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School district adopts budget, cuts three classes By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
If voters approve it in May, the Eastchester School District will have a roughly $75 million 20132014 budget with a tax levy increase of 3.7 percent. The district is yet to release the anticipated tax rate increase but ofﬁcials said they have to wait on the town to come up with the number which likely won’t be available until the summer. Faced with a budgetary shortfall of roughly $666,000, the district has put forward a plan to eliminate three elementary school classes and two middle and high school afternoon buses. The budget, as stands, is a 3 percent increase over the current
2012-2013 budget and has changed only slightly since the Board of Education’s last meeting. The budget was adopted on April 9, To reduce costs by about $280,000, a class from each Eastchester elementary school will be eliminated in September. Following a decrease in enrollment, a ﬁrst grade class will be eliminated at Waverly Elementary School. Two second grade classes at Waverly will have an increase in student enrollment of as many as 25 students, up from 20 this year. Third grade classes at Greenvale School would be increased to about 23 students. Eliminating two lightly-used afternoon buses for the middle and high school will save the district
about $110,000. The district will also be using a federal grant to pay for a special education teacher’s salary next year, saving approximately $100,000. These reductions, among others, will help to bridge the budgetary gap. Eastchester Superintendent Marilyn Terranova said that these reductions will have the least effect possible on students and staff. “We’re pretty conﬁdent that this budget is the very best we could do,” she said. The district also received about $3.8 million in state high tax aid, an increase of $125,000 from the previous year. High tax aid is distributed to districts where the property tax burden is high compared to income. Low income districts BUDGET continued on page 13
Apartment project raises parking, ﬂooding concerns By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
As Tuckahoe gears up for the construction of luxury apartments on Main Street, village residents are speaking out against parking and ﬂooding issues that they say are being caused by the drawn-out process. The project, located on Main
Street near Terrace Place, would add 108 housing units and 3,315 square feet of commercial space to the village but has seemed to stall since gaining approval last year. The applicant and owner of the property, McEquity LLC, was awarded an extension, by the village, to a special permit on April 12 in order to break ground, but some homeowners feel like construction
Luxury apartments are scheduled to be built at 100 Main St. in Tuckahoe, but some residents have come forward and said the long-delayed project is causing parking and ﬂooding issues in their neighborhoods. Photo/Ashley Helms
is being held up for insufﬁcient reasons. The special permit was granted to the applicant for certain Zoning Board variances including the number of parking spaces and the size of each individual parking space. The initial special permit was set to expire at midnight on April 12, just hours after the applicant petitioned the Zoning Board for an extension. The special permit extension was necessary in order for the applicant to submit building permit forms, which the village must receive before development ofﬁcially kicks off. Leslie Maron, an attorney who represents McEquity LLC, says the applicant was unable to submit necessary building forms until April 12 because of inclement weather during the winter, but said that the project hasn’t been altered since it was approved on April 11, 2012. “The project, as is, remains unchanged,” Maron says. But village resident Viki Angelillo says that the project has, in fact, changed over the past year. She said trees and dirt have been removed from the construction site, which PROJECT continued on page 15
April 19, 2013
Town schools to install ID scanners
The Eastchester School District displays poster boards dedicated to the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting before an April 15 candlelight vigil on the high school track. The vigil came shortly before a PTA meeting to discuss increases in school safety. Photo/Ashley Helms By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
In an effort to beef up security in Eastchester schools, the district is installing an identiﬁcation scanner system between now and the fall to make sure registered sex offenders are not entering school buildings. The scanners are part of a greater reaction to the December massacre in Newtown, Conn. Once installed, the Raptor identiﬁcation system works by scanning visitors’ driver licenses or government issued photo identiﬁcation cards and checking them against sex offender databases. If a match is found, the system can alert school ofﬁcials so they can take necessary measures. If a match isn’t found during the scanning process, Raptor will print a blue visitor’s badge that includes a photo, date of visit and destination within the building. Visitors will be required to enter
the high school and middle school through a single point of entry on the high school side, with a monitor stationed in a booth near the door to see who is seeking entry. Since its inception in 2003, Texasbased Raptor Technologies has sold their software to 8,000 schools and community facilities nationwide. The system has identiﬁed over 10,000 registered sex offenders attempting to enter its clients’ buildings in the last 10 years, according to the company’s website. Speaking in front of the local parent-teacher association on April 15, Schools Superintendent Marilyn Terranova said that Raptor provides a reliable system to track visitors and volunteers while protecting students and staff from people who could hurt them. The superintendent said she hopes to have the system installed in the elementary schools by the beginning of the 2013-2014 SCANNERS continued on page 13
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Bronxville Board of Education election likely uncontested By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
At present, the three open seats on the Bronxville Board of Education will be ﬁlled in uncontested elections as two incumbents are set to return to their seats. A newcomer, Ruth Wood, is set to take the seat of Trustee Dr. Charles Cain, who chose not to seek another term. Board of Education President David Brashear said, “I am committed to the excellence of the school district and I plan on running it in such a way that it maximizes opportunities while keeping costs under control.” First elected school board president in 2010, Brashear is a parent of four students in the school district and has a background in economics. Like Brashear, returning Trustee Denise Tormey was also elected in 2010 and plans on running for another term. She is the mother of four, all of which are in the school district, and is currently employed as a partner with the law ﬁrm, Dentons. “There is still a lot to be done in Bronxville,” Tormey said. “I am focused on increasing the scope of electives... while maintaining a budget with the limited resources at [the district’s] disposal.” Tormey added that, as a parent living in Bronxville, she has always felt the school dis-
trict was an essential part of the community, and said she is excited to seek a second term on the Board of Education. This year, in addition to the incumbents, a Non-Partisan Committee recruited and nominated newcomer Ruth Wood to run for the vacant school board seat currently occupied by Trustee Cain. Wood has been active in the Bronxville community for over 15 years and previously served as chairwoman of the High School Council and executive director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce. “I am versed with the issues connected to the community at large and I have a vested interest in the school,” Wood said. “There are a lot of things on [the district’s] plate right now.” A self-proclaimed “street soldier” for her volunteer work throughout the community, Wood said she hopes to bring something different to the role of school board trustee. The nominations for Board of Education in Bronxville come from a 21-member NonPartisan Committee. In total, the committee interviewed ﬁve candidates for the three open seats. First created in 1936 to ensure the election of Bronxville school board trustees is conducted on a non-partisan basis, the committee goes through over 500 hours of meetings each year, taking into consideration several
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factors including the current composition of the board, pending issues facing the school district, and the skill sets of each candidate. The deadline to file petitions for candidacy to the Board of Education is April 22, after press time. Residents of the Bronxville
School District will vote to elect members to the Board of Education on May 21. Board members are elected to serve threeyear terms. A phone call to board member Cain was not returned as of press time.
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C ommunity Briefs County recruiting foster and adoptive homes There are hundreds of children in Westchester County who need a temporary, safe and loving home. Westchester County has a fantastic foster care system, however there are never enough homes for theses vulnerable children–especially babies, teens, and sibling groups. For information, calls United Way’s 2-1-1 by dialing 211 or visit www.uwwp.org/foster.shtml Spring Wildﬂowers of the Northeast: A Natural History Noted author, photographer and naturalist Carol Gracie will speak about the role of spring wildﬂowers in the environment. Her topics include their adaptations for early blooming, medicinal and other uses, pollination, seed dispersal and origin of wildﬂower names. Gracie is retired from the Bronx Botanical Gardens, has ﬁve newly-discovered plant species named after her. Thursday April 18, 7:00 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 p.m. program begins Bronxville Public Llibrary 201 Pondﬁeld Road
Bronxville Free. All are welcome. Head shaving for a good cause In an effort to eradicate childhood cancer, between 50 and 60 men, women and children will have their heads shaved at Eastchester’s Mickey Spillane’s Pub on Saturday, April 20 as part of a fundraiser to beneﬁt the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. A dozen barbers have volunteered to shave the participants, who will have secured pledges in return for them having their heads shaved. The headshaving event will take place between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Mickey Spillane’s Pub is located at 431 White Plains Rd Eastchester, NY 10709. For more information, please call Chris S. Cornell at 914-960-1533. Wheelchair basketball tournament Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Barrier Breakers is proud to announce they will host a wheelchair basketball tournament on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Westchester County Center. The anticipation is building for the players, who will square off against their rivals the Wildcats from The Westchester School for Special Children. Tuesday April 23, 2013, admission is free. Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. Game Start: 6:00 p.m. The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, New York 10606.
Tuckahoe Senior Center events Soul Food Luncheon Prepared by Yvonne’s Followed by muscial entertainment by Gregory Press April 25 $15 per person Sign-up required “WWII and New York City” April 30 New York Historical Society Box lunch at the museum Sign-up required Events at the Lutheran Church Tag Sale Saturday May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proceeds beneﬁt the San Antonio Youth Gathering Trip. Donations and buyers appreciated. Collection days April 28 to May 2. The Village Lutheran Church is located at 172 White Plains Road, Bronxville, New York, 10708. For more information call 914-337-0207 or www.vlc-ny.org. Upcoming Tuckahoe Library event Join Miss Ellen for stories and songs. Open to ages 2-5 years Fridays at 11a.m. April 19, 26 Registration is required. Tuckahoe Public Library 71 Columbus Avenue Tuckahoe, NY 10707 914-961-2121 www.tuckahoelibrary.org
St. Paul’s Church events Church tower walk Friday, April 19, 3 p.m. Join us for a hike up the wooden staircase in the church tower, leading to the historic, 250-year-old metal bell, and ﬁne views of the surrounding counties. Note: This program is repeated, every other Friday, weather permitting, through early October. The church is located at 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 914-667-4116 www.nps.gov/sapa School gala planned The Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe, NY will be holding its annual fundraising gala dinner dance at the Westchester Manor in Hastings, NY on Friday, April 26, 2013. Thanks to the ongoing fundraising efforts of the ICS parents and generous donations from parishioners and community, ICS is building a much-needed gym. The gala is open to the school and parish families as well as local members of the community who wish to offer their support. For more information on the gala please visit the ICS website at www.icschoolonline.org. Tickets for the gala are still available. For additional information and ticket sales, please contact Maria Cocucci at email@example.com. Deadline for our Community Briefs section is 12 p.m. every Friday. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listings. Please send all items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Astorino, Sustainable Playland ink deal; Democratic legislators not sold yet By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
“Memories don’t pay the bill,” according to Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, who announced April 4 that the county is ready to sign an asset management agreement with Rye nonproﬁt Sustainable Playland, Inc. to reinvigorate the historic amusement park, owned and operated by Westchester County. Jokingly calling the agreement with SPI “the Dragon Coaster preservation act,” after the park’s most iconic ride, Astorino said Playland’s revenue and attendance have dropped dramatically from one million people in 2005 to just 430,000 recorded last season. “The stark reality for Playland is that, without a real reinvention for the park, Playland would eventually die,” Astorino said at a press conference in White Plains. Without intervention, Astorino said Playland will become overwhelmed with ﬁnancial losses and create a burden the county’s taxpayers can no longer sustain. It has been reported that the 280-acre park has run anywhere from a $2 million to $6 million deﬁcit annually for years. The county executive said, of all the proposals received by the county, SPI, which was founded by residents of Rye, had the strongest management team, investors and board, had ties to Westchester and had the best vision for preserving the institution and emphasizing the
space’s natural beauty. However, in response to the ﬁnalized agreement, the county Board of Legislators’ Democratic caucus released a statement calling SPI’s proposal “ﬁnancially risky” and questioned whether the asset management agreement conforms with county charter. The results of the board’s independent audit on current operations and ﬁnancial management of the park as well as ﬁnancial audits of the four top proposals received to run Playland are expected this week, according to board ofﬁcials. The legislators have spent the past few months conducted their own review of each of the top proposals Astorino said the county Board of Acquisitions and Contracts now has 30 days to submit Sustainable Playland’s park improvement plan with their changes. The plan will then be sent to the Democratic-led county Board of Legislators for approval. If all approvals and permits go through, Sustainable Playland is scheduled to take over the management of the park by Oct. 1 after the current season ends, he said. But at a subsequent meeting of the county’s Board of Acquisition and Contracts, last week, the vote was held over by Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, raising several questions related to the pending agreement and the nonproﬁts ﬁnancing of the project.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announces the signing of a 10-year asset management agreement with Sustainable Playland Inc., a non-proﬁt started by Rye residents. The deal, he told the audience at a press conference April 4, would secure the park’s future. Photo/Andrew Dapolite
Legislator Catherine Borgia, an Ossining Democrat, said she doubts SPI will protect county taxpayers. “Sustainable’s proposed plan has the riskiest ﬁnancial and marketing plan of the four we have examined, and its potential for failure cannot be overlooked, especially since it has the least amount of secure ﬁnancial backing,” Borgia said.
The deal with SPI is a 10-year agreement with a 10-year option for renewal on both sides and will bring $34 million in capital investments to go against the reported $32 million in debt the county has accrued in running the park. Sustainable Playland will pay the county a base fee of $4 million and will make annual PLAYLAND continued on page 14
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Panel highlights need for statewide campaign ﬁnance reform By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
In the wake of recent bribery scandals involving state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, and Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, a Democrat, advocates across the state have been reinvigorated to push for a complete overhaul of state campaign ﬁnance. Members of Westchester for Change, a countywide group that advocates for progressive social and political change, held a community forum on April 11 to seek comprehensive solutions to the issue. The event, held at the Greenburgh Town Hall, featured a panel of speakers including state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, Democratic Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Jessica Wisneski, campaign director for Citzen Action New York and Ian Vandewalker from the Brennan Center at New York University, who discussed the impact of special interest groups and large ﬁnancial contributions on election outcomes. “It is not everyone’s number one issue,” said Wisneski, whose group spearheads the fair election movement in the state. “Money plays a powerful role in politics....you can see it in [the United States] congress, and up in Albany too.” For Wisneski, the desire for campaign ﬁnance reform stems from the inﬂuence of corporate contributions to state politics, which have tra-
ditionally outspent small donors 6-to-1. “We need to make small donors matter,” Wisneski said, suggesting that the state lower the minimum contribution requirements and close any legal loopholes that make it difﬁcult for unestablished candidates to run. Advocating for a comprehensive overhaul of the status quo, the panel outlined what lawmakers in Albany would need to do to implement campaign ﬁnance reform. Vandewalker, in a PowerPoint presentation, explained that in New York City, a newly-implemented electoral contribution system has shown an increase in participation, diversity and competition. “By providing a 6-to-1 match [through the use of public funds] on small donations, more and more people [living in New York City] have gotten involved with the system,” Vandewalker said. “It allows for civic participation in more ways than just writing a check.” Assemblywoman Galef said she is hopeful that, by the end of the legislative session, the state will have presented a number of reforms to the law surrounding campaign dollars. “It’s a really tough sell, unless the public gets behind it,” Galef said. “Campaign ﬁnance reform is not going to ﬁx all of the problems.” Stewart-Cousins recalled how the current method of collecting contributions has a tendency to dissuade some politicians from
State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, right, discusses campaign ﬁnance reform and what the public needs to do in order to change the status quo. Photo/Daniel Offner
reaching out for small donations since it is much quicker and easier to reach out to those willing to contribute big bucks. “It is important how we reform how money is raised,” said Stewart-Cousins. “The focus has to be clear…we need to get campaign ﬁnance that is real reform.” Following the discussion, volunteers with Westchester for Change handed out petitions that call upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to reform the system in such a
way that would prevent further corruption and lessen the impact of big campaign dollars from special interest groups on election outcomes. “The problem with Gov. Cuomo is he talks a good game,” said Elizabeth Saenger, coorganizer of Westchester for Change, “but he doesn’t act on something like this.” For more information on campaign ﬁnance reform or to sign the petition, visit fairelectionsny.org.
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Bronxville and Con Ed: Moving forward This past week, village department heads and I met with Con Edison representatives for the third time in an effort BRONXVILLE TODAY to improve service/response time in Bronxville in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We have partnered with Con Mayor Mary Marvin Edison to share ideas in a collegial way that has proven productive. To understand power outages, familiarity with our unique grid system is essential. As background, the village is powered from three feeders; one in Tuckahoe, one in Mount Vernon near Village Hall and one in Yonkers just over the west side border. In order to “power” the illage during Hurricane Sandy, much of the electrical work took place outside the village boundaries. This unique conﬁguration of service caused frustration and confusion for our government and residents alike as we seemed to see crew teams everywhere but Bronxville. Electricity is then sent from the feeders into village loops comprising whole neighborhoods. During Hurricane Sandy, when a feeder went down, almost half the village immediately lost power, and if a pole fell, an entire loop would go down. Proactively, Con Edison has changed power conﬁgurations so as to avoid the above scenarios. The new system adds switches and fuses to loops, allowing power outages to be segmented into much smaller sections. Now, if a tree should fall in one yard, only the adjacent homes would lose power, not the entire neighborhood. In a village such as ours, where falling trees are commonplace even in routine storms, the beneﬁt will be enormous. No matter how localized the outage, Con Edison advised us that homeowners still must call in to the 1-800-75-CONED number and report it because the switches/fuses must be reset manually by dispatching a truck. Based on resident feedback and the experience of Village Hall staffers during Hurricane Sandy, the following are some of the suggestions we made to Con Edison going forward: Inaccurate information is worse than no information at all. The robo-calls during Hurricane Sandy with estimated power resumption times proved largely inaccurate and led people to return home or reﬁll refrigerators only to have power remain out for days. The computer data maps of outage areas must sync with real time conditions. Many residents called in outages only to then access a computer that erroneously showed their home with power on the Con Edison map. Con Edison cars, trucks and staffers’ vests should be clearly marked as to their function. Residents were frustrated when they saw Con Edison crews not restoring power, when in fact their assignment was to either guard or de-energize live wires only. Clearly delineating the job at hand would stem the confusion. A simple truck marking or vest lettering would go a long way for clarity of duties, and keep questions at a minimum. The Con Edison liaisons for every community should have continuity and permanent assignments when emergencies occur. Liaisons with a knowledge of village streets and vital services such as hospitals and schools are critical to truck dispatching and assessing the location of needs when assigning priorities. In storms prior to Hurricane Sandy, Con Edison staffers were completely confused when dispatching trucks to the village and ended up sending them to the Yonkers/Bronxville P.O. Per regulations, out-of-town crews cannot work on live wires due to their unfamiliarity with the local systems. Con Edison needs to alert municipalities immediately when crews need to temporarily cut power to make repairs for others on the same grid. As an example, during Hurricane Sandy, Parkway Road residents ﬁnally received power only to have it go out hours later. We were not notiﬁed that it was a temporary “de-power” in order to help other residents near Sarah Lawrence College, so we could not give our residents any accurate information as to power resumption. I am extremely conﬁdent that Con Edison is making genuine and productive efforts to improve the accuracy and quality of their emergency services, and they have been very receptive to our operational suggestions. Regardless of what Con Edison services are ultimately updated, residents will still have to call their outages in on a daily basis for best service. Con Edison makes no assumptions that because your next-door neighbor called in, you also do not have power. Con Edison has informed us that the cost of relocating wires underground is $7 million to $10 million per lane mile, plus a street-to-home hook-up fee that is dependent on the topography of each property. Given that the village has approximately seven lane miles, the cost is beyond what anyone is willing to undertake. In the recent Village Hall renovations, a very powerful generator was installed so, during outages, residents can always come to Village Hall for warmth or to recharge equipment. If you have any further recommendations as to improving electrical service, kindly email me at email@example.com.
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Astorino asks HUD for hearing, hints at potential lawsuit
County Executive Rob Astorino has asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a hearing to prevent the department from following through on its threat to withhold $7.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funding. Democratic county legislators have urged Astorino to submit to the department’s demands at the risk of even more severe consequences. Photo/Diana Costello By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
County Executive Rob Astorino has made it clear that he is through getting pushed around by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. On April 10, the Republican county execu-
tive asked for a formal hearing with HUD to give the county the due process he feels it is entitled to, and to partner with the county Board of Legislators in order to seek an injunction that would prevent HUD from withholding $7.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funding that was promised to the county. Community Development Block
Grant funding is given to municipalities by HUD for various needs, and are typically granted to provide more suitable housing for low and moderate income areas. Vincent Hom, the Director of Community Planning and Development at HUD, informed the county of the decision on March 25, and said that the funds would be redistributed into other communities around the nation after one month. Astorino called the move, “extortion based on nothing more than its unsupported opinions.” Astorino said that, in a nation of laws, HUD must comply with the same rules as everyone else. The conﬂict between Weschester County and HUD stems from the fact that HUD has repeatedly asked the county to produce evidence of exclusionary zoning since a lawsuit was brought forth against the county in 2009 by a housing advocacy group called the AntiDiscrimination Center of New York. The settlement, reached under then-County Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, required that Westchester build 750 units of affordable housing in 31 of its 43 communities, pay the federal government $8.4 million and the housing advocacy group $2.5 million. Additonally, the settlement required that the county aggresively market the new housing projects to low-income individuals outside of Westchester. The county said it has complied with all of those terms, but HUD demanded that the county produce additional evidence of its exclusionary zoning by “afﬁrmatively furthering fair housing”--a phrase that has not yet been deﬁned by the department. Additionally, HUD asked that the county pressure its individual municipalities to bypass their zoning regulations in order to make installation of the affordable units easier. The issue of zoning in Westchester is unique since each municipality in the county has home rule authority on all matters related to planning and zoning; meaning each adopts
its own zoning ordinances. Such authority is set by state law. In an attempt to show HUD that it is taking the terms of the settlement seriously, the county underwent an analysis by the Pace University Land Use Center and has conducted several surveys of its zoning, but repeatedly found that race plays no role in the way residents are distributed throughout municipalities. “Let’s be clear what’s going on here,” Astorino said. “HUD refuses to accept the conclusion of our objective and thorough analysis. To force the county to change its conclusions, it is holding hostage money that’s been promised to our communities, some of them not even a party to the settlement and with the biggest needs.” The Village of Mamaroneck is just one municipality that was not originally included in the settlement because it already contained a large amount of low-income housing, but is still being negatively affected by HUD’s decision to withhold funds. On April 5, county Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, released a statement urging Astorino to comply with all of the terms of the settlement by promoting Source of Income legislation that would prevent realtors and landlords from discriminating against people based on their income. “The county board voted to direct the county executive to submit his version of Source of Income legislation,” Jenkins said, who has annouced his candidacy to replace Astorino as county executive in the fall. Astorino has previously stated that he would not promote such legislation, and is still asking that the Board of Legislators, “stand up for Westchester and against this punitive action brought on by HUD.” Astorino said that if HUD denies the county a hearing and does not remedy its denial of the county’s grant funding, the only alternative will be to fully contest the issue in court.
L etters Superintendent: Headline misleads To the Editor, I strongly object to the incorrect, misleading and defamatory headline “Tuckahoe schools fear bankruptcy” [in the April 12 edition of The Town Report]. I publicly stated several times at the Board of Education workshop on April 8 that we have an excess fund balance of $2.4 million. I also publicly stated that this is the absolutely highest fund balance our district may have under the law. The actual discussion centered around what is the most judicious way to utilize our reserves to maintain programs and services for the longest amount of time possible under the present restrictions of the new state tax cap. To headline your article about this far-ranging discussion utilizing speculation and projections years and years in the future as any imminent possibility is simply irresponsible. Dr. Edward J. Reilly Superintendent of Schools Tuckahoe Union Free School District
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Advantages of two-stage heating systems
urchasing a new heating and cooling system could be in your future. Selecting the right furnace for your home requires understanding the various products available. A two-stage heating system is preferred by many HVAC contractors and could be the right ﬁt in your renovation.
Choosing a new furnace and heating components can be difﬁcult. The business has its own terminology, and there are scores of different equipment manufacturers all claiming that their brand is the best. Buying a new heating system is also expensive, making the process more stressful. Not everyone has an unlimited budget or the ability to simply select the top-of-the-line model. Therefore, understanding which features make one furnace stand out from another can help consumers make the best possible decision. One factor that will come up as you browse for furnaces is whether to choose a single-stage furnace or a two- or dual-staged furnace. There are many advantages to the latter, which makes them a favorite of HVAC contractors. Two-stage furnaces are designed to change the way British Thermal Units (BTUs) of heat are delivered to
the home. In a single-stage system, when the thermostat registers a drop in home temperature that requires the heat to turn on, the furnace will produce one level of heat output until the desired temperature is reached. This furnace is designed to heat your home on the coldest days for your climate. In a two-stage system, the furnace provides gradual heat production. In the ﬁrst stage, which usually operates at around 70 percent of the system’s heating capacity, the system will try to warm the space. On mild winter days or chilly autumn days, the ﬁrst stage may be all that’s needed. If the home requires additional heating, the furnace will kick into the second stage, increasing the heating power. Some two-stage furnaces not only offer two BTU offerings, but two blower speeds as well. One of the advantages to these furnaces are that the two-stage system eliminates drastic temperature
swings, which are common among single-stage furnaces. This can mean the home is more comfortable over a longer period of time. Another beneﬁt is that because the system starts in the lower stage and may operate at that stage more so than in the second stage, the furnace is generally quieter than traditional furnaces. This greatly reduces the initial noise of turning on the furnace at full power. Two-stage furnaces will burn fuel more efﬁciently and may actually burn less fuel if they spend the majority of the time in the ﬁrst stage of operation. If they have a variable speed blower, they may even save you money in electricity costs. Two-stage furnaces may cost more money initially because they tend to be more expensive than traditional furnaces. But over time two-stage systems might pay for themselves in efﬁciency, noise reduction and comfort in a home.
Did you know? Many times it is to a homeowner’s advantage to open the drapes and let sunlight shine in. Still, for shift workers, parents of young children who need to nap or just those who have south- or west-facing windows that make rooms overly warm, darkening the room is necessary at certain times of the day. The easiest and most effective way to do so is to purchase blackout curtains. Depending on the brand and quality of the curtains, some of them may block out sunlight entirely while providing additional beneﬁts. While preventing sunlight from entering a room, blackout curtains, which are thicker than traditional curtains, may also be effective at insulating rooms against drafty windows and providing noise reduction.
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bold paint colors
Paint is one of the least expensive and most versatile means to changing the look of a room. According to the experts from “This Old House,” 60 percent of the colors of a home that visitors perceive come from the paint on the walls. Choosing a color scheme can be challenging, which is why so many people stick with neutrals like beige and white. For those who are ready to add a spark of color, there are a few guidelines to consider. Color theory is a science and there are rules of using color that are taught as early as a child’s ﬁrst foray into art class. We know there are primary, secondary and complementary colors on the color wheel. Even novice home decorators can do well with color if they use the color wheel as their guideline. According to HGTV, color should ﬂow throughout a house. Every room need not be painted the same color. However, colors should be complementary enough that they ﬂow into one another. Don’t paint one room in child’s basic primary colors, while painting other rooms in jewel tones and pastels. Stick with one theme and carry it through the house. Once you have decided to use a bold color, ﬁrst ﬁnd your color inspiration. Color combinations that appear in nature are more readily accepted by people, so look for an item in nature, such as a seashell or a ﬂowering plant that you can base your color
choices on. Others pull inspiration from a particular design item. For instance, maybe an area rug strikes your fancy. Use colors that appear in the rug in the room. Keep in mind that using bold color doesn’t mean you have to paint every wall from ceiling to ﬂoor in that color. Rather, if you’re just starting out with bold colors, select one wall to serve as an accent wall. Use that wall as your bold canvas and paint it with your chosen hue. Some people like to experiment with a more ﬂashy color in a smaller space. If you’re nervous about beginning in the living room or kitchen, how about trying out bold color in a smaller space, such as a powder room? A more intimate space might seem less overwhelming when painted in a bold color. Go for a deep purple or another jeweled tone. However, try to avoid greens in the bathroom, as they may reﬂect off of the mirror and cast a hue onto your face that makes you look unwell. Pinks and peaches will shed a rosy glow. If you will be incorporating complementary colors into the room, use the paint color swatch as your guide. Most paint manufacturers use three or four different shades on one sample card. When selecting a complementary shade, be sure to pick from the same tone on the card. That means if you’re choosing the darkest of BOLD continued on page 12
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How to MIX YOUR OWN CLEANING SOLUTION It may take trial and error to ﬁnd a solution that works. Here is one recipe you may want to start with. 1 cup white vinegar 1½ cups rubbing alcohol 2 drops of dish soap Pour into a clean and empty spray bottle. Remember: Never mix bleach and ammonia together to create a cleaning solution, as toxic fumes will result.
Dirty windows are unsightly, and they can prevent beneﬁcial sunlight from entering a home. Cleaning windows need not be done every week, but it shouldn’t be overlooked completely, either. While it certainly may be a chore to clean windows, there are ways to make the task much more tolerable. Curb appeal can be very important when selling a home. Even a home with a perfectly manicured lawn and the newest rooﬁng and siding can seem unappealing if the windows are dirty. Keeping windows clean requires a good deal of work. For the acrophobics, cleaning second-story windows can test the nerves. Having the right tools on hand and a strategy in place will make the job easier to manage. Cleaning windows Cleaning windows won’t necessarily be easy, but the following nine-step process can make the task less difﬁcult and time-consuming. 1. Choose a day when it is overcast so you will not be blinded by the sun while cleaning. This also helps prevent streaking. Begin by gathering what you’ll need to get the task done. Having everything at the ready will enable you
clean dirty windows to move from one window to the next. Here are the basic supplies you will need: • cleaning solution • cloth, newspaper or squeegee • towel • spray bottle • extension pole to reach high windows • vacuum • ladder or step stool • garden hose 2. Take down and clean drapery or blinds when cleaning the windows. Remove the curtains so you will have an unobstructed surface with which to work. 3. Start with the interior side of the windows, as they are easier to access. Place a towel on the sill to catch any drops so the sill or the ﬂoor will stay dry. 4. Spray a lint-free cloth or the window directly with the cleaning solution. The edges and corners of the window tend to accumulate the most grime, so begin by cleaning those areas ﬁrst. Once they are clean and you will not exchange dirt to the center of the window, work on the middle. Wipe the windows in a horizontal
direction to help alleviate dripping. 5. To create a streak-free surface, some people prefer to use a squeegee to drag out any pockets of moisture for more even drying. Be sure to wipe the rubber strip of the squeegee after each pass on the window. You may choose to buff out any other streaks with newspaper. 6. Vacuum the window sill and frame afterward to catch any dust and debris. 7. Repeat the process for all interior windows. 8. Move outdoors and start off by spraying the window with a garden hose to loosen any of the accumulated grime. Use your cleaning solution to dissolve the rest of the dirt. You may want to let it sit on the window if there is stubborn grime. Repeat the cleaning process used indoors for each window. 9. If exterior second-ﬂoor windows are hard to reach, consider using a ladder and extension pole to extend your reach. Upper windows will not be scrutinized as closely as lower windows, so you may have a greater margin for error. If the windows are simply too high up, rely on a professional window cleaner to get the job done rather than risk falls or other injuries.
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color #1 from a card, you’ll want to choose the darkest from color #2. Another idea is to leave walls neutral and use bold color on design accents. For example, designers at marthastewart. com recommend painting the inside of niches, shelves or cabinets with glass doors in bright tones and the outside white to create an eye-catching space without going overboard. Put a bold color on moulding or use an appliance or a ﬁxture in a bright color as your splash of boldness. Remember to have balance. If you will
be painting an entire room in a bold color, think about having the other decor items in neutral colors. Sofas and rugs should be neutral colors, or consider toning down a vibrant color with the use of white molding or baseboards. All it may take is a little inspiration to get started on fun, inviting color schemes in the home. Furniture store Raymour & Flanigan offers a handy design tool for incorporating different colors into a space. Find ideas at www.raymourﬂanigan.com/Design-Center/ Color-Story.aspx.
April 19, 2013 • THE TOWN REPORT • 13 BUDGET from page 1
usually receive more aid than wealthier schools. Board of Education member Mary Ellen Melnyk said the state aid will be put towards the district’s $2.5 million fund balance, but could be used later if necessary. Repairs to the school’s boilers are needed, and new issues are always coming up, which may require the use of fund balance money. “You always have ﬂex, but when money ﬂows into the fund balance, it could The Eastchester School District is adopting its budget, which calls for a tax levy increase of 3.7 percent and the elimination of help offset the tax cap in three elementary school classes. District residents will vote on case of an increase in popu- the budget on May 21. File photo lation,” Melnyk said. The state gives monetary aid based on an an- increase by about $1.7 million, which makes ticipation of how much each district will spend in up the bulk of the increases allowed under the a year, Melnyk said, and then the district is given tax cap. According to Mary Ellen Byrne, the about 10 percent of that anticipation in state aid. public relations coordinator for the district, Eastchester currently owes about $200,000 in stating that the tax cap is set at 2 percent is back bills from 2005 because they didn’t use all confusing because the law allows for certain of the state aid. The board is conservative with exemptions, including debt service and capiits state aid and it’s illegal to overspend, Melnyk tal expenses. This can raise the allowable tax said. “What the state anticipates is an estimate; levy above 2 percent, which can be seen in the 2013-14 adopted budget. it’s not a reality,” Melnyk said. “The governor’s plan was meant to slow The 3.7 percent tax levy increase for the 2013-2014 school year means the district has the rate of tax increases, which is what it’s doa ﬁxed amount of money they can apply to the ing,” Byrne said. The public will vote on the Eastchester budget in addition to last year’s taxes. State pension increases for teachers are expected to school budget on May 21. SCANNERS from page 1
school year. Tuckahoe schools already have the Raptor system in place, and Terranova said the Eastchester school district was contacted by Tuckahoe school ofﬁcials who recommended the system for its ease of use and effectiveness. “We’re going to pilot Raptor at the middle and high school, work out the kinks, and then implement it in the elementary schools,” Terranova said. Raptor only scans the information on the identiﬁcation card, such as date of birth and address. The system will be linked to the Eastchester Police Department, and will keep each visitor’s license number in the event law enforcement needs assistance in identifying a visitor on school grounds. Because the scanner is linked to police, they will be notiﬁed through the system if there is an alert. Cameras inside and outside of the Eastchester school buildings will also soon go live, and a buzzer system is currently being installed at the main points of entry at the middle and high school. The district will also be tracking and reporting instances of harassment to the state following the implementation of a statewide anti-bullying law, the Dignity for All Students Act. Since it took effect in July 2012, the Dignity for All Students Act requires schools to report incidents of harassment and discrimination by students or staff to the state. The data is used to create a school violence index, which determines if a school will be designated as persistently dangerous, according to Terranova.
Students and staff must report instances of harassment to school administrators ﬁrst before information will be sent to the state. If a district is determined to be persistently dangerous, the state may send money to fund rehabilitation in order to become safer. Scott Wynne, an assistant principal at the middle school, said that the way the Dignity Act is implemented depends on age and maturity level, which he said is a good idea. “A lot of these legislations have been kind of one size ﬁts all,” Wynne said. At the elementary level, Susan Versames, an educator with a background in special education, said that parents have to monitor their child’s behavior and identify what’s normal and what isn’t. In conjunction with the Dignity Act, she said that the community must raise bully-resilient kids who accept others for who they are. “If you can’t learn to be compassionate and accepting of your community, you won’t become a successful adult,” Versames said. Discussions regarding school safety in Eastchester began in December when members of the police force met with administrators and concerned parents to plan for increased security following the shooting in Newtown. On Tuesday, the district held a candlelight vigil on the high school track for the 26 Connecticut victims. Poster boards with pictures and short biographies of the deceased were displayed at the edge of the track for attendees to view.
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Village of Mamaroneck moves forward with USDA egg oiling By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
MAMARONECK—Since the village announced that it would take advantage of a renegotiation clause within the contract it signed with the USDA to slaughter the village’s geese, there has been a wide variety of non-lethal alternatives offered by those opposed to the original agreement. When the village board discovered the contract with the USDA allowed them to cancel or reconsider the terms of the agreement within 120 days of signing it, they chose to explore that option, and have now made it clear to USDA representative Ken Preusser that they wish to avoid killing the geese. In a statement issued by the board, the ofﬁcial course of action is to move forward with the USDA, but only through non-lethal means. This effort is primarily aimed at oiling eggs in Columbus and Harbor Island parks, which are considered property of the village. Village Manager Richard Slingerland said that the board will allow the USDA to oil eggs in both parks, but that residents are encouraged to take it upon themselves to oil eggs on private property if they choose. “We’re trying to implement a systematic plan that will eventually be rolled out villagewide,” Slingerland said. “What we’re focusing on now is village property, but in the future, we’ll try to focus more on volunteer efforts.”
Scarsdale resident Kim Gold, who is an animal rights activist that has spoken out against the USDA contract, recently contacted GeesePeace, an organization that educates communities on waterfowl management, and coordinated a presentation for residents on egg oiling at the Mamaroneck Public Library on April 11. “There needs to be public and private collaboration,” Gold said. “A lot of people have nests on their property, and this was just a way to educate residents on how to deal with them.” Gold said that she thinks the village’s new approach is a good one-despite her gripes with the USDA for its other lethal methods of waterfowl management-and that she hopes to ﬁnd a way to reach out to more residents who couldn’t attend the presentation. The GeesePeace presentation was given by Denise Savageau, the Director of Conservation for the Town of Greenwich, and focused on the proper methods that should be used to oil eggs as well as how residents can register with the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service to become certiﬁed to carry out the process on their own. Egg oiling, according to Savageau, is a process that prevents oxygen exchange from occuring within eggs before they are incubated, which effectively stops their development and prevents them from hatching. Egg oiling is a two-person job, said Savageau, mainly because there is an inherent danger of being attacked while approaching a
nest if geese are in the area. Because of this safety risk, she advised that one person stand guard against potentially violent parent geese, while a partner applies oil to the eggs. Another alternative that has garnered signiﬁcant support is a method that involves conditioning the geese to leave the area through the use of a predator decoy and a whistle. The method is employed by Geesebusters, a company that specializes in waterfowl management strategies, which is operated by Robert Guardagna. Guardagna attempted to perform a demonstration of his method at Harbor Island Park on April 9, but was told by village ofﬁcials that he was not authorized to do so and that village police would be notiﬁed if he entered the park. According to Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, a Republican, chasing geese away is not currently the priority of the village because it will cause the USDA’s egg oiling approach to become counterproductive, making Guardagna’s demo a potential liability if the geese do leave the area as a result. “They won’t nest if we chase them away,” Santoro said. “We’re going to oil the eggs and then later on—maybe September or October— we might ﬁnd a way to chase them away.”The reason the village has chosen not to chase the existing geese away, is because the birds nest in the middle of March until the end of May, and the current egg oiling strategy is only aimed at preventing new geese from being born. The board has not yet decided how it will handle the geese that already inhabit the village. Slingerland said that a program to chase away geese is just not needed at the moment, because if geese do ﬂy away they will not be able to nest, which is essential if the USDA
egg oiling to is be a success. “We’ve already seen the demonstration, and at this point we don’t want to chase the geese away,” he said. Guardagna said that his method is the most efﬁcient. “Once you introduce [the predator decoy] to an area, the birds move out completely. Egg oiling is unnecessary, we should leave nature alone, and keep our hands off of it.” Guardagna also criticized the USDA, and said that he has repeatedly tried to convince them to use his method and has gotten no response. “The USDA is killing all over the country,” he said. “I sent video tapes to all of the USDA ofﬁces in the country. Not one person returned my emails.” The village also began using its Rake-OVac, a machine designed to scour ﬁelds and rid them of goose droppings. According to Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, the machine worked well, and the parks department will be using it frequently in the future. “It’s scheduled to be used once a week in Columbus, Harbor Island and Florence parks,” Rosenblum said. “The main problem still exists of a hundred and ﬁfty to two-hundred geese each making a pound of waste a day, but the machine picked up ninety percent the last time we used it.” The village is currently in the process of drafting a revised contract for its plans with the USDA and is going to slowly integrate volunteers into the effort of managing its geese through oiling. Property owners who have nests, but are not willing to oil eggs themselves, may request the volunteer assistance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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payments to the county of $1.2 million. A request for proposals was ﬁrst put out to bid by the county in 2010, soon after Astorino took ofﬁce, with the goal of reinventing the amusement park. On Oct. 11, 2012, the county executive signed a letter of intent to award the contract to Sustainable Playland, Inc. “If this is going to be bogged down in politics, if it is going to become an election year issue to try to stop it, then the only people that suffer will be the taxpayers,” Astorino said. The county executive said, under SPI’s stewardship, all of Playland’s historic amusement park rides will stay, as will the Kiddieland rides and the arcade, but some of the existing rides will be removed and new ones added, leaving over 50 rides and attractions. The park will now be open year-round instead of seasonally and undergo major improvements in the months to come. Admission will be free, and users will only pay to visit the areas they want to use, whether it is the rides and games, picnicking on the new great lawn area, the beach zone which will have a mini water park�the new indoor or outdoor playing ﬁelds, the restaurants, the ice casino or the Westchester Children’s Museum, which has a plan with the county to set up in a bath house along the boardwalk. However, due to fears that SPI would be
altering the amusement park irrevocably, an online petition and a Facebook opposition group Save Rye Playland have sprung into action. The group said it is well understood in the amusement park industry that the rides are the real draw of a park. Rye resident Deirdre Curran, a member of the grassroots group, said that keeping the park open all year is not going to compensate for the money that will be lost by reducing the rides by 30 percent, which the group said will cause Playland to lose the beloved amusement park aspect. The Save Rye Playland group’s petition against SPI’s plan currently has about 2,100 signatures, according to Curran, who said the group would redouble their efforts at getting the word out. SPI spokesperson Geoff Thompson said the SPI plan merely reduces the footprint of the amusement area by 30 percent, shrinking it back to the size it was originally designed for in 1928. “The amusement component is still the largest cash generator in the park,” Thompson said, adding it would be to the detriment of Sustainable Playland and the county’s taxpayers to remove rides. In fact, he said, the genesis of SPI’s plan was in those same nostalgic feelings that are driving the opposition.
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Main Street in Tuckahoe will see the addition of a luxury apartment complex, seen here in a rendering, after a long-delayed construction project is complete. Contributed
has caused severe ﬂooding in the basement of her building on Main Street. Bill Williams, Tuckahoe’s building inspector, says that there isn’t a way to tell if the project is to blame for Angelillo’s ﬂooding issues because construction has not begun yet and it’s still unclear where runoff water from the site is being directed. Angelillo says that Maron could’ve delivered the building permits shortly after the Planning Board approval in December because it was a relatively mild winter, but instead waited until the last minute. The Zoning Board awarded the permit in April of last year along with several zoning variances, which included a minimum of 33 parking spaces that were 9 feet by 18 feet in size, a variance from the required parking space size of 9 feet by 20 feet. The Planning Board gave ﬁnal approval for the project in December 2012, and developers spent the winter doing geographical tests and drawing up engineering plans. The luxury apartments should be built, Angelillo says, but she’s concerned that no progress will be made over the next year either. “Nothing has happened except dirt being moved, trees coming down and the storing of some equipment,” Angelillo says. Claire Mottola, who lives on Terrace Place directly next to the construction site, says that the project will take away valuable parking spaces on her street. About half a dozen parking spaces will be removed from the corner of Main Street and Terrace Place, and Mottola
says that she and her neighbor do not have driveways in which to park their cars. Mottola says that she wanted the Zoning Board to add more spaces because parking on her road has been a hot button issue for years. “It will be detrimental to our home values,” Mottola says. “I am imploring this group to take care of the people in this neighborhood that will be affected by the loss of parking.” Zoning Board Chairman Ronald Gallo said that the Village Board of Trustees handles the implementation of parking spaces and urged Mottola to take her complaints to them. “I am a longtime resident of this village and am well aware of the issue of parking,” Gallo says. “This is foremost on our mind.” Gallo also says that he doesn’t believe that the halt in development is the fault of the applicant, but rather the fault of a slow village approval process for such a large-scale project. “I drive by this property constantly, and I’m always disappointed that it’s not developed or without active construction,” Gallo says. The project came under ﬁre in early 2012 when a suit was ﬁled in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of a group of residents who spent months ﬁghting the proposal; stating that it would signiﬁcantly increase population in the village and overwhelm the school district. The village reduced the original proposal of 121 units down to 108 units. The building is being developed by Glenmark Partners with Roseland, Mirando Properties and Sharp Management.
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18 • THE TOWN REPORT • April 19, 2013 LEGAL NOTICE EASTCHESTER UFSD - NOTICE OF ANNUAL DISTRICT ELECTION AND VOTE The Annual District Public Election and Vote of the qualiﬁed voters of the Eastchester Union Free School District of the Town of Eastchester, Westchester County, State of New York, will be held at the Eastchester High School for those persons residing in the Eastchester High School/ Middle School Election District and at 235 Garth Road for those persons residing in the Garth Road Election District on May 21, 2013 between the hours of six (6:00) AM and nine (9:00) PM EDST, for the purpose of electing three members of the Board of Education of said District for three (3) full terms of three (3) years: One (1) member of the Board of Education for a full term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 2013 (position currently ﬁlled by Paul Cubita) and expiring June 30, 2016. One (1) member of the Board of Education for a full term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 2013 (position currently ﬁlled by Paul Doyle) and expiring June 30, 2016. One (1) member of the Board of Education for a full term of three (3) years, commencing July 1, 2013 (position currently ﬁlled by Mary Messner Martin) and expiring June 30, 2016. PROPOSITION NO. 1 - For the adoption of the budget for the school year 2013-14 for the schools comprising Eastchester Union Free School District of the Town of Eastchester, Westchester County, State of New York, approved by the Board of Education of said District, to be submitted to the qualiﬁed voters of the District at the Election and Public Vote to be held at the Eastchester High School and 235 Garth Road, of said District on May 21, 2013 between the hours of six (6:00) AM and nine (9:00) PM EDST, for the raising of the net sum required for said budget in one sum by tax upon the taxable property of said District. A copy of the budget for the school year 2013-14 to be voted on at the Annual District Public Election and Vote to be held on May 21, 2013, may be obtained by any taxpayer in the District at the Administration Building, 580 White Plains Road, and at each school in the District between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and four (4:00) PM, EDST, on each day other than a Saturday, Sunday or holiday during the fourteen days immediately preceding May 21, 2013, the date of the Annual District Election and Public Vote. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE - Nominating petitions for candidates for the ofﬁce of school board member must be ﬁled with the District Clerk between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and three (4:00) PM, EDST, on or before April 22, 2013, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. A copy of each candidate’s statement of expense may be obtained by any taxpayer in the District at the Administration Building, 580 White Plains Road, between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and four (4:00) PM, EDST, on each day other than a Saturday, Sunday or holiday during the ﬁve days immediately preceding May 21, 2013, the date of the Annual District Election and Public Vote. On May 7, 2013, the second Tuesday preceding the date of the Annual District Election and Public Vote, the Board of Education will convene a Public Hearing at eight (8:00) PM on the proposed budget. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE - The Board of Registration, Eastchester Union Free School District, Town of Eastchester, Westchester County, New York, will meet to prepare the register of the qualiﬁed voters of the District for the District Public Election and Vote of the School District, which will be held on May 21, 2013 at the Administration Building, 580 White Plains Road, Eastchester, New York, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and 12 Noon (12:00) PM EDST. Please note that new voters may register at such time and location on any business day prior to and including May 15, 2013, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Vote at the location at which you are registered. You cannot vote if your name does not appear upon the register, except as in accordance with NY Education Law Sec. 2019-a. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE - Any person shall be entitled to have his name placed upon said register of the qualiﬁed voters of the District provided that at the foregoing meeting of the members of the Board of Registration, such person presents himself or herself personally for registration and is known or proved to the satisfaction of such members of the Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at the school election to be held on May 21, 2013. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE - The said register of the qualiﬁed voters of the District, when prepared, will be ﬁled in the Ofﬁce of the Clerk of the District at the Administration Building, 580 White Plains Road, in said District and will be open for inspection by any qualiﬁed voter of the District at the said ofﬁce of said Clerk between the hours of eight (8:00) AM and four (4:00) PM, EDST, during each of the ﬁve days, Saturday nine (9:00) AM to Eleven (11:00) AM, Sunday excepted, prior to May 21, 2013, the date of the Annual District Election and Public Vote. Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the Ofﬁce of the Clerk of the District and must be received by the Clerk of the District prior to four (4:00) PM on May 15, 2013 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, and/or prior to four (4:00) PM on May 20, 2013 if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk not later than ﬁve (5:00) PM on May 21, 2013. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued, to date, will be available in said ofﬁce of the Clerk on each of the ﬁve days prior to the day of election, Saturday nine (9:00) AM to eleven (11:00) AM, Sunday excepted, and that such list will also be posted at the voting place or places. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE – a Real Property Tax Exemption Report prepared in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law will be annexed to any tentative/preliminary budget as well as the ﬁnal adopted budget of which it will form a part; and shall be posted on District bulletin board(s) maintained for public notices, as well as on the District’s website. Voting on BUDGET AND TRUSTEE ELECTION will be by machine ballot. Dated: April 5, 2013 Mary Ellen Melnyk, District Clerk
Thinking inside the box It has become so fashionable to think “out- evator, although in England-where they use side the box” that I thought this month we’d the metric system-lazy Susans are still called take a look “inside the box” instead. I’m not dumbwaiters. referring to some imaginary constraints of the Many linguists believe that “Susan” was status quo, but, naturally, to the interior of your simply a common maid’s name, and that the kitchen cupboards. Remember, a beautiful term “lazy Susan” was a derogatory reference cabinet is nothing without functional innards, to a lethargic servant who walked around in and cabinet beauty is not only skin deep. circles. More likely, the source for the term was Whether you’re creating a new dream a brilliant copywriter, using the repetition of the kitchen from scratch, refacing your existing “z” sound in “Lazy” and the “s” in “Susan,” to cabinets, or just modernizing invent a memorable term for your domicile, there are many a clever appliance. THE KITCHEN AND companies that offer cabinet Meanwhile, back inside the BATH INSIDER accessories to ease our overbox. Rollout trays are one of stressed existences. Think the best solutions to increase Paul Bookbinder, M.I.D.© of the contentment that you the efﬁciency of base and panwould derive from everything try cabinets. By making items in the kitchen having an actual place. easier to reach, it’s easier to keep them organized. Rev-A-Shelf and Knape & Vogt are the two And as we approach Social Security, even if there biggest suppliers of accessories for both new won’t be any money to collect, we’ll still apprecicabinets and aftermarket needs. Assuming you ate not having to bend over if we don’t have to. have access to the internet, visit their websites. There are also a variety of shelves and racks Rev-A-Shelf refers to its products as “acces- that can be attached to the doors of the wall sories that are considered necessary for the or- cabinets, though, in a retroﬁt, you may have ganization and function of your kitchen”. Both to trim the depth of the shelves for these to ﬁt. companies manufacture shelving units, garbage Spices, among other items, can be removed pull-outs and the ubiquitous lazy Susan. from your counters and ﬁnally put away. If As an historical note, the “lazy Susan” was you are creative, you can end up with a place ﬁrst written about in Vanity Fair magazine in for everything, thus making your cupboards 1917. However, these revolving serving trays beautiful, both inside and out. have been around since the 1700s and were Paul Bookbinder can be reached for quesoriginally referred to as “dumbwaiters.” Today, tions at 914-777-0437 or www.dreamworkin America, dumbwaiter refers to a small el- kitchens.com.
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Bronxville lacrosse picks up ﬁrst loss Not all momentous games are good. The Broncos, who came into their April 13 showdown with a powerhouse Yorktown as the most explosive team in the section, saw their ﬂight halted– at least temporarily–by a top team from Class A. The Huskers beat up on the Broncos, winning 15-3. But for Bronxville, the loss might be a blessing in disguise. It will be a taste of what the Broncos can expect in the post season and highlights some areas in which they need to improve, namely winning faceoffs. Bronxville was out-muscled in that department by a 16-3 margin.
Important games Tigers win Broncos baseball tournament Whenever Bronxville and Tuckahoe meet, in just about any sport, there’s bound to be a healthy dose of intensity between the two schools. Although the Tigers and the Broncos didn’t meet this weekend, Tuckahoe still managed to one-up their rivals to claim the Bronco Tourney crown. Tuckahoe won back-to-back games over Hastings and Edgemont on April 13, thanks to good pitching performances by Brian O’Toole and Nick Reisman. Mamaroneck beats Fox Lane in a bounce-back game On April 7, the Tigers lost to AA power Kennedy in a fairly one-sided game. The Tigers, however, responded in a big way a few days later, beating the Foxes on April 11 in a 5-4 thriller. Fox Lane is considered by many to be one of the best-hitting teams in the Section, but the Foxes’ bats were held at bay by a terrifc performance by Will Hofmann, who threw 124 pitches on the afternoon. Harrison softball beats Port Chester On April 11, the Huskies lost a heartbreaker to a good Fox Lane team, piecing together a comeback that ultimately fell just short as the Foxes walked off with a win in the bottom of the seventh inning. But despite the Huskies’ youth, it wouldn’t be a loss that would send Harrison into a tailspin. On April 15, the Huskies bounced right back with an impressive 10-1 win over Port Chester.
A Mamaroneck runner dives back to the bag against Kennedy on April 7. Marino and the Tigers have been on a tear since the team’s April 7 loss. Photo/Bobby Begun
Bronxville native to host Fordham celebration coach Kevin Leighton, a Brewster native, will host “Baseball Alumni & Hall of Fame Plaque Day.” Plaques of Scully, Frisch, Bellan, Dan Gallagher, Jack Coffey, John Kieran and Ed Walsh–all enshrined in various Halls of Fame–will be unveiled at the dedication ceremony at 3:30 p.m. prior to the Fordham versus George Washington game, ﬁrst pitch at 4:00 p.m. A recording of Scully’s dulcet tones welcoming fans to all home games-“And now, it’s time for Fordham Longtime Dodgers announcer and Fordham graduate Vin Scully will be among those honored in the April 20 celebration. Baseball”-will be played Contributed photo over the public address system. Fordham baseball will pay tribute to such The iconic Vin Scully, who launched his legendary names as “The Fordham Flash” Frankie Frisch, iconic Dodgers broadcaster career at Fordham’s WFUV Radio, is in his Vin Scully, famed owner of the Brooklyn seventh decade as the Voice of the Dodgers, Dodgers Walter O’Malley and Esteban Bellan, dating back to their days in Brooklyn startthe ﬁrst Latin player to wear a major league ing in 1950. He began an unprecedented uniform, on Saturday, April 20, at Houlihan 64th season earlier this month. As recipient Park at Jack Coffey Field on the Rose Hill of the Ford Frick Award, the 1949 Fordham graduate was inducted into the National campus in the Bronx. Prominent Fordham alumnus James J. Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown in Houlihan of Bronxville, partner, Houlihan 1982. He has set a standard of play-byParnes Realty, LLC; and head baseball play excellence in sports broadcasting fol-
lowed by fellow Fordham/WFUV alumni including Mike Breen (Knicks), Michael Kay (Yankees), Bob Papa (Giants), Chris Carrino (Nets), Spero Dedes (Knicks) and Charlie Slowes (Nationals). Fordham is proud to be the oldest and winningest Division I College Baseball program, having begun intercollegiate play in 1859, with more than 4,000 victories in its 154 history.
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Tigers take title at Bronco tourney
Graham Klimely offers at a pitch on April 13. The Broncos scratched out three runs against Hastings starter Jeb Polstein. By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, the Bronxville baseball team held its annual tournament, a four-team showcase at Scout Field and Concordia College. For the hosting Broncos, however,
there would be no storybook ﬁnish, as a ﬁrst-round Bronxville loss and two wins by rival Tuckahoe, saw the Tigers–not the Broncos–reach the top of the mountain. With the two wins, Tuckahoe improves to 5-0 on the year, a blistering start for a team, who just two
years ago won a state championship. Tuckahoe started off the day by outclassing Edgemont 11-3 thanks to a solid ﬁve-inning outing by pitcher Bryan O’Toole and a 4-for4, 2 RBI performance by shortstop Justin Sachinelli, who would later be named tournament MVP. In the Joe Pepe throws a pitch against Hastings in the ﬁrst round of Bronxville’s tournament on April 13. Pepe came on in relief after the Yellowjackets got off to a fast start. Photos/Bobby Begun
championship game later in the day, Tuckahoe rode Nick Reisman for six-innings of shutout ball as they downed Hastings 7-0. In the opening round, Bronxville, couldn’t right the ship after a rough ﬁrst inning, falling to the Yellowjackets 11-3. Hastings pitcher Jeb Polstein had a solid outing against the Broncos, pitching six innings and striking out four. Bronxville coach Anthony Vaglica did not respond to an interview request by The Town Report before press time. “What went right for us on Saturday is what has been going right for us all year,” said Tuckahoe coach John D’Arco, Sr. “We’re getting excellent pitching, timely hitting early in the game and our defense has been impeccable.” D’Arco said that his squad might not be used to playing double headers, but it certainly didn’t show on Saturday as they added two more convincing wins to their resume.
“I was a little leery of playing a double header. Aside from three guys, we don’t have guys who have had that experience,” said D’Arco. “But this is a blue collar team, we show up, we go to work. It was just another day at the ofﬁce for us.” Although the season is still young, D’Arco has been heartened by the play of his squad over the last two weeks as they seem to be in midseason form. “We’ve won two state championships, but we’ve never played this well, this early,” said the head coach. “And it’s really been a solid team effort from the top of the lineup to the bottom. “We don’t wait for the big inning to happen, “he added. “We bunt, steal bases, and play small ball to win these games.” Bronxville will host Irvington on April 20, while the Tigers will take on Mount Vernon, a Class AA ball club, on Wednesday, after press time.
Jack Braumuller pitches against Hastings on April 13. Braumuller and the Broncos struggled early in the ﬁrst-round matchup.