SOUND &TOWN Serving Mamaroneck & Larchmont
Vol. 15/Number 25
Embrace the future A proud Mamaroneck High School graduate embraces principal Elizabeth Clain after receiving his diploma at the schoolâ€™s 2013 commencement ceremony. For more, see pages 8-9.
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Village board breaks the rules
Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, recently made the decision to table a work session agenda item related to multi-space parking meters. However, the decision was made without making a motion or getting a majority vote from the Board of Trustees. File photos By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
Proper adherence to meeting procedures has been a hot button issue in the Village of Mamaroneck for quite some time, and reared its head again at a June 17 work session when Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, decided to table an agenda item without making a motion or taking a formal vote by the Board of Trustees.
The agenda item was in reference to a proposal for the installation of multi-space parking meters in the village’s business district, but Rosenblum chose to bypass the topic, saying that it was discussed previously and shouldn’t have been on the agenda in the ﬁrst place. Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, a Republican, and trustees Andres Bermudez-Hallstrom and Ilissa Miller, both Democrats, agreed with Rosenblum, leaving Democratic Trustee Leon Potok as the only board member against tabling the item. The parking meter item was ultimately tabled and the board moved on with the work session, but resident Stuart Tiekert, who has a pending lawsuit against Rosenblum and Village Manager Richard Slingerland revolving around alleged violations of New York State Open Meetings Law, said the action was a violation of the village’s own code and meeting procedures. Tiekert sent an email to the board, expressing his concerns. Potok said having parking as an agenda item was necessary, and that the grounds on which the discussion was bypassed were illfounded. “In terms of tabling the item, it was perfectly appropriate to have a discussion,” he said. “The multi-space meter in question was on the agenda to get an update. It belonged on the agenda.” Potok also said the mayor’s claims that the matter had been previously discussed are untrue, and that Slingerland put the multi-space
meter item on the agenda so the board could must make motions to table agenda items and be alerted to the progress of a request for bids the presiding ofﬁcer must call for a vote on that was issued on the initiative. whether or not the item will be be tabled. According to Rosenblum, the matter of Tiekert said that previous boards have not parking meters was discussed in taken meeting procedures sea previous work session, and the riously, and this current board rest of the board believed that is no exception. the meters should be part of a “I think this board sees the much larger village-wide review law as just a suggestion on of parking. these open meetings issues,” “My recollection is that [the he said. discussion] may not have techTiekert’s lawsuit arose from nically been tabled,” the mayor a July 16, 2012, Board of said. “Comments were made Trustees meeting in which the by the other board members mayor put a stop to Tiekert’s indicating that this was already public commentary by asking discussed and decided.” that a police ofﬁcer escort him Executive Director of the away from the village courtstate Committee On Open house podium. Tiekert saw the Government Bob Freeman said action as a violation of his ﬁrst that the issue at hand in the Trustee Leon Potok, a amendment rights, and chose Village of Mamaroneck does not Democrat, was the only to ﬁle suit. violate New York State law in trustee who protested at “I believe that Trustee a June 17 work session any way. Potok is correct: the tabling “That’s their own procedure when Mayor Norman of any agenda item can only Rosenblum unilaterally and would not be inconsistent tabled an agenda item be done by motion and none with state law,” he said. “From related to parking. was made,” Tiekert said. my perspective, it is not inconsis“The mayor does not have tent. State law doesn’t say a word any special power that allows about tabling agenda items. Municipalities him the ability to either add or extract items have the ability to adopt reasonable rules for from the agenda without the consent of the their own proceedings.” entire board.” The section of the village code governing Phone calls to Village Manager Slingerland meeting procedures states that board members were not returned as of press time.
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C ommunity Briefs 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. 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 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 914630-5894 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 Children’s programs 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. Picnic stories, Tuesdays: Noon July 9 to Aug. 6. All ages. Toddlertime Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. July 11 to Aug. 8. 18 to 36 months. Saturday storytimes (ongoing): 11 a.m. and craft 11:30 a.m. All ages. 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. Larchmont Library children’s events Summer Reading Game: Dig Into Reading For readers and read-to-mes. Friday, June 21 to Friday, Aug. 30. Register online or in person to win prizes for reading all summer long. Readers win a prize for every three hours spent reading, and read-to-mes for every two hours. For a special challenge, ask at the Children’s Room circulation desk about our Dig Into Reading Treasure Maps. Red, White and Blue Bash Ages 4 to 6. Monday, July 1 at 3 p.m. Get
your bling ready for July 4 at this story/craft/ noisy parade. We’ll read stories that celebrate Independence Day, make a sparkly wand, and stir up the adult section with marching music. Register in person, or by calling 914-834-2281. Crazy 4th of July Hat Ages 7 and up. Tuesday, July 2 at 3:30 p.m. Get your Fourth of July groove on at the library for Independence Day stories, and create a funky foam and duct tape hat. Register in person or by calling (914)834-2281. Montessori Mommy and Me Ages 18 months to 3 years. Mondays, July 8 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. Come experience an introduction to a Montessori Environment with you child, guided by a local Montessori Teacher and mom, Meghan Rinehart. Learn as a community hands-on ways to develop an environment in which practical skills are used to foster a child’s concentration, independence and self-esteem. Register by calling (914)834-2281. 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, NY 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 914381-2002 ext. 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today. 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.
The Sound and Town Report will not print a July 5 edition. The next print date is scheduled for July 12. Happy Fourth of July.
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Town, Larchmont respond to HUD report cards
The Hommocks Apartments, seen here, are just one example of affordable housing in the Town of Mamaroneck, but report cards issued by a federal monitor say not enough is being done. By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont issued responses to report cards from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on the communities’ progress in complying with HUD’s affordable housing settlement with Westchester County. The report cards indicated both municipalities haven’t made signiﬁcant or noticeable progress. Similar report cards were issued countywide. The basis for the report cards is a 2009 settlement between the county and the AntiDiscrimination Center of Metro New York that mandated that Westchester build and acquire 750 units of affordable housing in its wealthiest, and least diverse, communities over the course of seven years. The case came about as a result of the antidiscrimination center’s claims that the county had zoning that was exclusionary based on race. The settelement was viewed as groundbreaking and could be tested in other communities across the country. The report card that was issued to the Town
of Mamaroneck from Federal Monitor James E. Johnson made a number of points regarding the town’s ability to support affordable housing, generally reporting that the community has not done enough. Johnson is an attorney hired by HUD to help implement and oversee the 2009 settlement. “Mamaroneck has not adopted the county’s model affordable housing ordinance, and none of the 125 FAH [fair and affordable housing] units allocated to the town in the county’s 2005 plan have been built,” Johnson wrote. “There are no sites available for new multi-family development in the Town of Mamaroneck. Additional actions will be needed for the town to make meaningful progress toward meeting its affordable housing obligation.” The county’s model housing ordinance is a series of provisions to help local municipalities add fair and affordable housing to their communities. A major component of the ordinance is making land use approvals for affordable housing easier for local governments. The 2005 plan centers on a Housing Allocation Study that the town underwent, but the report was never adopted by the town, ac-
cording to Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson, a Democrat. The town’s report card suggested that the community adopt the county’s ordinance, map additional areas for mult-family housing, permit accessory housing units and provide opportunities for low-density development. However, Seligson disagreed with the monitor’s assessment stating that Mamaroneck is already doing a signiﬁcant amount of work to promote and add affordable housing. “We run a pretty large Section 8 program, and we are working on amending our zoning law to allow residential development in the service-business district,” she said. “We also have our wonderful Hommocks Park apartments, with a number of affordable units in it.” Seligson told The Sound and Town Report that the town has never been against affordable housing, and that the report card from HUD created the illusion that it has not been working hard enough to promote it. Seligson said that an estimated 308 units will be able to be constructed, once the town amends its zoning code. The Village of Larchmont’s report card contained similarly negative feedback stating that it had not adopted the county’s ordinance for affordable housing. “Nor does it in any way promote fair and affordable housing,” the federal monitor stated. “It allows multi-family apartment buildings and townhouses in some areas but with
limitations that constrain their development as a practical matter.” Larchmont’s report card does state that the community has made some progress toward satisfying a 100-unit benchmark, but pointed out that the muncipality’s available development sites can’t support the remaining units that need to be built. According to the report card, only 51 units have been approved. Mayor Ann McAndrews, a Democrat, also disagreed with the monitor’s ﬁndings, and responded with a detailed rebuttle. In response to claims that Larchmont has not adopted the county’s model housing ordinance, McAndrews said, “It is incomprehensible to us that Larchmont can be characterized this way, as a ﬁnding of fact, when Larchmont has approved and recently extended the approval of 51 units of housing which are to be marketed as FAH [fair and affordable housing] in accordance with the stipulation and order of settlement...” the mayor said. “I must say that the report’s...opening statement regarding Larchmont is not only inaccurate, but very unfair to the board members and the citizens of Larchmont.” McAndrews said the report card issued to the village was, at best, a distraction to the community that inhibited it from getting work done on the 51 approved units of affordable housing. The project is, nonetheless, on schedule, according to the mayor.
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Mamaroneck High School Class of 2013 Saul Aboudi Kim Abrams Michael Adler Darien Ahn * Michelle Ajodah Alice Alexandrov * Carina Allen Zachary Aller Abdulaziz Althagaﬁ Brenda Alvarez Bryan Alvarez Jeffrey Amato Marie Anconetti Joseph Angilletta Gabriel Aquije Solyris Aquino Pedro Araujo Malcolm Arthur Francis Aversano Sarah Axelrad Isabel Azevedo Daniel Baigel * Yolanda Baltazar Katie Barbero Amanda Barger Anai Barrios Emelyn Barrios Lester Barrios Maria Barto Owen Beitel Tedric Bellis * Olivia Benjamin Joseph Bernstein * Michael Bianco Emily Biehl Connor Bingham Kyle Bokert Zolboo Bold-Erdene Devon Bonadonna Bradley Brammer Joseﬁna Brauning * Thomas Brill Rhena Brinkmann Rachel Brissette * Ian Brown * Chelsey Byrne Venus Cabrera Ryan Cadden * Julia Cain * Peter Callahan Sarah Campbell * Gabriella Carcano Demi Carrero Nikolas Caruso
Raymond Casher Jr. Benjamin Cattau * Jorge Cerna Patrea Chamberlain Joseph Charla IV Edith Chess * Haim Choung Jean Cifuentes Olivia Cipriano Bradley Clark Elisabeth Cohen Sophie Collin Steven Compi Peter Conley Lucy Coplin Elizabeth Coretto * Josephine Crochon Olivia Crumm Justin Csenge Shelby Cucolo Brandon Damiano Deidra Daughma Kelsey Davidson * Terrence Davis Antoine De Talhouet Anthony Dean Ella Dean Madison Debaker Elizabeth Del Rio * Daniel Delitto Christian Diaz Emmanuelle DiBuono Joann DiBuono Alexander Dick Victoria Dieck * Alia Dixon Jenna Doherty * Chloe Downs * Kevin Droesch Kevin Duarte Alex Dumouza Dionicio Duran John Dyer Cesar Ensuncho Mario Escobar Juan Espinoza Jr. Steven Fabiano Mariel Falk * Raffaello Fasanella d’Amore Darlene Fernandez Matthew Finer Hannah Fitzgerald Kristin Flatow Scott Fleisher Kimberly Flores * Justin Francisco Mariah Freire Joseph Friedland * Jennifer Fryer Matthew Fryer Rebecca Fryer Patricia Galan
James Gallagher Jonathan Gamboa * Michael Genecin * Ian Gilliams Sabine Ginsberg Hayley Girsky * Hannah Goldansky Matthew Goldberg Jordan Goldstein Gabriel Gonzalez Noah Goodman * Joshua Goroff Brian Gramajo Jonathan Greeman Henry Greenberg Scott Greenberg Michael Gualano Jamie Gutstein Katherine Guy Elisha Haber Ross Haber Rebecca Haft * Anne Hale Samuel Han Rebecca Harman * Milo Harper-Siroto Peter Harris Paul Hasson Brooke Helms * Tristan Herlitz Trey Herlitz-Ferguson Irving Hernandez Jose Herrera Interiano Shayna Heyman Courtney Hilburg John Hillman Patrick Hinchcliffe Asher Hochman Michael Hofmann Emily Horing * Sarah Inglis Clara Irving Dayshell Jackson Dylan Jewell Hope Joyce Samuel Kahn * Lauren Kalish Mojdeh Kamaly Jacob Kanengiser * Benjamin Kaplan Emily Kaplan-Levenson * Elliott Karliner Jacob Karliner Catherine Kernie * Courtney Kimmey Charles Kirby Annabelle Kirk Peter Kizer Augusta Klein * Jesse Kling * Annette Koski Joshua Kriss * Tyler Kruse Justin Lai Alexander Lanni Lauren LaRocco Suzanne Lasagne Ashley Laymon
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Jacqueline Sposito Chloe Steely Elizabeth Stephanz * Alexandra Sternklar Justin Stewart Benjamin Stolman Matthew Stolman * Juliet Strauss * Javier Suarez Margaret Sullivan Kevin Sweeney Jahreal Symister Nathticia Taitte Maxwell Tanner Kiera Taussig Sara Tolchinsky Austin Torero Maggie Torres Allie Trachtenberg * Cristina Trapani Maxwell Tremain Wesley Troeger * Benjamin Tugendstein * Lily Turovsky Nicole Valera Paul Vallely Nicholas Vanderpool Sebastian Velez Alexander Vera Erick Vera Nicholas Viagas Nadia Viera Nicole Vozza Susanna Wach * James Wade Elliot Warner * Olivia Weiland Julia Weisberger Samuel Wheeler Ryan White Courtney Wieber Ryan Will Jack Williams Joshua Wrobel Rachel Yalowitz * Sara Zaidane Anthony Zamboli Richard Zea Danielle Zelin * Ryan Zucker * Member of the National Honor Society
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Class of 2013 bids farewell to MHS By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Mamaroneck High School honored its 2013 graduating class at its annual commencement ceremony on Wednesday June 19. Graduates, parents, friends and staff attended the ceremony on the school’s football ﬁeld and congratulated students who received their long-awaited diplomas. Principal Elizabeth Clain said the past few weeks leading up to the graduation have been especially difﬁcult for her and her fellow educators because they have to say goodbye to students. “The months of May and June are always hard ones for educators as we get ready to release the students who we have worked with for four years and who we have come to love, respect and admire,” she said. “I look at the Class of 2013 and I see a group of kind, enthusiastic students who revel in each other’s accomplishments.” Clain said the Class of 2013 was faced with added hardships in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but watching them overcome these difﬁculties was an indicator that “anything is possible.” Salutatorian Emily Mancuso CONTINUED on page 9
Dr. Susan Allen delivers her remarks to the 2013 graduating class.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps congratulates the 2013 graduates of Mamaroneck High School.
Jenna Doherty leads the 2013 graduating class in the singing of the school’s alma mater.
New graduates toss their caps in celebration after receiving their diplomas from Principal Elizabeth Clain. Photos/Chris Gramuglia
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focused her remarks on her love of stories, and how her time at Mamaroneck High School has given some she will never forget. “Stories are such an important part of our lives,” she said. “They remind us of all the special, memorable and sometimes crazy parts of our days. In this past year, we have created more stories than ever—prom, the trip to China, graduation, and just spending time with our friends in these last few weeks before summer.” Mancuso thanked the graduating class, her parents and teachers for “the stories you have shared, and the stories that we have written together.” Joseph Bernstein, who was this year’s valedictorian, said that, while each student’s path was different, the experience leading up to graduation was the same. “For the past 13 years, we have walked over similar routes and seen similar scen-
A sunglasses-sporting graduate smiles after receiving his diploma.
ery. Our speciﬁc paths may have varied, but we have all found the way to graduation. We have learned to survive in our environment,” he said. Bernstein said he is eager
to see what the Class of 2013 accomplishes in the future. “Since we entered the high school, we have brought dedication, compassion, and care for one another that you can all see and you can all feel,” he said. “I am looking forward to seeing what amazing things we accomplish in the next few decades.” Diplomas were issued at the end of the ceremony by Clain and Assistant Principal Gail Kleiner, and students waved to friends and family before hugging and shaking hands with staff members on the stage. After each student received their diploma, graduate Jenna Doherty led the graduating class in the recitation of the Mamaroneck High School alma mater.
Congratulatory balloons ﬂoat through the Mamaroneck High School football ﬁeld during the 2013 commencement ceremony.
Valedictorian Joseph Bernstein delivers his commencement address to family, friends and peers.
Patrick Hinchcliffe stands proudly next to his mother outside the entrance of Mamaroneck High School.
Mamaroneck High School Principal Elizabeth Clain addresses graduates, friends and family members at the school’s 2013 commencement ceremony.
Mamaroneck High School staff members dressed in ceremonial gowns look on as students receive their diplomas.
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STARTING STRONG How to make the gym work for you from the get-go
THE HIDDEN TRUTH Lesser known benefits of cardiovascular exercise
MAKING THE CUT Simple ways to cut calories
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The lesser known benefits of
cardiovascular exercise Active people tend to have varying views on cardiovascular exercise, or cardio. Often done at the end of a workout, cardio rarely evokes a staid response from fitness afficionados asked to share their thoughts on this valuable type of exercise. Fans of cardio will admit they love the feeling they get during and after a rigorous round of this type of exercise, which includes activities like running, cycling and walking. But those men and women who dread their time on the treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike are likely to categorize cardio as a boring and uninspiring activity. But regardless of a person’s opinion on cardio, there’s no denying it offers numerous benefits, many of which even avid athletes might be unaware. • Cardio boosts brain power. Perhaps the least known benefit of cardio is its positive impact on the brain. During cardiovascular exercise, the brain is being flooded with chemicals that improve decision making, memory and problem solving. Cardio can also help preserve memory and improve its ability to learn. So while the physical
benefits of exercise are widely known and noticeable to the naked eye, cardiovascular exercise can be just as effective at improving cognitive function. • Cardio can improve your appearance. Improving physical appearance is a motivating factor for many physically active men and women, and cardio can go a long way toward improving physical appearance because it increases lean body tissue while reducing fat. Cardiovascular exercise is a healthy way to burn calories, and burning calories is a healthy means to losing weight. • Cardio can help reduce the severity of preexisting conditions. Arthritis sufferers have long looked to cardiovascular exercise as a healthy means to relieving the pain caused by their condition. Water exercises like swimming make for great cardiovascular exercises, especially for those looking to relieve arthritis pain. That’s because an exercise such as swimming keeps joints moving while strengthening muscles surrounding those joints. Studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise also can lower blood pressure.
• Cardio can improve mood. Cardiovascular exercise can benefit men and women suffering from depression or those who are simply having a bad day. That’s because the mood-boosting chemical serotonin is released to the brain during cardio, helping to improve mood and alleviate symptoms of depression or fatigue. • Cardio can make tomorrow’s workout easier. Recovery time is important to athletes, many of whom want to ensure
their bodies are ready for tomorrow’s workout even before they finish today’s. Cardiovascular exercise helps to deliver more oxygen-rich blood to muscle tissue, aiding in tissue repair and recovery. The quicker your body can rebound from today’s workout, the more effective tomorrow’s workout will be. So even if you don’t enjoy that pit stop at the treadmill before you head home, it’s paying more dividends than you might know.
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Simple ways to cut calories P
eople take a variety of approaches when attempting to lose weight. Some try fad diets that may or may not produce results, while others commit to a daily exercise regimen. One of the more popular ways men and women attempt to lose weight is to cut calo-
When making a sandwich, hold the mayo in favor of mustard, which contains far fewer calories.
ries from their diets. Cutting calories can be an effective way to shed extra pounds, but it should be done in a way that does not compromise your overall health for the sake of a slimmer waistline. Any changes adults make to their diets should be discussed with their physicians prior to going forward, but the following are a handful of healthy ways to cut calories. • Put away the potato chips. Potato chips are a favorite snack of many people, but those delicious chips could be a reason your belt size is getting bigger. Instead of potato chips, opt for air-popped popcorn, which contains roughly one-fourth the amount of calories as potato chips. Popcorn also is a whole grain, which means you’ll be adding fiber, minerals and vitamins to your diet while decreasing your caloric intake. • Add healthy flavor to your pasta. Perhaps because it’s become increasingly available in recent years, whole grain pasta has risen in popularity. But men and women looking to cut calories can go even further when cooking up some pasta for dinner.
When making whole grain pasta, cook about half the amount you normally would, and then add fresh or even frozen vegetables to the mix. Reducing the amount of pasta will reduce the amount of calories you consume, and the vegetables will add nutrients to your diet. Another way to cut calories from your favorite pasta dishes is to leave the parmesan cheese on the sideline. Parmesan cheese can be loaded with in calories, and the vegetables should add all the flavor you need. • Choose the right condiment for your sandwich. Many people love a good deli sandwich slathered in mayonnaise. But while that sandwich might be delicious, that mayo could be adding a significant number of calories to your meal. One tablespoon of mayonnaise can have as many as 57 calories, while an alternative like mustard can be just as flavorful while containing far fewer calories. • Say “so long” to soft drinks. Perhaps no method to cutting calories is more effective for soft drink lovers than cutting soft drinks from their diets. Sugary beverages are not only loaded with calories, but such
drinks offset the body’s blood sugar, increasing appetite as a result. Instead of reaching for a soft drink at the convenience store or at home, try water. It’s a much healthier alternative, and it’s sure to help you achieve a slimmer waistline. • Don’t forget to eat fruit. Fruit is not just a fresh and delicious snack, it’s also a fiber- and antioxidant-rich and low-calorie alternative to more popular snack foods. Strawberries are a popular fruit, and men and women might be surprised to learn that a pound of strawberries contains nearly the same amount of calories as a half-cup of vanilla ice cream. When eating breakfast in the morning, add some fruit to your cereal or oatmeal. Allowing the fruit to occupy some of the space that would otherwise be occupied by more cereal or oatmeal will lower your caloric intake while adding fiber and antioxidants to your diet. When choosing fruits, opt for fresh instead of dried fruit. Sugar and calories are much more concentrated in dried fruits than fresh fruits, so choose fresh fruits whenever possible.
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A lifetime of healthy vision is the goal of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Rye Brook office By AlfonSo PonCe, MD
Previously in Inside Westchester, we discussed the importance of remaining active and spending time outdoors for the health of your eyes. The younger you are when you start, the better your body will be prepared to confront the changes that happen with aging. A study published in the prestigious journal Ophthalmology in May reported that children who spent more time playing outdoors will be less likely to develop myopia compared to children spending the same amount of time indoors. High myopia (extreme nearsightedness) is an eye condition that can put your eye at risk for many other problems. If left uncorrected in a child, it can produce amblyopia (or lazy eye), preventing that eye to see clear permanently. Eyes that develop high myopia are more prone to have retinal tears and detachment which can lead to blindness in later years if left untreated. A good ophthalmological and retinal evaluation can determine if you have myopia or any retinal problems. Another benefit of remaining active outdoors is to maintain good circulation in the body and to consume ingested calories, reducing the chance to develop systemic diseases. Mayor Bloomberg launched a campaign in New York City to restrict the ingestion of sugar-loaded beverages since there’s a direct link to obesity.
Obesity in turn can produce diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and high cholesterol–all of which are risk factors for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Smoking is another risk factor in eye disease. So, even if you are taking medication to keep cholesterol or systemic blood pressure controlled, but you are a smoker, it’s equally important to check your retina early before it gets affected. In addition to time outdoors and control of smoking, your eyes are helped by a good balanced diet including green vegetables that are high in antioxidants and Lutein, fish (especially salmon that is rich in omega acid) and berries. Commercially available supplements that contain Lutein, beta carotene and omega-3 can support the health of your eye. But always discuss the use of supplements with your ophthalmologist or your primary physician before starting taking them. So summer is here, get your hiking gear and hit the beautiful trails that the area has to offer. Don’t forget your sunglasses and sun block. And remember, balance is the key to a healthy life. To make an appointment with Dr. Ponce, please call 914-934-5280 or visit www.nyee. edu/westchester to book online through ZocDoc.
Reasons to include
more dairy in your diet
healthy diet can improve quality of life and reduce a person’s risk of developing disease or other negative health conditions. For example, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can boost the immune system and promote cardiovascular health, lowering your risk of heart disease in the process. While the benefits of including fruits and vegetables in your diet are widely known, the medical benefits of dairy are often overlooked. The following are a handful of ways that dairy products like low-fat milk, cottage cheese and yogurt can make a nutritious and beneficial addition to your diet. • Dairy packs a protein- and calcium-laden punch. One cup of nonfat yogurt can provide as much as one-third of your daily recommended calcium intake and nearly 20 percent of your daily recommended protein intake. Though dairy products like ice cream don’t pack the same nutritious punch as yogurt, healthier fare like reduced-fat cheese and skim milk can go a long way toward meeting your daily intake of protein and calcium. • Dairy is a great source of vitamin D. In addition to providing sufficient calcium and protein, dairy also helps men, women and children boost their vitamin D. That’s especially important in the winter months when people tend to get less exposure to the sun. Exposure to the sun is a natural way to boost your vitamin D, but the shorter days and colder weather of winter can make it hard to get sufficient vitamin D during that time of year. Dairy products like low-fat milk can boost your vitamin D, which can improve your bone health and, according to recent research, might help reduce your cancer risk. • Dairy may help lower your blood pressure. Men and women with high blood pressure might benefit from including more dairy in their diets. In a study of 5,000 adults, Spanish researchers found that those who reported consuming the most low-fat dairy products were more than 50 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who consumed less low-fat dairy. Though researchers are not certain as to the reason behind low-fat dairy products’ impact
on blood pressure, some theorize that their calcium and protein content are likely behind the benefit. • Dairy benefits your bones. Dairy has long been known to improve bone density. But it’s not just seniors who benefit from the bonestrengthening impact of dairy. Youngsters who consume dairy can also expect an increase in bone mass, which can make them less susceptible to injuries like broken bones. Seniors who consume dairy to improve their bone density should know that a recent study from researchers at the Institute for Aging Research found that not all dairy products are equal when it comes to improving bone density. While milk and yogurt were linked to higher bone mineral density, dairy products like cream and ice cream contain less protein, calcium and vitamin D and more fat and sugar than yogurt and milk, and these products may actually be associated with lower bone mineral density. Though there are many ways men and women can improve their overall health, it’s important to consider the nutritional value of dairy when making any alterations to your diet.
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Make the gym work for you from the get-go M
any people aspire to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, which medical professionals have long advised is an essential element of a healthy life. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and some muscle-strengthening activities that focus on all the major muscle groups on two or more days per week. While adhering to such an exercise regimen might not appear that difficult on the surface, many men and women know just how difficult it can be to make the transition from a relatively inactive lifestyle to one in which exercise is a significant part of the daily routine. Much of that difficulty stems from the intimidation many people feel when visiting a gym. Walking into a gym for the first time can be similar to the first day of school, when a lack of familiarity with one’s surroundings inspired fear and anxiety. But there are ways individuals can make their first forays into the fitness club a success right from the start. • familiarize yourself with the layout prior to your first workout. It’s easy to feel like an outsider when visiting a gym for the first time. Your fellow members already know their way around, and you might be hesitant to ask any of them for advice as to where certain equipment might be. To avoid a wasted workout opportunity spent wandering around the gym, ask a gym representative to show you around once you’re ready to start exercising. Such a tour was likely provided when you signed up for the gym, but the layout is easily forgotten between that visit and your first workout. Allow a trainer or another gym employee to show you the ropes right before your first workout so you don’t feel as though you’re lost in a vast sea of dumbbells and treadmills. • Accept the gym’s offer of a free training session. Many fitness clubs offer a free consultation with a personal trainer to new members. Accept this offer regardless of your fitness level or familiarity with the facility. The trainer can help you find your way around and tailor your workout to meet your goals. You may even find working with a personal trainer is something you want to do, and this can prove a great introduction to a service that many men and women find valuable and motivational. • Don’t worry about what your fellow members are doing and thinking. One of the biggest mistakes you can make at the
Enlisting a friend as a workout partner is one way to increase the chances your workout routine will be a success from the get-go.
Skip stretching before a workout Stretching before a workout may not be as beneficial as people once thought. Reserve stretching for your post-workout routine.
any athletes have been told to stretch before starting a workout, as such a routine prepares the body for physical exertion. But new evidence suggests that stretching before a workout may do more harm than good.
onset of a new fitness regimen is paying too much attention to what your fellow members are doing. Just because someone working out next to you can bench press a few hundred pounds does not mean you should attempt to follow suit. It’s easy to feel as though your fellow gym members are watching you workout and judging your performance, but oftentimes nothing could be further from the truth. They’re likely too locked in on their own workout to notice what you’re doing, so don’t feel embarrassed if you feel like you’re not lifting enough weight or going easy on yourself on the treadmill. The more you workout, the more comfortable you’ll become and your performance will reflect that comfort level. What’s more, the more comfortable you become the less attention you will pay to your fellow members. • find a time that works for you. When beginning a new workout routine, it helps to visit the gym at different times to find the time that best fits your schedule and makes you feel most comfortable. Beginners often prefer to avoid peak hours when fitness clubs tend to be most crowded. Many clubs are most busy during the post-work hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
During these hours, beginners may feel intimidated by other members who appear to be in tip-top shape or frustrated when having to share machines with other members. But some beginners might be motivated by a packed gym. To find the time that’s right for you and your schedule, visit the gym at various times of day over the first couple of weeks of your membership. Once you find a time that fits, commit to visiting the gym at that time several days per week. Establishing a routine is essential to making your exercise regimen a success. • Go with a friend. Enlisting a friend to workout with you on the buddy system is a great way to stay committed to a workout routine. A friend who works out with you can motivate you to go on those days when you really don’t want to, which is a significant hurdle to clear for beginners and veterans alike. When choosing a workout partner, make it known to each other that you both expect to be held accountable to your joint commitment. Beginning a new workout regimen can be exciting and intimidating. But beginners can employ several strategies to ensure their new lifestyle is a hit right off the bat.
Several studies now indicate that static stretching, or slowly moving muscles until they start to hurt and then holding the position, may impair strength and speed. One study published in the April 2013 Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded that those who stretch before lifting weights could find themselves feeling wobblier and weaker than expected. Another study at the University of Zagreb in Croatia reviewed 104 studies of people who practiced static stretching as a warm-up. Muscle strength was reduced by more than 5 percent in those who stretched. Another study examined men who did basic squats while lifting barbells. Men who stretched and those who didn’t were examined. Those who stretched lifted 8.3 percent less weight than those who skipped stretching. Many personal trainers now discourage extensive stretching before a workout, feeling that stretching post-workout provides the most benefit. A number of people have long confused stretching with warming up muscles, but static stretching is a different activity from actual muscle warmup, which generally involves low-impact movement of the body. There is no evidence that STRETCHING continued on page 10
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Fostering healthy eating habits in children
f kids had their way, pizza, chicken fingers and french fries would make up a significant portion of their diets. But parents know they must make kids’ culinary choices for them so youngsters get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. Parents also tend to know how difficult it can be to convince kids to embrace healthy eating. Healthy eating habits can help kids live healthier lives and perform better in the classroom while setting them up for a lifetime of making the right choices at mealtime. Though encouraging kids to eat healthy may not always be easy, the following are a few tips for parents hoping to foster healthy eating habits in their children. • Stick to a schedule. Parents should establish a regular eating schedule, for both meals and snacks, so kids learn the importance of not skipping meals. Kids who learn to eat at regular intervals are more likely to continue doing so as they grow older. When kids stick to a meal schedule, they are less likely to overeat and they’re likely to have more energy
throughout the day, which should help them stay attentive at school and be more engaged in their extracurricular activities. • Involve kids when choosing the menu. Kids might be more excited about eating healthy when you involve them in choosing the menu. Invite them along on trips to the grocery store and allow them to choose one of their favorite foods for the meal in exchange for eating the healthy fare you have chosen. Parents may end up eating a lot of side dishes of macaroni and cheese, but their youngsters will also end up eating their vegetables. • Plan healthy desserts. Dessert is often considered an unhealthy indulgence, but there’s plenty of nutritious desserts that are so delicious kids likely will not realize they’re eating healthy. A dessert of fresh fruit and a small serving of yogurt can provide the same post-meal refreshment as ice cream or cake, but it does so with much fewer calories and a lot more nutrients and vitamins. What’s more, kids will come to look at dessert as a chance to eat fresh fruits instead of an opportunity to load up on ice cream or other, less healthy alternatives.
• Serve healthy portions. Sometimes it’s not just what is on the plate but how much is on the plate that can be healthy or unhealthy. When doling out portions for the family, create healthy portions so kids are not encouraged to overeat. Kids who grow up eating healthy portions are more likely to continue doing so into adulthood. Overeating is one of the culprits behind being overweight and obese, so kids who learn to control their portions are much less likely to overeat and gain excess weight. • Don’t reward kids with food. Some parents try to reward youngsters with food, allowing kids to indulge in unhealthy fare in acknowledgement of a good report card or something else kids should be proud of. But using food as a reward is an unhealthy eating habit that can lead to problems down the road as kids become adults responsible for their own eating habits.
• Set a positive example. Kids are more likely to eat healthy when mom and dad are healthy eaters. If your first choice at snack time is to reach for a bag of potato chips, then don’t be surprised when your kids opt for chips over healthier fare like a piece of fruit. “Do as I say, not as I do” is a tough sell to youngsters when it comes to their eating habits, so parents should set a positive example for their kids by ensuring their own diets are healthy.
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SHRETCHING from page 8
about body fat
ody fat is often considered the enemy for those looking to get fit. People will try many types of diets and exercise in an effort to rid their bodies of excess fat, and such regimens produce varying degrees of success. Part of what makes fat so confounding is the misconceptions surrounding this natural component of anatomy. By separating the myths from the facts, men and women might find their efforts to banish body fat that much more successful.
stretching before a workout makes muscles more limber or reduces the risk of injury during a workout. Some experts liken stretching muscles prior to working out to overstretching a rubber band. The muscles may get limp and overworked prematurely and then not be able to perform to peak when power intensity is needed. Others argue that when
people engage in stretching, the muscles are actually tightening, rather than relaxing, which may make athletes more prone to injury. Stretching improves flexibility and range of movement. But some fitness experts suggest stretching be reserved for times when exercise will not immediately follow, such as after a workout has been completed.
Myth #1: Body fat is only under the surface of the skin. While body fat near the surface of the skin, which is known as subcutaneous fat, may be most noticeable, body fat is actually accumulated throughout the body. Organs can accumulate fat, and this internal fat, known as visceral fat, can wrap around the heart and marble muscle. According to Dr. David Haslam, clinical director of the National Obesity Forum, visceral fat can be toxic and unhealthy. When people begin to exercise, they burn away this visceral fat and the results are often noticeable shortly after an exercise regimen begins. Myth #2: Muscle turns to fat without exercise. Muscle and fat are two separate entities, and one cannot become the other. People will gain weight after they stop exercising because fat will begin to accumulate more readily because it isn’t being burned. Fat may mask muscles that were once there and are no longer as pronounced. However, the muscles will not turn to fat. Upon returning to regular exercise, a person can regain his or her physique. Myth #3: Body fat develops from eating fatty foods. Fat in food will not necessarily turn to fat on the body. That piece of bacon will no more turn into a spare tire around your midsection than would a banana. Fat is formed from excess calories. When the body takes in more calories than it uses for energy, that excess is stored as fat reserves. Whether calories come from a lean protein or fatty gristle, if the calories are all used up they will not turn into fat. Myth #4: Starving oneself will burn fat. Depriving the body of calories may initially force it to burn body fat stores. However, if the calorie restriction is so marked, the body may actually go into “starvation mode,” where it breaks down fats more slowly. Also, when food is reintroduced, the body may store more fat in anticipation of
future deprivation. This can cause a person to gain more weight and body fat than if he or she had just adhered to a moderate diet all along. Myth #5: A person can lose body fat from just one area. There are a number of exercises purported to burn fat from a specific area of the body. For example, doing hundreds of crunches will banish belly fat. However, fat will not diminish in just one spot from targeted exercise. The body burns fat evenly so that one portion is not depleted more than another, resulting in an area of the body that is not naturally insulated by fat. Therefore, a diet and exercise plan will produce gradual shedding of body fat all over the body. Yet, the appearance of diminished fat may be visible in particular areas more so than others. Myth #6: fat modulates body temperature. Scientists used to believe that body fat was instrumental in regulating body temperature. New information suggests that it is actually muscle that helps regulate body temperature, although it is not entirely understood why. According to a report published in Nature Medicine, muscle protein called scarlopin is believed to help regulate body temperature. Muscle contractions also help to generate heat. Myth #7: fat weighs less than muscle. Muscle and fat weigh the same. A pound of bricks will weigh the same as a pound of cotton. Muscle is more dense than fat, so if a person is exercising and building muscle while shedding fat, he or she may not notice a big change in weight. Body fat is often shrouded in mystery, but understanding the science behind body fat can make shedding it that much easier.
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Understanding and fighting hypertension
study published in the journal Neurology found that people with high blood pressure were significantly less likely to have headaches than those with healthy pressure readings. Nosebleeds have also been linked to high blood pressure, but one study found that 83 percent of patients treated for high blood pressure did not suffer from nosebleeds. Debunking such myths is important, as it further emphasizes the need to receive routine blood pressure readings as the only reliable means for men, women and children to determine if they have high, low or healthy blood pressure. Anyone experiencing frequent headaches or nosebleeds should consult a physician but should not assume such occurrences are a byproduct of high blood pressure. Can certain foods help reduce high blood pressure? One rumor concerning HBP actually has some merit. A heart-healthy diet that includes the following foods can help men, women and children manage their blood pressure and reduce HBP if necessary: • Blueberries: Blueberries contain an-
ypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure, affects millions of people across the globe. According to the American Heart Association, more than 76 million adults in the United States alone have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. But even children and teens can suffer from hypertension, making it a formidable but largely preventable foe. Understanding high blood pressure, or HBP, may encourage adults and children alike to take steps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, which can reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. What is HBP? HBP is often associated with men and women who are considered to be constantly on edge, nervous or hyperactive. But even laid back men, women and children can suffer from HBP. As a person’s heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through the body’s arteries and veins. Those arteries are made of muscle and a semi-flexible tissue that stretches when the blood is pumped through them. The more forcefully that blood is pumped, the more that flexible tissue is stretched. When the tissue is stretched too much, a person is at
Routine blood pressure screenings are often the only way men and women can learn if they are suffering from high blood pressure. an increased risk of suffering from a host of problems, including blood clots, plaque buildup that can lead to heart attack and stroke, and tissue and organ damage from arteries that have narrowed or become blocked. Are there symptoms of HBP? The AHA notes that HBP is typically devoid of symptoms. So people suffering from HBP may not know it if they have not routinely had their blood pressure checked. Over the years many myths have prevailed regarding HBP. Such myths can be dangerous, giving people a false sense of security regarding their blood pressure. For example, in the early 1900s it was assumed that people with high blood pressure experienced more frequent headaches than those with healthy blood pressure. However, a
thocyanin, a natural compound that a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found can protect the body against HBP. • Whole grain cereal: A Harvard University study found that whole grain cereals that are high in fiber can reduce a person’s risk of developing HBP. • Beet juice: A study from British researchers published by the AHA in its journal Hypertension found that a glass of beet juice can lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. • low-fat dairy products: A 2008 study that examined nearly 30,000 women at an average age of 54 found that those who consumed the most low-fat dairy products, including skim or low-fat milk, were significantly less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who consumed dairy products that were high in fat. HBP is a common problem that affects millions of people of all ages across the globe. There are several ways men, women and children can reduce their risk of HBP and lower their blood pressure if it’s already high.
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Village inches closer to waterfront law updates By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
This map, taken from a working draft of Mamaroneck’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, shows the various designations for land use within the village. If the Harbor Coastal Zoning Management Commission becomes an advisory board, land use determinations will ultimately be made by the Board of Trustees. Photo courtesy BFJ Planning
Rosenblum said that one of the major reasons for making the HCZM advisory would be to expedite the process of getting approvals for various land uses. “It would accomplish what is best for the village. It is not the HCZM versus the Board of Trustees,” he said. “Site review would still go before the Planning Board, and the Board of Trustees cannot interfere with the ZBA or the Planning Board.” In reference to Potok’s concerns, Rosenblum said that the amendment would actually ensure that there is less political inﬂuence involved in land use issues. “The Board of Trustees would not inherit site review. I think it’s a political statement by saying it’s going to be the HCZM versus the Board of Trustees,” he said. “The Board of Trustee still cannot interfere with the Zoning Board or the Planning Board. We are assuring that there are less politics involved.” While the Board of Trustees still has no
jurisdiction in matters brought before the Planning or Zoning Board, land use issues ultimately will be subject to its deliberation if the HCZM is made into an advisory board.
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In recent months, the Mamaroneck Board of Trustees has engaged in a discussion with its land use attorneys and a number of consultants regarding changes to its nearly 30-year-old Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The most controversial change to the law is the one being considered for section 240-29, that would allow the Board of Trustees to override any consistency determinations made by the Harbor and Coastal Zone Management Commission and replace those determinations with its own. The LWRP is a New York State-sponsored effort intended to revitalize, protect and best utilize the community’s waterfront, but a major concern among residents and elected ofﬁcials like Trustee Leon Potok, a Democrat, is that some changes to the law may politicize land use issues in the village. Currently, each land use board operates as its own entity, but, if this amendment is put in place, it would give the Board of Trustees the ability to override consistency determinations made by the HCZM. Consistency determinations indicate whether or not the village complies with the provisions of the LWRP during development projects, home construction or any other potential use of the community’s waterfront. As the law stands at the moment, the HCZM is the only land use board able to make these determinations, but, if the amendments to the LWRP go into effect, the Board of Trustees will be granted the highest authority in the village on land use issues. Trustee Potok told The Sound and Town Report that such a change could have negative effects on some aspects of the village that residents enjoy most. “My concern is that the issues that the HCZM deals with are critically important in terms of maintaining the character of the village, and therefore we can’t make any decisions on land use,” Potok said. “We have to take politics out of it as much as possible.” Potok said the main difference is that the HCZM sets minimum requirements for consistency, but that the Board of Trustees would not be subject to those requirements under the proposed ammendment. “If the trustees are then allowed to make decisions, then the village character is up for sale,” Potok said. “I’m very wary of letting one election set the basis for the village character being sold to the highest bidder.” Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, responded to Potok’s claims by saying the suggestion to make HCZM an advisory board did not come from the village administration, but from LWRP consultant Charlie McCaffrey, who had a hand in both the original law as well as the proposed revisions. “The majority of municipalities in New York State, have HCZM as advisory,” the mayor said. “The potential legal question is, should any of the advisory boards have power to negate the only board elected by the public?”
Les Steinman, the village’s land use attorney, said state law prohibits any board that is considered the legislative body of a municipality from allowing other boards the same jurisdiction. “I think it has been articulated several times that the board is the legislative body of the village and cannot delegate its power to other boards,” he said. “Under state law, it cannot delegate a portion of that responsibility by giving a veto power to any other board.” Clark Neuringer, who is on the HCZM and is running as a Democrat against Rosenblum for mayor in November, said there needs to be a more clear reason why the 30-year-old LWRP is being altered. “If there is sentiment or interest in pursuing these things, ask why,” Neuringer said. “I don’t see a huge number of folks asking for change. One thing people value in this village is the notion of checks and balances, so why would we want to question that?” Neuringer said expediting land use application processes as a possible reason for amending the LWRP is not adequate. “From my point of view as a private citizen, if that’s the rationale to effectuate change, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” Neuringer said. “In my experience, I think there are many other things that could be done to expedite the process rather than changing responsibilities.” Neuringer said that speeding up the process of getting information for the review process would solve the problem of expediting land use applications. Celia Felsher is president of the Mamaroneck Coastal Environment Coalition, a citizen’s group concenred with coastal land use issues in the village. She said that Hampshire Country Club’s past attempts at rezoning would have been made much easier if the HCZM was an advisory board. Hampshire Country Club is currently in the process of seeking village approval for the construction of 106 single-family homes on its grounds. The new proposal was put forth after residents in the village strongly opposed the club’s original plan to seek re-zoning in order to build condominiums. Phone calls to McCaffrey were not returned as of press time.
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Native Goods: Doing it right in Port Chester Two twenty-somethings in Port Costillo put on an event they called Chester are turning the concept of a “The Connect Show” at St. Peters retail store upside down and inside Church across from their store. The out. And they may just be on to purpose of the event was to raise funds for a skate park they want to something. build in Port ChesWalk by Native ter’s Rec Park. Goods, adjacent to “We got the the Capital TheWESTCHESTER idea to build a ater on WestchesWANDERER skate park from ter Avenue, and you our customers. We might think its Lisa Jardine thought that if just another men’s fashion retail store catering to a Port Chester could build a dog park, they could build a skate park, too,” young, urban population. Mendoza said. But you would be dead wrong. Mendoza and Costillo applied These two young men, who grew up in Port Chester, are doing things for a grant from the Tony Hawk that very few retail storeowners are Skate Park Foundation and the Rob doing; they are listening to their Dyrdeck Foundation, named after customers. In fact, their customers the aforemetioned skate kings, but haven’t heard back yet. In the meanactually drive their business. With the use of social media time, they are raising their own funds (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, web- and working with the local governsite, blog) Native Goods customers ment to see what can be done. “We wanted to build it in Columbus are directly dictating what they buy Park underneath [Interstate] 95, and when they buy it. “Because we are very close in just like the FDR skate park in age to our customers; I’m young, Philadelphia, but we were told that only 21, we can relate to them and the [Village] of Port Chester doesn’t them to us. They use Instagram and own that park,” Mendoza said. Though the pair’s park plans are Twitter to tell us what they want to see in our store. We listen,” co- yet to be resolved, their Connect Show was a huge success, with more owner Luis Mendoza said. Native Goods is a mecca in than 500 people in attendance. “Father Albert at St. Peters was a Westchester for the sneaker culture, a trend started decades ago by rap- huge supporter. Before I even got to pers and basketball players that fully explain what we wanted to do led to a California event called the at the church he said ‘yes.’ He feels Dunkxchange in 2005 that gave the Port Chester community is not “sneakerheads” the opportunity to buy, always supportive of their youth and he wanted to help in anyway he sell and trade sneakers and apparel. According to the website dunkx- could,” Mendoza said. And if the drove of teenagers change.com, there are now more than 200 Dunkxchange events all over leaving the churchyard carrying the United States. And it’s not only cardboard sneaker boxes was any about the sneakers—there’s a trifecta indication, there was heavy buying of fun stuff that goes right along with and selling inside. Mac Killian, a 14-year-old student at Rye Middle it; music, art and fashion. On June 9, Mendoza and fellow School, attended the event. “I’m friends with the owners and I Native Goods co-owner Jormar
An impressive collection of sneakers can be found at the Native Goods menswear boutique located in Port Chester near the Capital Theater.
The co-owners of Native Goods recently held a skate-off event called “The Connect Show” to raise money for a skate park the duo is hoping to build in Port Chester.
The store also carries gear to satisfy the skateboarding culture.
like to buy clothes from Native Goods,” Killian said. “This event was great because I was able to meet new people in the community who are interested in sneakers, clothes and music.” Costillo and Mendoza welcome anyone with an interest or curiosity in the sneaker culture to stop by. On any given weekday afternoon, there could be up to 30 kids just hanging out, the same on weekends. Their typical customer is a male between the ages of 15 and 20 but sometimes
girls come in, too. “These kids are so smart and so clued-in to social networking–we learn so much from them. We want them to feel at home here,” Mendoza said. “Port Chester has a signiﬁcant Hispanic population, but we draw kids from all of the surrounding communities. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, we come together for the love of the culture. Why hate on each other?” Mendoza said. Why indeed?
To contact Lisa, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @westchesterwand Native Goods 166 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. Facebook: nativegoodsco Instagram: nativegoods Twitter: @nativegoods Website: lyfestylegoods.com As of July 1, they will be relocating to 145 Irving Ave. in Port Chester.
Native Goods Co. co-owners Jormar Costillo, left, and Luis Mendoza. Photos/Lisa Jardine
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Rye Neck Seniors Say Farewell
Graduates sit proudly at the Rye Neck commencement ceremony shortly after receiving their diplomas. Photos/Chris Gramuglia
A graduate receives his diploma at the Rye Neck High School graduation.
Principal Dr. Barbara Ferraro calls up graduates to a decorated podium to receive their diplomas. Rye Neck graduate and former Sound and Town Report intern Jeff Rabinowitz after receiving his diploma.
A graduate smiles as he walks toward his proud family members and friends.
Seniors at Rye Neck High School attended the 2013 commencement ceremonies and received their diplomas in front of proud family members and friends on Thursday, June 20. Principal Dr. Barbara Ferrero congratulated the graduates in her remarks, and called each student up to a decorated podium to receive his or her diploma. The ceremony was held on the school’s football ﬁeld, and the Rye Neck High School band provided musical accompaniment during the ceremony. Salutatorian Jessica Rubin and valedictorian Ryan Baal
gave speeches to their fellow graduates. Of the 2013 graduating class, 95 percent are moving on to higher education, and 96 percent will graduate with an advanced Regents diploma. “Our high school graduation is a community celebration; it represents our district’s longstanding commitment to excellence in education, a tradition dating back over 150 years,” said Superintendent Dr. Peter J. Mustich. “Tradition is important, as it roots our students in the past and gives them a ﬁrm foundation on which to build.” -Reporting by CHRIS GRAMUGLIA
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Delivering a disappointing streetscape update LIFE IN LARCHMONT Mayor Anne McAndrews
The Village of Larchmont has halted work on the Palmer Avenue Streetscape project. The contractor’s work was stopped to address signiﬁcant construction, management and safety issues before further demolition. The village acted to prevent the situation from getting worse, dealing quickly and decisively. Our lawyers, McCullough, Goldberger and Staudt, who are experts in municipal law and construction, have been directed to enforce the rights of the village under the contract. The contractor has been declared in default. The surety company under the contractor’s performance bond has been informed of the default. This project is very important to the village and must be constructed well. The streetscape extends along the Palmer business district and into Chatsworth and Larchmont avenues. Trees, sidewalks and lighting have been carefully planned by landscape architects, arborists and construction engineers to revive the Palmer business district into something of which village residents can be proud. This project received a grant of over $800,000 from the state Department of Transportation, was put out to bid last summer and was awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, all in compliance with state law. After some delay, caused by the grant’s red tape, the work began this spring and was to continue for ﬁve months. The project will re-start when given the go-ahead by our lawyers. We are very disappointed that the plan to pour new sidewalks during the quiet time of July and August has been upset. However, that accommodation for our merchants will not be forgotten and will remain the touchstone of the street improvement project. Meanwhile, the curbing that was disturbed will be repaired as soon as possible by the village. About 15 trees, all in bad condition, were cut down, leaving high trunks and exposing overhead wires. The trunks were left high to facilitate the removing of the roots. Since the planting season for the new trees is the fall, those stumps will be removed and replaced with ﬂower boxes as much as possible, given the complications caused by underground gas lines. The village will perform this work while waiting for resolution of the legal issues.
Many residents have asked about the trees and the overhead wires. Interestingly, that situation has been the impetus for the streetscape project from the beginning. No one can deny that the sidewalks along Palmer Avenue need to be improved and updated. Tree roots have uplifted sections, and the lighting is aimed over the streets rather than illuminating the sidewalks. For years, the village has been investigating the burying of the unsightly overhead utility wires. Con Ed would charge the village more than $1,000 per foot to bury the wires. Property owners would incur substantial costs in changing where electrical power enters their buildings. As recently as three months ago, the village’s latest plea to Con Ed to bury the wires as part of Con Ed’s post-Sandy “storm hardening” incentive was rejected. That program, which Con Ed would pay for, requires the presence of “critical sites” such as nursing homes and schools, which we do not have along Palmer Avenue. On the whole, Con Ed does not want to bury its wires because they are cheaper and easier to maintain and repair when they are above ground. Given this reality, the village developed a plan. It would plant trees that could co-exist with the wires and mitigate the unsightly “trimming” that Con Ed performs within 10 feet of its wires. Also, all the trees in the area would be examined by landscape architects and arborists as to their viability. Tree species were selected and a special “Cornell soil mix” was speciﬁed to alleviate the upheaving of sidewalks by tree roots. About 29 trees would have to be cut down, leaving most in place and adding more than 35 new ones, creating a lovely and viable canopy of trees, appropriate for a suburban business street. A member of the community was very concerned that the village had marked a Norway Maple for demolition that had been planted by her grandfather. An arborist has advised how the village can save the tree, yet it may eventually be replaced by an American elm. What about Pine Brook Park? The village is committed to restoring the playing ﬁeld that has been used as a staging area by the contractor for the streetscape project. Our lawyers have been directed to have the equipment removed ASAP. Going forward, we should take this opportunity to examine the overall use and condition of the ﬁeld. Any volunteers for this study can reach me at mayor@villageoﬂarchmont.org. Finally, I ask for your understanding and patience, but boy, this has been a rocky start.
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Strat-O-Matic, Sabermetrics and rolling the dice for Cecil Espy’s next hit For today’s baseball fans, numbers are becoming more part of the game than ever before. I’m not talking about old-school stats either. Homers, RBIs, even batting average are all falling out of vogue in favor of new metrics, such as win-shares, value over replacement player, or VORP, and ultimate zone rating, or UZR, which quite frankly, I still don’t understand. But with more fans casting a critical eye on baseball’s hallowed numbers, wouldn’t it make sense that the great old baseball game, Strat-O-Matic, could be poised for a comeback as well? Strat-O-Matic, for the uninitiated, is a baseball board game, created in 1961 by Hal Richman from Glen Head, Long Island. Using scouting reports, previous year’s stats, and some complicated algorithms, each MLB player is given a card that reﬂects his on-ﬁeld ability. Outcomes of at-bats and plays in the ﬁeld are decided by dice-rolls and probabilities. And yes, a 20-sided die is, in fact, part of the Strat-O-Matic compliment of accouterment. Think of it as Dungeons and Dragons for baseball nerds—but instead of taking control of a Level 20 mage wielding the Staff of Necromancy, you’d get to be Pete Incaviglia, headed into battle armed with nothing but a Louisville Slugger. There was little doubt, growing up in my house, that I would turn out to be a baseball fanatic. My father, a rabid supporter, never missed an op-
portunity to teach me the game. No matter where we went on summer vacations—be it to a big metropolis like Chicago, where we’d ﬁnd time to check out Wrigley Field and Old Comiskey Park, or a small podunk town like Pittsﬁeld, Mass., former home of the Single A Mets afﬁliate—baseball was always on the docket, and I ate it up. As my parents are fond of reminding me, I became something of a LIVE MIKE baseball maven, ﬂawlessly reciting Mike Smith major league rosters at two years old for stupeﬁed adults at bars, restaurants or anyplace someone would give a toddler the time of day to expound upon the merits of Mickey Tettleton. But I don’t think anything taught me as much about the game as StratO-Matic. My father and his friends would convene monthly in our basement to play out their seemingly endless Strat-O-Matic seasons, their standings ever-changing on the small chalkboard in the corner. For a few hours, our basement would become a den of cigarette smoke and stale beer stench—a fragrance I would ironically come to associate with adulthood, coming from men sitting around playing a board game—as my father and his cohorts would carry on “grown-up” conversations that were punctuated by sporadic—and quite profane—outbursts when Billy Spiers or Spike Owen failed
Sound and Town’s Mike Smith used to play Strat-O-Matic Baseball with his father. Photos/Mike Smith
to get a bunt down with runners at first and second. I couldn’t spend enough time down there, but my mother would usually whisk me away to bed before too many brews were consumed and the group would launch into some of their bluer tales. Although I never got to “man-
Cecil Espy’s Strat-O-Matic hitter’s card showed that, in 1993, he wasn’t adept at hitting right-handed pitching. Or left-handed pitching, for that matter.
age” a game in my father’s “B&S” league—the meaning behind those initials is still a mystery to me today—I did begin playing the game with the old man when I was around nine. The teams never changed; I, being possibly the biggest Andy Van Slyke fan in southern Westchester, was always the 1993 Pirates. My dad would counter with Kevin Tapani and the Minnesota Twins. The game wasn’t easy to learn—especially for a sugaraddled elementary schooler—but it was worth it. In addition to honing my score-keeping skills, the game gave me a deeper appreciation for the sport of baseball. As a child, it’s easy to watch a game and be wowed by a home run. But with Strat-o-Matic, I was getting a crash course in the minute details that make baseball as much of a chessmatch as a sporting event. From managing bullpens, to pulling double-switches and learning situations in which small-ball can be the best course of action, my StratO-Matic years laid the foundation for my baseball knowledge. Rule #1: never, ever try to steal a base with Mike LaValliere—or any other roly-poly catcher with the nickname “Spanky”, for that matter. Over the years, especially in
college, I tried to get some of my friends into the game, but it never took. Part of me understands why: Who wants to roll dice and pretend to be Jim Edmonds when you can ﬁre up the PlayStation and actually control the Angels’ centerﬁelder on the television screen as he races back towards the wall and makes a diving catch to prevent a possible inside-the-parker? I do. And I’m not alone. In 2011, over 500 Strat-o-Fanatics, including former major leaguer Doug Glanville, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the game’s invention at the Community Church of New York, proving that the old way—dice and brains, pencils and papers—can still hold sway in an increasingly technological age. But who knows, maybe as numbers continue to be crunched and a new generation of fans, Moneyballers and Sabermatricians continue to look inside what makes the game tick, maybe the game will ﬁnd new life and a younger audience. If it does, I’ll be there, with Doug Drabek forever on the hill, waiting to throw the next pitch. Follow Mike on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports
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SPORTS Cruz looks to stay perfect against Huffman
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By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
On June 29, Port Chester native Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz will take the next step in his journey to become the ﬁrst-ever lightweight world boxing champion from Westchester County as he will take on veteran slugger David Huffman at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY. Cruz, who turned pro last December, has had a sterling record thusfar, going 4-0 with four knockouts as he continues to establish himself as a true contender in the lightweight division. According to Ryan O’Leary, Cruz’s trainer and the owner of New Rochelle’s Champs Boxing Club, Cruz’s success isn’t a surprise—but the manner in which he’s winning ﬁghts is. “It’s going better than we thought,” said O’Leary. “He has so much more power than we thought with four K.O.s And it’s not ﬁrstround knockouts either, he’s breaking guys down, stopping them in the third, fourth round.” O’Leary has also been impressed with his charge’s ability to devote himself to the training process while the gym’s status has been in ﬂux. As
Cruz trained for his ﬁrst four pro ﬁghts, Champs BC was without a permanent home, so the ﬁghters had to scratch out gym time wherever they could. But now, with Pee Wee training out of a fully-functioning gym in New Rochelle, O’Leary hopes to see an even stronger performance on Saturday night. “He’s going to be worlds different,” said the trainer. “Four in a row, four knockouts without a gym? I think he’s going to be a terror in there.” Of course, his opponent is no pushover. Despite a losing record, Huffman, at 4-16-1, has 21 pro ﬁghts, and is seasoned in a way that many of Cruz’s previous opponents haven’t been. The veteran has even been in the ring with the top lightweight in the world, taking on current lightweight king Adrien Broner in Broner’s pro debut. “You get these guys with losing records, but they’re journeymen, they know what they’re doing,” said O’Leary. “These are the types of guys that can cause an upset.” Though O’Leary has watched lots of ﬁlm on Huffman, Cruz—true to form—has never seen his upcoming opponent ﬁght. “He doesn’t watch ﬁlm,” said O’Leary. “He trusts me to handle
Port Chester native Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz throws a punch on Dec. 8 against Jonathan Caban in his pro debut. On June 29, Cruz will take on veteran challenger David Huffman in Queens, N.Y. Photo/Bobby Begun
that. He tells me, ‘If you put me in the ring with him, I’m supposed to beat him’, and I like that mentality.” Should Cruz get past Huffman on
in Atlantic City, N.J. “We’ve got some exciting ﬁghts lined up,” said O’Leary. “We’ve got a real busy schedule.”
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Tuckahoe quarterback Mike Castracucco hands the ball off on June 23 at Mamaroneck’s Tiger Camp. The four-day camp is a “ground ﬂoor” to summer football workouts for many teams. Photo/Mike Smith By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 23, some area teams continued their pre-season football workouts at the long-running Tiger Camp at Mamaroneck High School.
For four teams, Mamaroneck, Tuckahoe, Truman High Schools and Stepinac, the camp is just another step in a long summer process for area football teams. For three days, four teams will be on the field, running uppers-
only practices. The camp ends with a bang, however, as the squads will come together on June 27 for a big evening of scrimmages and competition. Many coaches, including Mamaroneck’s Anthony Vitti and
Tuckahoe’s John D’Arco, Sr., said, at this point in the summer, camps like this one are preferable to 7-on7 passing competitions because it allows the coaching staffs to work with players to implement offensive and defensive schemes while taking their time to do a little bit of coaching. “This is kind of like the ground ﬂoor for us,” said D’Arco. “We start to put our plays in, we run our top three or four plays, to make sure we’ve got that down before we move forward.” The camp is especially invaluable to teams like Mamaroneck and Tuckahoe, who are looking to ﬁll important spots vacated by seniors who graduated this month. Mamaroneck lost 26 seniors from their 2012 team, while Tuckahoe is dealing with several losses from a team that reached the state championship game last fall. “We’re fortunate because we have a solid core back, we’re strong up the middle,” said D’Arco. “But we still have question marks. Interior line, wide receiver, we’re still ﬁt-
ting guys in.” Much of the evaluation will come on the final day of the camp, when the teams square-off against each other, so coaches should have a decent idea about their personnel as they march on this summer with individual team workouts and other camps. “After [Wednesday’s] scrimmages, there’s going to be some re-evaluations, but we hope to kind of know where we stand,” said the head coach. “Then, over the course of the summer, when we’re having our sessions, we may make some changes.” Both Tuckahoe and Mamaroneck will remain active in the next month. Tuckahoe will be running voluntary sessions three times a week to nail down schemes, and take part in New Rochelle’s Champions Camp in July, while Mamaroneck will continue to work with other teams at joint workout sessions as two-adays approach in August. “We’ll hope to have our pieces in place,” said D’Arco. “But, as always, anything can happen.”
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