Town Report 6-14-2013
Vol. 15/Number 24 www.mytownreport.com June 14, 2013 The war for Independence New Rochelle Democrat Noam Bramson, right, has garnered the endorsement of the Westchester County Independence Party, but incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s campaign says the nod is nothing more than petty revenge. For story, see page 3. File photos Supervisor Colavita to run again GOP incumbents seek re-election By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org New village DPW contract changes work schedule By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER email@example.com The Tuckahoe Department of Public Works has ratified a new contract, which will be in effect until May 31, 2015. For the first time, DPW sanitation workers will be required to stay on the job for a full eight-hour work day, even if their assigned work has been finished, which will allow the village to also address how trash and recycling is picked up. Under the old contract, workers who left after they finished their work would still get paid for a full day, which was a common occurrence, according to village officials. According to Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, contracts drafted from 2007 to 2011 while John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat, was mayor called for all new sanitation workers to stay on the job for eight hours a day, but rules became more lax over the length of employment because past contracts allowed workers the flexibility of leaving the job once they finished their daily workload. DPW highway workers, on the other hand, were always required to work full days. "What that means is when [sanitation workers are] done, say, on a Monday, in essence, they go home," Ecklond said. "They didn’t have to work full eight-hour shifts unless they have to complete work, and it never really does take that long." Union members will also begin to contribute 8 percent to their medical coverage starting June 3, 2014. Until then, contributions will remain at 4 percent. The 16 union members have been without a contract since the end of May 2011, operating under the parameters of the expired contact since then. Union members voted to reject a contract proposal last year. This year's contract, which passed by a 9 to 5 vote, will be retroactive to June 1, 2011 and will end on May 31, 2015, according to Ecklond. The mayor said that a few union members were not present for the vote. DPW employees will also see 2 percent salary increases annually for the life of the contract. The previous salary increase was slightly over 2 percent, according to Ecklond. Hires do not reach full union status until their fourth year of DPW continued on page 11 Eastchester Republicans unanimously voted to support three incumbent town councilmen on June 3 to present a full slate of candidates in the election this November. Candidates will vie for three open seats, including the supervisor’s chair. The party nominated Councilman Luigi Marcoccia for a second term; Supervisor Anthony Colavita, who is seeking his sixth term in office; and Fred Salanitro, who served in 2008 and rejoined the board in 2010 after taking a year off. Town board members serve fouryear terms and the supervisor serves a two-year term. Marcoccia, 41, is a lifelong Tuckahoe resident and a professional investment analyst in Greenwich, Conn. He was first appointed to the village board to fill the unexpired term of former councilwoman and current county Legislator Sheila Marcotte, a Republican, in 2010. If re-elected, Marcoccia said he wants to continue to hold periodic Eastchester town board meetings in Bronxville and Tuckahoe, which he said have been successful in reaching audiences across the two villages. Marcoccia said that he wants to focus on improving the town's parks by utilizing donated funds and continue the board's success in keeping essential services intact. "What I try to do is listen and then try to do what's best; we've been pretty successful," Macoccia said. "There's always room for improvement." Salanitro, 50, is an attorney in private practice in the Bronx and was chairman of the Eastchester Zoning Board of Appeals in 2009. Salanitro said that he wants to continue to improve the town’s parks to accommodate different sports teams and upgrade the highway facilities that need repair, including storing vehicles in better facilities. “Unfortunately, [highway] vehicles are stored outside when they should be stored inside,” Salanitro said. Like Marcoccia, Salanitro said he wants to continue to keep taxes down while providing the level of services that residents are used to. The councilman referenced a new Lake Isle catering contract that required a substantial amount of work in order to come to a decision that would benefit the town and Lake GOP continued on page 14 Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, a Republican, has been nominated to seek a fourth term in office. He has been town supervisor since 2003. File photo 2 • The TOWN REPORT • June 14, 2013 June 14, 2013 • The TOWN REPORT • 3 Independence party endorsement: An act of revenge? By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org The Westchester County Independence Party has made its official endorsement for the upcoming county executive race, choosing New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who received the Democratic Party’s nomination in April. Four years ago, Bramson’s opponent, incumbent Rob Astorino, a Republican, received the Independence nomination, but party chair Giulio “Doc” Cavallo said that rising property taxes and a lack of job creation strategies under the current county executive caused the party to shift its support elsewhere. However, representatives from Astorino’s campaign have said that Cavallo’s decision to endorse Bramson was no surprise and was done vengefully, after the county executive refused to grant jobs to a number of people in the party who are close to Cavallo. According to the county Board of Elections, the Independence Party has 22,132 registered members in Westchester, making it the third-largest political party, trailing Democrats, with 250,232 registered voters, and Republicans, with 132,460 voters. In 2009, Cavallo endorsed Astorino when he ran against then-County Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, and played an instrumental role in Astorino’s victory. “In 2009, we had the support [of the Independence Party] and really appreciated it,” said Bill O’Reilly, Astorino’s campaign manager. “We won on both the Republican and Independent line.” O’Reilly said the campaign expected Bramson would receive the endorsement over Astorino this time around, and that Cavallo is, “getting back at Rob for not getting him those jobs.” After Astorino won the election, “He’s got a group that is close to him in the party, and thought everybody would get parked somewhere with a very nice salary,” Astorino campaign manager Bill O’Reilly on Independence Party Chairman Giulio “Doc” Cavallo Cavallo expected to reap the benefits of his endorsement through cushy county government jobs for members of his party, but never got them, according to O’Reilly. “He’s got a group that is close to him in the party, and thought everybody would get parked somewhere with a very nice salary,” They have seen what he’s about and they don’t like it.” O’Reilly said. In published comments, Cavallo has deTony Sayegh, a Republican political nied that he has used his party’s endorse- analyst, told The Harrison Report that ment to get people jobs, and that he controls Astorino’s ability to traverse political party the party. However, Cavallo is viewed as the lines will make his lack of endorsement outright leader of the Independence Party from the Independence Party mostly irrelwielding his political power for gain. evant. Barry Caro, a spokesperson for Bramson, “It certainly would be almost a requiresaid the campaign is ment for someone to get the happy to have received Independence line to be vithe Independence Party able in the county. But Rob nomination for a numhas transcended political ber of reasons, and beboundaries,” Sayegh said. lieves the shifting focus “He is able to take his mesin the party is due to sage and win support from a Astorino’s changing broad spectrum.” policies. According to Sayegh, “We are obviously Astorino’s success in cutting quite happy that [the entaxes, reducing spending and dorsement] has switched successfully negotiating with because no Republican a number of public service has ever won countyunions, make it clear that party wide office without lines will not be a major factor the support of the in the county executive’s atIndependence Party,” tempt at keeping the seat. Caro said. “I think it Westchester’s county exis clear that there has ecutive is elected to serve a been a marked change four-year term. in independent voters’ An attempt to reach Cavallo Independence Party Chairman impression of Astorino’s for comment was unsucessful policies over the years. as of press time. Giulio “Doc” Cavallo 4 • The TOWN REPORT • June 14, 2013 Community Briefs Bronxville Library events Freegal: Downloadable music at the library Freegal is a downloadable music service that the Westchester Library System subscribes to. All you need to access the service is your library card. You do not need any special software to use the service, and all songs are in MP3 format. How it works: Each library user is given three weekly music downloads, refreshing every Monday. Can I Keep It? Yes. Believe it or not, once you download a song, it is yours to keep. You can transfer the songs to an unlimited amount of devices or even burn the music to a CD. Compatibility: Freegal downloadable music is compatible with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets. Music Selection: Freegal provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog. There are hundreds of thousands of songs, in over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels. Storytime at the library Listen to a themed story and follow it up with a paper craft. Open to ages 3 & up. Thursday, June 13 at 4 p.m. “Father’s Day” Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m. “Summer Fun” No registration required. Find Unclaimed Funds In the Reading Room Thursday, June 20, 2013, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Yolanda Robinson, the regional director of intergovernmental affairs in the state comptroller’s office will be helping Bronxville Public Library users find unclaimed funds. With her laptop computer and portable printer, Ms. Robinson will help individuals learn whether they have account records that have gone unclaimed. New York State has $12 billion in unclaimed funds, and some of this money may belong to you. Find out if you have money coming to you. It only takes a few minutes. This is a “drop-in” event. Musical performance by Lou Del Bianco Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. A wonderful evening for the whole family spent on the library lawn. In case of inclement weather, event will be held indoors. For more information, call 914-337-7680 x34 or email email@example.com Events at the Lutheran Church Prayer services Held regularly on the last Saturday of the month. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. following the regular Saturday service, these brief moments for meditation and prayer offer personal prayers at the altar and the ancient tradition of anointing with oil. Future prayer service will be held on June 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center events Walk among live butterflies Join us for our annual butterfly exhibit. The exhibit is held in a hoop house structure, adjacent to our greenhouse, so that visitors and butterflies can feel as if they are outdoors. When you enter the exhibit, in addition to colorful and fragrant flowering plants, you’ll be greeted by New York native butterflies. Flying freely among the greenery, you’ll be sure to see Monarchs, Painted Ladies and Swallowtails fluttering from blossom to blossom in search of nourishing nectar, or you may catch sight of them resting in a shady spot to cool off or see them sipping water from a puddle. While enjoying the beauty of these delicate creatures, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly‑from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly– and about the unique relationship between specific plants and butterflies. The exhibit is appropriate for all ages and free with Museum admission. New Rochelle Library events BID family market days in June The popular BID Family Days will become “BID Market Family Market Days” for the month of June, when the new BID Grand Market opens on Library Green, at Huguenot and Lawton Streets, each Saturday. While parents are browsing the wide range of produce and fruits, specialty foods, fish, breads, baked goods, cheese, pickles, NYS wines and micro-brews, and unique artisan products at the new market, children will have the chance to join in the fun provided by great children’s entertainers. The BID Family Market Day shows will start at 11:00 am each Saturday. In the event of inclement weather, they will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library. For more information about the BID Grand Market and its activities during the summer months, visit the website of the Downtown Business Improvement District: www.newrochelledowntown.com. BID Family Days are presented by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District with the Public Library, the City School District and the Department of Parks & Recreation. All programs are on a first-come, first-served basis to the capacity of library facilities. All programs are subject to change. New Rochelle Humane Society events Kitten adoption day at Larchmont Floral Designs Saturday, June 15, noon to 2 p.m. It’s kitten season and our friendly felines are looking for their forever homes. Come to Larchmont Floral Designs and meet the adoptable kitties of the New Rochelle Humane Society. Dog Wash Fundraiser Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your four-legged friend to the New Rochelle Humane Society for the 13th annual Dog Wash‑a fun-filled day of pet pampering, nail clipping, microchipping, good food and vendors. Rain date: Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kitten & cat adoption day Sunday, June 16 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. Petco 324 N. Central Avenue Hartsdale www.NY-PetRescue.org firstname.lastname@example.org 914-834-6955 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 non-competitive 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. Cooking with Dad Friday, June 14, 2013. In this class, Chef Franca will teach dads and their kids how to prepare a delicious meal from start to finish. Prepare and feast on assorted polpettine, Chef Franca’s crunchy salad, and a delicious pear and apple crostata. Must register in advance and prepay, $30. 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place Tuckahoe, NY 10707 (914) 771-8700 Wiccny.org Westchester County Nature Center Events Friday, June 14 Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Routes 35 and 121 South, Cross River 914-864-7322 Second Annual Firefly Festival 8 p.m. Witness the daily light show at dusk, enjoy an ice cream social, and learn about and catch fireflies. Saturday, June 15 Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains 914-428-1005 Managing Invasives with a Fork and Knife 1 p.m. Learn which ones are edible and how to control the rest. Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Route 1, Rye 914-835-4466 The Dragonflies of June 2 p.m. Bring binoculars to observe the dragon and damselflies in the pond and salt marsh. Sunday, June 16 Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Route 1, Rye 914-835-4466 One for the Waders 1 p.m. Bring binoculars to view egrets, herons and other shore birds feeding along the shoreline at mid-tide. Puppy/Dog Meet & Greet Saturday, June 29 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ward Acres Broadfield Road New Rochelle www.NY-PetRescue.org email@example.com 914-834-6955 Bronxville Pops concert series The Bronxville Pops Concert Band will present their 39th annual free concert series on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m., July 10, 17, 24 and 31 on the Great Lawn in front of the Bronxville High School, Pondfield Road and Midland Avenue in Bronxville. Bring a blanket, bring some wine and cheese, and enjoy a beautiful evening of live music under the stars. Donations kindly accepted. PO Box 284, Bronxville 10708 For info: 914 325 1819 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. p u b li s h es www.hometwn.com | 200 William St., Port Chester, N.Y. | (914) 653-1000 INSIDE INSIDE WESTCHESTER COUNTY June 14, 2013 • The TOWN REPORT • 5 Bronxville School plants teaching garden DiStefano, met with a dozen interested middle and high school students to build a wood frame. Students learned how to measure accurately and safely use the power tools. High school students taught middle school students how to drill holes and secure bolts. The frame was then assembled and installed on the Meadow Avenue side of the school along the fence between the school and the track. In subsequent weeks during science class, elementary school students helped prepare the area for planting. They calculated the volume of soil needed and then took turns getting their hands dirty shoveling soil into the frame. They learned about the ecology of gardens firsthand. "It's not called worm poo, it's called castings,” one kindergartner said. Once the danger of frost had passed, elementary school students were enlisted to plant a variety of vegetables, including tomatoes, squash, herbs and lettuce. Students attending special education classes, under the supervision of their teacher, Melissa Wood, will continue caring for the garden over the summer and enjoy the vegetables they harvest. “We look forward to expandBronxville High School senior Kevin Flanagan helps seventh ing the garden in future years in grader Rachel Billings build the frame for the new teaching ways that provide further teachgarden. Contributed photos Everything’s coming up red peppers and radishes in the Bronxville School’s teaching garden, which was recently built and planted by students from the elementary, middle and high schools. Last spring, Tim Curran, an elementary school science teacher, and Tom Wilson, then elementary school principal and now middle school principal, were awarded a $5,000 grant by the Bronxville School Foundation to develop and plant a teaching garden. Their objective is to engage students in all aspects of planning, building, planting, maintaining and harvesting the vegetable garden. In early May of this year, Curran and Wilson, along with technology teacher Greg Charlotte Yerkes and other third graders help prepare the teaching garden, with elementary school science teacher Tim Curran looking on. Second grader Ian Acharjee carefully plants basil in the teaching garden. ing opportunities. For example, next year we plan to germinate our own seeds in the science classrooms to use in the garden,” Curran reported. For more information and to make donations, please contact Executive Director Peggy Williams at 395-0515 or visit www.BronxvilleSchoolFoundation.org. (Submitted) 6 • The TOWN REPORT • June 14, 2013 Armonk’s Fortina offers a taste of the real Italy Walking into Fortina, the new Italian res- almost like Louie is watching over the joint, taurant in Armonk, just days before its much- making sure his nephew does right by his anticipated opening, I’m overcome with the customers. Petroni and Nealon met while working at most wonderful aroma. At first, the obvious source is the two Barcelona in Greenwich, Conn. Petroni was wood-burning ovens imported from Naples the executive chef and Nealon the general tucked into the corner of the seemingly manager. “When I met Christian at Barcelona, the endless subway-tiled bar. But it's an even richer scent, one that I haven’t come upon in connection between us was instantaneous,” Petroni said. Westchester in quite some As for Krauss, he’s a childtime. Taking in the rustic hood friend of Nealons’s they surroundings, complete Westchester like to call the “marketing with old barn doors and guru.” forged iron fittings, light wanderer It seems these guys really fixtures that look like they Lisa Jardine like to collaborate. Another were bought directly from amazing food partnership an upstate farm, I think the smell might be coming off the floor to ceiling they forged was at Cooked & Co. in Scarsdale, cyprus walls which were aged by fire–liter- where I first came across their food. The physical space was quite small, and yet their ally, a blow torch. reputation was anything but. I wouldn’t think But that’s not it either. After spending an hour with Christian twice about driving 20 minutes for one of Petroni, John Nealon and Rob Krauss—the their banana nut muffins stuffed with Nutella. three partners in this new venture—I come to And then there were the Saturday night pothe conclusion that the wonderful smell that lenta tables. Petroni came up with the idea of doing a hits you as you walk in the door of Fortina is chef’s table on Saturday nights featuring posuccess. These guys know food and they know how lenta alla spianatora–literally, polenta spread to enjoy it. And at Fortina, they’ve used every- flat. One of his fondest Italian summer memothing they’ve learned from their past experi- ries was the Feast of the Mother Mary, when Uncle Louie would make a big pot of polenta. ences to make sure you will, too. Petroni grew up in a true Italian family The contents of the pot would be spread out in the Bronx and spent idyllic summers on on a specially-made wooden table and the Ponza, a tiny island off the coast of Naples. guests would bring Ragu and grilled meats, He was so influenced by his extended family which would be laid on top of the polenta. He and the food they fed him, he pays homage to did the same thing at Cooked & Co., but with his Uncle Louie above the bar. A photo taken an added online tweak. They put an invite on this past summer with Petroni’s iPhone of his Facebook and, within 45 minutes, sold out uncle, shirtless and smoking a cigarette with the entire series of Saturday nights with a the ubiquitous espresso in hand, has been 500-person waiting list. I was one of those 500 who never did get beautifully rendered into a piece of art. It’s Partners John Nealon, left, and Christian Petroni of Fortina in Armonk. Photos/Lisa Jardine This picture of partner Christopher Petroni’s Uncle Louie oversees the proceedings at Fortina, a new Italian restaurant in Armonk. off the list. “The polenta tables brought strangers together whose only commonality was a love of food and a sense of adventure,” Nealon said. Wendy Gellert, a Harrison resident and foodie said, “It was one of the best meals I ate all year.” Krauss, the partner tasked with the team’s online presence, is extremely media savvy and refuses to use technology to push their customers to do anything. “Facebook is all about friends. We have no desire to monetize it. Our Facebook page is a reflection of us and what we like to do– which is eat good food and have fun doing it,” Krauss said. Their new website fortinapizza.com is crisp and fresh, just like their food. It’s in its infancy, but they envision it will be a great source of information with blog entries by the chefs and servers alike. Field trips and cooking demonstrations will be a part of what they have in store. This is a young group of chefs, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs, and it’s going to be exciting to see where they take it. Their menu is simple. Almost everything will be cooked in the two wood-burning ovens, starting with their artisanal and flat bread pizzas. Look for incredibly creative and fresh toppings like zucchini flowers, English peas, leaks and even bone marrow. They have a hearty antipasto of salumi and formaggia, as well as proteins a la carte: a beautiful piece of fish, a perfectly roasted chicken. “Cooking a perfectly roasted chicken excites me more than a dish with a thousand ingredients. Simplicity is king and it’s very difficult to pull off. It needs to be perfect,” Petroni said. Petroni knows a lot about perfection, as evidenced by his 2010 win on Food Network’s popular show, Chopped. When asked about dessert, Petroni waxes poetically about the gelato in Italy. “When I’m in Florence, I eat gelato seven to nine times a day. It’s that good. The homemade gelato we’ll offer here is sweet cream gelato, just like you’ll find in Florence. Another dessert we’ll serve is affogato. The perfect scoop of vanilla ice cream with a hot shot of espresso poured over it, tableside. It’s my favorite,” Petroni said. If you haven’t yet visited their website to reserve your table online, you might be one of those famous 500 on the waiting list. Book now or forever hold your peace. Lisa Jardine is a freelance writer who has frequently contributed to CNN.com among other publications. She is currently a student in the MFA creative writing program at Manhattanville College. She is always on the lookout for a great story, an amazing restaurant, an unusual day trip or a must-see cultural event in Westchester County. To contact Lisa, you can email her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @westchesterwand. June 14, 2013 • The TOWN REPORT • 7 AT&T tells Bronxville students texting can wait By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org In this fast-paced digital age, people tend not to think about the dangers of text messaging behind the wheel. But, it is a dangerous and often lethal risk to ignore. Studies have shown that people who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get in an accident. On June 7, representatives with the telephone service provider AT&T met with the soon-tograduate seniors of Bronxville High School for a gut-wrenching presentation focused on making text messaging as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving. “Teenagers have their whole lives ahead of them,” said Ellen Webner, a company spokesperson with AT&T. “No text is worth it.” For Ben Lieberman, a Chappaqua resident, the service provider’s message is one that hits close to home. Two years ago, on June 15, 2011, Lieberman’s son Evan died in a collision caused by a distracted driver. “It should make you think,” Lieberman said while visiting with the Class of 2013. “The damage is so much more…it affects you in an emotional, physical, and financial way.” According to Lieberman, his son was not driving at the time, but was sitting in the passenger seat when his friend was distracted by a text message. Both his son’s friend and the driver of the car he collided with survived with minimal injuries. However, Evan died after 15 operations. The friend’s drivers license was suspended for one year. “This is not an urban legend…there are real names and faces in this,” Lieberman said. For Bronxville High School senior Helen Alev, coming face-to-face with someone who personally dealt with the trauma of losing a child to distracted driving had a profound effect. “I thought having a parent directly affected by it made it a more personal experience,” Alev said. New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Democrat who represents Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, New Rochelle and White Plains, said she was approached by Lieberman with the mission of resolving the epidemic. “It is the same as driving blind for 10 seconds at a time,” said Paulin. “46 percent of teenage drivers admit to texting [while at the wheel]… and this number will continue to go up if we don’t do anything about it.” Under current state law, police can ticket anyone caught texting while driving. According to Paulin, over the past two years, there has been a 234 percent increase in texting violations issued in the state. “I urge [the seniors of Bronxville High School] to be careful,” Paulin said. Members of the state Assembly have also passed new legislation that would potentially increase penalties for drivers with a probationary license or junior permit. For first-time offenders, the law would require a 60-day suspension; a second offense would result in a State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Democrat, talks with Bronxville High School seniors about the dangers and legal ramifications of texting while driving. six-month license revocation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has also directed the Department of Motor Vehicles to impose five points for first-time offenders caught texting and driving with a standard license. “Inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination—one this legislation seeks to deter,” Cuomo said. “We are urging young and inexperienced drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, while putting stronger penalties in place for drivers of all ages who violate the law and put others in danger.” After watching a video of three families who have been affected by texting and driving, students were given a test drive behind the faux wheel of a non-existent car, made to simulate the difficulty of multi-tasking between the phone and the wheel. “It’s really difficult to multi-task,” said Danielle Kelly, 18, a Bronxville senior. “It’s a lot of pressure…it can definitely wait.” Bronxville High School Senior Danielle Kelly, 18, quickly learns just how dangerous texting and driving can be when she takes the AT&T driving simulator for a spin. Photos/Daniel Offner Although the increasing use of smartphone technology makes text messaging more appealing to today’s youth, it also makes it more dangerous for young drivers. On June 7, AT&T representatives, along with Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, visited the Bronxville school for a special presentation on the dangers of texting and driving. 8 • The TOWN REPORT • June 14, 2013 Westchester Children’s Museum still awaits move to Playland By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER email@example.com 200 William St., Port Chester, N.y. 10573 Tel: (914) 653-1000 | Fax: (914) 653-5000 Publisher | Howard Sturman ext. 21, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 19, email@example.com Editor-in-chief | Christian Falcone Deputy editor | Jason Chirevas ext. 30, firstname.lastname@example.org Art Director | Michaela Zalko ext. 12, email@example.com Reporter | Ashley Helms Eastchester/Tuckahoe ext. 23, firstname.lastname@example.org Reporter | Daniel Offner Bronxville ext. 26, email@example.com Sports Editor | Mike Smith ext. 22, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 36 Graphic Designer | Bruce Cohen Graphic Designer | Arthur Gedin ext. 24 Account Manager | Clark Morehouse ext. 31, email@example.com Advertising Coordinator | Marcia Schultz Classifieds, Subsciptions ext. 27, firstname.lastname@example.org Bobby Begun, Alexandra Bogdanovic Liz Button, Chris Gramuglia Unfortunately, our reporters cannot be everywhere. 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Send address changes to: The Town Report c/o HomeTown Media Group, 200 William St. Port Chester, N.Y. 10573 Contributors News Tips Letters Community Events Delivery Postmaster Visit us online www.mytownreport.com Follow us on Twitter @townreport Like us on facebook, facebook.com/townreport The Town Report is published weekly for a subscription price of $30 per year by Home Town Media Group. Standard Postage is paid at White Plains, New York It appears doubtful that the Westchester Children’s Museum will get its four walls just yet. While the museum received approval from the county Board of Legislators in June 2012 to move into the 1920s-era North Bathhouse along the county-owned Playland boardwalk, the county administration has not yet granted the museum permission to begin the 18 to 24 months of construction work needed to transform the property. It is the contention of some on the Democratic-dominated county Board of Legislators—who held a press conference on the Playland boardwalk in May—that County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, is using the The museum’s website contains renderings of its new location at Playland. Currently, the museum has museum as leverage to get the board to offices in White Plains, but it does not have an official building, calling itself “a museum without walls.” approve his choice of a park manage- Photo courtesy Westchester Children’s Museum. ment firm: The non-profit Sustainable held hostage to SPI’s progress with the Board for proposals in 2010 to refurbish the park. Playland, Inc. All of the four finalists currently being vet- of Legislators,” said Myers, who is in favor of Tracy Kay, the museum’s executive director, said fundraising for the project has been ted by the legislature include the museum in SPI’s proposal. “If we could get enough of a hue and cry from the public, I think we could somewhat stymied since the museum has not their plans. Since its founding in 2000, the children’s get the keys handed over.” yet received access to the bathhouse itself to However, former Village of Mamaroneck museum, which calls itself “a museum withbegin construction. According to Julie Sootin, the museum’s out walls,” has provided interactive educa- Trustee Tom Murphy, who is running for director of development, the non-profit cam- tional programs at schools and other venues Myers’ seat, said that not everyone is in favor paign for the Westchester Children’s Museum to lower income youth, serving around 9,000 of SPI, which does not have deep pockets and has raised more than $9 million for the project children each year. Kay said he has waited for is inexperienced with running an amusement over the last 12 years, but still needs to raise 13 years to move from the non-profit’s modest park. Astorino is extorting the privatization of a White Plains office into a “real” building, and $10 million more. Legislators have criticized the county ex- is eager to get started. However, it is a fact that public park at the expense of the children who would benefit from the museum’s services, ecutive for rushing the SPI agreement through museums don’t crop up overnight, he said. “When you’re working with a government Murphy said. approvals at the executive level, at one point “I think it’s just a very heavy hand. He wants attempting to bypass the legislature until of- partnership, there are lots of hurdles,” said to have his way and be the operator of Playland, ficials confirmed the board’s approval was Kay. The museum will benefit jobseekers in the and he’s willing to hold a good project in jeopneeded on any structural changes to the park. SPI spokesman Geoff Thompson said that county, according to museum officials, which ardy until he gets his way,” Murphy said. According to Ned McCormack, communithere is a good reason that the county has projects 25 to 30 construction jobs and 15 perconnected the two projects because, in oper- manent positions to be added during the first cations director for the county executive, the county, the museum and SPI have had a series ating the entire park, SPI will pay for some year of operation. With an estimated annual visitation of of “aggressive, constructive discussions,” and of the museum’s essential maintenance and operational services—like snow removal and 200,000 people, the Westchester Children’s now the next step is in the works. “Again, this certain cleaning, utilities and security ex- Museum is projected to add over $4 million is about dotting all the I’s and crossing all the penses—helping all tenants on the property to a year to the local economy, according to of- T’s to make sure all the legal documentation is there,” he said. ficials with the non-profit. control costs. “If you look at this as an analogy to this as County Legislator Judy Myers, a Democrat “[The museum is] not going to operate as an enclave unto themselves and they don’t who spoke at May’s press conference, said an office building or a mall, SPI is going to that frustratingly, despite separate approvals control the master lease,” McCormack said. want to,” said Thompson. The county executive signed a statement of from the state legislature and the Board of “They’re going to be the head landlord and intent to sign a contract with SPI on October Legislators of a 10-year lease last year, the the children’s museum will be one of their tenants,” he said. 11, 2012, and this April announced an asset project has not moved forward. To officials, the plan makes perfect sense Last October, the bathhouse’s exterior was management agreement with SPI. According to this agreement, SPI would take over the renovated by the county,which invested $7 for the county, he said. While some argue that the museum does park in October of this year if the improve- million to bring the building up to code for ment plan submitted to the county last month occupancy. But, currently, the museum is an not have the financial wherewithal to move empty shell, she said. Myers said she thinks into the Playland space at this time, the museis approved by the Board of Legislators. Astorino and a citizens’ advisory commit- SPI’s year-round plan will bring in an in- um reported that, at the end of the fiscal year in June 2012, its coffers hold around $2.43 tee picked Sustainable Playland out of pro- creased number of visitors. “I think it’s somewhat unfair to the chil- million in assets, a figure corroborated in fiposals from 12 management firms, after the county executive sent out the original request dren’s museum to have the museum’s fate nancial documents provided by Kay. Follow us on Twitter @ townreport June 14, 2013 • The TOWN REPORT • 9 Kensington Road: Take two BRONXVILLE TODAY Mayor Mary Marvin This week, the Bronxville Board of Trustees issued the request for proposals for development of the Kensington Road property. The uptick in the real estate market has generated robust interest in the property and, at press time, more than a dozen companies have expressed interest. The property, off the tax rolls, has long been a visual eyesore, as well as having a contaminated underground, and the idea of finally getting a high-quality development on the property will enhance not only the village landscape, but increase surrounding property values. The RFP is essentially the same document that was issued in 2003 and 2004. As history, in June 2004, the village entered into a contract with WCI Communities Inc. to construct a residential condominium project, including an underground parking garage having a minimum of 200 spaces, to be used by the village for municipal purposes via a perpetual easement. Over a period of two years, the previous developer obtained all required land use and board approvals from the village for construction of the project. The project’s architect has also advised the village that the required drawings and specifications for obtaining a building permit have also been prepared, making this truly a “shovel ready” project. Some of the land use board approvals from the village include an environmental findings statement, Planning Board site plan and Planning Board special permit approval. In addition, the previous developer‑who did file Chapter 11 due to heavy investment in the Florida real estate market in 2008‑also entered into and/or negotiated agreements with third parties, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, regarding environmental remediation on the site; MTA/Metro North regarding access, construction management, drainage and utility issues; the owners of the adjacent property‑One Pondfield Road‑modifying a pre-existing easement and providing for relocation of certain utility lines; and the United Water Company regarding the replacement of an existing water main. The previous developer also committed to employ certain construction management measures to protect the property of Christ Church, including particular precautions related to the church’s historic organ and stained glass windows. Proposers for this iteration of the RFP will be required to provide such protections as well. Though the contract was terminated with the previous developer, all the land use board approvals remain in place and will run with the land in the event the property is conveyed to a new developer. In addition, both the former project’s architect and the project engineering firm have agreed that their drawings and specifications may be used by a new developer upon entering into an agreement. These pre-approvals, both in terms of time and expenses already incurred, are worth millions to the next potential developer. Proposers responding to the newly-released RFP will be required to provide a bond, letter of credit or equivalent form of security to ensure completion of the environmental remediation and the entire parking facility in a manner consistent for use and occupancy. In essence, in an absolute worst-case scenario, the village will still have an environmentally pristine property and an underground parking facility. Proposers must also provide the village with detailed information regarding their experience in completing a project of this type and scope, as well as their financial ability to complete the project. After much market research, the condominiums were designed to be marketed to the empty nester audience–folks who want to downsize, but still remain in the village. The design schematics provided for formal dining rooms, few bedrooms and many staffing amenities. The previous developer also hired a professional demographer, who estimated five to seven school age children would be added to our educational system. This number cannot be relegated to precision, just as we cannot know the precise number of empty-nesters who sell their homes each year, nor the number of children moving into complexes throughout the village in any given time frame. In addition to a beautifully designed and landscaped building whose every inch was carefully vetted over a two-year planning and review process, improvements to the adjacent homes in the form of new sidewalks, curbing, plantings and underground utilities are part of the final plan. The completed project will add approximately $650,000 yearly to the village coffers in the form of property taxes on a property currently generating none. Proposers responding to our RFP have until Sept. 3, 2013, to express their interest so all selection activity will begin in the fall. Of course, if the proposals are not ultimately seen as in the best interest of the village, we have reserved the right to reject all proposals. What’s Your Beef? What’s bothering you today? “Teenage pregnancy.” Crystal McDaniels, 41, Mamaroneck Collected on Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck “Not enough parking for high school students on a tight schedule for lunch.” Martino Puccio, 18, Harrison “The Weaver Street Bridge closing. I have to drive so far to go to Stop and Shop.” Eileen Puleo, 44, Mamaroneck “Wednesday early recycling pick up. I have to be here at 6 a.m. to put it out, and we don’t open until 9 a.m. We get fined if we leave it out over night.” Stephen Strateman, 22, Greenwich, Conn. -Photos and reporting by COREY BAUMER 10 • The TOWN REPORT • June 14, 2013 Outdoor fresh food market trend grows in Westchester By JEFF ROBINOWITZ CONTRIBUTOR Last Saturday, New Rochelle joined the ranks of other Westchester communities in opening its own fresh food market. The market, which is located on Library Green next to the New Rochelle Public Library on Huguenot Street, was developed over the last year by a team of City Council members, business owners and interested citizens. The project was lead in part by Ralph DiBart, an executive director with the New Rochelle Business Improvement District, and Councilman Ivar Hyden, a long time proponent of a Saturday market. DiBart said hopes are high for the new market. "We want our Grand Market to not only bring healthy farm-fresh and local produce to residents of New Rochelle and surrounding communities, but also to serve as a festive community gathering place bringing people to their reawakened, revitalized and vibrant downtown,” DiBart said. Bo Kemp, a New Rochelle resident and owner of Urban Fresh Food Markets, wants to help make the new Grand Market become “the best market in Westchester.” Westchester is already home to numerous other markets in areas like Bronxville, Larchmont, Rye and Mamaroneck. Most fresh and organic local-grown markets, which have sprung up in the last few years, mark a shifting direction in the American diet. In recent times, more Americans have become interested in pursing healthier, more nutritious diets. Many feel that the investment in better food is an investment in a better life. This new health food craze, however, has yet to infect the general public, as local and organic foods are often more expensive than their mass-produced counterparts. But organic foods suffer from numerous setbacks, such as a limited supply, significantly higher production costs, and an inferior marketing and distribution system. Foods like eggs, chicken, and milk, when produced organically, can cost twice as much as conventionally produced foods. Patrons sample the selection of fruits and vegetables during the opening of New Rochelle’s fresh food Grand Market. Photos/Bobby Begun Still, DiBart doesn’t think potentially high prices will deter customers from visiting New Rochelle’s new fresh food market. “Everyone I saw went home with full bags,” he said. Kemp believes that increasing organic food awareness is important. “It’s not only about healthier food, but we want to educate people. People need to know that how it is grown matters.” Organic farmers and distributors often make the case that their product is less harmful to the individual and the environment and is therefore more beneficial in the long term, claims that have not fallen on deaf ears. According to a 2011 survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association, the organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall to reach $31.5 billion in sales in 2011. However, the high cost is still preventing this fad from evolving into a primary consumer resource, as the same survey also states that organic food sales still only represent 4.2 percent of all U.S. food sales. The New Rochelle Grand Market will remain open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. into October. DiBart hopes to expand the market by introducing family days and larger music events in July, and would even like to see a winter market established by the end of the year. Left to right: Frank Castro and Luis Rivera, Jr. from Monroe College Culinary Arts Program. Beets and radishes were just some of the produce on display. June 14, 2013 • The TOWN REPORT • 11 DPW from page 1 employment with a set pay scale for every position, similar to what is done in the local police department. Ecklond said the village won't make any drastic changes to the collection of trash, but may look at the procedures of other communities nearby. Because recycling has become a topic of high concern for the village, Ecklond said adding a second day to pick up recycling may be considered. In Tuckahoe, garbage and recycling is picked up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Carolyn Hammer, 70, said she understands the need for union contracts that all parties can agree on. “I’m in favor; I’m a progressive person,” said Hammer, a teacher in the Yonkers School District. Hammer, interviewed this week on Main Street, also said that she would be supportive of adding another day to the recycling schedule. “I think then people would be more inclined to recycle because they would know that they don’t have to keep stuff in their homes as long,” Hammer said. After last year's contract was voted down, the village became preoccupied temporarily with other issues, which contributed to the delay of a new contract, according to Ecklond. Meetings regarding a new contract were, for the most part, held up by the approval of a new police contract and the holiday season. On the heels of that came a budget process that proved to be difficult for the village due to some tough measures taken in an attempt to save money. The Tuckahoe Department of Public Works has ratified a new union contract, dated June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2015. Major changes include requiring sanitation workers to stay on the job for a full eight-hour work day and all DPW employees contributing 8 percent to their medical coverage starting in 2014. Photo/Ashley Helms Ferdinando Migochille, 35, recently moved to Tuckahoe from Milan, Italy and said that because of his job, he has an inside look into the importance of contract compromises. “It’s important because they make things run better; I’m a security worker downtown,” Migochille told The Town Report on Tuesday. Though he hasn’t lived in the village very long, Migochille said he sees the DPW workers out and about frequently. “They’re good workers; I see the sanitation guys cleaning and picking up things,” Migochille said. “It’s a beautiful town.” Last month, Ecklond said that meetings between the village and the DPW union were underway. Negotiations began with one meeting in December and started up again about a month ago. Those discussions wrapped up earlier this month after just two meetings. The mayor said the contract was negotiated in good faith and that there needs to be giveand-take on both sides of the issue. "We laid a lot of the groundwork last year, and, by membership turning it down and realizing how bad the economy was and the tough budget process, I think they recognized the need," Ecklond said, referring to the need to approve a new contract. Phone calls to reach DPW Director Frank DeMarco were not returned as of press time. Pet Rescue Coraline is an absolutely charming tabby and white two-year-old female found on the street with a healed mouth injury. The topside of her mouth is missing with some of the gum and teeth exposed. Coraline has been seen by a vet and is in excellent health despite her old injury. She is very, very sweet, friendly and sociable and just a pleasure to be around. 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However, a movement has arisen to make the kitchen triangle itself disappear, doing away with this traditional design tool that has guided us for so many years. In my profession, I find myself torn as my hero, Raymond Lowey‑greatest industrial designer ever)*‑said “never leave well enough alone”. So which is it? Is the kitchen triangle dead like these upstarts are claiming, or has it moved to a new plane? Developed in the 1940s, the kitchen work triangle addressed the efficiency of the relationship of three areas of your kitchen: The cooking area, the preparation area and the food storage area. The cooking area refers to the cook top, oven and/or range; the preparation area‑including the sink‑and the storage area, where the refrigerator and dry storage are located. The plan was based on a single person‑one person, not someone who is single‑cooking in a 1940s sized kitchen. Since then the size of kitchens has increased dramatically, and, today, more people are helping prepare meals, whether they are single or married. If you struggled with 10th-grade geometry, this magical shape is the line connecting the stove, fridge, and sink with each of these areas creating one of the points of the triangle. The basic rules were no leg of the triangle should be less than four feet or greater than nine feet, and the sum of all three sides should be between 13 and 26 feet. I recently attended a conference where they discussed the new “kitchen work zone” theory, but, when I realized that the work zones were the “cooking zone”, the “preparation zone”, and the “storage zone,” I began to zone out. It sounded suspiciously like new packaging for the old triangle that they said was kaput. Nevertheless, they did have a valid point regarding the size of new kitchens, which have grown over the years. In bigger kitchens‑which will probably be outlawed by the current New York City mayor‑you frequently are blessed with multiple cooking areas, additional preparation areas and several areas of storage space. Does this mean we should abandon the triangle? Not at all. We just use multiples of them, keeping in mind that you want to avoid crossing the kitchen with hot pots and pans, making sure that the sink isn’t too far from the cook top, and that you have decent storage near your refrigerators. If more than one chef will be involved in the preparation of meals, then we need to utilize one triangle for each person. If they overlap, the two triangles will create a star. You can try this at home with pen or pencil. In fact, I think I will give a lecture and call this concept the star kitchen design zones, just to confuse everyone. As usual, most design comes down to common sense. Once your designer has created a plan, review it carefully and make sure that the basics of the original triangle have been adhered to where possible and that nothing seems “out of whack.” If the fridge is 25 feet away from the sink, you’re going to be miserable, no matter how pretty the kitchen looks. *Among a million other things, Raymond Lowey designed my favorite car, the Studebaker Avanti; my favorite locomotive, the GG-1; the interior of Skylab‑back when we had a space program‑the interior of the Concorde supersonic jet; the Coke bottle and their vending machines; the Shell and Exxon logos, etc. etc. Paul Bookbinder, M.I.D., C.R., is president of DreamWork Kitchens, Inc. located in Mamaroneck, New York. A Master of Design (Pratt Institute), and E.P.A. Certified Remodeler, he serves on the Advisory Panel of Remodeling Magazine. A member of the National Kitchen & Bath Assoc., he is also a contributor to Do It Yourself magazine. He can be reached for questions at 914-777-0437 or www.dreamworkkitchens.com. Letters Build the Children’s Museum now To the Editor, I am writing to urge the Board of Trustees of Sustainable Playland, and all elected officials who have supported the Sustainable Playland plan, to demand that County Executive Rob Astorino immediately allow the Westchester Children’s Museum to begin construction on their previously-approved and long overdue project. It is unconscionable that Astorino would hold hostage a project that benefits all of Westchester’s children in a misguided effort to extort the privatization of a public park. There is universal bipartisan agreement that the Children’s Museum will be a great benefit for all of Westchester’s children. It has been included in every proposal under consideration for Playland’s future, including the Sustainable Playland plan. Consequently, there is no reason, other than petty partisan politics, for Mr. Astorino’s stubborn intransigence. Sustainable Playland, and anyone who supports their plan, should tell Astorino to stop his childish obstructionism and call upon Astorino to behave maturely. For public officials to support Sustainable Playland before it’s financial and practical benefits and detriments have been vetted and compared in a public forum with the other competing plans is irresponsible. By urging Astorino to act now to allow construction of the Children’s Museum, Sustainable Playland and its supporters would allow the Board of Legislators time to conduct its due diligence and help prevent Astorino’s attempt to force precipitous action. Tom Murphy, Mamaroneck Murphy is a candidate for county legislator GOP from page 1 Isle Country Club. In order to find innovative ways to make money, he said that the town has privatized landscaping at Lake Isle and brought in Sportime , a sports club that operates 13 facilities in the state, to build an outdoor tennis facility for the winter months at the country club. “What we’ve been successful with and will continue doing is finding sources of income without taxes,” Salanitro said. “Then we could utilize those savings for other projects.” A nine-year supervisor, Colavita said that he and the other board members will continue to improve Eastchester for its residents. The supervisor said the board's vision for the future includes continued privatization and consolidation, senior citizen housing, improvements at Lake Isle and, perhaps most importantly, utilizing management experience to reduce spending and maintain a high level of services. "Tough economic times call for competent leadership and that is exactly what this ticket will provide the good citizens of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville," Colavita said. Councilmen elections are atlarge, which means that the top vote-getters win the election, and candidates do not seek a specific seat or opponent. Councilman Luigi Marcoccia, a Republican, has been nominated by the town GOP to seek a second term on the Eastchester Town Council. Marcoccia was appointed to the board in 2010 to fill the unexpired term of Sheila Marcotte, a Republican, when she was elected to the county Board of Legislators. Eastchester Councilman Fred Salanitro, a Republican, has been nominated by the party to seek a third term in office. Salanitro said that he wants to continue to find ways to bring in money to the town without raising taxes. Contributed photos Baseball’s knuckleheads strike again In previous columns, I’ve stated that I’m not one of those baseball fans who demonizes players for taking performance enhancing drugs. I’m not a ‘roids advocate by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I think that Barry Bonds’ achievements should ever be put on the same level as Ruth’s, Mays’ or any of the all-time greats that came before him. But, ultimately, I understand why players do what they do to their bodies. In a culture where chasing perfection is an every day thing, many players, I believe, are looking for an edge any way they can, be it legal or not. But with this latest incident at Florida’s Biogenesis clinic, in which 20 players—many of whom have been previously on the hot seat for PEDs—have been linked to a dirty doctor, I may just be done. Suspend them, I say. But not for steroids, for sheer arrogance. Imagine you’re Ryan Braun—a player, coincidentally, I happen to like. You fail a drug test in 2012. Miraculously, you get off scot-free thanks to a mishandled sample and some aggressive MLBPA lawyers. That’s it for you on the steroids front, no? You flew too close to the sun, got burned, but ultimately ended up unscathed—despite having a somewhat tarnished reputation. If I were Braun, I would do everything in my power to prove to people that I am playing the game by the rules from that point on. Braun made his money. If he cared at all about his reputation, he should be acting like a choirboy. Then why was he on Tony Bosch’s list? The first reports out of his camp were that Braun contacted Bosch—who had known ties to PEDS—in order to “find out more” about how his sample could have been tainted. If Braun doesn’t have a public relations director, he should find one. If he does have one, he should find a new one. Braun’s inclusion on the list, and his subsequent denial, are something endemic to live mike people in positions of power, especially athletes. Mike Smith Superstar athletes, having grown up with coaches, parents and friends singing their praises, sometimes have a slanted worldview, one in which they aren’t held accountable for their actions. So, it’s no surprise that players like Braun and A-Rod would find themselves in this mess. They operate under the assumption that they’re untouchable, but if MLB lawyers have their way—and these guys get slapped with 100-game suspensions–—maybe they’ll start to realize that even they have to pay the piper sometimes. Then again, it might take more than 20 players facing the wrath of Commissioner Bud Selig to get the point across. There’s always somebody waiting in the wings, just ready to grab the crown of stupidity. Sports June 14, 2013 • The TOWN REPORT • 15 Despite a crackdown on performance enhancing drugs, many major leaguers still aren’t getting the point. Photo courtesy my.hsj.org Eagles look ahead to next year Eastchester’s softball season came to an end on May 31, with a loss to Pearl River in the Class A quarterfinals. The Eagles fell 9-3 to the Pirates and finish the season with a terrific 20-3 record. Hosting the Pirates, the Eagles weren’t able to have much success against Pearl River’s ace Mandy McCarthy, who allowed just six hits on the afternoon. Pearl River’s bats got going early as Erin Woods picked up three RBIs for the Pirates, and proved too much to handle as they managed to pound out nine runs against the higher-seeded Eagles. The loss came one day after the Eagles were able to blast Harrison in the quarterfinals, downing the Huskies 10-0 thanks in part to a shutout performance by hurler Francesca Chiodi. The Eagles were able to break things open in the third, hanging six on the Huskies after a throw pulled Harrison first baseman Kendra Deschamps off the bag to prolong the inning. Danielle Caciola was the catalyst for Eastchester, going a perfect 3-for-3 on the day and driving in two runs. “Things like that happen, sometimes” said Harrison head coach Dean Marino of the play at first base. “Obviously, I didn’t agree with the call, but as I said to the girls, there’s nothing you can do about that.” Eastchester will lose five seniors to graduation, including captains Kristin Martin and Danielle Cacciola, but will return a number of players, including Chiodi, who have performed well on the varsity level next year. Eagles coach Chris Walpole could not be reached for comment. -Reporting by MIKE SMITH Eastchester scores a run against Harrison on May 30. Eastchester would beat the Huskies 10-0. Francesca Chiodi throws a pitch against Harrison on May 30. With the departure of Danielle Cacciola to graduation, Chiodo will likely be asked to fill in as one of Eastchester’s top pitchers. Photos/Mike Smith 16 • The TOWN REPORT • June 14, 2013 Sports Broncos bow in state finals By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com On June 8, Bronxville’s fantastic season came to a close with a loss in the state championship to Cazenovia High School. The 1311 loss, just Bronxville’s second on the year, was a heartbreaker as the Broncos controlled the game for most of the first half. In the early goings of the game, things seemed to be breaking Bronxville’s way. Brothers Henry and Jack Grass led the way for the Broncos in the first stanza, helping the Section I champs head into the half with a three-goal cushion. But Cazenovia came out swinging in the second, roaring back to take control of the game, and scoring eight goals to win by two. The score might have been higher had it not been for a terrific performance by goalie Eric Pass, who tallied 19 saves on the afternoon. “In the second half, they were really possessing the ball,” said head coach Tim Horgan. “Even when we were able to get a ball on the ground I think they were a little faster than our defense, who was tired. They had a great strategy” The loss was particularly tough for the Broncos, who could almost touch the state title just 24 minutes prior. “It was a really somber mood on the bus ride home for the first hour,” admitted Horgan. “But I told them how proud I was of them, and I wouldn’t trade this team for any other.” The Broncos celebrate with their Section I title at White Plains High School. Despite falling short of taking states, the Broncos had a tremendous 2013 campaign. Photos/Bobby Begun Henry Lilly fights off a Pleasantville defender in the section finals. Lilly will be one of Bronxville’s key returning players next year. Bronxville will graduate seven seniors, including Pass and Jack Grass, who were important cogs in this year’s run. “We’re going to miss…those guys,” said Horgan. The Broncos do have a talented core coming back, including the younger Grass and attacker Matt Behrens. According to Horgan, the loss to Cazenovia will be a rallying cry for the returning players. “They said that that they wished the next season started right away,” said the head coach. “That’s how much they want to get back out there and get after it.” Luckily enough, the Broncos don’t have to wait that long to get back out on the field. Horgan scheduled a practice for June 10, as the squad gets ready to play in one of its two summer tournaments. “We have the two summer tournaments and then guys go off on their own to maybe play for their own summer teams,” said Horgan. “But we like to have guys keep that stick in their hands, and it’s especially helpful for the younger guys, who will be coming up to varsity next year. It helps them get a feel for the speed of the game.” Jack Grass goes for a groundball in the section finals against Pleasantville. The Broncos had a great postseason run that ended on June 8.