SOUND &TOWN Serving Mamaroneck & Larchmont
Vol. 15/Number 24
GOP incumbents tout re-election bid
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be,” said Costas Vlahakis, 27, who works in Larchmont. The re-development is funded in part by a $670,000 federal grant, and a Department of Transportation grant in the amount of $125,000. The total cost of the project is $1.7 million, with the remainder being paid by local businesses after an assessment is done to fairly distribute the cost. Mayor Ann McAndrews, a Democrat who was a Larchmont Trustee when the prospect of a streetscape was ﬁrst discussed in 2000, told The Sound and Town Report that the three-week delay
Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, both Republicans, have announced they will seek re-election in the Village of Mamaroneck in November. The duo will face Democratic mayoral candidate Clark Neuringer, and Kerry Stein for trustee. Rosenblum, 70, will be running for his third term as mayor, having ﬁrst been elected in 2009; Santoro, 55, for his third term as trustee. Both lifelong residents of the village, the Republican candidates said they are grateful for the opportunity to continue bettering the community, and wish to emphasize participation in government from residents, business owners and volunteers. Rosenblum and Santoro said important aspects of their campaign will be ensuring voters know the pair is committed to easing tax burdens on residents and businesses, continuing to search for ﬂood mitigation solutions and completing the village’s Transit-Oriented Development Study, which would include a mixture of housing, ofﬁce, retail and commercial developments in the vicinity of the Mamaroneck Metro North Railroad station. Rosenblum told The Sound and Town Report that, from the beginning of their ﬁrst campaign, he and Santoro have accomplished the goals they set for themselves as village ofﬁcials. Of particular importance to the mayor was the issue of ﬂood mitigation, which he said has improved and will continue to do so in the future if he is re-elected. “We instituted a program where the Village of Mamaroneck is helping itself. Fifty to a hundred thousand dollars a year is being put
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Even heavy rainfall couldn’t stop attendees from coming out, through mud and puddles, to show support for the Sheldrake Environmental Center’s “Party on the Pond” in Larchmont on June 6. For more, see page 14. Photo/Corey Baumer
Palmer Avenue streetscape back on schedule By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
After a three-week delay, the Village of Larchmont’s streetscape project is moving forward again. The project was halted so that the contractor, DeMarino Brothers, could provide additional documentation to the village engineer and the village board. The project began in the year 2000 under then-Mayor Cheryl Lewy, a Democrat, and was designed to revitalize the retail district of the village stretching from 1961 to 2005 Palmer Avenue by bringing more foot trafﬁc to its businesses. In
total 4,000 square feet of sidewalk will be replaced. The project will include larger sidewalks in some sections of the village, bike racks, trees, benches and new streetlamps. Residents and commuters in the area said they had mixed feelings about the streetscape, and that only the ﬁnished product will indicate if the lack of parking and temporary loss of sidewalk space will be worth it. “I think it’s causing minor problems, but, to me, the sidewalk needs to be improved. Everything is going to look a lot nicer once they’re ﬁnished, but I don’t have any idea how long the time frame is going to
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Mayor Norman Rosenblum has announced he will seek re-election in the Village of Mamaroneck this November. If elected, this would be Rosenblum’s third term in ofﬁce and he plans to continue his focus on easing tax burdens and seeking new avenues for ﬂood mitigation. File photo
Village of Mamaroneck Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro has announced he will seek re-election. If elected, this would be Santoro’s second term as a trustee. Santoro said he will continue to be a “watchdog” over the community’s budget process. File Photo
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Save the Sound nitrogen appeal moving forward By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Sound, an organization formed in 1972 devoted to protecting coastlines along the Long Island Sound, recently found that an appeal it ﬁled against the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District and the Department of Environmental Conservation would remain on the table after a judge denied motions made by both organizations to have it dismissed. The appeal was ﬁled to stop the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District from discharging an excessive amount of nitrogen into the sound. According to Leah Schmalz, director of legislative and legal affairs for Save the Sound, the DEC signed a consent order with the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District in May 2012 that would allow the treatment plant operators to dump a larger amount of nitrogen into the sound than before. Currently, federal law limits the amount of nitrogen that can be discharged into the sound at 238 pounds per day, but, after the consent order was signed, the treatment
plant began dumping around 500 pounds per day, with a daily limit of 653 pounds. “We’re very pleased that our appeal will go forward,” said Schmalz. “The DEC’s decision to let Great Neck discharge more nitrogen violates the Clean Water Act and hurts the sound’s health.”Schmalz said that an increase in the amount of nitrogen in the sound reduces the amount of oxygen in the water, making the ecosystem’s plant and animal life suffer. Tom Andersen, former consultant for Save the Sound and author of “This Fine Piece of Water,” which catalogs nearly a decade of pollution in the sound, said that a large portion of Long Island Sound has lost so much of its oxygen due to nitrogen pollution that it has caused serious detriments to the organisms living in the water. “A large pocket of the Long Island Sound...had been transformed [by nitrogen overload] into a dead zone,” Andersen said. Andersen also wrote that, at one point, the portion of the sound between Hempstead Harbor and Mamaroneck had no oxygen at all,
Save the Sound appealed an agreement between the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District that allowed for the release of nitrogen into Long Island Sound. According to Save the Sound, excess nitrogen has been shown to damage ecosystems in Long Island and Westchester. Mamaroneck Harbor is just one part of the sound that has felt the effects of nitrogen dumping. File photo
The county’s sewage treatment plant in the Village of Mamaroneck was one among many facilities in Westchester that was given a 2016 deadline to reduce its nitrogen output by 58.5 percent. An appeal ﬁled by Save the Sound with the Department of Environmental Conservation is predicated on the claim that the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District is not complying with this upgrade. Photo/Chris Gramuglia
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due to nitrogen dumping as well as pollution. The Great Neck treatment plant dumps its nitrogen directly into this portion of the sound, according to Schmalz speciﬁcally between Nassau and Westchester counties. The appeal ﬁled by Save the Sound is predicated on the idea that the new, higher limit set by the DEC violates the state’s Clean Water Act prohibition against backsliding which states that the DEC may not issue permits that make rules regarding nitrogen dumping less stringent than they already are. Save the Sound also contends that the DEC and the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District entered into the agreement without a public hearing, which is required in cases like this one. “Part of our appeal is based on the fact that the DEC did not go through the proper channels involving publicizing a public hearing,” said Laura McMillan, interim director of communications for Save the Sound. She said, in addition to drawing attention to the lack of transparency involving the consent order, Save the Sound also contends that nitrogen is still one of the biggest concerns for the body of water today.
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“The goal of eliminating annual summer dead zones is our top priority for the western sound right now,” she said. “Nitrogen is the most negatively inﬂuential thing that is going on in that region.” Mamaroneck Town Supervisor and co-chair of Save the Sound Nancy Seligson, a Democrat, told The Sound and Town Report that there is a long history to nitrogen pollution in the sound and the appeal came from the results of the Long Island Sound Study. The study was formed in 1985 to restore the sound and has advocated for a reduction in nitrogen from all sewage treatment plants surrounding the body of water. “Basically, the Long Island Sound Study called for 58.5 percent reduction in nitrogen from all sewage treatment plants in the Sound,” Seligson said. “Save the Sound learned, upon investigation, that Great Neck has not been complying with that upgrade because of the [DEC] consent order” Both the Mamaroneck and New Rochelle sewage treatment plants have been required to comply with the 58.5 percent reduction with the deadline for such compliance set for the year 2016.
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HUD report cards suggest additional affordable housing By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has begun issuing “report cards” to Westchester communities involved in a controversial housing settlement that include benchmarks and goals for how much affordable housing each locale should be striving for. Through James Johnson, the federal monitor hired by HUD to oversee the county’s implementation of the affordbale housing settlement, the report cards were issued as a means of encouraging communities to move forward with building affordable housing at their own discretion through benchmark suggested numerical goals. According to the report cards that were recently released on the county’s website, Bronxville has made no progress in satisfying the 100 affordable housing unit goal set by the federal government; Larchmont has made no attempt to promote affordable housing, but does allow for multi-family apartments; the Town of Harrison has constructed no affordable housing and does not provide incentives or mandates for affordable housing, and the Town of Mamaroneck has not adopted an affodable housing allocation put forth by the county’s planning department that called for 125 affordable housing units. The two most signiﬁcant allocations the federal government made via these report cards were a suggested 975 affordable housing units in Mt. Pleasant, and 756 units in Harrison, both of which, by themselves, would exceed the countywide legal requirement of 750 units as outlined in the 2009 settlement. These ﬁgures came from a Rutgers University study that was not adopted by the county and was not part of the original settlement. The original housing settlement was reached under then-County Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, and came about because HUD believed the county excluded residents from living in certain areas based on income and, consequently, their race. The original terms of the settlement mandated the county build 750 units of affordable housing within seven years and spread throughout 31 communities, $8.4
County Executive Robert Astorino, center, discusses the federal monitor’s report cards, which were sent to 31 municipalities as a form of encouragement following the federal affordable housing settlement. Photo/Diana Costello
million be paid to the federal government and $2.5 million to the anti-discrimination center. Since taking ofﬁce in 2010, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino has developed a contentious relationship with HUD because he believes HUD has asked the county to adopt additional provisions that were not part of the original settlement. The county executive has repeatedly said he will not give in to the federal government, and recently criticized their latest decision to place additional pressure on the communities that were considered part of the 2009 settlement in the form of “report cards.” Astorino’s major bone of contention is the idea that the county should build more than the already agreed-upon 750 units of affordable housing. “The report cards clearly document HUD’s overreaching and the vulnerability of local communities to Washington’s attempts to take control of or abolish local zoning,” Astorino said. “The county is ahead of schedule in complying with the settlement, but it won’t be bullied or threatened by HUD to do things that are not in the settlement.” Barry Caro, campaign manager for Democratic New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who is running against Astorino
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for county executive in November, said the claims made by the Astorino administration regarding the report cards have no basis in reality, and are merely a scare tactic used by Astorino to gain support in the election. “You can talk about any kind of numbers you want, but the only number that HUD has the ability to force Westchester to build is 750,” Caro said. “The clear facts here don’t back Astorino up. To get re-elected, he needs people to get mad at the federal government, and, if the federal government is not going to
do things to get people mad, he is going to make things up.” In total, the federal government has suggested the county build 5,847 units via the report cards, according to Ned McCormack, communications director for Astorino, although the suggested units are not a legal obligation put forth by HUD and are not binding. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice A. Jones said that HUD would not stop encouraging the county to build affordable housing units even after the 750 unit requirement had been met. “We would never say only do 750 units and stop,” he said. McCormack said a number of the communities that have received the report are displeased, because there has been no indication of how these housing projects will be ﬁnanced. “Reaction from local municipalities has been confusion, anger and disbelief,” he said. “Nowhere are the costs of these allocations discussed, or their impact on local services or the environment.” While McCormack calls the provisions of the report cards obligatory, no legal consequences can arise if a given community chooses not to follow through on the benchmarks set by HUD. The report cards were designed by the Pratt Center for Planning, and were issued to each of the 31 eligible communities on March 21.
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C ommunity Briefs Ebook downloads from the library On a rainy day, isn’t it nice to know that you can stay home and download a free e-book from the Mamaroneck Library? Go to our homepage, www.mamaronecklibrary.org and click on the “Download eBooks & eAudio” icon on the lower right side of the homepage. Please have your library card number on hand. Five-hour prelicensing class Formula One Driving School located at 584 Mamaroneck Ave. Mamaroneck, N.Y. has the 5-hour prelicensing class scheduled for: Sunday June 23 at 10 a.m., Wednesday June 26 at 4 p.m. and Saturday June 29 at 10 a.m. This class is required by New York State for new drivers before they can take their road test. Please call 914-381-4500 or visit our web site at formulaonedrivingschool.com to register for this class, or for other services, and for upcoming insurance reduction/point reduction class dates. Summer reading and writing program For parents concerned their children will lose academic ground over the summer, The Center for Literacy Enrichment-Pace University has a solution—The Summer Reading & Writing Program. From pre-schoolers to middle schoolers, the program provides children with an opportunity to not only maintain their reading, writing and comprehensive skills, but also to make gains academically in fun and informative ways. The program, which runs from July 1 to 31, offers full-day and half-day sessions. Certiﬁed teachers provide small-group instruction complemented by theme-based indoor and outdoor activities, including science experiments, crafts and games in a noncompetitive setting. The Summer Reading & Writing Program is held on the campus of Pace University Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains. Early bird registration, prior to June 14, qualiﬁes for a 5 percent discount on tuition. For more information, or to register your child, contact Center Director Sister St. John Delany, PhD at 914-422-4135.
Mamaroneck Public Library events Guitar Bob’s Music For Kids on the Move Original music that inspires children to sing, pretend and dance. Guitar Bob’s highenergy concert gets kids bopping, jumping, shaking and dancing. Friday June 28 in the community room of the Mamaroneck Library at 11:30 a.m. Call the Mamaroneck Children’s Library at 914-630-5894 to register. Teen events Monday Night Movies: 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12, 8/26 Wednesdays Hands-On Activities 5:30 p.m. June 26: Beneath the Burst: Bouncy Balls July 10: Beneath the Pages: Smashbooks July 24: Beneath the Lid: Terrariums August 7: Beneath the Streets: Grafﬁti Art August 21: Beneath the Ground: Vegetarianism Volunteer meeting: June 15 at 1 p.m. Read aloud adaptations of teen novels Teen/tween readers’ theatre Wednesdays July 17, 31 and August 14 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Open to grades 5 through 10. Read real adaptations of teen novels that have been performed in Chicago Theaters. Table read them and bring them to life. Librarian Emma Caywood has worked as a director and actress in the Chicago Theater and as a monologue coach in Los Angeles. Please call the Mamaroneck Library to Register 914-630-5894 www.mamaronecklibrary.org. Beginner’s sewing Learn hand sewing with basic stitches, basting and hemming. Work on a different project each week. Space is limited. Registration is required. Open to Grades 4 to 8. Meets Wednesdays July 17, 24, 31 & Aug. 7. Call the Mamaroneck Children’s Library 914-630-5894 Are you a Business Owner in Westchester County? Are you Self-Employed? Find out more about how the New York Health Beneﬁt Exchange affects you. Enrollment begins October 1, 2013, so please join us for this free program designed to help you navigate these changes. Presentation sponsored by Business Council of Westchester County. Call the Mamaroneck Library for details 914-698-1250. mamaronecklibrary.org. Children’s programs Pirate party June 25. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dig into these Tuesday programs
Ages 5 and up. Registration begins two weeks before each program. 4 p.m. on Tuesdays 7/2 Dig Into Egypt 7/9 Dig Into Chocolate 7/16 I Dig Jamaica 7/23 Dig Into Creative Drama 7/30 Digging with Bunnies 8/6 Dig Into Improv 8/13 Dig Into the Beach Call the Mamaroneck Children’s Library 914-630-5894 www.mamaronecklibrary.org/ Summer reading game Monday June 24 through Saturday, Aug. 17 Stop by the Mamaroneck Children’s Library to register, receive your log, report and play this year’s game. Read for fun, prizes and the End of Summer Reading Celebration in September. Open to all independent readers in Grades K through 6. Game/Report Schedule: Mondays 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays noon to 4:30 p.m. Call the Children’s Room for further details 914-630-5874 www.mamaronecklibrary.org Summer storytimes Bedtime stories, Mondays: 7 p.m. July 8 to Aug. 5. All ages. Babytime, Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m., July 9 to Aug. 6. 6 to 24 months. Call the Mamaroneck Children’s Library for Registration Information 914-630-5874, www.mamaronecklibrary.org/ Women of jazz Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. The White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Women of Jazz on Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. in the theatre on the third level of City Center in downtown White Plains. The program on June 29 features the music of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in an evening of smooth tunes from some of the most distinctive young jazz singers performing in NYC today. Join Kat Gang, Terese Genecco and LaTanya Hall as they wrap their spine-tingling vocals around classics such as “That ‘Ol Black Magic,” “What a Difference a Day Makes,” “Mr. Wonderful” and “Strange Fruit,” accompanied by the Barry Levitt Trio. We’re chilling the martinis and turning up the sizzle.
Tickets are $35 for adults; $25 for students in high school and younger. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the WPPAC website at www.wppac. com, call the box ofﬁce at 914 328-1600 or visit the box ofﬁce during business hours at the third level of City Center. Make a movie at LMC-TV this summer Geared for young people 12 and up, LMCTV’s summer ﬁlmmaking workshops are an opportunity to learn hands-on video and ﬁlmmaking skills. From script writing, to cinematography, to computer video editing and more, participants will write, shoot, direct, act and edit his or her own movie. Each workshop is held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three weeks at LMC-TV’s Studio 2, located at 145 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, N.Y. 10543. Workshop I runs from July 1 to July 19 (no class on July 4) and Workshop II from July 22 to Aug. 9. Led by independent ﬁlmmaker and LMC-TV staff member Dena Schumacher, the workshop is in its thirteenth year. Open enrollment starts now. Space is limited so please call Matt Sullivan at 914-381-2002 ext. 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today. Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp Soundview Sports Summer Day Camp has developed a unique movement-based program for 3 and a half to 5-year-old boys and girls. Age appropriate sports and activities, including swim instruction, will be offered. Created by Soundview Sports educators, together with experienced preschool and elementary school physical education and health professionals, the Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp focuses on ﬁne-motor as well as gross-motor skills. For the past 18 years, Soundview Sports has offered a Summer Sports Skills Building Day Camp at Manhattanville College for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. The Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m .at Manhattanville College throughout the summer. Lunch is included. Camp starts on Monday, June 24 and ends on Friday, August 9, 2013. Please call Soundview Sports at 914-3235400 and/or visit soundviewsports.com for further information on all of our programs. 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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Whoops: Freight truck crashes into MTA bridge
An eighteen-wheeler can’t quite clear the space underneath the Mamaroneck Avenue Bridge and incurs serious damage to the roof of its trailer on June 12.
On Wednesday, June 12, a freight truck became lodged under the Mamaroneck Avenue Bridge after it was unable to ﬁt under the MTA-operated structure. No one was hurt, but severe damage was done to both the cab and trailer of the truck.
The top of a freight truck that crashed into the Mamaroneck Avenue Bridge on June 12 is torn to pieces after being removed from underneath the structure. Photos/Chris Gramuglia
The village police department responded by closing off the bridge temporarily, while a tow truck slowly pulled the eighteen-wheeler out from under the bridge at about 8 p.m. The trailer of the freight truck incurred most of the damage with the aft section of its roof
torn almost completely off, but no damage was done to the bridge and trafﬁc resumed shortly after the truck was removed from the location. Residents of the village walking down Mamaroneck Avenue watched as the truck was
slowly pulled from the bridge. MTA train service also continued throughout the incident. Village Police on the scene declined to comment on the accident. -Reporting by CHRIS GRAMUGLIA
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County executive launches “Democrats for Astorino” By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 13, in the Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino announced the launch of “Democrats for Astorino,” a committee of Westchester Democrats who have come together to support the county executive in his upcoming November re-election. Joined by former state Assemblyman Ronald Tocci of New Rochelle, and Westchester Jewish community leaders Martine Fleishman, and Nancy Zaro, Astorino welcomed the support of Democrats who believe his accomplishments during the past four years have transcended party lines and have earned him their support. Astorino will face New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a Democrat, who recently received the endorsement from the Westchester Independence Party, in the general election. Astorino was ﬁrst elected into ofﬁce in 2009 when he pulled off an historic upset unseating incumbent County Executive Andy Spano. Democratic Astorino supporters said they chose to back the county executive in this election because of his ability to increase social service spending while reducing the tax levy each year since he took ofﬁce. “I am a lifelong Democrat and a committed community leader and I’m backing Rob Astorino because he has been accessible and supportive of our community,” said Dr. W.
Franklin Richardson, senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church, a congregation of more than 4000 members. “Rob’s concern and commitment to economic development and economic empowerment of people in our community is the main reason why I’m supporting him for re-election.” Former Assemblyman Tocci echoed Richardson’s comments, saying Astorino’s “sincere concern for overburdened taxpayers” is a major reason he is now in support of the county executive. Tocci, however, has been immersed a in long-standing feud with Bramson. Tocci has also been outspoken, as a representative of a veterans group in New Rochelle, against Bramson’s administration. In 2002, Tocci lost a Democratic primary in the 91st assembly district to Bramson.Tocci, however, went on to defeat Bramson in the general election as a Republican. Democratic supporter Nancy Zaro said her support for Astorino came from his diligence in standing up to the federal government in regards to a 2009 anti-discrimination housing settlement that mandated the county build 750 units of affordable housing. Astorino has made it clear that he thinks the federal government is attempting to dismantle the county’s current zoning and he refuses to let that happen, nor will he do anything else the Department of Housing and Urban Development asks if it falls outside of the parameters of the settlement. “I’m proud to help lead Democrats for
County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, recently gained the support of several Westchester Democrats, who joined him in the formation of a “Democrats for Astorino” coalition. Pictured with the county executive here are Nancy Zaro, left, Dr. W. Franklin Richardson, and former state Assemblyman Ron Tocci, right. Contributed photo
Astorino because Rob is a champion for Westchester, and he is defending our towns against Washington overreach,” Zaro said. Astorino said gaining support from Democrats in Westchester is indicative of one of the ﬁrst goals he set for himself after being elected as county executive. “I said I would represent Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike in this
county,” Astorino said. “It is especially gratifying...to see and hear from so many Democrats and independents who are supporting my candidacy four years later.” It’s not foreign for political candidates to be cross-endorsed by those of opposing parties but the likelihood that such a committee will provide any political weight during the ASTORINO continued on page 12
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L etters Hampshire condos wrong for the village To the Editor, On Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the meeting held at the library sponsored by the Mamaroneck Coastal Environmental Coalition. The purpose of the meeting was to bring residents of Mamaroneck together to discuss the many aspects of Hampshire Country Club’s plans to petition the village trustees for a rezoning of the property with the intent of building a grotesquely outsized condominium structure in an environmentally critical area. The room was packed. Standing room only. Celia Felscher, the president of MCEC described the many problems with the proposed development, which would be roughly the size of three Home Depots planted in the middle of a residential neighborhood. This area was extensively reviewed in the village master plan, which in no way suggested a development of this nature. In fact, the opposite intent was spelled out. The golf course is in a highly ﬂood-prone area. Tidal surges, even without rain, cause extensive damage to the property, neighborhood and even resulted in the death of a man during a nor’easter. Trafﬁc on the Boston Post Road, Weaver Street, and Orienta Avenue would be impossible. It would represent a danger to children attending all three schools in the area. The economics of the project would likely result in increased taxes for village residents, not the tax windfall that the developers have been promoting. In addition, there are two roads leading to the club, neither of which is designed for extensive trafﬁc that would increase exponentially, not only by new residents, but by deliveries, garbage collection, maintenance and regular club use. New World Realty, the face of the project, led by Dan Pfeffer of Larchmont, has been going around threatening to build 106 homes on the property, eliminating the golf course, should the VOM not approve the zoning change. This would be executed by creating a massive landﬁll. It was pointed out at the meeting that this is entirely infeasible, illegal and could not happen. It is a threat intended to scare people, who would then possibly be more open to the original plan, one that would be far more proﬁtable and expeditious. Jane Herzog, Mamaroneck GOP from page 1
into the budget [for ﬂood mitigation],” he said. “I believe that, in the village, there will be a solution to the vast majority of ﬂood incidences in the future.” The mayor commented on the village’s ﬁnances as well, saying that streamlining the village’s spending by separating the Parks Department from the Department of Public Works while keeping property tax increases low are two accomplishments of which he is proud. The village’s tax rate increased .35 percent under Rosenblum and Santoro in 2011, 4.58 percent in 2012 and 4.17 percent this year. Rosenblum said he is satisﬁed with how public meetings have run during his two terms. He said the previous mayor, Democrat Kathy Savolt, did not let residents comment during public hearings, asking instead they withhold commentary until the end of the meeting, at which point the board’s decision on the issue would already be settled. Rosenblum has lived in the village his whole life and is currently the contract administrator for Safe Flight Avionic Instrument Corporation, which manufactures computer systems for various aircraft. Santoro said a priority for him is keeping a close eye on the budgeting process, and making sure that increases are kept to a minimum. “We had the lowest tax increase in modern village history during our ﬁrst term in 2009, and we continue to be watchdogs over the budget process and the opportunity to bring in this year’s and last year’s budget under the 2 percent tax cap,” Santoro said. “Norman and I will make it very clear what is at stake in
this election and are conﬁdent we will have a successful and clearly mandated re-election by the voters of the Village of Mamaroneck.” Santoro said that he and Rosenblum are watching village departments closely and are proud that, last year, they did not have to cut any services or employees. In response to criticism from mayoral candidate Neuringer about putting time limits on residents’ time to comment at public meetings, Santoro said that it was done to keep meetings running smoothly, and that Port Chester and New Rochelle also enforce time limits on public commentary. “When Kathy Savolt was in ofﬁce, she said there was no talking during the meeting at all,” Santoro said. “We’ve really opened up the whole meeting.” Santoro was a water treatment plant operator for 21 years at the Westchester Joint Water Works and has lived in the village with his family his entire life. Clark Neuringer, who will oppose Rosenblum as the Democratic mayoral candidate, said that a major problem with the current administration is the lack of transparency and civility in public meetings. “[Residents] come up and make very salient compelling points, and the response from the board is ‘thank you very much.’ There is no engagement, no dialogue,” he said. “If there are problems with the way the meetings run, it probably starts at the top. I’ve been an observer of this village for quite a while, since 1991, and it doesn’t take a whole lot of changing procedures. Its an attitudinal thing.” The mayor and trustees are elected to serve two-year terms.
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Orange cones line the outside of the Larchmont Playhouse movie theater, indicating construction crews have resumed work on the sidewalk.
Parking on Palmer Avenue is suspended while the streetscape project goes through its early stages. Photos/Chris Gramuglia
was necessary because the village did not want to allow work to continue until the contractor provided additional documents to Woodard and Curran, the private engineering ﬁrm overseeing the development, and that, currently, the streetscape project is back on schedule. According to McAndrews, the village thought that De Marino Brothers submitted
This is not the ﬁrst time the project has been halted by the village. Earlier this year, the work was stalled to ensure that the temporary loss of sidewalk space did not hurt holiday business in the area. Harry Balkin, a resident of Larchmont, said that, generally, the construction hasn’t posed much of a problem, but that construction
the appropriate documentation for the project and also had the correct materials to begin working, but the reality was it did not, which caused the village to put the work on hiatus. The mayor said up-to-date renderings of the project are still in the process of being developed, and will be made available to the public as soon as they are complete.
crews are taking up a large portion of Pine Brook Park by storing their equipment there. “Down in Pine Brook it’s an issue because they store all of their stuff there, the construction crews,” Balkin said. “They’re taking up half the park. So far, it hasn’t been an inconvenience otherwise. I don’t know if it’s going to be worth it when it’s done. We’ll see.”
Writing, which is my form of celebration and prayer, Is also my form of inquiry. -Diane Ackerman
Have you seen the sea at night draped in a silver gown, trailing shimmery yards of light, wearing a diamond crown?
Town/Village of Mamaroneck Poet Laureate Mary Louise Cox
Have you watched the sea at night dance silken to the shore, swirl her skirts and pirouette to music of the roar? Have you watched the waves at night somersault on the sand while overhead the twinkly stars rained stardust on the land? Have you been awake at night listening to the sea remembering all the happy times you walked the beach with me? Mary Louise Cox, Poet Laureate of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck
With Honors Hunter D. Pawloff of Larchmont has been named to the dean’s list at Tulane University for the spring semester.
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Outdoor fresh food market trend grows in Westchester
Beets and radishes were just some of the produce on display. By JEFF ROBINOWITZ CONTRIBUTOR
On June 1, New Rochelle joined the ranks of other Westchester communities in opening its own fresh food market. The market, which is located on Library Green next to the New Rochelle Public Library on Huguenot Street, was developed over the last year by a team of City Council members, business owners and interested citizens. The project was lead in part by Ralph DiBart, an executive director with the New Rochelle Business Improvement District, and Councilman Ivar Hyden, a long time proponent of a Saturday market. DiBart said hopes are high for the new market. “We want our Grand Market to not only bring healthy farm-fresh and local produce to residents of New Rochelle and surrounding communities, but also to serve as a festive community gathering place bringing people to their reawakened, revitalized and vibrant downtown,” DiBart said. Bo Kemp, a New Rochelle resident and owner of Urban Fresh Food Markets, wants to help make the new Grand Market become “the best market in Westchester.”
Patrons sample the selection of fruits and vegetables during the opening of New Rochelle’s fresh food Grand Market.
Westchester is already home to numerous other markets in areas like Bronxville, Larchmont, Rye and Mamaroneck. Most fresh and organic local-grown markets, which have sprung up in the last few years, mark a shifting direction in the American diet. In recent times, more Americans have become interested in pursing healthier, more nutritious diets. Many feel that the investment in better food is an investment in a better life. This new health food craze, however, has yet to infect the general public, as local and organic foods are often more expensive than their mass-produced counterparts. But organic foods suffer from numerous setbacks, such as a limited supply, signiﬁcantly higher production costs, and an inferior marketing and distribution system. Foods like eggs, chicken, and milk, when produced organically, can cost twice as much as conventionally produced foods. Still, DiBart doesn’t think potentially high prices will deter customers from visiting New Rochelle’s new fresh food market. “Everyone I saw went home with full bags,” he said. Kemp believes that increasing organic food awareness is important.
Left to right: Frank Castro and Luis Rivera, Jr. from Monroe College Culinary Arts Program. Photos/Bobby Begun
“It’s not only about healthier food, but we want to educate people. People need to know that how it is grown matters.” Organic farmers and distributors often make the case that their product is less harmful to the individual and the environment and is therefore more beneﬁcial in the long term, claims that have not fallen on deaf ears. According to a 2011 survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association, the organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall to reach $31.5 billion in sales in
2011. However, the high cost is still preventing this fad from evolving into a primary consumer resource, as the same survey also states that organic food sales still only represent 4.2 percent of all U.S. food sales. The New Rochelle Grand Market will remain open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. into October. DiBart hopes to expand the market by introducing family days and larger music events in July, and would even like to see a winter market established by the end of the year.
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Larchmont ‘Movie Man’ shares his passion for classic ﬁlm
Larchmont resident Rob Goldstone shares the ﬁlms of Hollywood’s golden age with the community in his “The Book and the Movie” ﬁlm series, seen each month at the Larchmont Public Library. Contributed photo
Having been a resident of Larchmont for more than 45 years, you could say that Rob Goldstone is a real man about town. And while he may be just that, he is also a man about ﬁlm. But not just any ﬁlm. He is the quintessential ﬁlm buff with a ﬁrm belief that the best ﬁlms of all time are those produced
during Hollywood’s “golden age,” ﬁlms produced between 1930 and 1960. But Goldstone is much more than simply a ﬁlm buff. Over the past several years, he has been passionately sharing his love for classic ﬁlm with those around him by screening ﬁlms and discussing all of the things that make them
great, including the books that the ﬁlms are based on. His passion drove him ultimately to a unique concept for sharing and presenting the ﬁlms he loves, creating “The Book and the Movie,” a monthly ﬁlm series held at the Larchmont Public Library in which he screens classic ﬁlms and discusses not only the ﬁlm, but also the book the ﬁlm is based on. Goldstone’s love for ﬁlm grew from his youth into his adult years. For many years, he was president of his family’s $40 million manufacturing business. While manufacturing paid the bills, his love of ﬁlm and his passion for sharing that love is what really sustained him. His thirst for the ﬁlms he loves never has been quenched and is evidenced by the fact that he has seen the Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman classic, “Casablanca,” more than 145 times. And that’s but one ﬁlm of the hundreds that he has seen, multiple times. It is interesting to note that Goldstone’s passion for ﬁlm doesn’t extend far beyond the ﬁlms produced in the early 1960s. There’s a reason for this. The 1960s were a time of tremendous change within the social fabric of our nation and the changes the country experienced had a profound impact on ﬁlm and how ﬁlms are made. “The ﬁlms of Hollywood’s golden age have it all. Starting with a great story, these ﬁlms have stars and great supporting casts in which many are often stars in their own right,” Goldstone said. “They also have great soundtracks by master composers such as
George Gershwin, Lorenze Hart and many others, who were equally talented, as well as masterful ﬁlm directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Frank Capra. These ﬁlms didn’t have to rely on storyless special effects like many of the ﬁlms of today.” Goldstone has been diligently working on a book which will be called “The Book and the Movie,” taking its title from his ﬁlm series. While his passion lies with the ﬁlms themselves, he has done a mammoth amount of research into the backstory of the making of each ﬁlm and presents a host of little-known facts about each ﬁlm in his monthly presentations. These facts and anecdotes will appear in his book and will serve to make it unique among ﬁlm books. He will also include his own personal experiences with ﬁlm stars and personalities. “The Book and the Movie” series has become a popular monthly event for many, to the point that Goldstone has been recognized for his work with Letters of Achievement from former County Executive Andy Spano, former state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer and other prominent local ofﬁcials. Some regular attendees of “The Book and the Movie” monthly series affectionately know Rob as the “Movie Man.” For more information about the Rob Goldstone’s “The Book and the Movie” monthly presentations, call the Larchmont Public Library at 914-834-2281 or visit the library online at www.larchmontlibrary.org. (Submitted)
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Armonk’s Fortina offers a taste of the real Italy Walking into Fortina, the new Italian res- making sure his nephew does right by his taurant in Armonk, just days before its much- customers. anticipated opening, I’m overcome with the Petroni and Nealon met while working most wonderful aroma. at Barcelona in Greenwich, Conn. Petroni At ﬁrst, the obvious source is the two wood- was the executive chef and Nealon the genburning ovens imported from Naples tucked eral manager. into the corner of the seemingly endless sub“When I met Christian at Barcelona, the way-tiled bar. But it’s an even richer scent, connection between us was instantaneous,” one that I haven’t come upon in Westchester Petroni said. in quite some time. Taking in the rustic surAs for Krauss, he’s a childhood friend of roundings, complete with old barn doors and Nealons’s they like to call the “marketing forged iron ﬁttings, light ﬁxtures that look guru.” like they were bought directly from an upstate It seems these guys really like to collabofarm, I think the smell might be coming off rate. Another amazing food partnership they the ﬂoor to ceiling cyprus forged was at Cooked & walls which were aged by Co. in Scarsdale, where I ﬁre–literally, a blow torch. ﬁrst came across their food. But that’s not it either. WESTCHESTER The physical space was After spending an hour quite small, and yet their WANDERER with Christian Petroni, John reputation was anything Lisa Jardine Nealon and Rob Krauss— but. I wouldn’t think twice the three partners in this about driving 20 minutes for new venture—I come to the conclusion that one of their banana nut mufﬁns stuffed with the wonderful smell that hits you as you walk Nutella. And then there were the Saturday in the door of Fortina is success. night polenta tables. These guys know food and they know how Petroni came up with the idea of doing a to enjoy it. And at Fortina, they’ve used every- chef’s table on Saturday nights featuring pothing they’ve learned from their past experi- lenta alla spianatora–literally, polenta spread ences to make sure you will, too. ﬂat. One of his fondest Italian summer memoPetroni grew up in a true Italian family ries was the Feast of the Mother Mary, when in the Bronx and spent idyllic summers on Uncle Louie would make a big pot of polenta. Ponza, a tiny island off the coast of Naples. The contents of the pot would be spread out He was so inﬂuenced by his extended family on a specially-made wooden table and the and the food they fed him, he pays homage to guests would bring Ragu and grilled meats, his Uncle Louie above the bar. A photo taken which would be laid on top of the polenta. He this past summer with Petroni’s iPhone of his did the same thing at Cooked & Co., but with uncle, shirtless and smoking a cigarette with an added online tweak. They put an invite on the ubiquitous espresso in hand, has been Facebook and, within 45 minutes, sold out the beautifully rendered into a piece of art. It’s entire series of Saturday nights with a 500almost like Louie is watching over the joint, person waiting list.
This picture of partner Christopher Petroni’s Uncle Louie oversees the proceedings at Fortina, a new Italian restaurant in Armonk.
Partners John Nealon, left, and Christian Petroni of Fortina in Armonk. Photos/Lisa Jardine
I was one of those 500 who never did get off the list. “The polenta tables brought strangers together whose only commonality was a love of food and a sense of adventure,” Nealon said. Wendy Gellert, a Harrison resident and foodie said, “It was one of the best meals I ate all year.” Krauss, the partner tasked with the team’s online presence, is extremely media savvy and refuses to use technology to push their customers to do anything. “Facebook is all about friends. We have no desire to monetize it. Our Facebook page is a reﬂection of us and what we like to do– which is eat good food and have fun doing it,” Krauss said. Their new website fortinapizza.com is crisp and fresh, just like their food. It’s in its infancy, but they envision it will be a great source of information with blog entries by the chefs and servers alike. Field trips and cooking demonstrations will be a part of what they have in store. This is a young group of chefs, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs, and it’s going to be exciting to see where they take it. Their menu is simple. Almost everything will be cooked in the two wood-burning ovens, starting with their artisanal and ﬂat bread pizzas. Look for incredibly creative and fresh toppings like zucchini ﬂowers, English peas, leaks and even bone marrow. They have a hearty antipasto of salumi and formaggia, as well as proteins a la carte: a beautiful piece of ﬁsh, a perfectly
roasted chicken. “Cooking a perfectly roasted chicken excites me more than a dish with a thousand ingredients. Simplicity is king and it’s very difﬁcult to pull off. It needs to be perfect,” Petroni said. Petroni knows a lot about perfection, as evidenced by his 2010 win on Food Network’s popular show, Chopped. When asked about dessert, Petroni waxes poetically about the gelato in Italy. “When I’m in Florence, I eat gelato seven to nine times a day. It’s that good. The homemade gelato we’ll offer here is sweet cream gelato, just like you’ll ﬁnd in Florence. Another dessert we’ll serve is affogato. The perfect scoop of vanilla ice cream with a hot shot of espresso poured over it, tableside. It’s my favorite,” Petroni said. If you haven’t yet visited their website to reserve your table online, you might be one of those famous 500 on the waiting list. Book now or forever hold your peace. Lisa Jardine is a freelance writer who has frequently contributed to CNN.com among other publications. She is currently a student in the MFA creative writing program at Manhattanville College. She is always on the lookout for a great story, an amazing restaurant, an unusual day trip or a must-see cultural event in Westchester County. To contact Lisa, you can email her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @westchesterwand.
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Sheldrake parties on the pond
Rabbi Mara Nathan of Larchmont Temple and Bonnie Weinbach, member of Sheldrake Board of Directors.
From left: Richard Cherry, CEO Community Environmental Center and event honoree; Millie Magraw, board president, Sheldrake Environmental Center; Holly Moskow, executive director, Sheldrake Environmental Center; Matthew Karp and Wendy Weinstein Karp, owners Plates Restaurant and event honorees.
Sheldrake Environmental Center honored local residents Richard Cherry, CEO and president of the Community Environmental Center, and Matthew Karp and Wendy Weinstein Karp, owners of Plates restaurant, for their outstanding commitments to the community and environment at its annual gala on June 6. The center’s fundraising gala, “Party on the Pond–Putting Sheldrake on the Map” was held for the ﬁrst time ever on the shoreline of the Larchmont Reservoir–James
G. Johnson, Jr. Conservancy. The Sheldrake Environmental Center is located at 685 Weaver Street in Larchmont adjacent to the reservoir and provides educational programs, community events and organizes volunteers to help maintain the property. According to Sheldrake Environmental Center Executive Director Holly Moskow, the gala is a unique opportunity for members of the Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Scarsdale and surrounding communities to come together
Millie Magraw, left, board president, Sheldrake Environmental Center and Marlene Kolbert, Village of Larchmont trustee.
to honor local residents who have contributed to the environment and community life and to explore and enjoy the conservancy property in its evening splendor. Honoree Richard Cherry said, “I am very pleased to be recognized by the Sheldrake Environmental Center, which is doing such important work so well. At CEC, we are trying to save our fragile earth one building at a time. At Sheldrake, they are doing it one mind at a time.” Sheldrake Environmental Center’s Party on the Pond was proudly supported by sponsors Wine Gems, Plates Restaurant & Catering, Houlihan Lawrence, Pollena Forsman, Encon Solar, Purity Vodka and Flowers by Stephanie as well as media sponsors, Hometown Media Group, The WAG and Westchester County Business Journal. Proceeds raised from the gala will support Sheldrake Environmental Center’s ongoing operations and help Sheldrake maintain and map trails, provide scholarships for children to attend summer nature camp and support the development of new community programs. (Submitted)
From left: Marlene Kolbert, Village of Larchmont trustee; Holly Moskow, executive director, Sheldrake Environmental Center; Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, who is running for Judy Myers’ county legislative seat; Wendy Weinstein Karp, owner of Plates Restaurant and event honoree.
From left: Sylvia and Bill Weisner. Bill is past treasurer of Sheldrake along with Millie Magraw, board president, Sheldrake Environmental Center.
From left: Millie Magraw, board president, Sheldrake Environmental Center, Nancy Seligson, Town of Mamaroneck supervisor and Patricia Roberts, Party on the Pond co-chair. Photos/Corey Baumer
Empire City Summer Concert winners Audrey Markantonis Mrs. A. Majdak Neil Wasserman Patty George David Reinhold Selected winners get a chance to see Travis Tritt at Empire City Casino on June 23. Every week, ﬁve pairs of tickets will be awarded by random drawing. To be eligible, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org with “summer concert” in the subject line.
SPORTS The beat goes on In many respects, the end of any scholastic year is bittersweet. While graduations are celebrations of the academic achievements of our local high school students, they are tinged with melancholy—a reminder that a distinct part of the lives of the young men and women clad in caps and gowns is at an end and that new challenges lie ahead. But it also serves as a reminder that the cycle will continue. Our departing seniors will leave to go into the world while new classes rise up to take their place—both in the halls of our high schools and on our athletic ﬁelds. Local seniors certainly left their mark on the Section I landscape, as they seem to do every year. There was no shortage of great moments this year, indelible sporting moments that will forever live on in the minds of those seniors who will move on to bigger things. Of course there was ‘the shot’—Khalil Edney’s game-winning buzzer-beater to give New Rochelle its ﬁrst section title since 2006 and made Edney and the Huguenots national heroes on ESPN. Moments such as that one, and Edney hoisting the state football title back in November will be long remembered. But
while those are undeniable in their greatness, there have been a handful of other moments, other stories that are just as meaningful, though not as broad in scope. Stories like New Rochelle baseball, led by senior hurler John Valente, earning its ﬁrst victory over rival Mamaroneck in six years; a game that Huguenot coach Pete Annunziata admitted meant so much to his ace. Other streaks fell this LIVE MIKE year, including Rye’s eightgame winning streak over Mike Smith Harrison in ‘The Game.’ Watching senior quarterback Vinnie Nicita and his teammates celebrate the end of a drought was certainly a moment I will remember for a long time. I will also remember talking to lineman Joe Bellantoni after Tuckahoe punched its ticket to states. In 2010, when the Tigers won a state title, Bellantoni was an undersized lineman, a sophomore scrapper who—despite his starting role—was like the team’s younger brother. I remember when his father died, just prior to that state title game, and how Bellantoni still went out and played, knowing that the rest of the Tuckahoe community was behind him. In 2012, Bellantoni was the undeniable leader and anchor of that Tiger line, someone
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Khalil Edney goes up for a shot against Mount Vernon in the Section I title game on March 3. In the ﬁnal seconds of that game, Edney hit a buzzerbeater game-winning shot that gained national attention and was the best sports moment of the 2012-13 season. Photo/Bobby Begun
whose tireless work and time in the trenches made him a teammate to look up to in times of need. These moments, these players, will be missed. But the great thing about high school sports is there is always someone waiting in the wings, someone ready to step up, take the big shot and write their own history. Rye golfer Alexis Hios—who placed second in the state this year—might very well bring Rye another piece of hardware for their trophy case in her senior year. Young football stars, like Mamaroneck’s Marquez JacksonAllen and Rye Neck’s Jakob Calvini, will have another chance-two in Jackson-Allen’s case-to ﬁnd glory on the gridiron. Tuckahoe’s Cassie McGrath, Mamaroneck’s Kimi Chiapparelli, and Rye Neck’s Diana King are all-stars already, but will only get better as the years go on. So farewell seniors. Your time here will not be forgotten, by you, your teammates or your friends and family. But one word of advice before you go— don’t be strangers. Come back when you can, cheer on your old teammates, the kids you mentored, the JV players who looked up to you as role models. Although your time might be done, there’s no saying what magic the future might hold for our up-and-coming stars.
PCRA shines at national meet By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
On June 9, the Pelham Community Rowing Association ﬁnished up another go-around at the U.S. Youth Nationals in Oak Ridge Tennessee. Over the past decade, the New Rochellebased organization has become one of the more prominent—and successful—teams in the nation, and this year was no different as the PCRA ﬁnished third, thanks to some terriﬁc performances. The PCRA, which recently celebrated it’s 10th reunion at its home on Glen Island, has been sending boats to nationals for the past ﬁve years and has been turning heads on the national scene, especially given their 2011 performance in which they unseated the sixtime defending champions and broke a regatta record in the process. Though they weren’t able to quite repeat last year’s success, they did not come away empty-handed. In one of the more surprising ﬁnishes of the regatta, the girls’ quad—featuring Harrison’s Liliane Lindsay and Mamaroneck’s Ellie Sawyer, as well as Pelham native Lauren Veith and Riverdale Country School junior Julia Sesler—took third place in the Class A ﬁnal, eeking out a medal with a late race burst and a ﬁnishing just .01 of a second ahead of the fourth-place boat. According to Lindsay, who was making her third trip to nationals, the ﬁnish far ex-
From left: Liliane Lindsay, Lauren Veith, Julia Sesler and Ellie Sawyer pose with PCRA coach Guy Monseair after taking third at nationals on June 9. Contributed photo
ceeded the team’s expectations heading into the season. “Even though we have been to nationals in the past, this year, it was pretty much a whole different boat,” said the Harrison senior. “Three girls from the quad graduated last year, so coming in, we didn’t know what to expect from ourselves. When we did start thinking of nationals, we didn’t know how we would do.” With the graduation of her more experienced crewmembers, Lindsay said that she took it upon herself to become more of a
leader as the season wore on. “I went from being the youngest girl in the boat to being one of the more experienced ones,” she said. “With two of the girls being newer, they looked to me and Ellie for support and advice.” With a terriﬁc performance at nationals behind her, however, Lindsay has no plans to rest. On June 22, she headed up to New London, Conn. to spend the summer training at the United States Coast Guard Academy with 34 other elite high school rowers. Over
the course of the summer, Lindsay and her fellow rowers will be under the tutelage of some of the top instructors in the United States as they train and compete for a spot to represent the U.S. Youth National Team at the Junior World Rowing Championships, which will be held in Lithuania this August. “This is going to be a new level of challenge,” said Lindsay. “It’s going to be a high level of competition, and a lot of girls there are going to be incredibly fast. It’s going to be great to row and train with girls at that level.”
SPORTS Tigers take stock at Big Apple tourney
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By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Garofolo shakes a defender on June 8. Head coach Anthony Vitti was pleased with the play of his receivers at the camp.
Head coach Anthony Vitti gives his defense signs from the sidelines. Vitti is conﬁdent that last year’s success will give the Tigers momentum heading into summer workouts. Photos/Bobby Begun
On June 8, Mamaroneck’s football team took its ﬁrst true steps toward the 2013 season, taking part in the Big Apple 7-on-7 Tournament at White Plains High School. Competing alongside schools such as Iona Prep, Rye Neck and New Canaan, the passing tourney offered the Tigers players a chance to get a feel for the speed of the game–and start to shine in the eyes of the Mamaroneck coaching staff. For the Tigers, who capped off a brilliant 8-2 season in 2012, the opportunity to get on the ﬁeld was as much about building off of last year’s momentum as it was about seeing what the 2013 ladnscape looks like “We compete to win, but we’re not there to take stock in pure results,” said head coach Anthony Vitti. “We’re looking to ﬁnally get on the ﬁeld, work on what we’ve been putting in, both offensively and defensively.” After graduating 26 seniors, Vitti said the Big Apple Tournament was a good chance to look ahead at the talent he has coming down the pipeline. In particular, the head coach was pleased with the play of his receiving corps, including Alex Parkinson, Will Schudy and Jordan Garofalo, and the continued maturation of rising junior Marquez Jackson-Allen. “It’s deﬁnitely an invaluable tool in terms of evaluation and getting a jump on the year,” said Vitti. “We saw some good things, and I was especially impressed with Marquez Jackson-Allen’s range from the middle-linebacker spot in the passing game.” Although Vitti knows full well that duplicating the performance of the 2012 season will be difﬁcult-especially given the losses to graduation-he believes the steady strides the program has made over the last four years are manifesting themselves in a group of athletes who have bought in to summer workouts. “I think there’s a football-hungry mentality at Mamaroneck that’s been bubbling for a while,” said Vitti. “It’s taken some time and effort, but the kids want to win, and they’ve been really responsive.” The team will be active in the off season, running a strength and conditioning program during the summer that includes the team’s “Hotdog Hill’ workouts as well as
Rising junior Daniel Gottlieb throws a pass on June 8 at the Big Apple Tournament in White Plains. The tournament serves as a way to help the Tiger staff evaluate younger players.
an extensive lifting program the Tigers prefer to hold outdoors. From July 23 to 27, the Tigers will host their own passing tournament, inviting four teams to work out their own schemes on Mamaroneck’s home turf. “Obviously the work in the sum-
mer, the strength and conditioning stuff, all of that has been important,” said Vitti. “We’re also going to be inviting other teams over to practice in a more intimate setting. “That way,” he added, “We will be able to stop after plays and work on teaching.”