. org. Local artists exhibit at Mamaroneck Artists Guild The Mamaroneck Artists Guild brings together a quartet of artists beginning March 22 through March 30 who will exhibit an eclectic range of imagery – everything from the realistic to the abstract. New Rochelle artists, Jeanie Ritter (oils), Shelia Benedis (mixed media), and Jane Petruska (mixed media and sculpture) join forces with Carol Gromer (pencil drawings) of Scarsdale in this unique exhibition of two and three-dimensional works.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 126 Larchmont Ave. in Larchmont. Admission is free.
Kitten and cat adoption day Saturday, March 23rd 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Petco 324 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale Contact: www.NY-PetRescue.org, firstname.lastname@example.org (914) 834-6955 Upcoming SPRYE events Add a little drama to your life Sunday, April 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you like theater, join other SPRYE members in a fun play reading on a Sunday afternoon in a member’s home. No previous experience required. Coordinated by Cary Fuller, beloved retired Rye Country Day School teacher of English and Drama. Home of Paul Hicks, 637 North St., Rye. Refreshments following the reading. Free Current events discussion/breakfast At Port Chester Diner, Boston Post Rd. Friday, April 12 at 9 a.m. $12.00 Lessons from My Mother: A Discussion of Elder Law Issues by Rye resident and attorney David Cutner Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free.
Beyond the Bed: 200 Years of Quilting History Thursday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St.-Rt. 22, Katonah. $5.00 lunch optional, to be determined. Annual Children’s Chess Tournament at the Rye Library The Rye Free Reading Room will hold a chess tournament for players ages 6 to 14 of all skill levels on Saturday, March 23, with registration at 10:15 a.m. and play be-
ginning at 10:30 a.m. Tom Levine, who has conducted the annual tournament for many years, will once again referee the roundrobin play and award book prizes to the top three players. Participants should bring a chess set and snack and expect to play four rounds. For more information about the tournament, please visit www.ryelibrary. org or call the Children’s Room at 914231-3162. The event is sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room.
Storytelling Guild Meets at the Rye Library Join adult story lovers at monthly meetings to share traditional and personal tales and trade tips on storytelling techniques. The Rye Storytellers’ Guild meets at the Rye Library on the first Tuesday evenings of the month at 6:30 p.m. Each evening is loosely arranged around a theme which, on April 2, will be “Fools, Spring and Rainy Days.” Listeners, as well as tellers, are always welcome. For more information, call 914-231-3161 or visit www.ryelibrary.org. Boat Show Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mamaroneck. McMichael Yacht Brokers will have more than fifty boats on display 15’ to 50’. Sail and power. 447 E. Boston Post Rd. and 700 Rushmore Avenue. Free admission. Topical novel discussion Love at the Edge,written by noted writer and educator Joan Katen, will be the focus of a discussion with the author at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the realities of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the novel tells the story of two young people of opposite backgrounds, culture, and belief systems, who meet in Paris and fall in love. The ECSW is located at 7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, next to the Saxon Woods Pool, off Mamaroneck Avenue. It is wheelchair accessible and child care is available. There is no charge but donations are always welcome. Call Bridget McGraw 914-777-5022 for more information or visit www.ethicalculturesociety.org Cancer support available Support Connection, Inc., a not-for profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, offers a wide range of free support groups women with breast and ovarian cancer. Groups focus on topics pertaining to living with cancer through al l stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. They are offered in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, and by toll-free teleconference. For a complete calendar of groups at all locations, visit www. supportconnection.org. Advance registration is required for all groups; call 914-962-
6402 or 800-532-4290. The following support groups are scheduled Westchester in April: At the support connection office in Yorktown: • Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Apr. 4, at 10 a.m. • Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 23, at 7 p.m. • Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group: For women who have or had breast cancer at a young age. Apr. 10, at 7 p.m. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor: • Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 15, at 7 p.m. At the Yorktown Jewish Center in Yorktown Heights: • Support Group for Women Living with Recurrence: For women living with recurrence of breast or ovarian cancer, with advanced stage and/or metastasis. Apr. 19, at 12:30 p.m. At Northern Westchester Hospital in Chappaqua: • Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group Apr. 4, at 7 p.m. By teleconference: For those unable to attend groups in-person, there are monthly Telephone Support Groups via toll-free teleconference, enabling women to participate regardless of their location and from the comfort of their homes. Call a few days ahead to learn how to participate. The Ovarian Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 8 p.m. The Breast Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 8 p.m.
Westchester Library System’s 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon The Westchester Library System will hold its 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY. The event celebrates National Library Week and features talented authors Deidre Bair, Marie Howe and Dorothy Wickenden who will discuss their newly published books. The luncheon, which will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., will be followed by an author signing. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Tickets for the Book & Author Luncheon are $95 for general admission. Proceeds from this event will support WLS’s efforts to expand its e-book collection and increase digital media content for all Westchester public libraries. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (914) 231-3226 or visit www.westchesterlibraries.org. 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 email@example.com.
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Sewage pipe damaged by bridge reconstruction project By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing reconstruction work to the Jefferson Avenue bridge recently caused damage to a 21-inch underground sewage pipe, concerning residents who believe that any heavy rainfall could cause sewage to seep into other parts of the Village of Mamaroneck. The damaged sewage pipe, which sits relatively close to the Mamaroneck River, was temporarily repaired by the installation of a generator and two pipes leading into a sewer cap. The reconstruction to the bridge began in September 2012 at a cost of about $3.5 million, and the recent damage done to the sewage pipe is not the ﬁrst time the project has caused controversy. Before its construction, the Village of Mamaroneck and the Town of Rye were locked in a legal battle over who was responsible for the reconstruction, as the bridge links the two municipalities. The case ended with the cost being split by both communities. Also, earlier this year, Mamaroneck resident Stuart Tiekert wrote an email to the village Board of Trustees cataloging various safety hazards and what he called “unacceptable conditions” on Jefferson Avenue caused by the construction. According to Tiekert, both sides of the construction site lacked adequate barriers, making it possible for people to not only enter the construction site,
but possibly fall into the river. The project was also stalled for several months because of contractual issues between the contractors and the Village of Mamaroneck, Tiekert said. Some residents of Jefferson Avenue are less than optimistic about the makeshift ﬁxes that have been put in place to stop the sewage from leaking, mainly because they suspect a heavy rainfall could cause ﬂooding and damage the
two temporary pipes and generator. “If we get a nice good heavy rain before they ﬁx the pipe, all the water that leaks will contain raw sewage,” Gina von Eiff, a resident of Jefferson Street, said. “The way our weather has been lately, that brook could go up in a matter of minutes, now we’ve got the raw sewage going all over the street.” Von Eiff said that ﬁxing the pipe should be a priority because simply hoping that it doesn’t rain while regular construction continues is not a solution. “If we get this under control, everything could be ﬁne in two weeks,” she said. Village Manager Richard Slingerland said that a permanent long-term plan is being developed to prevent any of the sewage from leaking into the river, and that the pipe has been plugged as of March 15. “It’s a real concern, and we’re taking it very seriously,” Slingerland said.
Ongoing construction to the Jefferson Avenue bridge recently caused damage to an underground sewage pipe, worrying residents in the area. File Photo
“We’re doing everything we can to pressure the contractor.” The village’s goal, according to Slingerland, is to allow work to continue on the bridge, but do so in a way that will also permanently address the damaged pipe. Von Eiff recenlty wrote an email to Slingerland to express some of her concerns, and said that she was dissatisﬁed with the response she recieved. “As a taxpayer, I’m asking questions, and no one is answering,” she said. According to von Eiff, the contractor cannot move forward with repairs to the pipe or construction to the bridge until the village draws up new plans. She said that the broken pipe belongs to the village and there has been no sign of any progress regarding a strategy for repair. The contractor was required to do a large amount of work prior to the construction, which involved moving several gas and phone lines as well as displacing 64 parking spaces. Von Eiff said that the work that was done in preparation of the reconstruction, indicating that the contractor is not to blame for the damage to the pipe, and that the mistake was the result of inadequate plans that were issued prior to the project’s start. “We still don’t know if the agency was wrong, or if the agency was given the wrong plans by the village, but the fact that the plans were wrong is unconscionable,” von Eiff said. Currently, the sewage is not leaking from the pipe, and the village plans to move forward with the project.
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Tuckahoe moves closer to banning plastic bags By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
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Tuckahoe residents and business owners clashed over a proposed bill that would ban singleuse plastic bags in the village. Some felt that the bill is essential to preserving the local environment, while others argued that it’s an undue burden on shop owners. The bill was proposed last month by Village Trustee Stephen Quigley, a Democrat, and is similar to legislation already introduced in Mamaroneck, Rye and Westport, Conn. Americans use approximately 1 billion non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags per year and only about 12 percent of them are recycled across the country, according to the Clean Air Council. Shop owners would have six months to dispose of existing bag inventory and switch to other resources if the law takes effect. There will not be a ﬁne for ﬁrst-time offenders, but a second violation will be set at a maximum of $100, a third could be as much as $250 and a fourth and all following violations could reach $500. Monica Barach, 50, who serves on the Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment, said that a plastic bag ban in Mamaroneck will take effect on April 1. “In Westchester, plastic bags are typically incinerated and toxins are put into the air,” Barach said. “The plastic bag is a sign of the wasteful society that we live in.” Deborah Scannell, 53, who owns Cafe 72 in Tuckahoe, said she is opposed to the plastic bag ban. Business owners are already bogged down with expenses that go up constantly, Scannell said, and the legislation is just another burden. She suggested making customers pay 10 cents to 25 cents per plastic bag if they want to use them. “To buy 500 paper bags costs $20, but to buy 500 plastic bags it costs only $9,” Scannell said. “It may not sound like much, but it adds up for the realtor.” Scannell said she has both plastic and paper bags at her business and thinks that requiring residents to pay for their plastic bags would help the community understand the negative impact that they can have on the environment more than putting that responsibility solely on the business. “A lot of people forget to bring reusable bags if they’re out picking up dinner or going to the small shops around here,” Scannell said. “You’re not always going grocery shopping so people would have to run home to get their reusable bag.” Public hearings regarding the proposed plastic bag ban will continue for the next few Tuckahoe Village Board of Trustees meetings. The next meeting will be held on April 8.
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City Council Updates 1037 Boston Post Road site deal ﬁnalized The City Council has accepted an offer to sell THE RYE the property for $5.6 million to a family-owned Perspective real estate company who would like to refurMayor Doug French bish the building and rent to a high-end retail establishment. The sale, once closed, restores the city’s fund balances, maintains some parking and puts the property back on the tax rolls. Labor negotiations update For the last ﬁve years, the city and the Rye Police Benevolent Association have been in negotiations over a new labor agreement. Despite many attempts to resolve outstanding issues, we are at an impasse and have proceeded to binding arbitration. The last collective bargaining agreement between the city and the PBA covered 2003 to 2008 and resulted in, on average, a 3 percent per year-15 percent cumulative-salary increase with no increased employee contribution to health insurance or other beneﬁts. The PBA has proposed a 3 percent increase for two years, a 6 percent cumulative salary increase and no increased employee contribution to health insurance or other beneﬁts toward a new contract. What it means Under such an agreement, the base patrolman top pay would increase from $84,712 in 2008 to $92,567 in 2011. If this same percentage increase continues to 2013, the new base pay would be $98,204. If the cost for health insurance and pension is added to the patrolman top grade salary, the base compensation for this employee would rise to $144,630 in 2013. The cost of health insurance for a full-year family plan has increased from an annual premium of $16,524 in 2008 to $22,464 in 2013. The cost of the 36 percent increase has been absorbed by the city since ofﬁcer contributions were capped at 4 percent of gross salary during this period. This has decreased the percentage share of total health insurance expense paid by a patrolman from a contribution rate of 20.51 percent of a family plan premium in 2008 to a 15.08 percent contribution rate for a family plan premium in 2013. The cost for the city to maintain an ofﬁcer in the New York State retirement system has increased from a pension contribution rate of 14.50 percent of salary in 2008-approximately $12,283 per year-to 28.40 percent in 2013, which is approximately $24,058 per year. The city’s proposal The City of Rye has proposed a fair wage increase in the range of 2 percent per year, accompanied by increased employee contributions to health insurance and a more ﬂexible step plan for new hires. The proposal reﬂects the current economic realities facing the city and is consistent with increases negotiated with other bargaining units in Rye and in neighboring communities. The range of salary increase that is possible will depend on whether certain options are chosen, such as adding a health insurance contribution for the 12 non-contributing current ofﬁcers, or a less than fully retroactive pay agreement. Salary increases are permanent and compound with beneﬁts such as pension, overtime and holiday pay-which are based on salary-and increase labor costs even further. Other city employees Rye City management employees and non-union employees have received the following modest changes in compensation: 2 percent, zero, 2 percent non-pensionable bonus, 1.5 percent increase effective June 1, and 1.75 percent increase effective June 1. The most recent settlements with the CSEA Department of Public Works covered 2010 and 2011, with a wage freeze for the ﬁrst six months of the contract year. Wage increases were 2 percent per year. The CSEA Clerical Unit also has a 3-year agreement, from 2011 to 2013, with a wage freeze in the ﬁrst 30 months of the agreement term and a 2 percent increase in the ﬁnal six months. This agreement also increased the cap on the employees’ health insurance contribution to 5 percent of base pay. The ﬁre department has a contract agreement that has been expired since Dec. 31, 2009. In order to achieve ﬁnancial sustainability, the City of Rye must ﬁnd a way to balance dramatically increased beneﬁt costs with higher salaries while working within the state-mandated tax cap. That is why we continue to seek contracts-not just for the police-that will lessen the impact of higher beneﬁt costs. We praise the contributions Rye employees make to our safety and well being, and we respect the need to limit the tax burden on Rye residents. For more information, please contact me, the city manager, a Rye City Council member or visit the City of Rye website. Ofﬁce hours for the mayor can be made by appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WVOX annual St. Paddy’s party a local who’s who WVOX, the independently-owned radio station that broadcasts out of New Rochelle, has held a St. Patrick’s Day celebration each year for 54 years, according to station representatives. On March 15, the latest installment of the party took place at Dudley’s Parkview Restaurant, overlooking Hudson Park and Echo Bay in New Rochelle. During the party, the station broadcasts live for ﬁve hours, with WVOX’s head honcho William O’Shaughnessy taking a microphone and wading through crowds of attendees to conduct impromptu interviews. The crowd throughout the day is a who’s who of local politicians, civic organization leaders, radio hosts as well as various listeners. Howard Sturman, the publisher of this newspaper, hosts a show called “The Hometown Hour” which airs each Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. on WVOX. WVOX is broadcast locally on 1460AM and streams live worldwide at www.wvox.com.
WVOX’s William O’Shaughnessy interviews Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle March 15 at Dudley’s in New Rochelle during WVOX’s annual St. Patrick’s celebration.
It’s all thumbs up with Jim Killoran, the executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity, March 15 at Dudley’s for the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon. Photos/Bobby Begun
WVOX radio jock Dennis Nardone, host of “Harrison Live” and “Remember Then Oldies Show.”
Joe O’Brien gets in the spirit and belts out an old Irish tune last Friday at Dudley’s in New Rochelle during WVOX’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
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A safer Rye with CERT As spring ofﬁcially arrives, the Rye Community Emergency Team, Inc., or CERT for short, is about A RYE to blossom. The arrival of autumn storms should see OLDTIMER it up and running, ready to cope with whatever probJudge John Carey lems threaten. Rye CERT will cooperate with the Rye Police Department, Fire Department, school district and the Port Chester, Rye, Rye Brook, Emergency Medical Service in helping those in need in any kind of emergency. The undertaking has the backing of Rye Mayor Doug French. A temporary Board of Directors and temporary ofﬁcers have been selected by the organizers. Leading the group as acting President is Matt Fahey, a former Rye City councilman, who explained that: “Rye is certain to face future challenges from Mother Nature, and perhaps from other threats. While we all may hope such events as Sandy won’t occur again, hope is not an effective risk management strategy. It makes a great deal of sense to get ready for emergencies beforehand, and building a robust emergency response team not only gets us ready for the unexpected, it also builds a stronger and more vibrant community.” Acting directors besides Fahey are Beth Grifﬁn Matthews, Joseph P. Murphy, Jr., and Bertrand de Frondeville. They are speciﬁed in the Certiﬁcate of Incorporation being ﬁled in Albany. Filing it brings the organization into existence, and those directors can then adopt by-laws and elect ofﬁcers, a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and assistant secretary treasurer. The acting treasurer is Joe Murphy, with Beth Grifﬁn Matthews as acting secretary. The directors will also open a bank account and attend to the other actions that normally accompany incorporation of a non-proﬁt organization, such as seeking tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service. Said one of the acting directors, Bertrand de Frondeville, concerning Superstorm Sandy, “I had a chance to experiment with effective neighbor-hood collaboration in helping to saw off a tree across a neighbor’s driveway using an electric connection to the generator of his immediate neighbor, who helped me hack out paths to our three doors around the house. “It was thus natural to answer the call for CERT volunteers. I believe that the city can be organized by blocks, each having designated CERT teams of volunteers under two or three co-captains trained to help the neighbors with their emergency needs which would be known ahead of time, while coordinating with city and county services.” CERT organizations exist in several communities in the area. The one in New Canaan, Conn. is particularly valuable for Rye to study, since the two communities are approximately the same size. Information about CERT can be found at www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams. From there you can ﬁnd New Canaan CERT and other examples. Anyone interested in being a charter member should write to the email address that appears below. The members will meet annually and as needed. Reach John Carey at J_Pcarey@verizon.net
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He has also suggested that the administration convene with school staff members to see if they can ﬁnd alternatives to the plan. Zahm also questioned the administration’s decision to use $1 million of its $2.3 million in reserves toward facilities projects. “There are some tradeoffs in there that the community should weigh in on,” he said. In particular, Zahm said the increased funding toward school security was a “waste.” The district is budgeting roughly $340,000 in total on security for the district’s schools including adding security ofﬁcers, through a private ﬁrm, to each of the three area elementary schools next year. He compared the upgrades to safety protocols now in place in airports throughout the country. “It will make some people feel better but it is a questionable value when you’re trading off teachers for security personnel who in fact won’t be able to protect the kids,” he said. Zahm, who has three children in the school district, is the second person to announce his intention to run for the Board of Education this year. Earlier this month, Katy Keohane Glassberg, the board’s vice president, said she would seek re-election. However, the
other current board member Kendall Egan announced she would not run again after two terms in ofﬁce. For Zahm, his hopes of rejoining the board may come as a surprise to some after his previous tenure ended in a bit of controversy. Back in 2010, he abruptly resigned from his post just six weeks before his second-term was set to expire, having had already announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. He said his frustrations were over ideas to cut costs which didn’t gain any traction with then-Board President Joshua Nathan. Zahm was the lone member of the Board of Education to vote down the 2010-2011 school budget. At the time, he had also expressed frustration in having chaired multiple board committees—ﬁnance, budget analysis and enrollment balance—that led to little action. “I couldn’t serve on a board with a budget that I disagreed with so I said, ‘let me stand for my principles,’” he said. “Cuts could have been made [but] the board president declined to pursue them.” With new board leadership, Zahm said he feels much more comfortable this time around. Two Board of Education seats are up for election this year. Board members are elected to threeyear terms; the election takes place on May 21.
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of civility in the community by signing a pledge. A draft civility statement has already been penned with the expectation that residents, elected leaders, city officials and community organizations would sign it. “That first meeting led to this concept of what everyone was really talking about,” Howells said. “How do we become a more civilized community? The hope is people individually will make some decisions about how they will conduct themselves.” The idea mimics from what has already been put into action in Howard County, Maryland, where a “choose civility” initiative was inspired by the book, “Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct.” The theme of the book resonated with community leaders, during a lecture by its author at a 2006 professional development day at a local library and as a result the initiative kicked off less than a year later. Howard County has since chosen to promote 15 of the book’s 25 rules as guiding principles in an effort to enhance the Maryland community’s quality of life. To date, more than 100 businesses and organizations have signed on to the Maryland initiative which is being spearheaded by the Howard County Library. “Why reinvent the wheel?” Howells said. “A lot of this is coming from there. They’ve
done it.” French said the impact of the economy, peer and competitive pressure and the rapid expansion of communication technology is having an effect on everyone, and even more so with our youth. But in Rye, the issue has been a major concern particularly amongst the city’s elected leaders over the past year with some stating that civility has reached an all-time low. Recent events have led to an aggressive public discourse between elected and appointed officials and residents. And an ongoing barrage of controversies hasn’t helped matters and instead only furthered deteriorated the relationship. Residents have complained about being chastised by city officials while some city employees say the level of criticisms by residents has reached new heights. A prime example was recent comments made by Councilman Richard Filippi, a Republican, who called on those in the community to put an end to the war of words with city leaders. However, the councilman’s comments proved to only further aggravate matters and also reignite an otherwise defunct saga involving Rye TV based on accusations he made about the incident. A phone call to the youth council offices seeking comment was not returned as of press time.
Obituary David B. Magee Sr. David B. Magee Sr. died peacefully in White Plains Hospital on March 11 after a short illness. David Magee was born in Kuling, China, of Episcopal (Anglican) missionary parents. His father, the Rev. John Gillespie Magee Sr., served as priest-in-charge of the American Church Mission in Nanking (now Nanjing), China, from 1912 to 1940. His mother, Faith Emmeline Backhouse, went to China as a missionary from the Church of England in 1919. They were married in Kuling in 1921. In 1937, during ‘the Rape of Nanking’ by the Japanese, David Magee’s father played a key role as a member of the International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone. At that time Magee Sr. ﬁlmed the atrocities committed by the Japanese soldiers. In 2002 David Magee went to Nanjing and presented the home-movie camera used by his father in 1937 to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. After early schooling at the Hillcrest American School in Nanking, David Magee was enrolled at St. Clare School in Kent, England, which was near the family home. He then attended Charterhouse School, where he became an accomplished cricketer. With the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the family settled in the U.S., where Magee continued his education at the Hotchkiss School, graduating in 1943. He served in what was then the U.S. Army Air Corps until 1945, when he left the Army with the rank of ﬁrst lieutenant. After the war, he completed his education at Yale, graduating in 1949 as an English major. Magee subsequently joined what was to become the Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. in New York, where he served for almost 30 years as an investment portfolio manager, retiring as a vice president. He was married in 1950 to the late Helen J. Rice, of Brooklyn, with whom he had four children. He was later married for 43 years to Frances W. Bernhard of Rye, N.Y. As a resident of Rye, Magee was a member of Rye Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and sang in the choir for many years. David B. Magee is survived by his wife, Frances, and his four children: Martha Rice Magee of Martha’s Vineyard; David B. Magee Jr. of Salt Lake City; John G. Magee III of Fort Lauderdale; and Mary Moore Magee of Salt Lake City; also by a brother, Canon F. Hugh Magee of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is also mourned by his wife Frances’ four children, her grandchildren, a niece, and three nephews, all of whom cared for him deeply. David Magee was predeceased by his brothers, Christopher W. Magee Sr. and Pilot Ofﬁcer John Gillespie Magee, Jr., author of the well-known sonnet, High Flight. A memorial service was celebrated at Rye Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 19. In lieu of ﬂowers donations may be made in his memory to the Rye Presbyterian Church.
John J. “Jack” Curran Beloved coach and mentor, Jack Curran of Rye, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Rye on March 13. Jack was born in New York City on Sept. 6, 1930 to Helen Matthews and Thomas J. Curran. He attended All Hollows High School and St. John’s University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English. Jack Curran captained the St. John’s baseball team in his senior year and went on to play professionally with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. Coach Curran spent 55 years as a basketball and baseball coach and physical education teacher at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, NY. Jack was known for his strong, Catholic faith and for the dedication and integrity he brought to his daily life. He is also remembered for valuing every individual and for his selﬂess generosity and good deeds, both on and off the courts and playing ﬁelds. Jack is survived by his adopted sister Mary Lyons Manion, of Herkimer, N.Y. and her family, Jeanie and Joanne Lyons, and other members of the Lyons’ family. He is also survived by the children of his late brothers, Thomas and Gerard Curran, and their families. Jack has been called home to join his beloved sister, Helen, along with his brothers and parents. The family of Mr. Curran would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to Jack’s other family at Molloy High School, and to the countless friends, students and colleagues who generously gave their support and touched his life over the years. Coach Curran was waked at Graham Funeral Home in Rye on March 19. Funeral mass will be held at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye on March 20. The family of Mr. Curran would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to Jack’s other family at Molloy High School, and to the countless friends, students and colleagues who generously gave their support and touched his life over the years. In lieu of ﬂowers, please consider donating to the Little Sisters of the Poor of 2999 Schurz Ave., Bronx, N.Y. 10645, www.littlesistersofthepoor.org or the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, 299 North Highland Ave., Ossining, N.Y. 10582, www.dsfhs.org.
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Fake statistics to help your arguments Prior to the 2012 presidential election, a chart was making the rounds on Facebook and through email forwards. There were pictures of the last few U.S. presidents; below LUNGARIELLO their little presidential heads were bars in red and blue, to AT LARGE distinguish their political afﬁliation. The bars showed the Mark Lungariello increase in the national debt during the term or terms of each president. Poor Jimmy Carter was left off the chart; he’s even lost in the shufﬂe of modern Internet misinformation. What I noticed was the chart was quite different depending on who was sending it via email or posting it to social media. For those whose politics swing to the right, the chart showed that the increase under Barack Obama dwarfed every other president’s debt. When I saw the chart posted by Obama supporters, Obama’s debt contribution was negligible and the largest increase was during Ronald Reagan’s tenure. Neither chart is entirely accurate, if not for any other reason than its childlike simpliﬁcation of something as complex as the national debt. (What was happening in the economy? Were there foreign conﬂicts? Are we attributing new debt from a predecessor’s policies?) What’s alarming about the chart isn’t the oversimpliﬁcation or lack of scientiﬁc method: It’s that it’s essentially the same chart. Same graphics. Same photos. Same fonts. Different information. It’s obvious that one chart was in existence, someone didn’t like what it said and another person came in and changed “the facts” to align better with his or her views. Statistics are no longer facts, but little ﬁctions people invent for one reason or another. That line of thinking explains why cable news is so popular. My thoughts about fake statistics, though, are if you are going to use them then why not really have fun with them? I’ve made a handy list of fake statistics for you to use when in arguments. None of these are true, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t compelling!
Extreme weather statistics: Statistic: People who tie their shoelaces to the ground during a tornado are 95 percent less likely to be swept up into the funnel cloud. Statistic: Sixty-seven percent of scientists who claim global warming is real were C students in college. Out of that overall number, 23 percent are related to Al Gore. An additional 17 percent are former KGB members still hellbent on destroying the American way of life. Statistic: One out of every 10 hurricanes is caused by a really large dog chasing its tail and inadvertently creating a cyclone. Statistic: Taking a pogo stick to work can reduce your carbon footprint by as much as 33 percent annually. Anti-gun control statistics Statistic: In the United States in 2012, you were less likely to die in an accidental gun death than you were to die: -In a catapulting mishap. -From being forced by your grandchildren to listen to One Direction’s album. -After being scooped up by a giant mutated hawk, being ﬂown in its clutches into the mountains and being fed to several young hawklings in a nest. (By the way, hawklings is the scientiﬁc name). Statistic: Despite what the Obama administration would have you believe, less people are murdered by assault weapons than they are murdered with: -Antique Webster’s Dictionaries -Electric toothbrushes -Bathtubs full of Marshmallow Fluff So why doesn’t the administration want to try to take away our ﬂuff? Immigration statistic Statistic: By reducing the number of undocumented immigrants, the price of gasoline per gallon would drop $2. Political statistics Statistic: All of the best “Die Hard” ﬁlms were made during a Republican presidential administration. The Clinton administration derailed the franchise, with “Die Hard With a Vengeance” in 1995 and the series misstepped again this year with “A Good Day to Die Hard” at the start of Obama’s second term. Statistic: Seventy-seven percent of fans of “The Waltons” are registered Republicans. Statistic: Nine out of every 10 people who self identify as “Obama supporters” enjoy the end of “Old Yeller.” Five out of every 10 admit to liking the torture of cute little puppies. Social statistics Statistic: A heavy metal music fan at an Ozzy Osborne concert is 100 times more likely to go shirtless than the average American citizen. Statistic: Ninety-eight percent of people living in Brooklyn say they are cooler than you are for no other reason than they live in Brooklyn and you don’t. Follow Mark Lungariello on twitter @marklungariello.
Rye rocks Earth Day 2013 A community-wide celebration to commemorate Earth Day will take place in Rye on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an April 21 rain date. A dozen local organizations are expected to take part in a variety of activities designed to promote awareness of and showcase the natural beauty found in this waterfront community. The Rye Arts Center is taking the lead in organizing the Rye Rocks Earth Day umbrella campaign, which features an emphasis on the “art” in Earth. “I was inspired by a quote that says, ‘The earth without art is just eh.’ I believe that if we start to view the Earth and sustainability through the lens of nature’s beauty, we will begin to protect “Nature’s Art” just as we would a piece of art hanging on a wall in our home.” Helen Gates, Rye Arts Center executive director, said. Rye Rocks Earth Day will promote the natural sites and sights in Rye and engage the community in exploring the natural beauty that Rye has to offer at each of the participating locations. All events are free and open to the public. (Submitted) Rye Rocks Earth Day 2013 participants include: • Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary • The Rye Arts Center • Rye Free Reading Room • Rye Nature Center • Rye Town Park • Rye YMCA • The Rye Sustainability Committee • The Rye Conservation Commission/Advisory Council • Wainwright House
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Political bracketology 2013 The Rye Sound Shore Review is set to dust off the cobwebs and revive one of its annual traditions: the NCAA Tournament Home Town challenge. Having kicked off the event back in 2010 with the inaugural Mayoral Bracket, we’ve since expanded the ﬁeld to include nearly all of the city’s elected representatives and some of the Sound Shore Review staff. With our elected ofﬁcials bogged down in the minutiae of budget cuts and controversy, we’ve offered them an opportunity to step back and revel in the friendly conﬁnes of athletic competition. We’ve even brought back some of the tournament’s favorites like Mayor Douglas French and defending champion, former councilwoman Paula Gamache. Will the former councilwoman become a legendary three-time champion that would etch her name in the annals of Sound Shore Review lore? This year should be an entertaining tournament with a highly competitive ﬁeld of 72. For the second year in a row, there seems to be no clear-cut No. 1, leaving the championship likely up for grabs. Once again the local schools will offer some intrigue as the Iona Gaels take another crack at hometown glory. The New Rochelle school is locked in as a 15 seed and is set to face off against the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes in the West bracket. New York fans will also be rooting for Albany in their traditional David vs. Goliath battle against perennial championship contender Duke. Sports fan, this is the greatest time of the year, spring is in the air and so is the NCAA Tournament. It’s time to put your dancing shoes on because the madness of March is about to tip off.
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Rye High School hosts Michael Ice memorial By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
On March 16, the Rye High School gymnasium played host to the ﬁrst-ever Michael Ice Memorial Clinic and Basketball Game, a fundraising effort held to celebrate the life of 2007 RHS graduate Michael Ice, who died last year after being struck by a subway car. The event featured a youth clinic run by current Rye coach John Aguilar and former Garnets coach Chris DiCintio. Local basketball legend Jeff Ruland was also on hand for the day. After the clinic, Rye grads took the court in an alumni game that was played in Michael’s honor. The idea was the brainchild of Ice’s former teammate, Liam McCabe-Moran, who took to social media to get the day off the ground. “When it came time for the alumni game, Facebook was a pretty good way to get in touch with people, just to see who was going to come,” said Moran-McCabe. “Mike’s sister [Megan] set up a page for the event, and I set up another one for the players who were going to play” Originally, organizers had hoped to hold the
Aguilar said. “But with the fact that I was new to the program, and making sure that Coach DiCintio could make it, moving the basketball schedules around, it just didn’t work out. Still, that’s the ultimate goal for the future.” For Aguilar, who coached the Rye JV when Ice was a senior before leaving for Rye Neck High School, the event was not only a way to celebrate the life of a young man that once graced the hardwood for the Garnets, it was also a testament to the city of Rye’s resilience and will-
ingness to rally for a good cause. “In seeing the response and the turnout to something like this, you really have a different appreciation for the Rye community,” the head coach said. “Coming back here, putting my kids in the school, it shows me that that was the right decision.” All proceeds from the event went to the Michael Ice Memorial Scholarship fund, a newly created endowment that will be awarded each year to a graduating member of the Garnets boys’ basketball team, and moving forward, said McCabe-Moran, the event will preserve the legacy of the fallen Garnet alum. “I think it’s all you could have asked for,” said McCabe-Moran. “Everyone who knows the Ice family would say that they deserve this. They deserve some type of joyful event each year, remembering Mike Jr. through basketball.”
Former Garnets coach Chris DiCintio watches as a Rye youngster works on her ball handling on March 16. DiCinto helped run the clinic, along with current Rye coach John Aguilar and former NBA All-Star and Iona College coach Jeff Ruland.
event during the winter season, but couldn’t come together in time due to conﬂicting schedules, according to Aguilar, Rye’s current coach. “The goal was to do the clinic and the game on the same day as a Rye varsity game,”
RYE GARNETS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Chris Lipari
BY BRANDON LABELLA CONTRIBUTOR
Few athletes possess the ability play through pain throughout the season. Starting defensemen Chris Lipari not only played the entire season with pain in his knees, but managed to excel despite that pain. Although he went down multiple times this season, Lipari got right back up and played until the ﬁnal minutes of the last game against John Jay. Lipari began playing hockey when he was 11 years old, with the Rye Rangers, and has played on a various travel teams since. The defenseman made varsity as a freshman and has increased his minutes each season since. His biggest accomplishment was helping the team beat Pelham 3-2 for the ﬁrst time in four years and leading the Garnets to section championship against John Jay. “Chris is a hard worker whose willing to ﬁll any role that will lead the team to victory,” fellow defenseman Jason Chin said of Lipari. Lipari said he would like to thank all the players on the team for making his experience a memorable one.
Michael Ice Sr. poses with Matt Cohen, the winner of the alumni game MVP award on March 16. Cohen walked away with a ball signed by legendary college basketball coach and commentator Dick Vitale.
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Finding no fault in #TeamSwagg It’s March again, and for sports fans that means just one thing: It’s tournament time. For the past few weeks, I’ve been awash in the glow of Cinderella stories, burgeoning rivalries and thrilling competition. “But how can that be?” you may ask. After all, as of press time, the NCAA tournament will not have begun. But for me, and likely not so many others, we’ve already had some great tournament action this spring. In the World Baseball Classic. Now I get that the average sports fan doesn’t give two rips about the WBC. In its last two installments, people have written it off as gloriﬁed spring training, a shameless money grab and worst of all boring. But for those who have bothered to tune in this year, the WBC has been anything but. From the odds-defying squad from Netherlands shocking perennial powerhouse Cuba to Italy’s thrilling duel with Puerto Rico, to an intense brawl between Canada and Mexico, much of the action in this iteration of the WBC has taken on the feel of a September playoff run. These players might not be playing for a World Series ring, but for pride in their countries, be it their birthplace or adopted nationality. Heck, even American fans jumped on the bandwagon this year–rare for the WBC–labeling Mets’ third baseman David Wright ‘Captain America’ after his late inning heroics staved off an early U.S. exit. (Wright, however, would leave the WBC with an injury and may miss opening day.)
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But for me, the most fun part about watching the WBC this year has been the passion the Dominican Republic has exuded, as exempliﬁed both by the players on the ﬁeld and their supporters in the stands. Dominican crowd at Marlins Stadium on Playing in front of a noisy proMarch 14, the Dominican Republic took on the United States in what was arguably the greatest baseball game of this young spring. #TeamSwagg, as the Dominican team has come to be known in some social media circles, pulled off a late game run to down the Americans. It was a scene you don’t expect come of the game hung to see in March. The outon each pitch. Big hits, like the ninth inning singles by Erick Aybar and Jose Reyes that propelled the Dominicans to victory caused such a celebration, both on and off the ﬁeld, that it was clear how much the game meant to the Dominican team. Those celebrations, especially the post game poses of Dominican closer Fernando Rodney, garnered some negative press in the days that followed, with several crusty old sportswriters condemning the showboating. For me, however the exuberance was an authentic reaction. The drums, horns and other noisemakers that wouldn’t pass through even the most relaxed security gate at an MLB game–and the fans making all that noise in Miami is a testament to the importance of baseball in the culture of the Dominican Republic. For the Dominican team, the WBC was simple: some of the best players in the world, coming together to play for their country and have some fun in the process. If that’s not enough to get you on board with #TeamSwagg or the WBC, I don’t know what to tell you. Aside from the fact that the Masters starts in a month.
High School coaching legend dies at 82 By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
ing point for many young athletes in the area. “Because of Coach Curran, the school had such a reputation of putting out great teams,” McCann said. “He’s a big reason I wanted to go there.” American amateur sports lost one of its most iconic ﬁgMcCann said that Curran had an innate feel for the ures, with the passing of Jack Curran, a famed high school game, something he ﬁrst realized when Curran came to coach who died in his Rye home on March 13 at the age watch a JV game in 2005. of 82. “Our pitcher was having trouble, and in between inIn his 55 years coaching basketball and baseball at nings, coach [Curran] goes up to him and just says, Archbishop Molloy High School, Curran won 22 city ‘Throw slower’,” McCann said. “We didn’t know what to championships (ﬁve in basketball, 17 in baseball) and think, but our pitcher listened to him, went out and shut posted overall records of 972-437 and 1,708-523 in those the other team down. It worked.” sports, respectively. Among his one-time charges are McCann also said that Curran was instrumental in givsome of New York City’s most decorated athletes, including him a chance to play Division I baseball. In his senior ing former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson and Kenny year of high school, McCann said, he was having trouble Smith. According to those who knew him best, however, ﬁnding offers from big time programs, but Curran’s inCurran’s legacy far surpassed wins and losses. volvement helped ﬁnd him a home at Manhattan College, “A few years ago, we had a faculty member receivwhere he ended up becoming one of the better outﬁelders ing an award for 25 years of service to the school,” said in the MAAC. Archbishop Molloy Athletic Director Michael McCleary, “I wasn’t really being recruited,” McCann said. who worked alongside Curran for 15 years. “And he said, “But coach picked up the phone and made some calls. ‘There’s deﬁnitely something special about getting to Everybody knew him and respected him, and that teach in the same place where Jack Curran coaches.’” helped me a lot.” According to McCleary, Curran was a ubiquitous presLike many former players, McCann and many of his ence on the Molloy campus, and had an impact on everyJack Curran coaches during a timeout during the teammates took the trip to Curran’s funeral service on one around him–not just the athletes he coached. CHSAA playoffs in 2012. The iconic high school coach March 20. Archbishop Molloy even closed school for “I think that kids came in knowing about the legend of died in his Rye home on March 13. the day to give students and faculty a chance to pay Coach Curran, but as they spent time here, they got to see Contributed photo their final respects to a man who had given over half a how accessible he is,” McCleary said. “I think what sunk century to educating its youth. into them was his human side, just how humble a man he was.” “He meant everything here,” McCleary said. “This is obviously such a sad Of course, his coaching acumen was also undeniable. Mike McCann played varsity baseball for Molloy from 2006-2007 and said that Curran’s legacy was a major sell- time for us.”
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Mustangs make 10th straight trip to nationals By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
On March 19, the Monroe Mustangs took on a tough team from Iowa Central East Peoria, Ill. in the ﬁrst round of NJCAA Division III national championships. In a tough, hard-fought contest, the Mustangs escaped with an 87-84 win over the eighth-seeded Tritons to play another day. Though their ﬁrst-round win might seem impressive on its own, what makes this trip even more noteworthy is the fact that the defending national champs have fought their way to the tournament every year for the last decade. At 22-7, the Mustangs entered into the tournament as a nine-seed, but head coach James Robinson Jr. believes that the team’s success–both immediate and long term–is as much about the college’s support system as it is about the program itself. Robinson has been a part of the Monroe team for the last eight years, serving as an assistant under Seth Goodman before taking the reins of the program last year and leading Monroe to a national title. Sophomore Jasmine McRoy takes the ball upcourt in a According to Robinson, December game at the Monroe Athletic Center in New Head coach James Robinson Jr. draws up a play in a December game. Robinson, now in the team’s continued sucRochelle. This season, McRoy became the Mustang’s second his second year at the helm of the Mustangs’ program, coached the squad to a national cess is due in large part championship in 2012. all-time leading scorer. to the support the athletic program gets from the Monroe community. men at Monroe–to lead the way, and this sea“I think the accountability that Monroe has son, he has gotten some great play by the prois really important to developing a young stu- gram’s second all-time leading scorer, Jasmine dent,” Robinson said. “They’ve shown that the McRoy, who averaged 14.5 points a game system they have in place, from the cafeteria to this season. McRoy did not disappoint in the the security, to the athletic center and weight tourney opener, scoring a game-high 24 points room, that they are really interested in helping against Iowa Central. However, the Mustangs young people, and that is reﬂected.” are still ﬁnding a way to play without point On the coaching front, Robinson said, the guard Ashley Castle who suffered a bad ankle key to Monroe’s legacy is the fact that it em- sprain on March 14 and will likely be sidelined powers athletes to make the most of their short for the remainder of the national tournament. time at the two-year college. “That really hurt with the style that we try to “The girls come in understanding that a lot is play,” Robinson said. “She’s our point guard given to them, and a lot is expected of them in and that means we have to ﬁgure out a way to return,” the head coach said. “They may have replace her skillset.” come from a place where all the dots didn’t conJames Robinson Jr. cuts the With the win against Iowa Central, the net after Monroe’s national nect and they could do whatever they wanted. Mustangs move on to second-round action championship win on March But here, they learn that to be champion means where they will face the top-ranked team 24, 2012. The Mustangs have you have to sacriﬁce, and that it’s not easy.” from Mesa Community College in Arizona punched their ticket to nationals Each year, Robinson relies heavily on his on March 21. The game will be played after in each of the past 10 years. sophomores–who are the de facto upperclass- press time. Contributed photos